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Papago Brewing

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Papago BrewingPapago Brewing
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
11 Beers
300 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 157
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

7107 E McDowell Rd
Scottsdale, Arizona, 85257-3315
United States
phone: (480) 425-7439

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @papagobrewing

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Reviews by belgianjunkie:
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3.04/5  rDev -29.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

I hit Popago while visiting my brother in the Phoenix area. He knows I'm a Belgian beer fanatic and introduced me to their big fridge of Belgian goodness. The selection is excellent for an American bar; you find beers here that are virtually impossible to find at other bars (though beer stores do sell them on occasion). One impressive find is that they had Grottenbier on tap which I'd never seen outside of Belgium, and it's indeed better served from the tap than the bottle- a bit more mellowed and creamy.

I'll also give them props for carrying on the dying courtesy of not charging for the beer that blows the tap- my first Grottenbier was the last of the tap, and he handed it over for free. The second tasted far better, but the free one tasted just fine for the price. This part of the experience is why, despite some of the lower scores I've given, I'd recommend this bar.

However, they lose points for service because the new waitress had poured the entire contents of a Trappist Rochefort 8 into the glass, silt and all (a serious no-no). For my second bottled beer (a different dark, silt-laden brand), I asked her not to pour it all in, but as I was watching her at the bar, the owner- a very nice guy who knows his beer and should know better, told her to pour most of it, swirl the bottle, and then pour the rest in as though it were a Hoegaarden (again, serious no-no for dark beers with dregs). I motioned to her (alright- I was flailing around with a look of horror on my face) and asked her if I could just pour it myself, and that solved that.

Quality also gets lower marks, because the Trappist Achel I'd purchased was four months past its due date. I may be partially at fault for getting it out of the fridge and bringing it to them to serve me without checking the date first, but in the ideal setting they shouldn't be available for purchase if they've expired. And unlike some beers that age well, I soon discovered that Achel doesn't. They also don't serve the more exotic beers in their corresponding goblets which is forgivable, but you'd figure if Popago can get the beers to serve, they'd go the extra distance and get all of the proper glassware as well.

But, all of this aside, it's a good place. Not nearly as fancy as the beers in the fridge might suggest. It's a cool, spread-out, above-grade dive bar with laid back clientelle- mostly couples and twenty- to thirty-somethings. Good music, TVs, a couple of video games, and a decent sized bar. The Belgian beer selection is impressive: most Trappists (save Westvleteren which is easily understandable), and some really hard to find ones like Affligem's Noel ale, and others I'm hard-pressed to remember. A fine bar experience, and a much smoother one if you stick with middle of the road beers to avoid complex service issues.

Addendum on 9/07/05: BA member bigbelcher has pointed out that the "owner" I mentioned above would most likely not be the founder/main owner Ron. Though I'm sure the guy that night said he was an owner, from what I've heard about Ron, it wasn't him. And I gotta say it once more- all in all, it's a good place and I'll give it another shot the next time I'm in town- just not the best experience that first time around, and I had to call it as I saw it.

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3.88/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +16%

A bottle shop inside a brew pub with decent food. Ok in my book.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MadMaltMike
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Good selection. The bottle selection in the coolers in back was impressive. The atmosphere was exactly as expected. A good thing. Good knowledge of what's on tap. Not that busy and service was weak. I don't need attention, but I want service. Maybe if you sit at the Bar they'll remember you're in the building. Pass on the beer bites appetizers.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here after O.H.S.O. since they were so close together, I have had a few Papago beers before, I was really looking forward to checking them out. Atmosphere is kind of disjoined but still good. You have the front seating area, the bottle shop to the left, another dining area in a different room off to the left and then the bar area in the rear of the space. More and more people came in as my visit wore on, making it feel more together. Service was solid. I never had to wait for a beer and he was awesome to tall to. Selection was great. Five of their own beers on with a great verity of others crossing lots of different styles. As I had just eaten I skipped the food but the pizza looked great sitting a few people away from me. Prices were pretty good, some of the bottles to go were a little high but if I strike out in the next few weeks I may return to pick some up. Overall a really nice bar/brewery that I would definitely return to in the future, maybe even the near future.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.13/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I went there yesterday with a friend and hoping to get that Pilsner Urquell that came in a cast and was unfiltered and unpasteurized but I missed it by 1 1/2 hours. That was a drag! I know that I got there late but I was more upset that more friends wouldn't meet me there. I guess once is enough. I don't know, they have a lot of beers and several on tap but the service was bad. It was poor! I even went to the bar to see is it was self-service and a server said someone would be around. Someone did and five minutes later came back with our beers. She could have made it sooner but 4 1/2 minutes were spent talking at the bar after the beers were poured. She then couldn't remember what beers where which and had her nose practically in all of them and literally in one.

The atmosphere is that of an old bar. It is dark and fairly noisy. There are tales four, six, and more plus sitting at the bar. Several beers on tap. They say there is 30 but I think there were less. There are many bottled beers in there cooler and you could buy them to take home.

We only had beer and then left. The service, being so poor, would have taxed my patience waiting when I knew it was ready and had to wait for the server to deliver. I had been directed to enjoy the beers but to skip the food by some friends who had been there before.

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Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
95 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.