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134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
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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Photo of sprucetip
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Goldorak
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We made decent time from Victoria/Vancouver to Seattle, and got to our B&B right on schedule, even though my itinerary was somewhat switched around due to the ferries. But we were there, hungry and most definitely thirsty. The fiancé and I hopped a cab and got a ride next to Gasworks Park and up to Brouwer's. The neighborhood is nothing to write home about, somewhat industrial, and the outside looks of the building reflects this, save for the cute patio section next to the front door and the few Belgian brewery signs here and there. However, the atmosphere inside is quite stunning, sort of a mix of old medieval/European with modern flair. Good looking bar section with the fridges behind them, with a mezzanine that circled the whole place but was a little too far from the action for me, so we bellied up to the bar. The menu was absolutely fantastic. Both local and imported, bottled or draft, it's been a while since I've been to place with such an extensive menu carrying so many interesting styles. The draft list alone could have easily satisfied me for more than one session, and the bottle selection made me wish I brought along a few friends to share bombers with! The food was also very good. Steamed clams for me, rabbit for Minou. The Barleywine crème brulée was a great nightcap. The only somewhat sour note was the service, which I could only describe as bi-polar. Our bartender was standoffish and kept us waiting at first, then was all smiles for a minute or two, then went right back to being cold and annoyed. Not enough to make me walk away from selection like this. The few interactions with other staff members however were quite friendly, so I'm giving passing grade on service. The rest was just stellar. It was well worth the expensive cab ride to and from.

Photo of dirtylou
4.66/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

located in the fantastic fremont neighborhood...stopped in after dinner at ray's boathouse (a few miles away)

this rating will be inflated for the fact that it was HopFest 2008 or something along those lines.

the room was open with high cielings, tons of bar space and booths, with a few couches even for lounging.

The selection was a hopheads absolute dream. if i could give it a 6, i would. I had the Walking Man HomoErectus but the selection of 60 taps were all IPA's/DIPA's with rare exception. Other selections included RR Damnation, Dogzilla Black IPA, countless other washington/oregon IPA's and DIPA's. It was impossible to make choices and i felt i could have stayed here for weeks and been happy, but drunk. The tap list went on and on and there were just pages and pages of bottles with a heavy belgian focus. I think i picked the perfect time to stop in on this gem.

We did not eat.

Service was a little spotty but it was quite busy.

Photo of beeroverwithme
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

From the moment I entered Brouwer's Cafe I was sold; the long and impressive row of beer taps, the open second floor overlooking the bar, the quiet atmosphere and the competent service. I felt more at home here than even at the great Map Room in Chicago!

On the day I stopped by, August 23, 2008, Brouwer's Cafe had 25 different Belgian beers on tap, including Petrus Oud Bruin, Gulden Drak Tripel, Val Dieu Tripel and St Bernadus 12, and at least that many American beers. In addition, they had a huge beer menu with hundreds of beers on bottle (such as lambic beers, grand crus and rare Americans such as Lost Abbey) that I just barely got to sample.

I also had a very decent dinner there, that went really well with the Belgian beer I was drinking.

All in all a wonderful place, with a brilliant beer selection. A must try if you're in Seattle.

Photo of waltonc
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If I lived in Seattle, I would be here multiple days each week. Looking at Brouwer's menu online before going here, I was skeptical that they would actually have all of the tasty beverages that they claim (most notably to me - Older Viscosity and Russian River Deviation). When I got there, the first beverage I ordered was Older Viscosity. Of course, they didn't actually have it. Annoying. Take it off the menu if you don't have it. Thankfully, that was the first and only disappointment. They had Russian River Deviation (but charged an arm and leg for it), and several other good ones. The atmosphere is perfect, in my opinion. A modern twist on more old school atmosphere. Lots of stone and wood, but you feel like you're still in the 21st century. The bartenders and servers were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Any time I encounter friendly staff like this, I am surprised, after all of the encounters with Toronado's unnecessarily rude bartenders in San Francisco. If only we had a place like this in S.F.

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I tried Bouwer's while in Seattle on business. It's a Belgian inspired pub with a nice Belgian lineup and Belgian style decor. The working Makenikin Pis statue at the door welcomes you and the selection of beers keeps you inspired. They have some great ones on tap including all of the standard Belgians and some NW beers as well. I really enjoyed the Laughing Dog Black IPA. The have many more bottles displayed nicely in a refrigerated room behind the bar.

The atmosphere is great. It's got an industrial feel with a high ceiling, a large bar, solid wooden tables and a surrounding balcony of tables overlooking the main room. It's very relaxing and conducive to drinking beer.

The food is very good as well. We had the Cheese Platter and Steamed Clams and they were both nicely done.

Brouwer's is a great place for beer and one of my favorite stops in Seattle.

Photo of ctownsoul
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Without seeing its picture on this site, I probably would have been lost looking for this place. Only a small Brouwer's logo sits high above the entrance. There are two floor for dining while the row is exceptionally long to encompass the massive draught selection. There are about 60 taps with a little less than half devoted to Belgian beers while they also have hundreds of bottles to choose from as well. I've been here five times now. Beers are served in its respective glassware too. I love the atmosphere: music not too loud (usually) so I don't have to scream just to give an order or have a conversation with friends.

The only minor problem is service. I'm getting to the point where I'm having to wait and make sure I get a good bartender to serve me. I mean, while some of the bartenders know their stuff, there are couple who seem to not give a shit at all.

An example is from last night when I suggested to my friend, who's new to the world of craft and Belgian beer, to have a Duvel. I watched the guy pour the beer, and I've got to say that was one of the worst Duvel pours I've seen for that beer. He had the glass tilted way too long at less at a high angle which resulted in a head more than an inch from the top of the glass...all while pouring the whole beer into glass, yes, yeast included! The beer was so cloudy you could hardly see the rush of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. Utterly disgusting. I told my friend if I were him I would have rejected the glass, but because of his lack in knowledge of beer, he declined my suggestion.

Oh well. I guess the selection makes up for it, though, I will be choosy when it comes to who's serving me there from now on. For the rest of the night I had a different bartender, Tommy, who served us the right why. I had a chimay red from the bottle poured into a chimay chalice, AND he left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. That's how you do it. Plus he let me keep the bottle for my collection.

Photo of shirsch
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere here is English in nature and a little dark. There is some cool looking stone wall decor that sets the tone and an impressive speaker setup that provides plenty of sound and base without overwelming your conversation. The beer selection is phenomenal, especially if you are a Belgian fan. 60 beers on tap and too many to count in well-displayed bottles. The service was not great. I sat at the bar by myself and was, for the most part, avoided by the bartenders. The food selection is also very good. They have an arrangement of cheese to compliment the beers. I didn't come close to trying everything I wanted and I will be back very soon, but with friends.

Photo of julian
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had heard of this place but had never actually been. I actually went for the first time with rem5 (who just reviewed before me) while he was visiting the Seattle area.

A: Very unassuming place, looks almost like a warehouse or storage facility from the outside. I had actually passed it many times just never knew what it was. Once you enter it's got a dungeon-like feel, with actual solid stone walls, fountains, high ceilings and a carved bone-like chandelier...very cool. The lighting also lends well to the atmosphere, not too dark but also not overly bright. There are two stories for patrons.

All the taps are lined up in front of the refrigerators so all the bottles are also clearly visible from the bar. The "Bottleworks" logo looms above the refrigerator doors.

Q: Top notch! All beers were perfectly chilled and tasted great. Food was equally great tasting and very complimentary. We went on a Friday night and although it was packed it worked. There were quite a few bartenders so everyone got served upon request. We sat at the bar the whole night. We also went on a Tuesday afternoon. Service was a little bit more lax but to be expected for day shift.

S: Service was great. The bartenders seemed to know their stuff VERY well including general beer history, English translations of the beer names and given minimal info were able to recommend ideal beers.

S: 60 beers on tap (half or more being Belgian) including Piraat and St Bernardus Abt 12 and over 300+ bottles. Amazing. I haven't found any place locally that has even close to this selection, and quality of selection. You'll be hard pressed to not find something you haven't tried before.

F: Food was of traditional style and complimented the beers excellently! I had the salsalito spicy turkey panini and after the 2-3 Belgians I had it tasted AMAZING.

V: sometimes on the pricier side, up to $9 for glass and as rem5 indicated, $24 for a bottle of Fantome (honestly worth the price though).

I've been several times now and have always enjoyed myself. I haven't (yet) left without feeling a buzz or being completely sauced. Great location, great service and if you're in the area you NEED to stop by. As a beer lover and human being you owe it to yourself.

Photo of rem5
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A - The atmosphere was nice here. Went a couple times. Once on a friday night and once on a tuesday afternoon. Friday night was pretty packed but service was not impacted. They stayed true to the quality and care of proper glassware and pours.

Q - All beers I had were top notch. The selection was well thought out and they really knew what they were getting. They were not biased to the common favorites, but knew what was good and went out of their way to get their hands on it. Some beers for example (fantome) are very hard to get these days. Shelton Bros' stopped carrying it for a while. I'm not sure if they are carrying it again, but Brouwers had 3 or 4 different ones from that brewery. I was highly impressed. Their tap selection was also equally impressive with some hard to find beers on tap, let alone in bottles.

S - Excellent bartender to patron ratio. Well versed in beer history and proper servings. Food was excellent and complimented the beers very well.

S - What else is there to say. This is the best selection I have seen so far in a beer bar. By far the best. I have been to many nyc beer bars, and they dont come close. Most dont even carry vintages like brouwers does.

F - Excellent food. Artisinal menu I would say. Not many places serve gravlocks or even know what it is. It was a nice surprise.

V - Decent value. The local beers were cheap... 4-5$. The rare beers and bottles were a little pricey but thats to be expected from such rare beers. 24$ or so for a bottle of fantome (750ml).

Overall i would say there should be more places like this. Its too bad I would need to travel to seattle just to find one. :(

Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a recent 36 hour Seattle work trip. Glad I did.

First of all the selection is great. About 60 or so taps of American craft brews & Belgian beers. Many seasonals & special releases, not just your standard flagship brews from several breweries.

A HUGE bottle list as well that included Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Rochefort, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.

I had a plate of Belgian style fries with chipotle mayo that were great. That's all I had though so can't comment on the other things.

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. Has a real dark dungeon feel to it. Not gimmicky to me at all.

I rated the service as average because, well, it was average. Nothing bad, just average.

I will most definately make it back here next time I'm in town.

Photo of benito
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Brouwer's is easily one of the three or four best beer bars I've visited in the US.

It looks and feels a bit like a medieval castle--dimly lit, lots of black, gray and silver, a second floor that hoops around the first (where the nobility might have sat), and an elevated seating area at the far end of the bar (also where nobility might have sat). You might call this all affected or goth, but I think they're going for something more that recalls the pubs of pre-modern Europe, where beer was sustenance and sociability.

The beer selection is, not surprisingly, overwhelming. They have the taps divided into US and Belgian offerings, and have about thirty of each. I ordered Russian River's Deviation--brewed for Bottleworks and Brouwer's, exclusively, which was served in a nice chalice; Snoqualamie Falls's Serendipity Double IPA (hot and hoppy), and Iron Horse's Saison (a disappointment, but fun to see on tap). I could easily have spent three more hours just looking at the taps, several days tasting the draught beers, and many years working my way through the bottles--all of which are in fridges behind the taps.

The food is also quite tasty. I had the smoked salmon platter, and my friends split the cheese plate. They had other small plates that all seemed well suited to food-and-beer pairings. I could spend some time working my way through that menu as well.

Again, Brouwer's is amazing. The decor is thought provoking, the beer is tremendous, the food is satisfying. It makes a nice pairing with the (much smaller) Uber Tavern as one of the two truly must-visit beer bars in Seattle.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was lucky enough to do a mini beer tour during my short visit to seattle last weekend. Brouwer's sounded like a must stop; I'm definitely glad I went, and I'd definitely go again, but something was slightly off for me here. I can pinpoint two things - the place is relatively large and bright with a lot of faux(?) stone. I'd say its just as much a restaurant as bar, and I hate to admit, I was reminded of a midieval adventure dinner theatre. Second thing was my bartender. He was friendly, but also loud and cocky (plus not esp knowledgeable). normally this wouldn't bother me much but seemed out of place here. That said I enjoyed the very very good tap selection and good bottle selection. Good frittes too. Fun for something different, very unlike what i'm used to in Philly.

Photo of GAPit
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of beertunes
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of almalkin
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of walshclimb
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of TheBungyo
2.9/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of zuggy9
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
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'!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
96 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.