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$$$ - a bit pricey
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207 E. Holly St.
phone: (360) 647-8695
// CLOSED //
Closed as of April 21, 2007
British Columbia (Canada)
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My second foray into a true beer store (see my review for Bottleworks in Seattle).
I had tried to visit here at the end of April based on the hours on the website, but found it was closed when it should have been open. Maybe that was a good thing.... The hours were updated shortly thereafter :(
Went here on my wedding anniversary after picking up our puppy from Monroe, WA with the sole intention of purchasing the UK's Meantime IPA. Of course, the staff member there informed me that they had only received six bottles and were sold out but were getting more the following day.
Instead, I picked up a local porter and the last bottle of Stone's IRS -the one beer I never found in Seattle.
The store was laid out much the same as Bottleworks, but a little more spacious as it lacked a floor stack. The clerk was quite friendly and helpful. Selection was not comparable to Bottleworks, but not in a negative way. Not as many beers, but some stuff Bottleworks certainly didn't have. Different selection of meads, ciders and perry (kind of wish I had grabbed some English perry). Some imports Bottleworks lacked -esp. JW Lees Harvest. Had I come here on my way from Seattle, I would have bought some, but at $7.49 a bottle and considering we were only down for the day, I didn't want to push my luck. And of course, the Stone IRS.
Prices were a bit higher, but all things considered, not bad. I will return given the chance!
Big bonus points for Dave. I emailed him on Dec 13 asking if he could hold two bottles for me until the following week, as I couldn't get down there before then. He gladly point them aside for me for a whole week. Selection also improved somewhat since the summer, but this could be due to the time of year. Lots of seasonals, lots of imports. They even had the Stone 3L bottles in.
I wish I could have brought more back with me...as it is, I was lucky to get away with paying as little duty as I did. I think the customs officials were distracted by my purchases.
06-14-2006 06:57:45 |
More by BDTyre
British Columbia (Canada)
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Not as big as Bottleworks (Seattle) or Premier Gourmet (Buffalo), but a decent selection of high quality brews. It's only 40 minutes from Surrey, BC (where my inlaws live), so I have a feeling I'll be seeing them again.
Friendly, knowledgable staff. Great beer (though I've seen better selections).
I only brought back 21 individual brews, but had to pay at the boarder. Thankfully he put them through as a standard 16 oz bottles, but as an Ontario resident I paid 55% duty on their cost (a BC resident would've paid a couple dollars more total).
12-18-2005 03:49:02 |
More by Derek
British Columbia (Canada)
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a small store a couple blocks from the Boundary Bay Brewery. The selection is focused and all in coolers. Dave the owner is a very cool guy who will help you with your choices. I saw lots of hard to find PNW beers and more difficult to locate Stone, DFH, Victory and Lagunitas. He also had a good selection of Belgian and German beers. He is not the beer mega store like John's in Portland and he doesn't carry six packs of micros you can find in Safeway but if you want interesting beer with good service then check him out. His prices seemed fair as well.
07-23-2005 06:41:44 |
More by canucklehead
British Indian Ocean Territory
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in on the way down to Bottleworks - good service, friendly and knowledgable. Good selection on some vintage ales like JW (was able to pick up his last 1999), and had a decent selection of Belgians. Although I did think some of the pricing was on the higher end esp compared to Central Market in Mill Creek, however it's always good to visit and shop at the smaller indy stores and this one will definitely be on my list next time I pass through.
JW Lees Harvest Ale 1999
Chouffe Houblon IPA
Full Sail Old Boardhead 2005
North Coast Old Stock Ale
HOFTD Doggie Claws, Fred, Adam
11-08-2006 15:35:59 |
More by CBA
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
i don't know much about this store. not sure when it first opened, don't remember it from when i was living in bellingham about 5 years ago. i saw it in beerfly and made a note-to-self to check it out next time i'm in town. the opportunity came last week as i passed through B'ham while driving from vancouver to seattle.
i had forgotten about this place, until i drove right past it. so i made my way through the sometimes confusing one-way labrynth of downtown, and came back around. they lose points for service because the dude who was working was sitting, being entertained by something, with his back to me when i came in. he aknowleged my entrence, but stayed where he was. he seemed completely disinterested in my business. i browsed the bottles of beers, all of which were refrigerated. they get points for being spacious, not clausterphobic like bottleworks. i also liked the merchandise, they have lots of interesting stuff, check out their website. they lose points for having plenty of germans, belgians and UK beers, but not a lot of US craft beers. however, the selection of rogue beers was impressive.
unfortunately for this cool little shop(pe), i went to my old regular grocery store, haggen, just before i went here. haggen's beer selection has expanded significantly since i last saw it, to the point where a specialty shop like the bottle shoppe is almost unnecessary. foreign beers and bombers have taken over what was once the refrigerated part of the wine section. and this is a really good selection for a grocery store. so, not only do they have an impressive variety of US macros and craft beers, they also have plenty of top-notch european brews. and on top of all that, haggen is cheaper in every case. i saw rochefort 10 being sold for $6 at the grocery store, $8 at the specialty shop(pe). cool little place, but no thanks.
08-20-2006 12:03:39 |
More by davidchollar
The Bottle Shoppe in Bellingham, WA