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35002 Pacific Hwy S
phone: (253) 838-2558
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-29-2007)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Was really blown away by this place. As I recall, about 95% of their stuff are in coolers. I think anything can be purchased in singles, although I still would like to see more 6 pack selection, this seems to be a downward trend in availability.
Totally inconspicuous location. Wide open floor plan inside. They had all kinds of gems of selection. I mean, I got my first Southern Tier stuff here (3000 miles away), and it was still delicious. Anyways, after spending almost an hour going through the store and spending way more than $100, the dude at the register allowed me to pick out some pint glasses for free. Wish I was in the area more often. This is a world class bottle shop.
I mean, 99 bottles, Hollingshead, Discount Liquors . . . its in that elite grouping of retailers.
EDIT: On my second trip, they didn't give me anything free, and they get even stingier with the cardboard you wanna take. Still, I'm gonna keep shopping there, but its not quite as elite as my first impression, at least service wise.
08-13-2010 19:01:06 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Warmed up to the place since my initial review. Was irked by the service I received from one of the employees and left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth (looking at some of the other reviews, this appears to have happened to others as well). They keep a very good stock, but be prepared to wait in line before the store opens for rare releases. Tiffany does do a good job keeping the website updated, posting pictures, answering questions, and putting out info in the craft beer world. They do an annual cellar sale which has some vintage rarities as well. Overall, not my thing. I can’t justify the trip down personally, but I can understand the hype, and have stopped in when I am in the area.
05-30-2013 18:01:58 |
More by Smurf2055
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome selection at 99 Bottles! As other commented, staff isn't the most welcoming. You shop at your own pace but they are nice. Wish they offered more growler fill options. They offer tastings but I've never attended. This is your best option for finding craft beer south of Seattle.
11-07-2013 23:25:04 |
More by BVukelich
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
With a stout tasting coming up with some East Coast friends, I wanted to try to find something unusual I could bring back from the NW. After a less than satisfactory experience at the Metro and Tacoma Boys, we made the short drive over to Federal Way and 99 Bottles. I am very glad we did.
99 Bottles is located in a small shopping center, and from the outside looks like any other liquor store you'd find next to the barbershop and grocery store. However, once you walk in, you realize you've walked into something pretty special. The store is completely devoted to beer; craft beer and imports in particular. The left side and back walls consist of cold boxes loaded with craft beer and imports from all over, but then with stacks of 6 packs and bombers in large display areas in the middle back area of the store. The selection here is truly amazing, and I suspect represents pretty much everything that is brought into the area by local distributors. They had an excellent selection of RR sours, and their selection of DFH beers I saw on display would rival most stores on the East Coast. This is also a great place to find limited release beers from local NW breweries; my impression is that if a brewery makes something that is released into normal distribution, then you will find it here. Add to that a nice selection of glassware and various beer schwag, plus 5 or 6 beers on tap for growler fills, and you know you are in one high quality store.
Prices seemed reasonable (about the norm for the area), with growler prices in the $10 to $12 range. As for service, it's really difficult to gauge. There were just two people working on the Saturday afternoon I stopped by, with one employee manning the cash register and the other stocking beer. I assume they could probably answer most questions if you had any, but this is not the sort of store where you can expect to have employees coming up to you and asking if you need any help. At least that's the impression I had based on my one Saturday afternoon visit (hence my "average" service score).
No matter, the selection here is outstanding, and there's no doubt I'll be back again soon. On the day I was here there had to be at least 20 customers wandering around the store, most of them with looks on their faces that suggested they had somehow fallen asleep and woken up in beer heaven. I suspect the same look was on my face as well. This place is great.
06-25-2012 13:24:35 |
More by johnmichaelsen
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited based on the recommendation of imacoug (a beer buddy). Fortunately I was spending the weekend on the south end of the Seattle metro area so the store was conveniently located. If I had been focused elsewhere (like downtown) it would have been a trek to frequent the store.
There was a decent quantity to select from. However, much of the inventory was in coolers. This works out well for the locals but I live 200 miles away so I prefer to buy bottles off the shelf.
The shopping mall the store is located in is at a very busy intersection and the mall is very busy. I had a hard time parking close to the store. However, the staff helped carry out my order...good service.
The store is very clean and well organized. The staff take great pride in the store and their mission.
I'll definitely be back.
10-08-2007 05:21:42 |
More by dnichols
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We (Eva and I) swung by this store because we were in the area.
I was not expecting much being in Federal Way and being accustomed to Bottleworks located close to my home.
I was surprised by the great selection and presentation. I could not help myself grabbing bottle after bottle and stacking them at the check out counter. There were some nice surprises that we ended up buying. I finally walked out of there with a 132$ deduction from my credit card.
The place is set up very nicely with coolers to the left as you walk in and the special stuff in the back of the room on shelves.
That is where I did most my shopping.
If I lived in this area, I would be a regular.
08-12-2010 18:50:46 |
More by erkaneva
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Good people in a weird place. the fed..
Plenty of local micro stuff, it seems, as much as they can get. A dozen cooler doors, at least, all packed with good stuff, pretty good selection of Germans, other imports. Not the largest belgian selection from what i remember, but definitely some cool stuff.
Seem to always have some of the good stuff: Russian River, Deschutes, etc available around here and are usually quite helpful.
Without fail, on purchases of over $100 (umm, nearly every time i've been there, what?) a few free glasses. Classy discount.
Haven't made it to one of their Wednesday $1 tastings, but they do that too.
10-25-2010 07:51:37 |
More by dragonWhale
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This store is located in a new strip mall. Chain stores and fast food restaurants of all types surround it.
The store itself is very new and clean. Glass cooler doors line the entire left wall as you enter, too many to count. More beers and glassware on room temp. shelves on back wall and rear right wall. Large service counter to the right of the door.
Hundreds of beers to choose from. Saw a few beers that I hadn't seen much before like Gordon from Oscar Blues and a Belgian or two my Belgian loving friend commented on not seeing usually.
The service was friendly and I saw the staff answering customer questions.
Prices seemed in line and reflected the cost to the store. Example: Bear Republic is $3.50 per bomber where as Great Divide is $6.50.
They also do tastings and due to whatever law is applying in this situation they are cost friendly. $1 for the tasting and you get 4 2oz. tastes. So 8oz. for $1. I haven't attended a tasting.
02-12-2007 16:31:02 |
More by Hortus
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great beer store on the south end of Federal Way. Selection is very good, ranging from the local PNW limited releases, to Belgians, to Germans, to easter european. Staff is knowledgable and friendly and always hasa suggestions for whatever style you're looking for. Prices seem on par with other specialty beer shops in the Seattle area. They have a punchcard system so when you buy 99 bottles you get a free tshirt, or something like that. Also, they have tastings in store every month usually with a rep of the resepective brewery.
Overall a great shop for the south end, good location, great service and excellent selection.
04-17-2007 22:22:37 |
More by sockeye101
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Located in a fairly busy mall, this is certainly one of the better bottle shops I've been in. Obvious care has been put into taking care of product re UV lighting. Really nice selection, especially hard to find Washington breweries and their one-off products. Good selection of Lost Abbey products (sadly not available in OR) they had a pretty big stack of Red Poppy, right next to the full range of bottled RR sours. A small wine selection. They had a $1 taster special, the day I visited they were doing stouts, really small pours (2 oz.) though. Very knowledgeable and caring staff. Given relative proximity Sea-Tac, this is a very worthy stop for the traveling BA. Reasonable prices with a Facebook check-in discount of 10% on 6 bottles of same product, though the bastardly 9+% sales tax cuts into any value priced bottles. Highly recommended.
03-18-2011 18:16:26 |
More by jdense
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