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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 1000
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Store ]
14608 Highway 99
phone: (425) 741-7049
(Place added by: hopburster on 05-21-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14
Reviews by ZedMikey:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
12-06-2012 20:51:00 |
More by ZedMikey
More User Reviews:
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.
09-03-2013 02:53:49 |
More by Aitkend
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!
07-18-2012 14:57:59 |
More by bbarnumboy
British Columbia (Canada)
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!
05-11-2012 21:26:47 |
More by bumchilly25
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Overall I had a Bad Experience with the clique of the Mug club. They advertise that if you drink all 99 beers you will get a Mug with your name on it. I was 40 beers in when they told me even if I finish the 99 they wouldn't let me in the Mug club because someone in the club didn't like me. I never had any problems with anyone there as far as I know. I wish they were honest about their Mug club in the first place before I wasted all my money there.
This place is not friendly to Disabled Veterans. If you are active Military or a Vet go somewhere else.
04-07-2012 23:10:24 |
More by Veteran
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
11-15-2011 22:25:51 |
More by NWer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
While visiting from MN I was looking for a place close to my hotel and found Special Brews on BA. This was hands down the best overall bottle shop I've ever been to. The selection was solid, the prices were fair but the standouts were the tap list and the service from Annie.
On tap was Bourbon Angel's Share, Black Xantus, Cascade Test Flight and a few others I can't recall. By the time I left I spent close to 4 hours there talking beer and homebrewing. Annie picked out quite a selection of beers for me to try. I would have purchased all of them had I not had to fly back the next day.
She also attempted to track down some Pliny the Elder for me which is something not many owners would do.
If you're in the area you must go. If you're not in the area I suggest seeking this place out for a beer or two
11-12-2011 01:55:06 |
More by boomer31
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Best bottle selection I've seen in Washington, relaxed atmosphere, and the fact that you can crack open a bottle and drink it in the store is appreciable. My complaint (and this is a Washington beer store complaint) is that they only sell single bottles, which has its perks but generally means higher prices. Every beer I saw I've seen cheaper elsewhere, but the store also boasts a lot of beers I haven't seen anywhere else. Great selection, but pricey.
Note, the have beers on tap, but I didn't check them out.
10-13-2011 02:53:32 |
More by nsabo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
great store - wish it were closer.
6 taps - all well advertised on the website and twitter - seems to be a steady flow of Cascade taps too which is nice.
tons and tons of bottles - coolers, dry shelves and all - everything looked fresh and well maintained.
with all the specialty bottle shops in the area, the subtleties make all the difference - there seemed to be a heavier selection of bruery, boulevard, midnight sun, lost abbey and the likes.
all the other NW staples from WA and OR are present and accounted for as well as tons of bombers, singles and other goods.
really impressed - when work takes me to bothel, i'll detour up this way
08-20-2011 04:52:35 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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!
08-04-2011 23:09:55 |
More by flagmantho
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