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QFC (University Village)
$$ - reasonable
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2746 NE 45th St.
phone: (206) 523-5160
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quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This QFC is located between a major university and an affluent residential area, and its beer selection reflects this. The selection is really very good for a supermarket and rivals some smaller specialty beer stores; they have plenty of American mega-lager but also a respectable selection of micros and imports. The selection is clearly divided between canned lagers, micros, main-stream European imports (think Smithwick's and Guinness), Mexican brews and more obscure imports/craft brews, and each section is sizable.
Being a supermarket, however, means that the staff are not necessarily beer-centric: I've never actually seen a member of the beer/wine staff in the beer area.
07-21-2009 03:54:39 |
More by flagmantho
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
If the family needs groceries, then tell the wife you'd love to tag along - as long as she's going to QFC.
Very impressive display of beer. One huge cooler section of micro bombers and imports. Nice array of sixers along the back wall. I thought the prices were very good compared to the local bottle shops. Surprised to see Angel Share and some RR bottles there.
Service was a non-issue as in most places like this. None offered, none needed.
Parking is a surprising issue here. Very crowded shopping center.
For a large grocery store, this is a very beer-friendly establishment.
11-05-2010 01:58:02 |
More by beer2day
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Another worthy stop on my Seattle beer shopping excursion.
This was my last stop after Full Throttle, Bottleworks and Whole Foods. The beer section is located on the second floor. A good amount of cooler space devoted to craft singles, plus Belgians and German selections. I had seen most of the choices elsewhere but did manage to pick up a four pack of Maui Coconut Porter, one of my wife's favorites. Also, a good selection of six packs along the wall, and some bombers near the adjoining wine section.
You should check date codes carefully though. I was very excited to see Boulevard's Smokestack Double Wit on the shelves, thinking they had made a new batch. I thought that was a one time release, 18 months before my visit. A check of the bottle date confirmed that this was, in fact, from the 2009 release.
Service was pleasant. Prices were reasonable.
12-27-2010 17:20:40 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For a grocery store, they had quite a supply. I truly took my time wondering through their beer selection and walked out with quite a selection.. Some russian river, some cascade, some oakshire... and, to be honest, I may go back before i leave..there just seems to be so much! and, to be honest, the prices are pretty reasonable... wish they had a pliny shipment though while i was there, but alas we cannot always get what we want [is that what the stones said?]. Wide selection of locals [nw region] as well as other craft beers from the us on top of a fairly decent import section... as far as grocery stores, probably one of the better selections i've scene..
09-03-2011 06:56:38 |
More by vande
quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place saved my ass several times when I couldn't go far but wanted good beer at U-Dub.
On a recent visit I went again, and despite my greater beer knowledge was nearly as impressed with the selection here. I think this beats some of the Top Foods selections, which short of Bottleworks have generally been my best experiences selection-wise in the state of Washington.
I picked up several bottles of Son of Spot, Elysian's exceptional Dragonstooth stout, some Allagash reserve bottles, and a few other more widely distributed but no less excellent offerings like Obsidian, 90 Minute IPA, etc.
The number of beers in the coolers is impressive and appreciated. I don't ask for, no do I receive much in the way of personal service in here, but as long as the corner grocery store has a selection like this, I think it'd be hard for any BA to have much complaint. Prices weren't the cheapest I've seen but to beat the price/selection a University Village resident would probably spend much more than the difference in gas. I'll be back, probably right before the next UW tailgate/home game.
08-14-2007 01:46:37 |
More by udubdawg
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Its hard to assess the atmosphere of the beer and wine section of a supermarket... Although this was an upscale supermarket...
The beer and wine section of the University Village QFC is the best I have ever seen. It offers a good selection of craft six packs as well as some boxes of bombers, what sets this place apart is that this supermarket has the cheapest craft beer I have ever seen. Selection-wise, there is better in Seattle though.
The store was nearly deserted since I visited late at night, and nobody was remotely close to the beer and wine section. However, this store is open 24 hours...
09-27-2011 04:52:26 |
More by DaftCaskBC
quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$
This is incredible. QFC is a chain grocery store in Seattle. They have 24-hour stores every 20 blocks or so throughout King county, and nearly every one of them is overpriced and mediocre. The University Village QFC, though, stands as a shining beacon of sensibility valiantly floating amidst a sea of inadequacy. This store has a truly amazing selection... Allagash, Dogfish Head, more than one Trappist... all in a (admittedly gigantic and nicely appointed) 24-hour grocery store! Unfortunately, Washington's liquor control laws allow these folks to sell their alcoholic wares only until 2am.
This store is the only candidate in Seattle when it comes to buying beer between the hours of 10pm and 2am.
Don't expect anybody at the store to give a damn about what you're doing there (at least between the hours of 10pm and 2am). Wtih 1.0 - awful service, though, comes the chance that the poor cashier will scan your $8.99 Dogfish Head Raison d'Extra and decide that it mistakenly rang up under the 6-pack price and should actually cost $1.50.
12-20-2005 02:47:38 |
More by kolbe
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