Chuck's Hop Shop - 85th St. Market


656 NW 85th St
Seattle, Washington, 98117-3143
United States

(206) 297-6212 | map

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Reviews by kennypojke:
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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Chuck is awesome, awesome, awesome. Without using names, I have stopped going to an old player in the beer store market here in Seattle because the great staff that got it started moved on and the new guys are rude, unhelpful and act like they have been made the oracles of beer, despite being in diapers when some of us got a start. A second joint that has a huge selection just west of Northgate also became intolerable when the woman would not take my gift card from a friend, claiming it had "expired". After explaining that was against the law in Washington state, she kept to her guns, making things up left and right. I took my business elsewhere and my friends agreed and stopped going there as well. Then came the fateful day my good friend in Greenwood told me about Chuck's. "Chuck's is awesome" I believe is what I was told. Well, good, because I had a wedding coming up and needed to get epic beer. Chuck was a complete rock-star, hooking me up with some of my favorites I couldn't get anywhere else (Bourbon Barrel Quad, Collab No. 1 Imperial Pilsner, etc), as well as an AMAZING keg of Chuckanut Vienna lager. The beers were all hits, but the level of customer service was just awesome.

Okay, so about the store, I can't imagine anything better. It's unassuming, approachable, and feels like part of the community. People go there to try new things, not to get drunk or pretend they know things they don't, because those people aren't there. It's normal people enjoying awesome beer. Chuck has a number of taps, which are very well-selected and always interesting (had 120min IPA last night!). He also allows you to grab a bottle and pay a very small corkage. There are some simple tables scattered about in the back of the store to sit at. The best place about this venue is that it's still sort of a secret gem, but I can't help put a plug for the business in, even if it means losing some of the secrecy of it.

Of all the Seattle area stores, this is #1 for me know, followed by Full Throttle Bottles and the others. The Wallingford folks are off my list forever and so are the folks on Aurora. Long live Chuck and a good business model where the customer is treated with respect and gratitude. Also, having a new beer in a market is just fun.

Feb 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
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rab53 from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jul 22, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I enjoyed the taps here and the folks pouring were knowledgeable and great to chat with! They had a large bottle selection but lacking a lot of regularly carried top brews I would hope to see at a shop of this caliber.

May 05, 2019
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 09, 2018
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smela3 from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 16, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

What a great selection of beers that are well organized by type. The staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help. The seating areas are a little dingy and dark and small

Jun 20, 2017
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winningthrough from Washington

4.82/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Jul 11, 2016
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dshansen1184 from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Feb 29, 2016
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HopBroker from Washington

4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Jan 12, 2016
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Dec 09, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I love both of the Chuck's locations in the Seattle area, but this one seems to have more bottles available then the Central District. That might just be an optical illusion due to the different layouts, but I'm pretty sure this one has more of a selection of beers to go overall. The guys who work here are all really friendly and they always have good stuff on draft. Top notch all the way

Nov 30, 2015
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Cloaked_Phantom from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Nov 20, 2015
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Beervana from Canada (BC)

4.81/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Nov 16, 2015
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JamLand from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

V: It is a combination bottle shop/bar with a great neighborhood/local feel. Despite being busy with a large selection of bottles for everyone to look through, a bar and growler fills, Chuck's was laid back.

Ser: Bartender suffered through my wife's new interest in beers and repeated request for tasters. Granted the box of bottles I bought probably helped the cause.

Sel.: The best bottle selection I witnessed while in Seattle along with a tap list that offered several locals I could not find elsewhere.

Overall, I think this is my first 5 star place review. I cannot think of a single way to improve Chuck's in Greenwood. I love this shop so much, if I ever moved to Seattle, I'd try to live near Chuck's so I could walk to it.

Oct 02, 2015
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Erik-P from Canada (BC)

4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Sep 12, 2015
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Although this shop has been outstripped by its sister store in the CD, it's still a gem, a true original, and one of the two or three best bottle shops in all of Seattle. Good people, great selection. Consistently. The layout and seating arrangements are awkward, but if you can overlook that you'll be, and go home, happy here.

Sep 11, 2015
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doughanson78 from Washington

4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm partial to central district Chuck's. This one is a bit more crowded but still has the same phenomenal selection and knowledgeable staff.

Jul 08, 2015
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cherche from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Jun 01, 2015
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

May 17, 2015
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 13, 2015
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semogolf1 from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This place is pretty top notch....A little pricy though.

Feb 01, 2015
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4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 24, 2015
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Nietzsches_Horse from Washington

4.57/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

It's an unpretentious convenience store with ~40 taps, an excellent bottle selection, ice cream (for the kids or weak-willed adults), and food trucks. The interior layout is poor when it's busy (dictionary definition of a "bottleneck"), it's a bit dingy (but in a cozy and charming way), and the draft/growler prices are often befuddling. But, ultimately, if you are new or old to an interest in craft beer, this place is a must-visit when in Seattle. You'll feel welcomed here, and will always find something (and probably many things) to drink.

Jan 14, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Dec 25, 2014
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SeattleBoB76 from Washington

5/5  rDev +9.4%

Nov 20, 2014
Chuck's Hop Shop - 85th St. Market in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 61 ratings