The Pacific Northwest offers beer lovers so many things; exceptional beer bars, brewpubs, breweries, and what I think is the coolest beer store ever, 99 Bottles. When you walk through the door you are greeted by a warm staff and a chilly room filled with over 900 different beers. Using traditional coolers for some of the beer and keeping the rest of the store at a cool 64-65 degrees assures that all of your purchases have been maintained with the utmost care.
It all started with Craig Adamowski’s yearning for someplace to buy good beer. Over the years of delivering beer and other beverages he ran across many others on the same quest. In order to fill the need for a great place to buy beer the idea and development of 99 Bottles came about. Run by Craig, his wife Tiffany and the store manager Shena. The first thing that impressed me was the absolute spotlessness of the place, beautiful wood floors lead your eyes to the shelves where everything is labeled and displayed with precision. As I looked around I spotted way too many bottles that I wanted to take with me, the only problem I saw was how I was going to pay for everything I wanted and how to actually transport it all home.
For those of you that like to throw the occasional party, 99 Bottles also has an incredible list of kegs available so you never need to bring home another keg of PBR and disappoint your revelers.
More than just a beer store this bottle shop offers tastings every Wednesday for just $1 and on the first Tuesday of every month 99 Bottles has a six beer tasting for $5. If you can make it to 99 Bottles Saturday the 21st you will find a special event featuring Dick’s Brewing Company’s beers and sausage. From 3-6 pm you can come in and for only $1 you get to taste Dick’s Danger Ale, Irish Ale, IPA, Cream Stout, Porter, Belgian Triple and sausage.
If all beer stores were this interesting and well thought out everyone in America would be drinking craft beer.