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BA SCORE
96
world-class

121 Ratings
Ratings: 121
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 11.78%
Taps: 64
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

400 N 35th St
Seattle, Washington, 98103-8607
United States
phone: (206) 267-2437

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2005)
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carln26

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

I come to Seattle for work or pleasure several times a year. I can’t believe I’ve never had the opportunity to stop here before. I talked my friends into stopping by for dinner after sailing for 2 days out on Puget Sound. Brouwer’s Café is located in the Fremont area of Seattle. This is a funky region of the city reasonably close to the University of Washington. The café can be easily found on a a corner of 45th street. Modern, slightly industrial look from the outside gives way to a modern 2 story bar and restaurant inside. Lots of beer paraphernalia and artwork adorn the walls. The large bar has all of the taps displayed in a row, Many of the bottled beers are stored in a large well lit cooler. These beers are highly visible to the patrons, and add to the look and feel.

Ahh, the beer. I arrived during hopfest 2006, so many of the taps were dedicated to Northwest IPAs. Imagine it, 30 some IPAs and IIPAs to choose from. There were some Belgian, and just a few German and English selections. In speaking with other folks, the tap list is more varied at other times of the year. I didn’t ask for the list of bottles, but that looked larger and even more varied. The beers I had (a dry hopped IPA from Leavenworth, and a IIPA from Silver City) were fresh and tasty.

We were hungry from sailing all day, so I had a salad and sandwich. The salad used local greens and was quite nice. The sandwich was a form of black forest ham and cheese with grated cheese on the top, heated under a broiler. It tasted great and hit the spot.

The service was just a little slow, but they were quite nice and accommodating. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the beer, and the food. Everyone should stop by given the opportunity.

09-08-2006 16:50:20 | More by carln26
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sockeye101

Washington

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%

I thought I'd check out Brouwer's after work one day during Hop Fest and was really impressed with their vast slection. They had about 60 beers on tap, all were either IPAs or otherwise very hoppy, hence the Hop Fest. There were only a few people in the bar and a few outside eating and apparently only one waitress/bartender working becuase I sat at the bar for 5+ minutes twidling my thumbs without seeing anyone. But once she came back to the bar the service was fine and she had good beer knowledge. Their bottled selection is equally impressive, the actual number I'm not sure of, but it's vast. I'd like to have a bite to eat here as well the next time I'm in the area. Great spot, a Seattle staple.

09-07-2006 19:34:56 | More by sockeye101
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Matthew

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

Stopped in on labor day weekend to check the place out and was very impressed. The atmosphere is really great, very nice but not overdone. To the right side of the bar is a giant belgian flag and the walls have tasteful tin signs from rochefort, duvel ect ect....The service was good and really knew beer. The selection is a bit overwhelming....A huge selection of bottles and over 50 taps....tons of great interesting choices on the menu. The meal I had was pretty tastey and was a good sized portion. Most pints on tap were 4 bucks with some belgian beers at 6.50. Bottles depending on on style and size could run you quite a bit more. All and all I had a really great experience here and am anxious to go again.

09-03-2006 21:27:21 | More by Matthew
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TheName

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -15%

Stopped in for their Hopfest and hadn't been in quite a while. Previous experiences hadn't been terribly impressive but I found a good time that night.

Service as of 5pm was good if a little brisk. Our waitress gave us far too long before taking a beer order and then refused to bring three of us more than 3 schooners at a time--how were we supposed to try the 25+ new beers? She said something about how strong the beers were; meh. Eventually she relented and surprised us with another round. Kudos to her.

Food was prompt and very tasty. Halibut was cooked and breaded excellently and the cajun turkey was a spicy revelation, the perfect match for a nice bunch of hops.

We ended up shifting to a table outside where the waitress was very courteous and attentive, serving us schooner after schooner until well after 1. Nobody seemed to mind us ripping hops off their decorative bines to add to some of the less exciting beers and everyone accomodated the spirit of the fest.

Prices were reasonable and our tab was not outlandish for finishing a taste of every new beer. Generally, however, I have found them moderate to high.

In short, Hopfest was a great time. Easily the best experience I've had at Brouwer's. Prior experiences have found the majority of people working a branch of the meat-market centered on a few blocks in Fremont along with less than knowledgable and far from friendly service. Scores reflect this.

I'll definitely pop in now and again to find new beers and I'll definitely hit Hopfest next year. But that's about it. Give me Beveridge any day.

08-28-2006 21:35:23 | More by TheName
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Tbone

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%

Went to Brouwers on Sunday night. The selection was very very good.
They were having their Christmas in July event, and had some nice winter beers on tap, plus a strong selection of Belgians and local microbrews.

We had a new york strip steak cooked to a proper medium-rare and the tomato-stuffed tomatoes.
The steak was prepared well. It came with fries that were done well (crispy) and had salty but tasty seasoning. The caprese stuffed green tomatoes (green tomatoes stuffed with red tomatoes and mozzerella) were a bit disappointing, lacking much basil and the mozzerella was poor quality and minimal. We should have ordered the mussels, but weren't in the mood.

We tasted Maritime beers Jolly Roger (scotch -- very malty sweet) and Imperial IPA (also very good, but not very imperial). We also had Elysian Bi-Frost (ok), and Scaldis Noel.

The service however was a problem. Our waitress was knowledgeable but unfortunately her shift ended at 10. After that we needed to order at the bar. I asked for a taste of a beer then ordered one, later I asked for a second taste prior to ordering my next beer. The bartender, acting like serving me was a great burden upon his yapping with his buddies, told me "Just so you know, I'm not supposed to give tastes, but I'll give you one more". Either he was lying and thus even a worse bartender, or the owner has a pretty dumb and short-sighted policy.
I find the latter hard to believe, given the owners clear devotion to good beer evidenced not only by Brouwer's selection, but that of Bottleworks which has thed same owners. I'll probably drop the owner and email about it.

08-02-2006 03:52:57 | More by Tbone
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flexabull

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

This is a beer heaven. I used to live in Seattle a few years ago... and I lived about 10 blocks away from this place. But it's a good thing that it wasn't around when I lived in there, because I probably would have spent way too much time at this great place.

The selection is great, and the quality is top notch. Glasses are cleaned, and beers are served in the proper glassware. I was able to try a couple a great beers that I had heard of, but couldn't get from home, Dogfish Head and Great Divide brews.

My only knock on this place, was it kind of felt a little "stuffy" inside... a little too fancy.. But that is about the only thing that I can think of as a negaitve... this place is wonderful.

07-29-2006 19:19:56 | More by flexabull
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

This place is awesome! A bit off of the beaten path on 35th and fremont but close enough to the action and just 2 blocks away from a bus stop with buses that run right downtown to the business district. The atmosphere is cool, this place is big with 2 floors and wide open spaces, high ceilings, etc. This is a nice warehouse conversion for sure. The quality and selection of beers is unreal and I settled down with some dry hopped dicks double ipa, maritime pacific double ipa, silver city whoop ass, and some new belgium erics ale (peche lambic). Anyways, the beer is fresh, tasty as hell, and served in 20oz pints, iirc. Service is fast, knowledgable and with a smile, and the tenders' are quick to comp you a few if you tip well and hang out for a while. If you want to switch it up a bit try the 'washington state apple' shot/mixed drink. Fan-freakin-tastic. I had an excellent evening here whilst waiting for my bus accross the border to Vancouver. Highly recommended.

07-06-2006 23:35:10 | More by francisweizen
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Svejk

Washington

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

The Pacific NW is home to a LOT of great beer establishments. Between Seattle and Portland, there are countless fantastic places to stop in for a pint. To stand out in a region like this, a pub or bar needs to be really special. Brouwer's is the main jewel in Seattle's crown. From the Mannequin Pis that greets you at the entry to the moules frites and waterzooi on the menu, Brouwer's pays homage to the beer mecca that is Belgium, and adds a decidedly NW theme to the list of beers on tap. In addition to the 50 or so beers on tap, there is an enormous variety of bottled beers to choose from. Brouwer's definitely isn't the cheapest place to stop for a pint, but the selection, location and atmosphere make this a "must see" place for anybody who is serious about beer.

06-16-2006 08:33:48 | More by Svejk
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weizendoc

California

2.08/5  rDev -52%

I had high hopes of enjoying an evening imbibing at Brouwers when I was in Seattle last weekend. I lived 2 miles down the street from this place from 1991-1996, but of course it didn't exist then. Anyhow I was pumped (and thirsty).
Got there around 8 on a Thursday night. No immediate seating available, but plenty of standing room and some loungy kind of seats up near the hostess desk. My buddy and I approached the end of the bar where one bartender seemed to be paying attention. We waited patiently there for 5 minutes while he made several passes BS'ing with those seated around us. Never making eye contact or acknowledging us. So, I went down to the other end of the bar. He passed me by 2 or 3 times again, and numerous waitresses didn't offer to get me anything but kept on saying 'excuse me', 'Excuse Me'. Finally I asked the guy if I could order some beer. This semi-long-haired douche turns to me and says he's "very busy and will get to me later!"
Well, it wasn't THAT busy and I've definitely seen alot more hustle, ability and good attitude from bartenders at, say, The Yard House or even a TGIF!
F*ck this place!!! It's everything I used to hate about Seattle. So cold, unfriendly, too caught up in its momentary eccentric popularity to be real. Don't waste your time or money here! F'in bunch of pr!cks!!!

06-06-2006 05:35:33 | More by weizendoc
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eallured

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

I live down in Tacoma but have made many Monday night trips up to Seattle for the sole purpose of visiting Bottleworks for their $1 tasting and a dinner at Brouwers. From the outside it looks like a wharehouse and is painted in dark colors that kind of blend into the neighborhood. There is ample parking on the surrounding streets. If you are having trouble finding the front door, look for people smoking cigarettes, thanks to Washington's indoor smoking ban, the doors of bars are always easy to find.
The inside has an industrial feel but with warm wood bars, one a beer bar that runs 3/4 the length of the dining area, which is pretty large. There are around 60 tap, usually w/ about 25 American beers (usually local West Coast brews) 25 Belgians and 10 Canadian/German/Other. There are a couple of hundred different bottles, but all are way overpriced.
The food may seem a bit on the expensive side, but the portions and the quality of dishes are worth the price.

05-22-2006 05:11:38 | More by eallured
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
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