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Good place to buy beer in Seattle?

rln Sep 8, 2008 06:53 PM

hello, we need to buy beer for a wedding we're having in Whidbey. In SF, we have Beverages and More with a lot of selection and good prices. I am not a cost -co member. Any suggestions where to go?


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    zoogrrrl Sep 8, 2008 08:55 PM

    rin--I don't know how it works in WA, but in IN and IL anyone can go into Costco and buy booze because membership can't be required for a liquor purchase. That makes Costco a contender. How about calling them?

    We tend to track which grocery store has it on sale (Wed. newspaper ads). We bought some cases this summer for a wedding, as well.

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      jaydeflix Sep 9, 2008 01:17 PM

      Bottleworks in Wallingford would be my first thought: http://www.bottleworks.com/

      There's also a place up on Northgate on the east side of the intersection with aurora (on the south side of the street) http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-star-beer... which claims to have Seattles best selection, but unsure on the prices. haven't been there in ages.

      Otherwise, I'd try the Town and Country Markets, which always seem to have a good selection and good prices.

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        equinoise Sep 12, 2008 10:48 AM

        I think I've been to the Northgate place. They do have a big selection of imported beers and alot of US brews as well. Their prices are better than bottleworks (I love bottleworks, but they don't really attempt to compete on price). I wonder about the age of some of the beers at Northgate.

        For a wedding though, I would definately go with a keg from a good local brewery, esp. Georgetown-Roger's Pilsner and Manny's Pale Ale are both crowd pleasers IMO. Keg makes for fresher beer, easier transport, and much less waste.

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        GreenYoshi Sep 9, 2008 01:35 PM

        Is your main criteria selection or price?

        Bottleworks has great variety, as does that new place down in Georgetown, Full Throttle. But they can both get a little expensive...
        Although, I'd give them a call and see if they won't give you a volume discount, they seem like the type that might entertain the offer.

        Also, give the breweries a call. I know Georgetown, Elysian, Maritime and Redhook all do keg business, and those are priced pretty nicely. (I would assume other guys like Hale's, McNemanin's and Baron would too, but I don't know for sure)

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          mrnelso Sep 9, 2008 04:22 PM

          Bottleworks, on 45th has bottles - lots of variety, and then there's
          Whidbey Island Brewing
          630 Second Street
          Langley, WA 98260

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            NWPeter Sep 10, 2008 02:44 PM

            If you are looking for a keg, or half keg, from a microbrewery, try Big Time Brewery in the U District.

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              icecreamgal Sep 12, 2008 10:57 AM

              What about Trader Joe's?

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