Yes, you can taste beer while shopping at 99 Bottles beer store! Your choices—
- Flight of Four – New featured beers every week! This daily beer tasting is served on request during tasting hours.
- Growler Tastes – Buy a Growler Taste Card and try-before-you-buy a growler fill. This tasting is served on request during tasting hours.
- Special Events – Meet special guests and taste a big variety of beers! Please note, flights and Growler Tastes aren’t available during Special Events.
Frequently asked questions
When can I taste?
You may taste during the scheduled tasting times. Final call for tasting check-in daily is 30 minutes prior to closing time.
- Flight of Four – Open until 30 minutes to closing. All flights are suspended for 1 hour prior to and during Special Tasting Events.
- Growler Tastes – Open until 30 minutes to closing. No growler tastes during Special Tasting Events.
- Special Events – Tasting times are posted in the event description.
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; 99 Bottles supplements the costs of some Special Tasting Events.
Can I have a pint?
Sorry, no. Washington State Law prohibits Specialty Beer Store licensees from serving pints. However, you are allowed to enjoy up to 10-ounces of alcohol samples per day at 99 Bottles beer store.
Can I taste anything?
The beer, mead and/or cider featured on the Flight of Four or at Special Tasting Events are preselected. The Growler Taste Card allows you to select beers to sample from the eight kegs featured on the growler fill station.
How much do I get to drink?
You are allowed, by State Law, to enjoy up to 10-ounces of alcohol samples per day at 99 Bottles beer store. We serve as follows—
- Flight of Four – Four 2-ounce samples, for a total of 8 ounces.
- Growler Tastes – Up to five 2-ounce samples; however, only one sample is allowed if you’re also taking the flight.
- Special Events – The number of brews varies and the total servings are up to 10 ounces total
Can I get a larger pour, or pay for another round of samples?
Sorry, no…it’s the law. 99 Bottles is a specialty beer store, not a tavern. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) instructs Specialty Beer/Wine Store licensees to limit daily servings to no more than 10 ounces total per person.
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.
Where are the tastings held?
Tasting events are held at 99 Bottles beer store in Federal Way, Wash. unless otherwise noted.
What do I need to taste at 99 Bottles?
You need the tasting fee, plus tax, and a valid I.D.
State Law requires that all consuming alcoholic beverages first present valid I.D. Thus, if you’re sharing with a friend, colleague, or spouse they must also present valid I.D. 99 Bottles reserves the right to remove samples from participants sharing with others without I.D., and no refunds will be granted.
Who can drink?
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.
Can I share my samples with a friend?
All individuals tasting at 99 Bottles must first present their valid I.D. to 99 Bottles staff. Once our staff has verified the I.D. as valid (appropriate, current form of identification AND legal drinking age), they’re welcome to share your samples. 99 Bottles reserves the right to remove samples from participants sharing with others without I.D., and no refunds will be granted.
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, however, 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.
Can I pay for my tasting later?
Sorry, we tried that. Due to the number of people skipping out on their tasting bill, all beer tastings must be paid for in advance of serving.