It all started with a truck driver, Craig, who delivered beer and other beverages to stores in South King County. While making deliveries, folks would regularly approach and ask where they could find their favorite brew. The driver shared their interest in obtaining different beers, as he enjoyed trying different beers when playing a friendly game of croquet with friends and relaxing after a long work day. He dreamed of a special store filled with different beers, much like the little wine stores he delivered to.
One day, as he was making a delivery, he shared his idea of opening a specialty beer store with the owners of Corky Cellars, a specialty wine store in Des Moines. They discussed the idea and told the driver about a beer store they’d visited. That was the first conversation the driver had about his idea to bring a specialty beer store to the south end.
Next, he approached his wife, Tiffany, with the idea. She thought it sounded like something they may someday be able to do.
Over the next five years, the driver discussed his idea with friends and family. A family owned business sounded appealing, but also like a lot of hard work. After much planning and discussion, the driver and his wife decided to pursue the dream.
In the summer of 2006, the couple started work on their dream store, 99 Bottles®. They did a lot of research, took business classes, and began hunting for a location, securing funds, and working with graphic artists. (Special thanks to The-Medium for logo development and Sven Sundbaum for store brand extension.)
In December 2006, notice of approval was received from the Washington State Liquor Board (WSLCB) to become a licensed Specialty Beer Store, allowing 99 Bottles to sell beer for off-site consumption. Though they also wanted to include growlers to-go, the couple quickly learned this wasn’t an option, at the time, for beer stores in Washington State.
Build-out of 99 Bottles took place from November 26, 2006 to January 18, 2007 — a tight timeframe that was filled with winter storms and power outages!
99 Bottles opened its doors for business on Saturday, January 20th. Yes, just two days after completion of build-out! The built-in cooler had been delayed, but was finalized just three days before opening. The couple spent many sleepless last-minute days preparing for the grand opening day, which brought in over 80 customers.
Craig and Tiffany extend a special thanks to friends, family, and the wonderful customers who help make 99 Bottles a cool place to be. Cheers! Prost! Na zdrowie!
January 20, 2007 – Grand opening day! 80 customers
October 2008 – Voted “Top 5” Best Beer Selection in the Nightlife category, KING 5’s Best of Western Washington
October 2009 – Voted “#1” Best Beer Store in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington
October 2010 – Voted “#1” Best Beer Store in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington, Meeghan Black of KING 5’s Evening Magazine visits and records a “Best of Western Washington” episode at 99 Bottles
March 2011 – Listed as one of Seven “Don’t Miss” Bottle Shops in Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest by Lisa M. Morrison.
November 2011 – Voted “#1” Best Beer Store in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington for a third year! Special thanks to our customers for making this possible.
November 2011 – Runner up, Best Beer Selection, in KING 5’s Best of Western Washington.
June 2012 – BeerAdvocate.com reviewers rate 99 Bottles as a “World Class” beer store.