The Beer Junction

The Beer JunctionThe Beer Junction
The Beer JunctionThe Beer Junction
Bar, Beer-to-go

4511 California Ave SW
Seattle, Washington, 98116-4110
United States

(206) 938-2337 | map

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Ratings by JamLand:
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4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by JamLand from District of Columbia

I went here during a recent vacation to the Pacific Northwest.

V: This isn't the most relevant thing to assessing a store's vibe, but they had a parking lot! In Seattle! The parking lot was huge for a visitor, with a car in Seattle. Inside there was a well organized bottle shop with a small bar and a great neighborhood feel.

Ser: I received great service from both the bottle shop staff and the bar staff.

Sel: Seattle is blessed to have several great bottle shops and even though I went to this shop after several others this shop still had some unique offerings.

Overall, one of my favorite bottle shops of our recent trip. If it weren't for our amazing experience at Chuck's Hop Shop, I would be touting this as the best bottle shop in Seattle. i would still highly recommend a visit for anyone in the area.

Oct 02, 2015
More User Ratings:
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by roan22 from New Jersey

Beer Junction is amazing, it has a huge tap list plus a bar, they fill crowlers and growlers and they have a bottle shop (you cannot purchase bottles past a certain time even though the bar and crowler/growler-filling are still open.

I like this place because the selection from some of the smaller Seattle breweries, or others outside of Seattle from towns like Bellingham, Redmond, and Yakima.

Beer Junction doesn't serve food, but there are restaurants within the block, or there is a beer bar within a mile or two down California Ave.

Oct 26, 2019
4.81 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Aug 07, 2019
5 by Petey_Good4_BBL from Washington on Feb 25, 2019
4.36 by morebeergood from Massachusetts on Jul 17, 2018
4.68 by StoutSnob40 from California on Feb 07, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by ckornmannn from Washington

It's my happy place. Super friendly and helpful staff. Huge selection, and the key thing is that it is refrigerated. I am always wary of buying dusty unrefrigerated beers. Only places without a TV get a 5 on vibe but otherwise it is perfect.

Oct 07, 2017
4.72 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jun 21, 2017
4.91 by WesOlsen from Washington on Dec 22, 2016
4.75 by Radcpa from Washington on Dec 20, 2016
4.61 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Jul 20, 2016
5 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington on Jun 08, 2016
4.81 by AdamSkylar from Washington on Jun 05, 2016
4.04 by rspauldi from Texas on Jun 03, 2016
4.51 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on May 27, 2016
4.76 by HopBroker from Washington on May 25, 2016
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4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

Of all the bottle shops I visited in the Portland/Seattle area, The Beer Junction is number one! I called them a week before my arrival and asked them to hold a bottle of Parabola. They said they would make my day. The beer selection is unparalleled. Everything is in coolers and separated according to style. The guy behind the counter recommended several bombers in the style that I liked while my purchase kept building and building. After I finished, I went to the bar area and they had just tapped a Freemont 2013 Barrel Aged Abominable (exquisite!). It was like they did it just because I happened to be there, as there were no other customers at the noon hour on a Wednesday. They even provided me with a nice box with separators for all the beers. I highly recommend The Beer Junction. Parking is tough, but worth the effort.

Apr 18, 2016
4.32 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2016
4.45 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Dec 09, 2015
Photo of flagmantho
4.36/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by flagmantho from Washington

I hit up the Beer Junction last weekend while I was in West Seattle and was duly impressed. There are a handful of these excellent bottle-shop-cum-taprooms in Seattle and, like the others, Beer Junction is a hell of a place. The beers are all organized by style and just about everything is in a refrigerator case, which I like.

I picked up a few bottles that I haven't seen elsewhere around town, and while I might have stayed for a pint the place was absolutely jam-packed on a Saturday afternoon. I will absolutley be coming back here, perhaps on a quieter day, to check out their tap offerings.

Nov 19, 2015
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by FLBeerGuy from Florida

This place is awesome, fantastic beers on tap, fantastic bottle selection, customer service is outstanding, prices are reasonable, what more could you ask for? I've gone there and asked about particular beers, got an answer, and as I continued browsing, they sought me out to give me additional information they had thought of or looked up. Everyone who works here is friendly and knowledgeable. Have been here on a couple of occasions and spent some time there on each occasion and never had a reason to think this nothing but a top notch operation. This place is not to be missed in Seattle.

Oct 30, 2015
4.71 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Oct 21, 2015
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4.82/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5
by EdwardAbbey from Washington

Very clean and well thought-out organizationally, with as good a beer selection as any place in Seattle, and reasonable pricing on top of that, this may be the best bottle shop in town. If I lived closer to West Seattle, it'd be a regular go-to, without question.

Sep 28, 2015
4.57 by Ajlvt from Washington on Sep 01, 2015
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Mehinaman from Washington

Up until yesterday I always told anyone who asked that Bottleworks was the best beer shop in Seattle. And though I still love Bottleworks my feelings changed when I walked into the Beer Junction for th first time yesterday. I walked in around 9:30pm and th place was jumping. Lots of people at the bar drinking the numerous offerings that were on top and having a good time. But what really got me was the selection of bottles for sale as there are for more then any other beer ship I have ever been to. They also had beers I have never seen at any other shop in Seattle such as Big Bad Baptist, Peche Mortel, Avery Tweak and Hopportunity.

Also, the service was really good. Everyone there seemed really friendly and it was not long before someone approached me and asked if he could help me with anything. I told him I was looking for a good Barrell Aged Stout and he immediately showed me a bunch of choices. Really, awesome, friendly service which can be lacking in the Seattle area.

Simply said, I was blown away. I don't make it to West Seattle that often, but that will change now

Jul 19, 2015
4.73 by Dicers from Colorado on Jul 06, 2015
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4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
by ccnorthwest from Washington

Awesome selection. Not your standard bottle shop. Always has sought after Northwest beers on tap like Boneyard.

Jun 14, 2015
4.87 by rab53 from Washington on May 18, 2015
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by OldGriz from Washington

Morgan is the Man! This place has an amazing selection and the staff is friendly and down to earth.

Apr 14, 2015
4.72 by semogolf1 from Washington on Feb 04, 2015
4.8 by grocerylist from Washington on Jan 08, 2015
5 by TheBungyo from Washington on Dec 13, 2014
4.5 by SeattleBoB76 from Washington on Nov 21, 2014
4.75 by itracy63 from Washington on Nov 17, 2014
4.75 by DCLAguy11 from California on Nov 14, 2014
4.75 by BeerNW from Washington on Nov 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
by VashonGuy from Washington

As a bottle shop, the Beer Junction is first rate. Nice organization to their shelves. Well lit, so you can see what you're looking at (unlike another well known bottle shop in town). Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Typical prices, neither higher nor lower than the norm.

As a beer bar, it's got its pluses and minuses. On the plus side: huge number of taps (I've seen as many as 46 taps running at once), with highly varied assortment of exceptional beers. Four ounce tasters as well as full size servings. Prices are decent ($5 pints of RPM, for example). If you want to drink one of the exceptional bottles from the shelves, they'll pour it for you for a $2 corkage fee, which is a heck of a deal. And their special events are very well thought out ... Pumpkin Junction is exceptional.

The minus: the bar area is quite small, given its popularity. It can be pretty hard to find a spot to put your glass, let alone a chair to sit in, so the place usually feels cramped, crowded, and noisier than some of the competitors.

But it is fun to wander the store, browsing the shelves with your glass of suds in hand. I usually walk out with unplanned buys.

No kids. There are a couple of TVs, but it's not the best place to watch a game.

Nov 07, 2014
4.5 by slasich from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2014
4.75 by HaoleToYouToo from Hawaii on Oct 10, 2014
4 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Sep 22, 2014
The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 72 ratings