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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by benito:
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Brouwer's is easily one of the three or four best beer bars I've visited in the US.
It looks and feels a bit like a medieval castle--dimly lit, lots of black, gray and silver, a second floor that hoops around the first (where the nobility might have sat), and an elevated seating area at the far end of the bar (also where nobility might have sat). You might call this all affected or goth, but I think they're going for something more that recalls the pubs of pre-modern Europe, where beer was sustenance and sociability.
The beer selection is, not surprisingly, overwhelming. They have the taps divided into US and Belgian offerings, and have about thirty of each. I ordered Russian River's Deviation--brewed for Bottleworks and Brouwer's, exclusively, which was served in a nice chalice; Snoqualamie Falls's Serendipity Double IPA (hot and hoppy), and Iron Horse's Saison (a disappointment, but fun to see on tap). I could easily have spent three more hours just looking at the taps, several days tasting the draught beers, and many years working my way through the bottles--all of which are in fridges behind the taps.
The food is also quite tasty. I had the smoked salmon platter, and my friends split the cheese plate. They had other small plates that all seemed well suited to food-and-beer pairings. I could spend some time working my way through that menu as well.
Again, Brouwer's is amazing. The decor is thought provoking, the beer is tremendous, the food is satisfying. It makes a nice pairing with the (much smaller) Uber Tavern as one of the two truly must-visit beer bars in Seattle.
04-07-2008 21:19:02 | More by benito
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of Seattle's iconic craft beer destinations. 60+ taps covering the country and the world, strong on Belgian and West Coast beers. Frequently unusual versions of standard craft ales. Also has an extensive whiskey line-up and limited wine. Each time I've been here I've been able to find something I've never tried, or special treats like Old Rasputin (which I've had tons of times in bottles) as a superb nitro pour. The food has changed over the years, there was a quite interesting Belgian oriented menu a few years ago, now more along the lines of bistro dishes. I had scallop ceviche on the last visit and my sister had the fish and frites, both were excellent, my ceviche came with plantain chips for dipping, which was a great combination. The service, despite a large crowd, was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Both the beer and food are excellent. The only drawback for me is that it is extremely popular and usually crowded in the evenings. The layout, which is a large room with large balcony overlooking the bar is attractive, lots of rustic wood, but as a result has poor acoustics and can be too loud for quiet conversation. On my last visit, We were able to sit out on a small open patio, which was much less noisy; unfortunately not always possible with Seattle weather. Other the noise, attributable to being too popular (if that's possible), a must visit in Seattle.
06-22-2014 22:32:07 | More by LiquidAmber
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.