Special Brews


32 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

14608 Highway 99
Ste 307
Lynnwood, Washington, 98087-5500
United States

(425) 741-7049 | map

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Added by hopburster on 05-21-2011

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I went into Special Brews today because a friend of mine who lives nearby spotted it, and I wanted to see if this would prove a good, relatively nearby beer destination. I was not disappointed.

The place looks relatively new inside and seems a little disorganized, but the selection is excellent for a shop its size. The have several taps available at a bar, although I didn't afford myself the opportunity to try them.

The folks working the shop were helpful and friendly. I picked up a mixed 12 and I'm definitely going to be returning. Their prices seemed quite reasonable for a specialty brew store.

I returned a few weeks after writing this review and got a chance to talk to Annie, the owner. She was extremely helpful and even helped me locate a beer I was looking for at a completely different brew shop. I can't recommend the place highly enough!

Further comments: as of January 2014, I have become a regular here and a huge booster. They've expanded to 15 taps, often including a cider or two. The space has expanded to be a real tavern with a dozen tables, plus TVs for football games and other entertainment. I really enjoy coming here!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nimbly_Bimbly
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Mehinaman
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is a surprisingly great beer/bottle shop in Lynwood. I discovered it because my in-laws live a block away so now it has become one of my go to beer destinations. They always have really good local beers on tap, but they also get their fair share of rare as well. For example, last weekend they tapped 2012 RR Supplication and once that ran out they replaced it with Hawaiian Speedway Stout! The people who work there are extremely cool and the whole store has a laid back, local feel to it. There are a few TV's as well for sports. All together this place is a gem

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Photo of wpjean
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of erickc
4/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This place in the middle of nowhere Lynnwood/Everett has a REALLY fortified armory of great brews. Is their selection that diverse? No. But everything is pretty much within best by dating and prices are not inflated at all. Every visitor is bound to find something they will enjoy. I guess the Pho shop a few doors down makes some wicked Bahn Mi sammiches.

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Photo of tiltednotion
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Best bottle shop I have ever been. I really enjoy the beers they put on tap and the people.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of 510a
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of crowellbw
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

I always try to stop in when in the area. Great bottle selection with a good mix of rarer stuff, good tap list, great layout, never too crowded.

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Photo of BabyTree
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Great place and great people. If you're north of Seattle and looking for a beer, this is a great place.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Special Brews is a great little bottle shop. I've gotten great personal service from Annie when I was looking for a few particular beers and didn't want to make a trip in vain. The space is inviting and comfortable and they have a huge selection of beers. Prices seem about right. I'd be there more often if it were closer to where I live.

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Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of JesseSavona
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BourbonBarrelBeerBelly
1.99/5  rDev -56.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Long story short...

Been going there for about exactly a year. My business mainly consist of buying expensive bottles for my cellar. I usually buy something anytime I'm in and most of them know me by name.

About a month ago, me and a friend stop in for our weekly visit to see about any new releases. The owner, Annie, stops us as soon as we walk in and ask us if we need any help. Her approach was mildly awkward, but it was busy for a weekday, so we figured they were having a private party. We do our thing, look around, make friendly small talk with the owner, but ultimately don't see anything we want.

On our way out, Annie, opens the door behind us, calls me by name and says to never come back. As i said before, I'm a regular there and spend what I consider to be a lot of money, so me and my friend thought she was joking. I laughed and said, "I can't tell if you're serious or not." She replies, you don't buy anything when you're in, and have a reputation for being a thief! It was the weirdest, and most random accusation I have ever personally encountered, it made absolutely no sense.

Special Brews is the only place that knows me by name. So when she says "reputation", I'm assuming these are rumors brewed between her staff members. To make matters worse, I have personally encountered individuals who have had similar experiences with them. Safe to say, I'll never be going back. And with all the wonderful bottle shops and grocery stores around, there's no need to. Everything I said here is factual, and I have a witness, as well as email conversations to prove it. I'm not telling anybody to not go there, I'm just saying what needs to be said.


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Photo of Mages64
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Atmosphere is a tough one here. I went high because anywhere I can drink a pint (in this case Brown Suggah) and shop for bottles is immediately bumped up a few notches. But, it could be improved and make filling empty sixers or boxes easier.

Quality??? I liked it. A lot.

Service was good. Not nagging and not aloof. Though they knew the answers to all my questions.

Great selection. Just about perfect. Well for here, it was perfect. Thanks to the little distance from Seattle I guess, certain beers were on the shelf that were long gone at other places.

I picked up Lagunitas Sucks for less than 2$ a pop (12 oz) so I think that is very reasonable!

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Photo of Aitkend
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Annie is amazing! Ask her for recommendations. Samples are easy to come by on tap or you can make up your own 6 pack. A great selection but a little hard to figure out how the selections are laid out in the store. Don't wander, ask for help - they are great! But DO NOT pick up Buddy the mascot.

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Photo of ZedMikey
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Seattle metro area has many great bottle shops. Special Brews stands out among them because it scores so well in every category important to a tavern/bottle shop. Great atmosphere, great service, great selection.

The atmosphere of the shop is amazing. Not only are the staff awesome and friendly, but the crowd that tends to congregate there is eclectic and fun, too.

Beyond being great people, the staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help customers with everything from answering questions to pouring a draft to selecting a bottle from the shelf.

With around 1000 beers (and ciders, meads, wines) on the shelf, the selection is certainly not lacking. They do have limited space, so decisions are made about what is stocked and what isn't, but if there is a specific beer you can't find, ask Annie about it. They also have 6 taps that rotate very regularly, and you'll sometimes find a cask of something tasty hanging out behind the bar, too.

While Special Brews has no kitchen, pub snacks are always on hand for patrons to have a snack with their beverage. If you're after something more substantial, you can bring in food from elsewhere to enjoy with your beer, but I would recommend checking how busy Special Brews is first. It regularly becomes standing-room only.

Check Special-Brews.com for tasting events (quite frequent and usually on Wednesdays), recent deliveries, what's on tap, etc. The page is kept updated. Most of all, stop reading reviews and just stop in already! :-D

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Photo of bbarnumboy
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

It was such a blessing for us locals when this establishment opened it's doors just over 1 year ago. Congratulations on the success so far and the recent 1 year anniversary.

This place has a great selection and I can typically find all of the bottles I need, for my drinking pleasure or those trading boxes I need to send out. Everyday they are getting more and more special release beers etc. Just like any place they have to establish themselves and sell enough of a brewery's beer in order to get their limited release products.

They have an awesome selection of Mead for those of you into Honey wine. huge selection of German beers as well for those who appreciate that.

They do not serve food at this Bottle shop, But they do have 6 rotating taps and typically have something very good to pour. You can get bar snacks, popcorn or even locally made fudge if you are feeling a little hungry. There is a pretty large selection of glassware to buy as well.

My only complaint is that they are growing in popularity so much, that they will probably outgrow their facility sometime in the near future if they have not already. Always room for expansion and It is great that a shop like this is doing so well in our area.

You will not find customer service like this at any other shop around. The shop is family owned and they are the friendliest and most helpful people around. All other bottle shops within my area not too personal with their customers, so this makes Special brews really stand out.

Not certain about all of the discounts they offer, but they offer 10-15% off of bottle prices to certain local businesses etc... They are constantly updating their Facebook, Twitter and Web page with the most current tap list. They literally post every time a keg blows and a new one is tapped throughout each day!

They do have a mug club and a 99 beer challenge for those that are into that kind of thing. If you are in the greater Seattle area or North of Seattle, this is a great bottle shop to check out! They offer over 1000 Bottles to choose from so it is not hard to hit the 99. My favorite is how you can browse the bottle area while sipping on a draft beer.


Thank you Special Brews crew!

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Photo of bumchilly25
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What a find! Visiting North of Seattle for a hockey tournament. Searched this up on BA and was extremely impressed. Tons of cooler space with an amazing selection of bombers and singles. Some great brews on tap as well, but seeing as I had the family waiting in the car, I had to be quick. Picked up some Palate Wrecker, a Pink Peppercorn IPA and a bunch of fruit based selections for the wife (Purple Haze, Great Divide Wraspeberry).

When I mentioned at the till that I was visiitng from Canada (Vancouver, BC), the super friendly teller gave me 10% off my bill.I plan to hit the place up again tomorrow when I'm by myself and have some more time to browse. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Veteran
3.16/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Overall I had a Bad Experience with the clique of the Mug club. They advertise that if you drink all 99 beers you will get a Mug with your name on it. I was 40 beers in when they told me even if I finish the 99 they wouldn't let me in the Mug club because someone in the club didn't like me. I never had any problems with anyone there as far as I know. I wish they were honest about their Mug club in the first place before I wasted all my money there.

This place is not friendly to Disabled Veterans. If you are active Military or a Vet go somewhere else.

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Photo of NWer
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I visited this place when they first opened to check them out. I went in, looked around, and left unimpressed.
That was then, this is now.
On my return visit, I was impressed by their selection and doubly impressed by the friendliness, truthfulness and knowledge of the lady who helped me.
I selected a Stone 11-11-11 and a Bruery Mischief.
Then I topped it off with a tasting of their six rotating taps:
Pike Dry Hopped Double IPA
Emerald City Dotties Seattle Lager
Fremont Abominable Ale
Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Boulevard Nommo Dubbel
Schooner Exact 3Grid IPA
Are you kiddig me?
Had a great time just to buy beer.
A new favorite beer store. Can't have too many of those.

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Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA
4.54 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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