Chuck's Hop Shop was voted Best Bottle Shop in the 2015 Best of Seattle Reader Poll. To view the other winners, go here.
Stone Brewing Company's w00tstout with artwork by Dave “The Reverend” Johnson. Courtesy of Stone Brewing Company
Chuck’s Hop Shop calls itself the “Land of a Thousand Beers” and the Greenwood haunt lives up to that title with hundreds of bottled brews, as well as 30-plus beers on tap. It’s an aficionado’s dream, which is likely why it was voted Best Bottle Shop by our readers. It’s also a great place to behold beer labels that are increasingly as well-crafted as the brews themselves. We asked assistant manager Zach White to share some of the best that the shop has on offer.
Elysian’s Dayglow label was a top pick for its eye-catching neon-yellow tiger with laser-beam-shooting eyes. “However you feel about the beer, the bottle catches your eye,” says White.
Elysian’s Space Dust IPA label was a favorite too. Who can resist a bottle with an artichoke-like green alien sneezing fairy dust?
Stone Brewing Company gets high marks for its 2015 w00tstout, feauting the work of comic book artist Dave “The Reverend” Johnson, who rendered the brew’s famed collaborators—Wil Wheaton, Drew Curtis and Greg Koch—as superheroes.
“The beer world is tongue and cheek,” said White, pointing to The Brown Note Ale from Against the Grain Brewery as evidence. “Lots of pun, and it gets dirty.” 2001 E. Union St., 538-0743, cd.chucks85th.com