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Brouwer's Cafe

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Taps: 64 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.57%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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walshclimb

Nevada

4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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 +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

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 -32.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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 -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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 +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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 +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

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.

10-06-2006 18:10:35 | More by canucklehead
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carln26

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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 -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$

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 +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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
Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
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