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Full Throttle Bottles
$$ - reasonable
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5909 Airport Way S
phone: (206) 763-2079
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I've been to this place a couple of times now, when I've been in the city. Somewhat out of the way, in what strikes me as a recently reclaimed industrial area in the south city. It's not that large, but the atmosphere is what I like in a bottle shop: beer, beer related things and beer (along with some wine/cider/other alcohol stuff) all with a... lived in? kind of feel? That's not the exact words Im looking for, but you can probably get the idea. Not some sprawling soulless STORE (heaven forbid!!), but a smaller space, lots of wood, beer taking up almost all of the space, with character and shit. Found a number of really good stuff that I hadn't come across elsewhere (wasn't SCOURING the city, but have looked at other stuff as well), the owner I believe (who has been there both times I've been in), offered us help if we needed it, but was not overly pushy. We looked by ourselves and picked some stuff out, then asked her advice/opinions on a couple of things, and she clearly was a beer person who had a store, not just a business person who just happened to sell beer. A little more expensive for some of the items, but I've found that to be true at most of the bottle shops I've been to in the city, and besides: i'd rather pay a little more for something I want than not have access to it at all.
04-14-2013 08:24:44 |
More by kemoarps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$
Checked this place out after grabbing lunch at Jules Mae last fall.
Bottles, bottles, everywhere! In coolers, in boxes, on top of boxes. One gets the impression there's not a lot of storage space in the back, so it all goes on the salesroom floor!
Selection is good, not great for the area. There were a number of beers I can't get in Spokane, but would not be out of pace at Bottleworks. Still, if I lived in the neighborhood it'd be my go-to place.
One employee on duty, was friendly and looked up things I couldn't find (none of which they had at the moment).
A nice bottleshop that would draw rave reviews where I live, but is simply good without being great in Seattle.
03-09-2013 21:40:31 |
More by woemad
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Stopped by while in the area visiting the oldest pub in Seattle, was not impressed by the staff, their knowledge, their selection or much of anything. It is a bottle shop where there are no other bottle shops, that is what allows this place to thrive. Perhaps I am spoiled by The Beer Junction but I do not consider myself a beer snob or particularly particular when it comes to what I want or expect from a bottle shop but there is little to be desired from this joint, skip it unless you have nowhere else to pick up craft beer in S. Seattle.
03-09-2013 05:45:16 |
More by Hopmodium
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Been here a few times and think I can give a fair assessment.
Atmosphere: Has a gritty feel to it that I appreciate. Never have felt rushed or uncomfortable. Good beer talk with the staff on a couple of occasions.
Quality: Tend to have a very solid local and more generally West Coast beers. Always new stuff to take a look at. Some rarities from time to time that they send emails about to let people on their distribution list know about.
Service: In general, friendly staff that is helpful for recommendations and knowledgable about their products. Had one experience where an employee told information about a bottle limit that conflicted with their email blast.
Selection: Very good compared to most stores in the area. There is almost always some new stuff in the store.
Value: A wee bit more pricey than some of the other shops in the area, but usually fair.
03-01-2012 04:47:39 |
More by mfavoino
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been able to stop at Full Throttle a few times, as it wasn't that out of the way on my commute home from work in the past.
One recent stop was to pick up my first bottle of Pliny the Elder, which they'd tweeted about that day. I'm not sure if it was the same stop, but I snagged two Duvel tulips for $5 each, as all their glassware is $5.
A very nice selection of beer (and wine). They have a stamp program where $100 spent gets you 11% off your next purchase.
I haven't had the opportunity to hit all the bottle shops in the area, but I do really like FTB's service, selection, and atmosphere. Copious tantalizing updates via Twitter and Facebook don't hurt, either.
12-01-2011 19:14:35 |
More by jpbebeau
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Full Throttle Bottles is located in the historical area of Georgetown in South Seattle near the Boeing airfields. It is a cozy beer store that also offers wines.
They offer a number of hard to fine beers such as Parabola and Pliny the Elder (from time to time). Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and offer advice on how Canadian travelers such as myself can maximize their limit of alcohol to take back home.
I always visit this place whenever I make a trip to Seattle, and have yet to be disappointed. It is better than the vast majority of stores in British Columbia.
09-27-2011 04:59:46 |
More by DaftCaskBC
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here this afternoon and I was impressed.
The selection was excellent with a large amount of NW beers including a few hard to find ones like Parabola. They also had a large selection of wines, ciders and meads.
The staff was friendly and they seemed knowledgeable.
The prices seemed about average, nothing seemed really pricy or really cheap.
Overall I really liked this place, they had an excellent selection, friendly knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices. Next time I'm in the area I am going to stop in.
08-21-2011 22:44:14 |
More by beerandcycling88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
stopped through after a recent visit to nearby schooner exact...
located on a beaten up stretch of road that seemed to have some other interesting spots - damned construction. dark cozy interior, lots of cooler space.
service was friendly - stamp cards, discounts, etc.
seattle is blessed with a lot of really impressive bottleshops, and while this spot is certainly included, its hard for me to hold in the same class as bottleworks, 99 bottles, chucks, special brews, etc.
selection was solid but at times a bit spendy - all the russian river releases, stone, boulevard, your standard smorgasbord of washington locals.
if in the area, knock this place out, but for those in the city, likely not worth the journey
08-20-2011 04:43:59 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I made it out to Seattle about 3 months ago and just now thought to review this location.
I scouted it out due to it proximity to the airport so that I could pick up a few bottles to pack away in my suitcase.
As a midwesterner, I was blown away by the amount of west coast beers - obviously FTB would not be unique in this regard - but I was nonetheless impressed with their selection.
I loaded up as much RR and Lost Abbey as I could squeeze into my suitcase.
The thing that stands out in my mind from this visit was how the lady who was working there tore the store apart looking for the last bottle of LA BA Angel's Share. Her PC said she had one left and damnit, she was going to find it for me. I certainly appreciated her effort.
I have nothing to compare it to in the area, but if I find myself back out that way, I will definitely stop back in.
07-23-2011 02:35:27 |
More by bb8189
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
After reading the reviews on here, I decided this needed to be the place to stop. It also happened to be closer to get to from my hotel. I arrived right at opening on a saturday. I was a little curious on my first step in. The place is rather dark for a store, but not dark enough to hinder movement. There were two employees and myself. I was greeted as soon as the door was opened. After doing a quick walk around, I was offered assistance. I immediately asked about Pliny the Elder. That has been my top sought after brew for a while. It isn't' available near me. I was then told there is a limit 1 per customer. That was fine, as I can understand due to limited quantities.
I was asked where I'm from, and I explained why I was looking for certain brews. They immediately showed me everything rare and unavailable to me normally. If you happen to know me, I have a weakness for beer as such and I think I bought every brew shown to me. The brews I had purchased made me ecstatic. They have a great selection of great brews. They went out of their way to make sure I knew everything they had.
It was an exhilarating experience, and I may return if possible before my trip is over.
05-07-2011 21:51:38 |
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