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tophertg
02-10-2010, 22:41
Hello,

I stumbled across this forum a few days ago. A recent trip to Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco introduced me to several new bourbons I had never seen in my local liquor store and I've been trying to find new things to taste since.

I've been searching the forum for the questions below, but maybe someone can point me in the right direction.

- Any bars in western Washington that have a good selection of bourbon? I really like to try a glass of something before I buy an entire bottle. ZigZag has a pretty good list (http://zigzagseattle.com/drink/whiskeys), I'm trying to find others.

- Any recommendations for web sites to order from? dandm.com had no problem shipping spirits. But others have been hit or miss. It sounds like the law for WA has just changed (http://liq.wa.gov/rules/Concise%20explanatory%20statement%20-Internet%20Sales%20and%20Delivery.pdf).

- Anyone buy "collectable" bottles from eBay? (As in drink their contents even though eBay makes sellers say it's not intended to be consumed)

(PS, any like minded software engineers in the area?)

T47
02-11-2010, 05:45
Welcome to SB from a fellow Washingtonian! I live in Issaquah.
FX McRorys near Qwest has a good selection of Bourbons.
The liqour stores here with the best selections are usually the store on 4th Ave just south of the Stadiums and the 12th and Pine store in Seattle.
As far as mail order goes its illegal to ship to WA State and has been for quite a while. So if you've found a business willing to ship your lucky.


:toast:

sgtgto
02-11-2010, 13:14
Greetings! I live in Ballard myself. I also LOVED Bourbon and Branch. They had the 25 yr Chocolate Monster Willett when I went, well worth the 25$ pour! There are many great bars in Seattle, and there are many bars that have an amazing selection, but not too many that are both of those.

ZigZag is WAYYYYY overpriced. They want 25$ a pour for the BTAC. But they have the largest selection of Willett releases in the city. I have the second ;)

Rob Roy in Belltown has a good selection, also overpriced.

Liberty in Capitol hill has an amazing selection, prices are decent for most of the stuff, and they do know their bourbon.

Whiskey Bar in Belltown has a giant selection, and the prices are quite good.

My personal favorite is Olivers Twist on Greenwood Ave, in Phinney Ridge. Go mon/thurs/sat/sun when Robert is working. He is a bourbon/rye lover. I have helped amass one of the better selections of bourbon in the city at Olivers Twist. Their prices are great, and the atmosphere is great. Try some of the cocktails too... amazing.

Jake

tophertg
02-11-2010, 22:00
Excellent, I didn't know of any of these places. Thanks very much for the info!

I've been meaning to make a trip to the legendary 4th ave store, I didn't know about the 12th. All I know is the Redmond store never seems to have what I want :)

fishnbowljoe
02-14-2010, 17:59
Welcome to SB. Looks like you have a few new "neighbors" already. Hope you enjoy your bourbon experience here. Cheers. Joe

Odiedog52
02-23-2010, 06:28
Welcome to SB from a fellow Washingtonian! I live in Issaquah.
FX McRorys near Qwest has a good selection of Bourbons.
The liqour stores here with the best selections are usually the store on 4th Ave just south of the Stadiums and the 12th and Pine store in Seattle.
As far as mail order goes its illegal to ship to WA State and has been for quite a while. So if you've found a business willing to ship your lucky.


:toast:

Are you certain it's illegal to ship to WA? I order beer from online all the time to my WA address and I just did my first bourbon purchase from www.thewinecellaronline.com as well. I've yet to have an issue with it and I'm pretty sure most people ship to WA.

sgtgto
03-05-2010, 09:20
Are you certain it's illegal to ship to WA? I order beer from online all the time to my WA address and I just did my first bourbon purchase from www.thewinecellaronline.com (http://www.thewinecellaronline.com) as well. I've yet to have an issue with it and I'm pretty sure most people ship to WA.

Yes, quite illegal. The places get around it by lawyer speak on their shipping policy.

HiroProtagonist
03-23-2010, 09:19
I live in Ballard, work in Redmond as a software engineer, and am a big bourbon fan. Tophertg (or any other locals), I'd be up for getting together for a drink and chat sometime if you are interested. None of my other friends share my bourbon obsession, though they are happy to try my recommendations when we hang out.

My wife and I love the selection at Olivers Twist and were just there last Saturday. They are only the second bar I have found in the pacific northwest that has Four Roses (the other one was Park Kitchen in Portland). Robert is a great bartender and I got to try the ER 17 to see how it compares to ER 10 which is one of our favorites. It was not but not worth 3x the price - I'd rather have 3 bottles of ER 10.

I didnt know about the good selections at the other bars that sgtgto mentioned, but its good to hear there are others. Nice to know that I'm already frequenting the best of the bunch. :)

I have had good success ordering bourbons that I cant get in state liquor stores from www.centralliquors.com (http://www.centralliquors.com) and www.wineandliquordepot.com (http://www.wineandliquordepot.com) as well as the "collectible" bottles on EBay. One of the Ebay collectors can regularly get the BTAC selections at a good price and I have used him a couple of times to get a bottle of George Stagg.

Cheers!

p_elliott
03-23-2010, 09:45
I live in Ballard, work in Redmond as a software engineer, and am a big bourbon fan. Tophertg (or any other locals), I'd be up for getting together for a drink and chat sometime if you are interested. None of my other friends share my bourbon obsession, though they are happy to try my recommendations when we hang out.

My wife and I love the selection at Olivers Twist and were just there last Saturday. They are only the second bar I have found in the pacific northwest that has Four Roses (the other one was Park Kitchen in Portland). Robert is a great bartender and I got to try the ER 17 to see how it compares to ER 10 which is one of our favorites. It was not but not worth 3x the price - I'd rather have 3 bottles of ER 10.

I didnt know about the good selections at the other bars that sgtgto mentioned, but its good to hear there are others. Nice to know that I'm already frequenting the best of the bunch. :)

I have had good success ordering bourbons that I cant get in state liquor stores from www.centralliquors.com (http://www.centralliquors.com) and www.wineandliquordepot.com (http://www.wineandliquordepot.com) as well as the "collectible" bottles on EBay. One of the Ebay collectors can regularly get the BTAC selections at a good price and I have used him a couple of times to get a bottle of George Stagg.

Cheers!

Welcome to the site, We have official chat nights here Thursday's and Sundays but some one is in most every night especially Fri and Sat. So if your looking for friends to chat bourbon with stop in.

CaptainQ
03-23-2010, 13:24
Welcome to SB Andrew! Small world as you are right across the bridge from me(I'm in Magnolia). This place is awesome and I've learned so much from reading all the varied posts. Stop bye chat sometime and say hi.

HiroProtagonist
03-23-2010, 21:04
Welcome to SB Andrew! Small world as you are right across the bridge from me(I'm in Magnolia). This place is awesome and I've learned so much from reading all the varied posts. Stop bye chat sometime and say hi.

OK, this might be a dumb question, but where is this chat that two people have now invited me to? I dont see any chat options on the main page or anywhere else on this site and the FAQ makes no mention of it. Are you just referring to the forums or is there an actual chat room?

CaptainQ
03-23-2010, 22:18
Glad you found it. Nice chatting with you!