The Beer Junction

BA SCORE
98.5%
Liked This Place
4.67 w/ 66 ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(206) 938-2337 | map
thebeerjunction.com

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Added by JC67 on 07-17-2010

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
66
Liked:
65
Avg:
4.67/5
pDev:
6%
 
 
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

west seattle.

really liked the store upon entrance - fair amount of people exploring shortly after opening on a Saturday morning. Dimly lit, with coolers and shelves galore.

There are so many fantastic Seattle beer stores, and its hard to say this joint really provides anything that the others dont, but if you live in west seattle, you probably feel better about living so damn far away from bottleworks.

No taps/growlers here - just bottles.

Great selection - everything you would expect in seattle with a fair amount of belgian stuff as well. Some winter seasonals seemed to last longer here - doggie claws, 4 calling birds, etc.

Some glassware and holiday gift packs to go as well.

nice service, with a rewards program.

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Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Erik-P
4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
4.57/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of hopburster
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in yesterday during a trip to West Seattle.

Not the biggest bottle shop, but well laid-out for the available space and had a nice friendly feel to it...no beer diva vibe here.

They have a pretty darn nice selection of domestic craft (didn't pay much attention to the foreign selection) beers across the spectrum of styles. I liked the way the inventory was arranged and bottles clearly labeled and priced.

Also had nice selection of some semi-rare bottles.

The guy working there (Morgan?) was extremely friendly. He took the time to point out where things were and asked some questions about what I like and then pointed out things I might be interested in. Even went in the back to bring out something I was looking for.

Overall I was very impressed by this shop and could see it being my go-to place if I lived closer. Well worth stopping at if you're in the area.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.58/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A: Enter right into the midst of a small but well-laid out space. Generally, lighter to darker beers in a clockwise rotation. Coolers at left, nice shelves at right. Organized and clean.

Q: All good product.

S: Greeted immediately; let them know it was my first time there, they gave me a rundown of the layout. Asked what I liked to drink. Offered to pull out a 2010 Boulevard BBQ to go with the 2011 I was eyeing. Very friendly and genuine.

S: Didn't have time to peruse it all, but did see a few things I hadn't seen elsewhere, and did leave with the 2011 BBQ and another bottle or two. Would like to go back for a closer look.

No beer on tap, but it sounds like they do tastings/events from time to time.

Overall, I really enjoyed my visit and would definitely make it a point to stop in again when in the neighborhood. Family friendly.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.61/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I believe this was the fourth bottle shop I ever went to. It was really early on in my craft beer journey, but I could still understand that this was special.

I’ll start by saying that the owner, Morgan, is a stand out guy. He loves beer, is very knowledgeable, and wants to help you just as much as he wants to make money.

Selection is as good or better than any in the area, and prices are right around where they should be. I like the arrangement, it’s organized by style of beer instead of brewer or region.

My only problem with this store is that it isn’t closer to me. It’s just a place that feels comfortable.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is an excellent beer place. I spent a fair amount of time talking with the owner, he pulled Older Viscosity from the back for me, he was clearly knowledgeable about beer and about his stock. Other staff was helpful and friendly. Selection is world class. They are the only place I've seen carrying Rodenbach Grand Cru in like six months.

Everything about this place is good. Prices are pretty much exactly what you would expect (slightly above grocery store prices on items they both carry).

I will definitely go back if I'm ever in the area.

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Photo of DousedInStout
4.65/5  rDev -0.4%

A nice, new beer store for the West Seattle crowd. A comparable selection to all the other elite bottle shops in Seattle. Beer is organized via style, in coolers that line the shop. There is also a nice recommended/reserve section. All bottles are bought as singles, so you can easily mix your own six pack to whatever your heart desires.

The two things that make this shop stand out are the service and their email list. Morgan, the proprietor, is there all the time. He is quick to greet you, and great for helping you out with suggestions and/or finding the beer you seek. He's also incredibly down to earth - the Beer Junction is the least pretentious craft beer shop I've been to in the area.

Also, their mailing list is top notch. If you're on it, you receive emails every other week, featuring upcoming events, new beers they have put into inventory, and when they receive a couple cases of Pliny.

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Photo of draheim
4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Beer Junction would be my go-to store if it was closer to where I live. Friendly, helpful, enthusiastic staff; a clean, well-lit space; regular beer events; reasonable pricing; well-organized, large inventory; weekly emails listing new arrivals. You can shoot them an email about a particular beer you're interested in, and usually get a response within the hour.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.71/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 98.5% out of 100 with 66 ratings
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