The Beer Junction: part bar, part beer store
The Beer Junction in West Seattle is a bar and beer store offering 1,300 bottles of beer from around the world and 16 on tap.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Whenever I need an interesting beer or a Belgian ale to bring to a dinner party, the beer community always directs me to The Beer Junction. It's sound advice. It doesn't get any better than a beer shop that boasts 1,300 different beer bottles from around the world and a bar with 16 taps.
Owner and beer geek Morgan Herzog thought it would be cool for patrons to walk along the aisle with a pint in hand. Four months ago, he set up The Beer Junction so you could do exactly that.
He moved the shop to bigger digs on the main drag of downtown West Seattle and started serving draft beer.
The Beer Junction looks like any bar, only with a convenience-storelike setup in the back, complete with baskets and shopping carts.
There are craft beers from the East Coast and beers from 50 different countries, alongside 115 different hard ciders and 60 meads lining the shelves and the fridges.
The two flat screens are turned to baseball and other sports, but you're more likely to find patrons talking about IPAs than checking the game. I sat next to a guy bragging about his home brew and another sporting a T-shirt: "The liver is evil. It must be punished."
The draft lineup is excellent, a wide range of fruity to bitter brews. The beer menu changes every few days since the bar goes through so many kegs. But you can count on at least three IPAs on tap along with a pale ale, red ale, stout, pilsner, hard cider and a Belgian or German beer at all times.
Best draft beer I had this month was at this bar, a Belgian strong ale misnamed La Terrible from Unibroue, with hints of dry fruit and molasses.
Bar snacks are limited to chips, pistachios and other nuts. For something of more sustenance, patrons order from among a dozen restaurants within a block and eat at this bar.
With this being the main drag of West Seattle, the food choice should be obvious, right? Hit Bakery Nouveau for those meaty pizza slices done with a buttery focaccia-like dough to go with a cold one.
The Beer Junction, 4511 California Ave. S.W., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.- 9. p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Beer tasting every Thursday (206-938-2337 or www.thebeerjunction.com).
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or email@example.com. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle.