As a resident in the North East part of Ballard, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have Chuck’s 85th St. Market just down the road. In addition to Ice Cream treats and Espresso – they also have “over 600 wines under $20″ and a large selection of craft beers. As I write this, I’m sipping on an Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, which is just one of the many Elysion beers they sell in 22 ounce bottles. As I sifted through their beers, the owner (who I can only assume is Chuck), was quick to point out which beers they just got in stock that I might enjoy. Additionally, he mentioned that they are working on setting up in-store beer tastings in the near future. On the way out, I asked if he ever stocked Pliny the Elder. That’s when he told me that he had some in the back and he allows the sale of one per customer. He keeps it in the back to ensure that people who don’t know anything about beer don’t purchase it. As he put it, “If you don’t know to ask for Pliny, you don’t deserve to drink Pliny.” That philosophy, combined with a great beer selection, was enough to win me as a loyal customer. I encourage you to go check out Chuck’s and support a local beer lover… tell ’em the CrapMonkey sent you.
Chuck’s 85th St. Market is located at 656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117. Check out their website or their Facebook page. I also have to give them geek points for keeping their online beer list updated via Google docs.