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BA SCORE
96
world-class

129 Ratings
Ratings: 129
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
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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Photo of beertunes
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

i love this bar. always something i haven't had before on tap. excellent selection. the food is delightfull. you really should visit. living in the fourth corner i usually stay away from the regional micros whein visit here. focusing on belgians is an excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon. try the cheese plate. service is friendly but not overly familiar. staff is appropriately knowledgable. i recomend this place to locals and visitors alike. when i have to pick up someone at sea-tac i usually bring them here to revive them from the horrors of modern air travel.

beertunes, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of almalkin
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

I visited this place on two consecutive days while in Seattle, during their 2007 Hopfest. While I can't speak to the normal selection, they did have 63 IPAs and IIPAs on tap at one time with to casks as well. This was impressive, and the bottle list was also very extensive.

I didn't find the atmosphere overly trendy, but it is has a sort of modern industrial upscale feel. The service was very good and the bar staff really seemed to know their beer. All the beers that I had were in good condition and served at a nice temperature, not too cold. Food was interesting and had some unique twists. Overall, I really enjoyed my time here.

almalkin, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%

We went on a weekend afternoon a couple of hours before dinner, and there were not very many people. The atmosphere is pretty trendy for a beer bar, with upscale looking trim and furnishings. Very comfortable though. The service was quick, and they served beer in appropriate glassware. When they were out of something we ordered, the server was very knowledgeable and had good alternative suggestions. They have an amazing selection both on tap and in bottles. We didn't try the food, but the menu has some nice choices for beer pairings. Overall one of the best places I have been for tasting beer. For those interested in Scotch, Brouwer's also have a very nice selection of high-end single malt choices.

walshclimb, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

This was probably the highlight of beer establishments visited on my short Seattle trip.

Atmosphere was a bit uppity, high ceilings, alot of people drinking Lindeman's and fancy decor was a little too fancy for me.

I tried 5 draft beers and all were exactly as they should be and served in proper glassware. Clean beer all around.

Very friendly bartender, who actually recognized me and came up to me two days later at the Washington cask festival. Very prompt, knowledgable service.

Selection was, well like nothing I've ever seen before. I literally have never seen so many taps, and the bottle selection nearly made me weep. The 50 or so taps were a dream come true. Half Belgian, many of which were stuff I can't get in Michigan, most of the rest were PNW beers. The bottle selection was simply incredible. Indescribable to those who haven't seen it. I couldn't believe some of the Cantillon vintages. Just incredible.

We were there late, so didn't try the food, but a quick glance at the menu indicated that they had some nice Belgian dishes.

This place is pretty pricey, but just an amazing beer experience to have in Seattle. I highly recommend non-natives check this place out.

nortmand, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of TheBungyo
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%

Brouwer's has a lot going for it but also has just as much if not more pitted against it. Many times you'll find that folks visiting Seattle love the place but us locals tend to avoid it.

Most of the patrons are not beer drinkers. Yes, that's fine, but since Brouwer's is set in one of the trendiest areas of Seattle it attracts tragically cool emo types and even worse, douche bag frat boys.

Also a product of the trendy locale is the shoddy service. Once we sat down it took about 15 minutes for a server to appear. Even then she couldn't answer basic questions about the drink menu. 3 times I ordered a 12oz beer and three times she returned with a full pint. The first time she did it I told her of the error and she still continued to make the same mistake. Yes, this is also after waiting a century for her to actually return with my drink.

They've got a pretty good selection (and yes, with as many taps as they have they sure as hell better have a good selection) but honestly I find a better range of options at many places boasting only a handful of taps. They stumble again when it comes to price. $5 for a 12oz glass of this years vintage of Hale's Rudyard's Rare? Ooook. Everything is wildly overpriced, enough so to make me go elsewhere when I'm looking to enjoy a beer. The food is also pretty expensive (and truthfully the food selection is not very plentiful) but each time I've eaten there I have enjoyed what I ordered.

My last visit to Brouwer's was my first visit in two years or more. Unless I hear that things have improved it's likely to be another handful of years before I go back.

TheBungyo, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Have been to Brouwers a few times now, most recently for the 2007 Hard Liver Festival. The fact that Brouwer's would hold something like this tells you a lot about the folks that run this place. They are very serious about good beer.

The funny thing is, from the outside the place really doesn't look like much, looking almost dumpy. However, once you walk inside it's as if you've entered some other world. This place is pretty upscale and is very nicely decorated. It's fairly dark inside, though you can see around OK. There is a downstairs and upstairs dining area, with a very long bar downstairs. Both the food and beer menu are pretty ambitious, with usually 10 to 15 Belgiums on tap, along with any number of local craft beers. Brouwers also has an outstanding selection of bottled beers, with once again an emphasis on Belgiums.

The times I've been here I've invariably gone with the Croque Monsieur (sp?) and the frites, which are outstanding here. Yeah, it's a bit pricey, but at least what they serve is excellent. Beer prices are also a bit on the high side, though certainly not outrageously so considering what you are getting. The times I've been here service always seem to be a bit slow and I'm not entirely sure why. Granted, it seems as if this place is usually packed, but they seem to have plenty of staff. I just don't get it.

No matter, this place is just outstanding. Monk's West??? It's an accurate enough descrption.

John_M, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

While it's not much to look at from outside, this place really surprised me. The place is laid out very simply, with a long bar, tables and some booths. Rustic tables and an impressive array of taps and bottles to purchase. Whenever you order a beer or cider you literally get the right glass, typically from the maker of the libation you are currently ordering. I've never seen so many different types of glassware each with the name of what you are drink right on it! Excellent and very professional wait staff, and they do have an incredible selection of beers. More taps than I've ever seen before, and a literal book of different bottles you can buy from 8oz to 9 liters! The foods offered are quite good too, with a number of locally caught fish meals, and a cheese plate that is exceptional and not to be missed. The cost is very reasonable for what you are getting and I heartily recommend anyone up in Seattle taking the trip out to this 'cafe'!

zuggy9, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%

Superb place to have a great beer served by knowledeable people. I was here a couple of times during hopfest and was able to sample some fantastic beers. The atmosphere is nicer than at many places, and the communal tables downstairs are a nice touch. The long bar is great for talking to the quite knowlegeable bartenders, and a lot of beeradvocate types hang out here. The quality on everything poured was excellent, and the selection is well thought out and has some local rarities and some great stuff from Belgium as well. The food is outstanding, being a mix of good pub grub and a few Belgian dishes. Thoroughly enjoyed it here- a pub that takes there beer seriously.

Georgiabeer, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

I drove down after work in Vancouver with intention of staying in my camper by the canal after a night of beer at Brouwer's. The place was pretty dead on a Monday night but the bartender was very genial and the other patrons at the bar became my new friends right away. Coming from BC, the selection is mind numbing. I used the fresh sheet to order an IPA from Speakeasy out of San Fran of all places. It was sublime. The great beers continued as I moved onto Stouts. With the Clash on the sound system and the owner freshly back from the GABF, I was treated to great service , great beers and excellent frites. The decor is very modern with a two level setup that really creates a nice space. God you Seattle people are lucky.

canucklehead, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

carln26, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

sockeye101, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Matthew, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of TheName
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

TheName, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Tbone
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

Tbone, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

flexabull, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

francisweizen, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Svejk
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

Svejk, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of weizendoc
2.08/5  rDev -52.1%

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!!!

weizendoc, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of eallured
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

eallured, May 22, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Brouwer's does not have a sign or any real markings that describe what it is - it's a large building just offa popular street, but if you didn't know what it is, you probably wouldn't take time out of your day to walk inside. That kind of marketing (word of mouth) could work very well, or could flop.

When I went here, I was by myself, and had to work my way, somewhat uncomfortably, past a crowd of young, hip Seattle punk/emo kids. Entrance is via a huge wooden door, and the establishment is based on one large room. To the left are large booths, in the center are long tables suitable for crowds of 5-20, and to the right is the bar. Upstairs, a balcony rings the room, set up with smaller tables. Dark, gothic, but not intimidating; Inside were several groups, from another tableful of the young and dyed, to a group of older fellows who I could distinctly see sampling one another's beers and taking tasting notes on their coasters.

I bellied up to the bar and gazed in wonder at the line of taps - some fifty, sixty taps, many of them Belgian, as well as an entire wall full of bottles. This place is run by Bottleworks, so of course the selection is good...

I ordered myself a plateful of fries (with some fancy Belgian name) and a glass of Lucifer - it was poured into a Lucifer glass (the glass collection is intimidating) after a quick spritz with a high tech water/sanitizer squirter under the taps. The selection is awesome, but the prices high - There's no way I could really enjoy a night out drinking tap Belgians at eight to ten dollars a glass, as good as the beers are. Other brews were priced more reasonably, but don't expect the deal of a lifetime.

All in all, it was a refreshing experience, and would be a great place to go on your birthday (when everyone else is buying :)

Tupperwolf, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of bultrey
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

Re-reviewed 9-18-06 -- I don't known what else a person would want in a beer bar. Quite possibly the best in the US. I don't have many more details here, but let's just review my drinking list there over the past two nights: Walking Man malt liquor, Big Time Cask IPA, Dick's Imperial Bitter, Maritime Pacific Porter, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, draft St. Bernardus Abt 12, bottle of Hanssen's Framboise, Walking Man Perambulator Weizenbock. Food is exceptional for a "beer bar." Lots of fresh local ingredients and organic foods, with an adventurous twist on pub food. The atomosphere, which is anything but "intimate," is probably the biggest knock against it. Any beer advocate in Seattle must finda way to make it here.

Original review 12-05-2005 -- Visited this place on a Tuesday night, I think, on a recent beer... uhhh, business trip. It was one of my must-stop bars according to Beerfly and some locals, and boy, were they right. If you're driving, as I was, this makes a nice trio along with Maritime Pacific and the Bigtime Brewery and Alehouse -- all are essentially a short drive from one another along the waterfront of Lake Union/Salmon Bay.

Run by the same owners of the great Bottleworks store just a little north of here, this is a tricky little bar to find if you're not from the area. Unless you approach it from the correct direction, the door is not readily apparent, and the place itself looks like a warehouse on the outside. Well, it's got space of a warehouse on the inside, too. An absolutely huge place... when you walk in, the downstars table and booth area is on your left, as is the long beer bar at the far end of the room, and another tiny bar tucked in the corner that seems devoted to whiskeys, etc. There is also a staricase that leads up to a second floor that borders the entire place and looks down on the main level. The atmosphere is really interesting -- very modern/goth, with lots of deep red and black, steel railings, giant leather chairs and bar stools, etc. It's a bit cold and uninviting, and seemingly better for large groups than single barflies, but honestly, it's a cool space nevertheless. Furthermore, out of all the smoky places in Seattle, this one seemed to bother me the least, maybe because the big space diffused the smoke, or maybe because it's well-ventilated.

Ponied up to the bar alone, and my illusions of 'uninviting' were quickly shattered by a friendly bartender, can't remember his name now, but was eager to chat about the beers, and opened up even more when he learned I was a BA. Offered me plenty of free samples, and guided me through the extensive hoppiness of their draft list, which even by PacNW standards had some crazy-ass hop bombs on there. It also had a good selection of other brews, too, mostly local, as well as several Belgians and Belgian-style ales, a few Germans, really just about everything. I'd estimate about 25-30 on draft. If you've ever been to the Gingerman or Barcade in NY, the drafts are presented in the same way: it appears as if all the kegs are situated in a temperature-controlled room directly behind the taps, so there must be very short tap lines delivering the beer to a stainless steel facade of beer tap beauty. Everything just looks so clean and sterile, which again, is a bit of a knock against the atmosphere, but a really great thing if you want freshness and quality in your beers. That same back keg room doubles as bottle storage, and above all the taps is the bottle colletion, neatly organized so you can see the labels looking out from behind glass doors. You just really have to see this setup. Awe-inspiring. And the bottle list is fan-frickin-tastic, too, rivaling Spuyten Duyvil and focusing mostly on Belgians. I believe they must update it regularly on their website, so check it out. You won't be disappointed. Everything is served in appropriate galssware, by the way. Of course it is.

The food -- well, the food is actually quite impressive for a beer bar -- very original takes on pub grub, with high-quality ingredients. Again, check the menu on the website. I had bacon-studded Gruyere and Emmental croquettes (awesome), followed by a marquez sausage sandwich, with some roasted red peppers, chipotle mayo, and frehs mozzarella. I could only finish half -- took the other half home and enjoyed it the next day. Prices for beer and food were very reasonable.

This might be my favorite straight-up beer bar yet. It may not have the comfort and coziness of, say, a Spuyten Duyvil in NY or a Horse Brass in Portland -- but when it's time to get serious about the beer, and grab a nice bite, come here.

bultrey, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of masikon
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

A buddy who lives in the area brought me here to pre-funk before a concert. He had no idea what an amazing establishment this is and neither did I at first. The building is unnassuming and industrial located in fremont. Upon entrance the bouncer was typically arrogant while checking my I.D. and giving me the once over (i'm only 21). Walking in the patrons seem happy and talkative with a few small groups at the lower floor tables but most people were at the bar. Once i got to the bar i realized I was in for a treat, a HUGE row of taps lining the wall (over 60 i believe) with an additional 150 more brews available in bottles. Dissapointedly I had to leave after less than an hour and only 2 beers but I vowed to make it back there at least once a month. A highlight of the Seattle beer scene.

masikon, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of atomicbwax
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%

A friend of mine turned me on to this place a few months ago. I have to say I am quite impressed.

Selection - I don't anyone would argue that this place has an incredible selection of beers from all over the world. The beers are usually served in the "proper" glass as well. Goblets, pints, imperial pints, half-liters, and liters are all available. Be careful on the liter though as on more than one occasion they have run out of the giant glasses and my friends have been left waiting for 30 - 60 minutes to get their liter. They advertise 40+ taps and 200+ bottles. By the looks of things insode this is not a lie. The wall of taps is quite impressive and the bottles behind there are quite impressive as well. They also seemed to have a decent selection of winess and they did have a full bar for the non-beer drinkers. I would be hard pressed to think that someone could go in there and not find something they would like.

Location - Located in the popular & trendy Fremont neighborhood of Seattle this place is close to quite a few other good places inclusing the George and Dragon. Because of this location close parking might be difficult t find so be prepared to walk a few blocks from the car.

Ambience - Being a popular spot in a popular area the place can fill up and is quite loud. There is the main floor where the bar is and a "balcony" that runs aroun d the perimeter. On Friday and Saturday nights seating can be difficult to find, especially for larger groups. The clientele is quite varied as well. Anyone can go in there and feel welcome.

Service - I love this place but the service is not the greatest. Unless you know someone who works there or know someone who knows someone who works there (lucky me) you might have to stand in line for a while before you get helped. With so many taps the bar is quite long so you may need to wait a while for a bartender to notice you.

Staff - The staff, when they are helping you, is quite knowledgable and more than willing to help you make a good decision on a beer if you're having a hard time deciding. Free samples are available upon request as well, just don't overdo it.

Food - I didn't have any food but my friends who did said it was decent enough.

Overall this is a good place for beer fans.

atomicbwax, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of jaskiern
3/5  rDev -30.9%

I was certainly not a fan of the atmosphere. The setting itself just didn't do anything for me. And the music didn't blend in well with the background -- it was loud and wasn't very good bar music.

Brouwer's certainly has enough customer's that the beer is always kept flowing. I get the impression nothing is ever old. The fish seems pretty fresh also.

The service just barely existed. It took the bartender quite some time to get people their drinks, I don't really know how he managed it. It was quite a magic trick.

But the selection is where Brouwer's really stands out. They had ~50 taps with a strong focus on Belgian beer and food to go along with it. They only had 2 handpulls, which seems like a shame with that many taps. Considering the customers from the area, it seems understandable (unfortunately).

Beer and food seem a bit pricey.

I highly recommend reading BA <deeplennon>'s review of Brouwer's Cafe, they share many of my other sentiments regarding the bar. This is not the kind of place that I would visit regularly, but only when I really wanted some beer that I had difficulty getting elsewhere.

jaskiern, Sep 10, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Brouwer's definitely has it's hits and misses. It's strong point is without a doubt it's selection of over 60 taps, the breakdown typically being roughly 20-25 Belgians (wow), 30-35 domestic micros with a slong slant towards NW brews and 5 'other', english/german/canuck drafts. While the Belgian list is great, nothing is below $7 for a 12oz pour and they can go as high as $10. Most domestic prices are a steal however, with the common price breakdown being $4 for a 16oz pint and $3 for a 12oz schooner. At happy hour (3-6pm 7 days a week) all drafts are a buck off, making schooners the best value per oz making them a great way to knock off some obscure brews or old favorites. The bottle list is at 200 strong and at least 75% Belgian. There are some deals to be found but most overpriced.

Food-wise the small list of entrees are average to above average though somewhat overpriced. The frites however, are really good, and probably the best in the city.

The table service can be hit or miss though it's improved quite a bit over the last two years... You'll find the most knowledgable staff working behind the bar and service is usually great there.

The atmosphere? Fantastic when you have the place to yourself but unfortunately the bar is located in fremont where every twenty-something single ex frat-boy/sorority-girl in Seattle hangs out 7 nights a week. If you leave the place by eight you can mostly miss this crowd. If you arrive after then or especially on a friday/saturday evening, then you'll be in for a crowded loud night. The decor is a tad pretentious with some kind of nature meets industry motif, but you don't really start to notice it until the crowd that's drawn to it like a moth to a flame arrive.

Definitely a place not miss for any Seattle beer tourist. Though locals will general stick to the off times here.

deeplennon, Aug 25, 2005
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.