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Overall score: 100
By the Bottle is an important part of the Portland-area ecosystem. There are a good number of quality national brews that are distributed in Washington but not Oregon: Port Brewing, Southern Tier, Shiner (OK, maybe Shiner doesn’t excite you as much as it does me).
In addition to the national choices they also carry lots of beer from smaller or up-and-coming Washington breweries that can’t yet afford Oregon distribution.
Beers are arranged by style. The owners are very friendly, and are really in it for the love of beer. If you happen to be in Vancouver, definitely stop in. Or make a special trip if there’s something you need that either isn’t available in Portland or has already sold out.
Writer: WaveRebel51, Nebraska
Reviewed on: 12-02-2008 21:18:53
A+ / 4.8
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 – $$$
Stopped here while visiting family in the Northwest and I have to say that this is a must-see if you are ever in the area. Great selection (although I may have been on sensory overload because they had so many beers not available where I live) and great service. Everything was top notch. My purchases included some Gordon, Dale’s Pale Ale, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and my new favorite beer, Deschutes Hop Trip IPA.
I noticed A LOT more stuff, like good Belgians, Germans and other American micro styles, but stuck with the IPA genre simply because I would not have enough time to sample more beers. I thought some items were a bit on the pricey side, but the quality is worth it and I didn’t think the prices were out of line. I doubt you can beat the quality of their stock and the friendly service anywhere else.
I highly recommend this place to any serious beer enthusiast as well as anyone who simply wants to learn more about beers.
Writer: GJ40, Apex, North Carolina
Reviewed on: 04-08-2008 19:37:13
A- / 4.05
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 – $$
After consulting Beer Advocate, I stopped in to check this place out while on a business trip.
It’s a nice place with a large selection of good beers. They organize it by region (US, Belgian, British, etc.) and then within that, by style. I’m used to seeing it more by region and then brewer. I kind of like their use of style as the second grouping. It’s harder to find all beers by a particular brewer but it does let you easily see all offerings of a style (such as IPA). The woman behind the counter was very nice and helpful.
If you’re in the area, drop by.
Writer: JohnY, Portland, Oregon
Reviewed on: 06-18-2006 10:24:42
A+ / 4.7
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 – $$
A great place to buy beer “By the Bottle” everything your heart desires from Great Belgian specialties (Delirium, Dupont, Duval, Orval, chimay, Karmeleit, etc) to Fantastic Northwest brews and even some other great beers from around the country (dogfish head) and (Stone). The only place in town with Unibroue beers, and a super place to find (hard to find) German beers in the bottle (Spaten, Schwelmer, Franzikaner, etc). Nice people, great service,easy to find location, go buy some beer there!