Another new West Seattle business: The Beer Junction

March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news, WS beverages | 93 Comments

Thanks to Alison for spotting the liquor-license notice at 4707 42nd SW, across from the north end of Jefferson Square, between Limber Yoga/Seattle Integrated Martial Arts (WSB sponsor) and AAA Travel. We subsequently tracked down and spoke with Morgan Herzog, who plans to turn the space into The Beer Junction: “This will be a specialty beer store. We’ll be focusing on beers all around the world, with an extra focus on beers of the Northwest, local beers … we’ll also probably have a small selection of wine and cigars, but that’s not really our big focus.” Read on for more of what’s planned at The Beer Junction, and a request for your suggestions:

Herzog is a CPA by trade and a West Seattleite for the past five years – his father, he says, is a West Seattle High School graduate, but the family was in Lake Forest Park while he was growing up.

This is his first retail endeavor: “I worked at one of the big accounting firms for about five years … always kind of wanted to do my own store always, enjoyed good beer, so it seems to be a good fit. I wanted to do something every day that I could enjoy and share with everybody else.”

He says it’s “early in the process … At this point we’re just trying to start on the improvements in the next few weeks, and get all the licenses set up.” He expects to be open this summer; if all goes well, maybe even by the end of June, in time for 4th of July parties.

Speaking of parties, he plans to offer kegs – and overall, he hopes The Beer Junction will stock more than 1,000 types of beer, so would love to hear which one(s) you hope will be available – leave a comment!

We will of course check back as his store development moves further along.

93 Comments

  1. Do they carry Big Al?

    Comment by LMA — 3:30 pm March 18, 2010 #

  2. Old Style and Special Export as well as Leinenkugel’s.

    Comment by dale — 3:35 pm March 18, 2010 #

  3. I hope they will have Efes Pilsner from Turkey and other Turkish beers!!

    Comment by Ed — 3:35 pm March 18, 2010 #

  4. No drive thru? :-)

    Comment by Robert2715 — 3:36 pm March 18, 2010 #

  5. Hooray for beer!

    Having a few taps like Malt and Vine or Bottleworks would be great. Then you can feature local breweries like Two Beers and Schooner Exact that don’t bottle.

    Also would be great to have a supply of harder to get breweries like Russian River, and breweries I’ve never seen around here like Three Floyds.

    Looking forward to the opening!

    Comment by DaveB — 3:36 pm March 18, 2010 #

  6. Happy for a new beer store, but also hoping this doesn’t hurt the business of the fabulous Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown!

    Comment by Laconique — 3:39 pm March 18, 2010 #

  7. Witless by Birdsview Brewing Company in Concrete, WA.

    Comment by SallieS — 3:40 pm March 18, 2010 #

  8. Ethiopian beer please!

    Comment by Sasquatch — 3:43 pm March 18, 2010 #

  9. I would like to see Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA there. All of the Dogfish brews as a matter of fact.

    Also Brains, a beer from the UK.

    Comment by big baby jesus — 3:47 pm March 18, 2010 #

  10. Mmmm … beeeeer

    Comment by Bob Loblaw — 3:48 pm March 18, 2010 #

  11. How about home brewing supplies? Can you please, please, please carry a few in stock? Nothing too fancy needed, maybe just some malt extract and some hops in the fridge?

    Comment by Joel Schoenberg — 3:54 pm March 18, 2010 #

  12. I was actually daydreaming about bringing a bottle shop to WS myself the other day…but I’m dissolute (mostly thanks to beer) so I’m really glad someone else is doing it!

    Definitely have a couple of taps. If you can get some of the weirder European bottles that you don’t find even at the better grocery stores, that would bring me in your door.

    Comment by WS Steve — 3:59 pm March 18, 2010 #

  13. Er…isn’t that entire half block scheduled to become a 6 story mixed use building spanning the alley from the vitamin shop to Rocksport, etc? Or is this building not included? Or has that project been canceled or YEARS off (long enough to open new businesses there)?

    Comment by Alki Area — 4:00 pm March 18, 2010 #

  14. Organic Cider PLEASE!!!

    Comment by k2 — 4:02 pm March 18, 2010 #

  15. Wow! My dream has come true. Yes, the beer shop in Georgetown may be great but this one will be even more local and easier to get too, let alone a 2 minute walk from my house. I eagerly await it’s arrival. Please carry Rouge’s complete set of tasty beers! Will you be offering Home Brew supplies as well? There’s only three in the city (Pike Market, University, and Greenwood/Shoreline) Would love to have a local beer supply store and it would fill a must needed niche!

    Comment by johnnyblegs — 4:02 pm March 18, 2010 #

  16. Woo Hoo! Cheers!

    Comment by k — 4:02 pm March 18, 2010 #

  17. Yes!

    Comment by sb in ws — 4:03 pm March 18, 2010 #

  18. Alki Area – I was just thinking the same thing! The whole area -was- scheduled to be torn down and turned into condos. They had like 5 design reviews!

    Comment by MargL — 4:15 pm March 18, 2010 #

  19. I only have two modest requests:

    1) Lee’s Vintage Harvest Ales, especially those wonderful, wonderful cask conditioned bottles.
    2) Cantillon Lambics…especially the old vintages. A bottle of 2001 Iris would be nice.

    Comment by jay — 4:17 pm March 18, 2010 #

  20. Ditto on the Old Style, and maybe Sam Adams Boston Ale (not the lager)

    Comment by mark — 4:19 pm March 18, 2010 #

  21. What great news! Can’t wait to support the new business once its open! Would love to see Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Cider available!

    Comment by West Seattilte thru & thru — 4:19 pm March 18, 2010 #

  22. I haven’t checked in with Conner Homes lately. However, Rocksport’s lease was extended, and as noted, these new businesses are moving in. Even if the project was proceeding full speed ahead, this would be a point where groundbreaking would be quite some time off, and there have been little indications that the big-project space is back to boomtimes … Harbor starting work on Link was a MAJOR exception – they said at the time they had to jump through a lot of hoops to prove they were financially rock solid, etc. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 4:27 pm March 18, 2010 #

  23. Was just back in the midwest and had a Leinies. If they can somehow source beer from Surly, a newish Twin City brewery, I’ll be their customer for life.

    Comment by Agen Schmitz — 4:27 pm March 18, 2010 #

  24. Can’t wait! Two to stock: Pliny the Elder (Russian River already mentioned) & Green Flash West Coast IPA, although I dont’ think Green Flash distributes bottles to Wa yet – supposed to later this year..

    On a separate note, YES – if you’re open to it – carry some basic home brew supplies & beer glassware (other than pint glasses). The basic grains, some extracts & NW hops – that’s a killer idea. West Seattle is in need of a local brew supply joint & it goes hand in hand with the fine beer concept. If you need any input on items to carry, I’m sure those in the local brewing community would be glad to make suggestions.

    Comment by Johnny Davies — 4:28 pm March 18, 2010 #

  25. Diamond Knot from Mukilteo, please!

    Comment by Wild Bill — 4:28 pm March 18, 2010 #

  26. Belgium Beer!!

    Comment by alywest63 — 4:28 pm March 18, 2010 #

  27. Yay!!!!

    Comment by Danielle — 4:42 pm March 18, 2010 #

  28. Ditto on the Dogfish beer. Also let’s see some Russian River, Green Flash, Lost Coast, Left Hand…….

    Comment by brian — 4:52 pm March 18, 2010 #

  29. In time for fathers day parties would be even better!!!!

    Comment by Lorelee — 4:56 pm March 18, 2010 #

  30. A humble request:

    Go back in time to 1986, and bring back loads of Thomas Kemper Helles Lager.

    Failing that, EKU 28 Urtyp Hell Eliminator would be wonderful.

    Comment by PeterT — 5:01 pm March 18, 2010 #

  31. What about Yuengling? America’s oldest brewery??

    Comment by Elissa — 5:03 pm March 18, 2010 #

  32. Woohoo!! I second the Russian River and Green Flash suggestions.

    You shouldn’t have any trouble moving Pliny the Elder. The last two times Malt and Vine posted a tweet about its arrival their stock was gone that day. :)

    Comment by Jake — 5:05 pm March 18, 2010 #

  33. Another vote for Pliny the Elder!

    Comment by David — 5:14 pm March 18, 2010 #

  34. Why can’t you open tomorrow?

    Comment by johnnyblegs — 5:15 pm March 18, 2010 #

  35. Love it, a wine shop, liqour store, and now a beer store! What more could we need?? Brewing supplies and assistance with that would be cool for those of us that would like to attempt our own beer making but have not ventured out to find out more about it. And yes some midwest beers!

    Comment by coffee — 5:23 pm March 18, 2010 #

  36. I love the Highland Brewing Company beers – especially Oatmeal Porter. Nowhere to be found here!

    Comment by st2003 — 5:38 pm March 18, 2010 #

  37. coffee -

    a cheese and/or nuts store?

    Comment by d — 5:50 pm March 18, 2010 #

  38. Another vote for Yeungling

    GOOSE ISLAND…Chicago’s Finest! Pretty Please!

    Comment by michael burke — 6:12 pm March 18, 2010 #

  39. Wine store, Beer Store…Herb store? My back is killing me.

    Comment by smokey the bear — 6:19 pm March 18, 2010 #

  40. Ditto the Lambics and the Ciders…

    And specifically on the Belgians…. Chimay please!

    Comment by Erin — 6:43 pm March 18, 2010 #

  41. I’ve been searching for Polygamy Porter ever since my Utah trip – pretty please :)

    Comment by Ann — 7:15 pm March 18, 2010 #

  42. All the Anchor Brewing Beers! Especially the Anchor Summer Beer.

    Comment by Patrick — 8:42 pm March 18, 2010 #

  43. A guy opens up a beer shop, and instantly everyone jumps in with “please stock $MY_BEER from $SOME_PLACE.” Ain’t gonna happen. A retailer in Washington state has basically two choices: buy from an established distributor, or buy from a self-distributing small brewery. The bulk of the selection will come from the distributors. And from what I’ve seen, local distros don’t have beer from Yuengling or any other brewery not shipping to Washington state. Them’s the breaks. Some favorites from other locales may also be subject to sporadic (un)availability. The good news is that there’s a wide selection available to a retailer, and Morgan H. will have plenty of work ahead of him choosing the balance between craft beers that sell and specialty brews that sit on the shelf a little longer. You might see some Russian River beers, and if the distro gets some Green Flash or Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen, you might see those too.

    Now, a little grammar lesson. “Belgium” is a proper noun, the name of a country. “Belgian” is an adjective, describing things and people that come from that country. “Belgium beer” just looks and sounds stupidly goofy. “Belgian beer” looks and sounds right, because it is. You can thank me for this lesson later.

    Best wishes and good luck to W. Seattle’s new beer-retailing entrepeneur. Prost!

    Comment by DonS — 8:43 pm March 18, 2010 #

  44. CIDERS! And Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Great Divide Brewing Company)!

    Comment by ikahana — 8:49 pm March 18, 2010 #

  45. Yeah…I grew up near Pottsville, PA, home of Yuengling Beer..and I doubt it will be sold here anytime soon. But it’s good…really good…oldest brewery in the US..

    http://www.yuengling.com/history.htm

    Comment by JanS — 9:05 pm March 18, 2010 #

  46. Dick’s Cream Stout is AWESOME we love theirs and we love cream stouts in general

    Comment by Suzanna — 9:27 pm March 18, 2010 #

  47. “No drive thru?”

    haha, that would be great.

    Comment by J — 10:48 pm March 18, 2010 #

  48. Please organize the beers into sections based on their alcohol content – like a 9% section or 7.2% or over 10% :) good idea?

    Comment by waman — 10:55 pm March 18, 2010 #

  49. It would convenient, not to mention green, to have some good micro brews that are in cans. Please encourage your local favs to catch on!!!

    Comment by derby dad — 10:58 pm March 18, 2010 #

  50. Horray! Only a block away, so many afternoons will be spent exploring vast varieties of the good stuff.

    Comment by Kurt — 11:42 pm March 18, 2010 #

  51. Skullsplitter Orkney Ale from Orkney Brewing, Scotland. it is very pricey in the grocery stores but could be cheaper with a more knowledgeable audience. just finished one.

    Comment by newnative — 11:47 pm March 18, 2010 #

  52. If it had a drive through we’d be Ohio … not willing to make THAT trade off …..

    Comment by Ohio — 12:00 am March 19, 2010 #

  53. Hard to get ciders please

    Comment by mikeHLandPark — 12:28 am March 19, 2010 #

  54. WOOO-EFFING-HOOOO!!!

    Comment by dawsonct — 1:28 am March 19, 2010 #

  55. Yeah, GOOD ciders! Not the apple-ish soda-pop that is more often than not, all that’s available.

    Also, if you go through the trouble of getting EKU 28 (yawn), please get their BEST beer, the EKU Dunkel Hefeweizen. YUM!

    Comment by dawsonct — 2:13 am March 19, 2010 #

  56. PBR, Schmidt and generic BEER!

    Comment by Leroniusmonkfish — 6:38 am March 19, 2010 #

  57. Herb lounge por favor…beer is good too tho.

    Comment by Lemon — 7:40 am March 19, 2010 #

  58. Dreher, please carry Dreher (Hungarian beer).

    “The Dreher brand has gained international recognition and success over the years. Most recently in 2007, it was awarded 3 gold medals at the Monde Selection, which is the world’s most prestigious quality competition, pushing the number of its gold medals collected so far up to 15.

    Dreher Classic also was awarded the International High Quality Trophy twice, in 2004 and 2007, and Dreher Bak achieved the same in 2006 for outstanding quality in three consecutive years.”

    ZS

    Comment by ZS — 7:43 am March 19, 2010 #

  59. Russian River Brewing- Pliny the Elder,
    Organic Beers,
    Beers from New Zealand

    Comment by Peanut — 7:49 am March 19, 2010 #

  60. Kinda cool…unique beer store on this block, and JUST around the corner at the Junction, a new wine store (Bin 41). Course the old ‘state’ liquor store is just down the block from that. So that should seriously satisfy all the alcohol needs you could have in one small area.

    Now that we can buy cartons of cigarettes as Bartels’, 8 bottles of vodka, a keg of beer, and a crate of red wine all on the same day within a 2 block area…lets make sure we don’t let someone have a joint legally, THAT would be immoral! (Sorry, couldn’t resist pointing out the silly hypocrisy :)

    Comment by Alki Area — 8:02 am March 19, 2010 #

  61. DonS- thank you!!! Many small regional beers are just really hard to get because of complicated distributor situations. We won’t ever get Magic Hat out here (which is a real tragedy) because they’re now part of Pyramid. And I couldn’t get Bells (a MI beer) at my wedding in Illinois. Bizarre, but just how it is.

    Comment by Laconique — 8:04 am March 19, 2010 #

  62. Great news. I’m very excited for this beer shop, as well as the new wine shop we just saw a few days ago and need to go check out!

    Let’s all do our part to keep these new “mom and pop” businesses going strong and coming to West Seattle!!!

    Comment by Mike — 9:07 am March 19, 2010 #

  63. Central Waters has some awesome brews. How about Bell’s? I’d love to see a barleywine section for those days when, um, you need some barleywine… like most Tuesdays.

    Comment by nate — 9:21 am March 19, 2010 #

  64. Year-round supply of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Ale. And real Canadian beer; not that crap brewed and bottled in the midwest and sold as Canadian.

    Comment by Barm — 9:32 am March 19, 2010 #

  65. I fifth and sixth the votes for Russian River brews and carrying home brew supplies!! A beer store in West Seattle is most excellent.

    Comment by WSN Helen — 9:49 am March 19, 2010 #

  66. Chuckanut Brewery out of Bellingham. I’ve been seriously contemplating driving all the way up their just to pick up kegs for my kegerator. Would be your lifelong customer if you carried any of their keg brews!

    Comment by villagegreen — 9:55 am March 19, 2010 #

  67. This may be the best West Seattle news ever!

    Comment by RickSteel — 10:02 am March 19, 2010 #

  68. Hales Creme Ale

    Comment by junctionite — 10:13 am March 19, 2010 #

  69. At least since… “continental glacier continues it’s retreat.”

    Ya know, there is something to be said about very regional and localized specialties. Not having every single tiny brewery available for consumption gives people something to look for when they travel, and regional differences are what makes travel interesting. If you want homogeneity, visit a mall.

    Comment by dawsonct — 10:21 am March 19, 2010 #

  70. I’m going to third the lambics and also request a nice selection of sour ales, for example I can never find duchesse de bourgogne anywhere except outside of West Seattle. I’d like to try other sour ales, too.

    Comment by J.See — 10:28 am March 19, 2010 #

  71. Located within eyesight of the treadmills in Snap Fitness… Lord help me.

    Comment by ChesterDrawers — 10:51 am March 19, 2010 #

  72. Russian river brewing’s Pliny and their Blind Pig
    Stone’s ruination ipa

    Comment by Zgh2676 — 11:02 am March 19, 2010 #

  73. The more bottle shops in and around Seattle the better! Helps raise the profile of beer in general. Hopefully they’ll over a few taps like Malt and Vine in Redmond.

    Comment by Tony B. — 11:11 am March 19, 2010 #

  74. JanS

    Yinz really from near Pottsville? I’ve still got property north of Bloomsburg. Yay for Yuengling! Breakfast of Champions.

    Oh, and how about some Iron City! (Real beer for real football fans).

    “BEER – it’s so much more than just a breakfast drink”

    Comment by JunctionMonkey — 11:27 am March 19, 2010 #

  75. Thanks everyone for all the comments! We are excited about starting up and are listening closely to your suggestions. We’ll be keeping the WSB updated on new developments.

    Comment by thebeerjunction — 3:27 pm March 19, 2010 #

  76. 90 Shilling from Odell Brewery in Fort Collins, CO. It’s amazing and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere in Seattle!

    Comment by JQ — 4:06 pm March 19, 2010 #

  77. Any and all the Czech beer you can get your hands on. It’s the best.

    Comment by raybro — 4:17 pm March 19, 2010 #

  78. TheBeerJunction- Its Emmy’s mom Holly. Since I devoted a room in my house to you, I’m hoping you can devote a section of the Beer Store to German and Belgian beers.

    Comment by EmmyJane — 4:18 pm March 19, 2010 #

  79. Welcome! We Can’t Wait!!!

    Comment by IslandLvr — 6:27 pm March 19, 2010 #

  80. YAY!!!

    Please carry all the Dogfish brews. Bottleworks in Wallingford and Belmont in Portland do a good job, but it would be excellent to have a dedicated bottle store in my “hometown.” ;-)

    Comment by José — 7:42 pm March 19, 2010 #

  81. Some Old Rasputin Russian Stout! That stuff is amazing!

    Comment by Paul — 5:44 am March 20, 2010 #

  82. Yay, can’t wait to be a regular! :)

    Comment by HMoose — 9:39 am March 20, 2010 #

  83. Sounds like you’ve plenty of orders. I can just about guarantee you’ll be successful as West Seattle doesn’t have this niche until now. Had to trek up to 45th Ave or up to Redmond until now for specialty.

    I doubt you can get ahold of Racer X, a double IPA from California, but would love to see it. As long as you have a broader selection than everything else in the neighborhood, I’ll be buying from you. Oh and Vortex IPA from Astoria, OR :-)

    Always a request for Belgiums. They’re such nice people, woops, beers :-) (joke!)

    Comment by Keith — 9:41 am March 21, 2010 #

  84. Straight outta Bezerkely – http://bisonbrew.com/home – Bison Brewery! Ahhhhh those snakebite pints! all Organic

    Comment by waman — 12:07 pm March 21, 2010 #

  85. I get the feeling that some of you like beer.

    Comment by poppi — 3:09 am March 22, 2010 #

  86. My principal request is for beers I can’t get by walking a block away to the QFC.

    Comment by Beeroisseur — 11:41 am March 22, 2010 #

  87. …and Flemish sours! Mmm…Duchesse!

    Comment by José — 9:23 pm March 22, 2010 #

  88. ‘Tusker’ from Kenya and ‘Paulaner Hefeweizen’ from Munich! Also fresh Anchor Steam would be good too.

    Comment by Dave Rintoul — 11:30 pm March 22, 2010 #

  89. How about some Tennents or Dark Island? Something a bit off the common list from Scotland?

    Great to see an establishment like this on the way, and better yet that I moved into the apts across the street above the new grocery. :) Easy staggering distance!

    Comment by TW — 7:36 pm March 23, 2010 #

  90. Raineer anyone?

    Comment by Mr. Jones — 2:10 am March 24, 2010 #

  91. another vote for Yuengling

    Comment by Brad — 3:47 pm March 24, 2010 #

  92. The availability of kegs – and the ability to order kegs – such as Lost Coast’s Great White would be ideal! Welcome to the neighborhood!

    Comment by JD — 8:15 am March 29, 2010 #

  93. Having rotating taps and kegs forsale is a great idea. Great way to generate traffic and increase sales. I recommend offering food or allowing people to eat food in you establishment to get the beer and food combo going (Malt and Vine does this well. This will also increase food sales in your area). Being able to open a beer you just bought and drink on the spot is a good idea. As far as beer goes offering sought after beers like Russian River, Founders, special edition/anniversary releases, colloborations and such will draw a lot attention. This would be hard but offering aged beer (vintage beer) would be great, I know bottleworks does this.

    Stoked on the opening of you store, the more the better! Good luck to Ya and I know everybody is looking forward to this.

    Cheers!!

    Comment by Mr. Bob Dobolina — 12:18 pm April 8, 2010 #

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