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The Beer Junction

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BA SCORE
4.68/5
World-Class
67 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:
27
Ratings:
67
pDev:
5.98%
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

This was my only stop in Seattle so I can't compare it to other places in the city, but I picked because it is rated so high on BA. The room in front is small with a bar and a few tables but it is very comfortable. I like how the chalkboard is organized by lighter beers, stouts, odds beers, but it was a bit hard to read some of them and I would have liked a bit more of a description.

The long space past the bar is all coolers and a nice little wall of glassware and growlers of many sizes. You will get to visit many times if you stay for a while as the bathrooms is out the backdoor and down the hallway.

They have a great and diverse selection on tap but you can also grab a bottle from the cooler to drink aswell. I like to drink ice water during a beer session and their water was a little self-serve pitcher in the corner.

They don't have a kitchen but they will give you menus to local places. They now have a deal that you can order from the taco place next door, through the bartender, pay the bartender and the taco cook will walk the food over to you. It was really handy and very tasty.

This is a great place and even on a Monday night it was pretty full of people but it has a good energy in the space.

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Photo of TheBungyo
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cherche
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamLand
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

The Beer Junction is one of the newer establishments to be completely dedicated to craft beer. While they are new, they are staffed with very knowledable people who are always happy to help with both NW specialty beers as well as US distributed beers and imports. Their selection is impressive and rivals the rest of the bottle shops out here - they do not, however, have cellared offerings for sale like other places (or at least I've never seen them).

They have a great variety of beers and ciders on tap and the place is cozy with a few TV's playing whatever games are on (Premier League, La Liga, NFL, MLB, NHL, you name it). Beer Junction is amongst the few places in WA to have Boneyard beers continuously flowing through their taps, and that alone should be a cause worthy for a visit!

I recommend you join their mailing list as they do a pretty good job of sending updates from time to time of what new beer they've received or events they're hosting. If you do venture out to Beer Junction, be sure to ask the staff if they have any limited beers on hand as they typically have them behind the counter with strict pp. limits.

Be warned - there are no minors allowed in the store or "bar" area, no matter the age of the child.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
5/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This place has a great selection in the cooler, a great selection on the taps, they have cool beer events, and the staff is fun. They even brew, and their anniversary ale was delicious. Visit here. They’re a relatively new player in Seattle, and I tend to like a place like this more than Bottleworks. Their vibe is are a little more young and almost hipster, whereas Bottleworks has the typical beards-and-beer-bellies vibe. When we visited, they were setting up for a tasting that night. They served the same IPA on regular draft, nitro, cask, and randall.

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Photo of strongaf
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of snaotheus
4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
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 HaoleToYou
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Erik-P
4.51/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.89/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.57/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of dshansen1184
4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of rspauldi
4.04/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Hopmodium
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Smart staff, friendly, not snobby (unless you want them to be!)...this is my place to go for new beers that I have not tried. There are always in-store events. Morgan (the owner) is a great guy and is always willing to suggest gems that you may not know about. Parking behind the store as well as on California usually available unless you go when everybody else goes places...pick up your beer before the weekend, it is much better that way. One of the last places in WA that tapped Pliny before Russian River left the state (or the state left them), hopefully temporarily only. Of the 3 places somewhat near my place that I love (Bottleworks & Super Deli Mart), the Beer Junction is the best overall. Prices are cheaper than most places despite how nice and clean the store is kept. Great glassware and beer merch keeps me short of extra money, which is fine. This is the best bottle shop I have ever been to in all of my years of searching for quality brews.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.82/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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.

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The Beer Junction in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 67 ratings
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