beer tasting paddle at 99 Bottles beer store

Are you seeking a new beer adventure? Every day at 99 Bottles® beer store you can enjoy a beer flight, while shopping or visiting with friends.

Beer Flights

Every day 99 Bottles features a Flight of Four. The flight may be all beer, or include a cider or mead. The featured flight is posted daily at the “Tastings” counter. Step on up, present your I.D., and ask for a flight. We’ll get your samples poured and cash you out. Feel free to hang out at the counter, or walk around and shop while you sip.

Flight cost
$4.50 per person, plus tax

Flight departures
Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Monday 12:00 noon to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Happy hour special
Wednesday night, 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
$2.00 per person, plus tax

Special Event Tastings

99 Bottles also invites brewery and beer industry guests, where you can meet-n-greet while tasting brews from a specific brewery, cidery, or meadery. Check the tasting calendar, subscribe to The Weekly Brews, facebook page, or twitter feed for special tasting event details and fees.

Growler Tastes

If you’re not sure about committing to a 32- or 64-ounce growler fill, you can try before you commit to the fill. Just buy a 99 Bottles Growler Taste Card. The cost is $9, plus tax, and is good for twelve tastes. Included with the card is three $1 OFF growler fill coupons. The Growler Taste Card is for the person named on the card; this is in effort to comply with Washington State Laws regarding samples in Specialty Beer Stores.

If you’re not sampling a flight, you’re welcome to use your Growler Taste Card to sample up to five beers from the fill station daily. If you’re having a flight, Washington State Law limits the ounces you can drink at Specialty Beer Stores, so you’re able to use just one taste on your card. Should there be a Special Event Tasting going on, 99 Bottles reserves the right to suspend growler tastes to assure compliance with State Laws and prevent overburdening staff.

99 Bottles special events calendar


Frequently asked questions

Where are the tastings held?

Tasting events are held at 99 Bottles beer store in Federal Way, Wash. unless otherwise noted.

Can I share my samples with a friend?

All individuals tasting at 99 Bottles must first present their I.D. to 99 Bottles staff. Once your friend has shown their I.D. that verifies they are legal drinking age, they’re welcome to share your samples.

Who can attend?

Beer, cider and mead tasting events are open to ages 21 years and older. To participate your valid I.D. must be presented with the tasting fee. Non-alcoholic soda tasting events are open to all ages.

Can I bring my kids?

While 99 Bottles does offer a child-friendly shopping environment, we request that children not be brought to alcohol-focused Special Event Tastings so that adults can better focus on their samples.

What does it cost?

We try to keep our tasting events affordable, at just $2, $4.50, or $10 per person, plus tax. Our goal is to cover our costs while introducing you to new beverages.

How much do I get to drink?

The Flight of Four are 2-ounce samples and feature four labels, for a total of 8 ounces. Tasting events vary and may include up to 10 ounces; see the Special Event Tasting listing.

Can I get a larger pour, or pay for another round of samples?

Sorry, no…it’s the law. 99 Bottles isn’t a tavern, it’s a specialty beer store. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) instructs Specialty Beer/Wine Store licensees to limit daily servings: No more than 10 ounces total, up to a 2-ounce serving from each label.

How do I order a flight?

Upon arriving at 99 Bottles, tell the beer clerk you’d like a flight, then present your I.D. and payment for the flight. The beer clerk will get your paddle setup at the “Tastings” counter. This is a casual tasting, so feel free to read about the beers, shop, or visit while you sip.

What happens at a special guest event?

Upon arriving at 99 Bottles, visit the “Checkout” counterside, present your I.D., and pay the event fee. 99 Bottles will give you a sheet with descriptions of the beers you’ll be trying. You’re then directed to the “Tasting Area” for your pours. The beers are listed in pouring order; you can use pencils provided to make notes and track your progress. We repour into the same cup, so hold onto it! Sip water or munch on an oyster cracker between beers to cleanse your palate. If you have any questions, speak up! We and the guests will do our best to answer your questions about the featured beverages, brewing processes, and breweries. You can also shop or visit with others during the event and return to the pouring area when moving onto the next beer on the list. For really busy special guest events, after checking in, just jump into the rotation as tasters circle around the store, visiting while they taste.

Can I taste the beers in a different order?

Yes, but it’s not recommended. 99 Bottles selects and arranges the beers in an order that will best suit the palate. Like wines and cheeses, beer should be tasted in order of flavor — starting from the lightest in flavor and saving the heaviest, strongest, most bitter beer for last.

Are there any guidelines for tasting beer?

For a great overview of tasting beer, read “How To Taste Beer” on BeerAdvocate.com.

Do you ever hold Special Event Tastings on Thursday or Friday nights?

Rarely. Thursday and Friday are our primary beer arrival days, where deliveries hit the floor. Our focus is getting those beers onto the shelves and into the coolers. (And if you’ve visited on these days, you’ve seen the tasting counter lined with cases!) With so many incoming beers, there’s little time or space to hold formal events on these days.

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