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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 95 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sprucetip:
4.47/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a very long layover at Seatac, so long I got a room and went out beer geeking. Finally got over to Brouwers, and later the Stumbling Monk. I had heard enough about Brouwers to expect a whole lot of taps with great brews, and also a big bottle list. Expectations were not only met but exceeded in these regards. Most of the 60 taps were barrel aged beer and part of their Big Wood festival. What timing! Really impressive list. Lots of brewers and other industry folk were there, and beer geeks on both sides of me at the bar were friendly, open and into discussing beer. I rated the atmosphere just 3, but would rate it much higher, most likely, if I visited again and the bartenders refrained from blasting obnoxiously loud, aggressive, grunge type music the whole time I was there, causing me to have to lean into conversation partners with my ear to hear them. For as busy at it was the service was good. As already stated, the too loud and obnoxiously heavy music was the only element of this visit that I did not enjoy. Prices were on bit high, but they were all very special, mostly rare brews, so I scored it as reasonable. I strongly encourage beer lovers to visit when the opportunity arises.
12-08-2008 05:12:55 | More by sprucetip
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4.21/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.