Prior to founding 99 Bottles, Craig was a delivery truck driver for a local beer distributor. His passion for trying new beers fostered his idea of creating a special store where beer drinkers would have the largest selection possible in the Northwest, carrying full line-ups from breweries near and far, while giving people the option to choose singles to mix their packs, or multiples of their favorites.
Tiffany, on the other hand, had already found a favorite in the family of Lindemans Lambic Ales. She explored beers a little, but her beer goggles were not fully on until after the couple opened 99 Bottles in January 2007. “I had never imagined —nor tasted— the full range of beer until 99 Bottles,” Tiffany says. “I knew it wasn’t all fizzy and yellow, but I had no idea of what beer was, is and could be. Customers come in and ask me what my favorite beer is, and I am overwhelmed with the answer. My favorite beer is now a list of well-over 50 beers!” With the plethora of seasonal and limited edition beers, it’s no wonder that Tiffany has a difficult time choosing just one. The onset of fall brings pumpkin spice ales, fresh hop ales, Oktoberfest lagers, and winter warmers into the store, all of which seem to disappear too quickly. Tiffany continues, “Though autumn has just begun, we’ve already seen highly sought-after seasonal beers come and go, only to return next year.”
99 Bottles is currently competing in the KING 5 Best of Western Washington & NW Escapes fall competition for “Best Beer Store.” Voting continues through the evening of Sunday, October 11th. Winning businesses from each category are chosen for spotlight on the Evening Magazine TV show. Tiffany is doing what she can to get the word out, asking for votes, “We’ve set up a redirect on our website to the voting page to give everyone an easy-to-remember URL: www.99bottles.net/
In an effort to introduce people to what beer can be, 99 Bottles holds beer tastings every Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., 1st Tuesdays 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., and has a rotating tasting schedule of special brewery guests. Tastings are open to the public for a small fee, and valid ID confirming legal drinking age. For tasting info, visit www.99bottles.net/
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99 Bottles beer store has over 1,000 beers —Washington state microbrews, craft beers from around the USA, and world import biers, plus hard cider and mead. The family owned and operated beer store is located in the suburb of Federal Way, between Seattle and Tacoma, and has become a destination for beer lovers from around the world. For more information visit www.99bottles.net.