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95
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97 Reviews
Reviews: 97
Visits: 142
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 64
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of pluto
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went to Brouwer's within a few days of its opening and was highly impressed. It's a cool space, nice and open with quality fixtures, and a skylight that illuminated the end of the bar. I'm sure when it's full and bustling it will be quite the hopping place, as it should be, because it sets a standard for beer bars in Seattle. We sat at the bar for a light lunch, and the staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. The beer selection was a remarkable mix of high quality German and Belgian selections and the best of the Northwest. In recent years some of the beer bars and most of the restaurants in Seattle have been winnowing down the selection to the "usual suspects" which I'm sure has to do with price points and distribution but not here. I had the cheese plate and a salad which were excellent.
Brouwer's has vaulted to near the top of the Seattle beer scene for me. Check it out. (893 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Where to begin? How about the Fremont neighborhood, that funky place on the ship canal dotted with bridges and trolls. Walk past the old trolley house – now the former Redhook brewery – and you’ll see an unassuming place with a fresh coat of paint. There’s no sign outside announcing Brouwer’s, just a tiny ad for Chimay. Step inside the formidable wooden doors and you’re in a beer playground. Tables and chairs are dark wood and solid. Booths are private and cushioned. Upstairs, the horseshoe shaped balcony holds tables with a panoramic overview while a tiny, hidden book nook with sofas provides a small fireplace. A huge, circular skylight throws daylight everywhere.

I counted 17 American draughts, centered in Washington though reaching as far as Alaska, Colorado, and Anderson Valley. But no Oregon beers on tap! Sacrebleu! Just a single, dusty bottle of Old Boardhead. An oversight in need of immediate remediation! Compensating for this temporary shortcoming are 13 Belgian taps, 4 German, 2 English, plus one Canadian and Guinness. That’s just the draught beer. Though I saw no menu listing bottled beers, they are on display in the cooler behind the bar. I might number them at about 100 varieties, mostly Belgian though I saw German, Czech, and Dogfishhead.

Someone at Brouwer’s spent a lot of time focusing on details. Things like the silverware, the salt and peppershakers, the stone walls and the iron chandelier – they all add up to a class act. The glassware was even more impressive: nonics, goblets, tulips, weizens. A lot of care went into refining the beer drinking experience and I appreciated it. My first beer was Bangelijk Blonde, a pale ale contract brewed in Belgium for Bottleworks. It was exquisite. Next I had a St. Bernardus Abt. 12 on draught. I can’t recall ever seeing this classic Trappist ale on tap anywhere. I dined on Waterzooi, a Belgian stew similar to a potpie with chicken and veggies in a light cream sauce surrounding a delicate flaky pastry. It was fabulous.

The owners are the same folks from Bottleworks and are widely respected beer purveyors in Seattle. They’ve kept the ambiance spacious and the tap lines short. They also stock top-shelf booze. Interestingly, on my Sunday afternoon visit all but one of the 18 barstools were occupied while there were plenty of empty tables to be had. People seem to prefer sitting at the bar or on the low wall of an elevated seating area to tables. To me, this speaks to the sociable informality of the place despite the obvious refinement of the décor and the fairly pricy menu.

Brouwer’s has raised the bar on beer bars. It’s the kind of place where even great beers like Stone or Rogue would appear commonplace. In fact, Brouwer’s doesn’t stock them. You’ll find Flemish art on the walls and an obvious Belgian theme throughout, but you’re still in Seattle. Being a classy beer bar means very manly men drink here. Being a Seattle beer bar means some very manly women also drink here. It’s a Northwest experience all beer fans should have.

As for the service, it was excellent. My questions regarding ABV were easily answered and the waiter apologized for delayed service due to an unexpected surge of patrons. I never even noticed a delay in service and my server left before I could tip him. UPDATE: I’ve tied my rating for selection to the availability of Oregon beers on tap. On my first visit to Brouwer’s, there were no Oregon beers flowing – a grievous oversight for such a distinctive Seattle beer bar. I’ve since heard that Hair of The Dog is pouring. Therefore, my selection rating is: no Oregon beers on tap = 4.5. At least one Oregon beer on tap = 5.0. (3,700 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here while in Seattle and was blown away by the list of beers. The cellar list is incredible, with amazing stuff from Firestone Walker, Fremont, Hair of the Dog, and many many others. Vintage Cantillon as well. Prices were on the higher side for bottles, but that's also what keeps them around for someone like me to drop in and splurge on something I won't see at home. Food was solid, service was excellent. Up there among the best places I've ever been for beer. (476 characters)

Photo of Abrengle
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

My wife and I love Brouwer's and have visited over 10 times since we moved to Seattle a year ago. The new Monday half bottle pricing on their bottle selection is an added plus. The food is good, their cellar/vintage options are fantastic, and the atmosphere is rather comfortable. The only reason I did not give full points was because of the lack of concentrated flavors (I prefer gastro-pub style food) and the need for a waitress to suggest a beer without qualifying the customer.
If you work at a beer bar with a notorious reputation for attracting consumers with above average knowledge and palates (which one would expect if shopping at Bottleworks or being frequent at Brouwer's) I wouldn't expect to be "felt out" before you ask me if like a DIPA or a sour beer before I order it.
Please don't insult the informed, educated customers, we do exist! (856 characters)

Photo of eallured
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (972 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (4,646 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of Svejk
4.88/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (773 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Fantastic. Got to enjoy a Drie Fontinen and Cantillon in the same place. Our waitress was in the back looking for whatever we asked for in a blink of an eye. All the beers were of excellent quality and served expertly. I think the prices were fair with appropriate mark ups you'd expect from a bar vs bottle shop/liquor store. Didn't try the food. Hell, didn't even look at the menu. Liquid bread only, friends. Will definitely be back the next time I am in Seattle.

Prost! (474 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of MuttKDC
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

While taking a short Northwest trip, I decided to go to Brouwer's Cafe and it was one of my highlights.

I ended up being there on a Tuesday midday.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was breath taking. This is an elegant two story bar. On your way in you are welcomed by a water fountain statue of an angel. The place resembles a cabin with great wood and metal finishes. They also had Frank Sinatra bumping on the speaker (not typical for a bar, but def enjoyable). Picnic seating, and loft tables are available. This can be a setting for a great first date.

Service: the main bartender, I think her name was Amanda, was not rude, but she made me feel like she was doing me a favor for doing her job. I think other reviews point out this same issue. Yet, the runner and the manager of the place were extremely enjoyable.

Food: the food was awesome, hands down my favorite thing about this place. I had the Brouwer's mussles (made with St Bernardus 12 beer) and a side of the fries. Completely great!

Beer: awesome bottle selection, and good taps available. Although the main bartender was not really enjoyable, she did know her beers.
Overall I would come back to this place, should I be in the Seattle area again. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.75/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

How I haven't reviewed this place yet is beyond me, lol. Anyways..

Atmosphere - While the outside of this place seems to blend in with the rest of the Fremont area of Seattle, the inside is where that ends. Inside is a bit on the dark, murky side. Beautiful two-story pub with a pseudo-medieval Europe vibe to it. (Stone walls, large wooden doors and tables, etc.). A visible, massive array of taps and bottled selections is a preview of what you're in store for.

On slower days, things are pretty relaxed, but it can get very busy on certain nights (weekends, mainly). Overall though, this is a place for the beer enthusiast, not the nightclub crowd.

Selection - With over 60 tap selections, and hundreds of bottled selections of beer available on any given night, this place (to my knowledge) boasts the largest selection of beers of any bar in Seattle. There is also a large Scotch menu, and a full bar of other things besides beer. You'll find some of the Belgian greats on draft, as well as many other options from local breweries, and other countries.

Service - Service has generally been pretty good whenever I've gone. Some people have complained of poor service here, but I've never had any. As stated before though, it can get quite busy on weekends, in which case, things can take a bit longer to get out, but that's any place.

Food - There's some really great food here, and I'd even say it's pretty reasonably priced for what it is. The lamb burger is absolutely phenomenal, and the fish and chips are pretty good too. The food is another reason on top of the beer selection that I come out this way.

Quality - Between a massive brew selection, a menu full of great food, and a cool atmosphere, this place is top notch, and there isn't much to not love about it. Any beer lover is only kicking themselves by not checking this place out. A top recommendation of mine! (1,886 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of bosco7
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is a beer lover's wet dream.

Immaculent atmosphere- kind of dungeon-esque and midevil yet refined at the same time. Lots of stone and nice wood grace the entire facility.

Service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. I have no complaints.

Selection and quality of beer can't be matched. So many tap handles and bottles and every last one of them quality. I had Russian River Publication, Lost Abbey Devotion and finished with Hair of the Dog Adam.

Food was good. I had beer battered halibut and frites. The frites were awesome the fish was decent. I think that it was a little greasy.

Overall this place is more than a must stop. (652 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Brouwer's Cafe is an unbelievable place. It is decorated and constructed like a continental European hall and has a beer list that would make even some of the most jaded Beer Advocates salivate. Their beer list even has a number of aged beers of different vintages. Other than the prices, my only complaint was that the service wasn't as good as some other places. Servers were busy, but not as attentive as they could be.

Regardless, any time in the future I am in Seattle or passing through I plan on visiting Brouwer's Cafe. I honestly wish that there was a place like this in Vancouver, because it puts even the best gastropubs in Vancouver to shame. (655 characters)

Photo of beeroverwithme
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of zuggy9
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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'! (954 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Others have given great detail on Brouwer's, which is probably my single favorite beer bar in the world. I won't repeat a lot of it, except to say: wow, the selection. Wow.

As for the prices, well, I just disagree that it's that expensive. Sure, the bottle prices are spendy, but buying bottles in a beer bar when you have a tap list like that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I basically NEVER buy bottles in a place with a good tap selection: I go out to drink for socializing, and for things that I can't get in a shop and take home. That said, take a look at their website, which lists the bottle prices. Some of them are double or more what you'd pay in a liquor store, others are maybe 25% more.

As for draft prices, I just don't think that $4.50 for a pint of Port Townsend Dry Hopped Imperial IPA is bad, nor is $5.50 for a pint of Silver City Fat Woody, a 9.2% scotch ale aged in oak. And I honestly think that $5.50 for a pint of Pliny the Elder is downright cheap. (Damn, it was good.)

I like the atmosphere during the daytime, when you can get a meal, get work done at a table, or chat with the usually very friendly bartenders. I don't enjoy it as much at night when it's more crowded. It's a huge space, and the catwalk seating up top makes for great people watching.

Service is usually solidly friendly, if a little vague. They are happy to give you a couple samples to help you decide, but don't abuse it.

The quality and depth of the beer list rival the Toronado and the Publick House, and even the Brickskeller given that Brouwer's actually has the stuff they claim to have in stock. Be a little careful of the cask ales if you get the first pour of the day: I've had to send a couple back, but they are fine with it. I just don't order cask during the daytime anymore.

The food very is tasty and fairly interesting, if somewhat heavy (but that's consistent with the food I ate in Belgium, so it's true to theme.)

I love this place, and try to go every time I'm in Seattle. It's far enough off the beaten path, but easy to get to: it's five minutes walk from the bus lines that go through Fremont, and parking is easy. (2,152 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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. (974 characters)

Photo of julian
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (2,244 characters)

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4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (714 characters)

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,603 characters)

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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
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