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Brouwer's Cafe

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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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GAPit

Washington

4.33/5  rDev 0%

This place is a beer lover's paradise. I believe it's owned by Bottleworks. Almost too many beers to chose from...almost.

Dozens and dozens of beers on tap, and the bottle list is literally a book, hundreds to choose from.

The atmosphere is pretty cool, heavy wood framing, long wood tables and cool booths and chairs. Room for well over 100 people, this place can get pretty croweded on the weekends.

Prices are pretty high, high enough to keep me from making this a regular spot. For my money I'd rather go to the stumbling monk.

Definately a place to visit though, by far the BEST selection in Seattle.

12-19-2007 21:03:39 | More by GAPit
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4thoseabout2bock

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -21.5%

This was our second visit to Brouwers. The first was last summer and upon trying to negotiate a beer order on our second visit last week we were immediately reminded of the first. This is decidedly NOT a beer geek atmosphere or clientele.

The beer menu listed a nice sampling of imports and some local brews, but when asked to describe the fresh hopped full sail vs the fresh hopped something else that were both available, our waiter was at a loss. When some beers are costing 8-10 a glass, this makes ordering a high risk proposition. And, it seems they are ANTI craft beer education. They are clearly not about the beer. They refuse to give samples and their servers are ill informed about the beer selection. Perhaps you can get better service at the bar during the day, but this is our second visit with the same bad impression. What a waste.

We did not get food this time, but on our last visit we did. One entree was fine but the other was subpar. Unless there is something on the taplist you are craving, Uberbar gets my vote as the go-to beer geek destination. Higher hit rate on taps, and much better service.

11-22-2007 18:35:37 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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beertunes

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-26-2007 09:26:53 | More by beertunes
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almalkin

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

09-17-2007 20:23:48 | More by almalkin
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

08-17-2007 21:44:24 | More by walshclimb
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nortmand

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

04-06-2007 19:41:46 | More by nortmand
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TheBungyo

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -33%

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.

04-06-2007 00:47:18 | More by TheBungyo
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John_M

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

03-20-2007 18:38:59 | More by John_M
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zuggy9

California

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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'!

02-13-2007 21:48:35 | More by zuggy9
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

12-29-2006 19:43:54 | More by Georgiabeer
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
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