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Papago Brewing

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Papago BrewingPapago Brewing
BA SCORE
95
world-class

155 Ratings
Ratings: 155
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 283
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 30
Bottles: 0
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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Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

kfirestone, Jul 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

timlyon, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

wegass, Jun 12, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Camjmorton, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Bobhoya, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ZappBrannigan, May 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Slipperyphoton, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

trytoketchup, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

JVan, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

SalukiAlum, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

skholbrook1982, Feb 07, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

orangesol, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

VanillaHeat, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

grubefresh, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

guyinaz5000, Oct 19, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +7%

This is the place to go if you are looking for beer variety. In a town that thinks Blue Moon is a premium beer Papago Brewing stands alone. The have hundreds of bottled craft beers to choose from and 30 beers on tap. They serve the beers in their correct glass according to the style of the beer. I got the Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15 Double IPA on tap which came in a sniffer glass. It was during happy hour so I got three for like $20 with tax and tip.

UURevival, Oct 19, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -16.2%

Pretty nice. Stopped after business trip based on Beer Advocate reviews, and glad I did. Fairly old bar feel. Upbeat. Sports TV. Bottle shop and good people. Beer was worth the trip. Nice variety with styles not noticed in other Phoenix area breweries. Bar/servers had no problem with bringing multiple samples to my table. Good, knowledgeable conversation. Food was ok. All in all a stop worth making.

BillRoth, Oct 04, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

I love this place. The best brewery in the city (perhaps state, still need to try them all).

Atmosphere: A great place to hit up after work, or meet some friends on the weekend. It may get a bit loud sometimes (particularly Friday and Saturday nights). Generally friendly folk.

Quality: Great quality. Food, beer (on draft and bottles) is all top-notch.

Service: Generally good, though may be slow during busy hours.

Selection: Amazing. Rotating taps change daily. Their own best beers are, for the most part, mainstays on their menu (Orange Blossom, Coconut Joe, Elsie's Milk Stout....bring back the black IPA!).

Food: Fantastic pizza and wraps.

Value: Reasonable prices.

tjumfrid, Sep 30, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Papago is definitely one of the gems of Phx/Scottsdale. Hosting an expansive selection of beer to savor the quirkiest of palates and preferences, Papago seems to always have something I haven't tried that's "in your wheelhouse". I always enjoy pontificating about the latest offerings with Zach, who's more than generous to lead in the right direction. The pizzas are quite tasty, but let's be honest with ourselves, it's about the craft-brew offerings first and foremost. One of the best places to close 'er down for a night. And now that I think about it, I've always come away from a night at Papago with a new found sense of purpose and fervor for life. Amen.

StrongAleSkeptic, Jul 25, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%

A - It is a little dark and almost tucked away, but it has a cozy feel to it. The people are usually friend and laid back. The location isn't the greatest because it can almost be missed. They might benefit from improved signage.

Q - They make good beer and food. They own beer is quite good and they have a good range of types. The food is always consistent and yummy.

Service - I have never had bad service there and they are knowledgeable about the selection.

Selection - Very good selection of tap offerings and bottles to take away. Sometimes they are a little pricey, but not bad. They often have a cask and nitro on tap also.

F - Very decent food. Nothing outstanding but a good selection to accompany the great beer they have.

V - Good value for the most part, but some of their beers are a little steep. At least if you come during happy hour it is a dollar off. You can also join the Monk club which gives you further discounts.

One of favorite places to go in Greater Phoenix area. Definitely worth dropping by for a few beers.

drrone, May 28, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +6.3%

Just made my first visit here last night (12/21/11) and I was very impressed! It is a very ecclectic beer bar that happens to also make a pretty damn good pizza. We started off with their Orange Blossom beer and were not disapointed. It was not your typical brew but very interesting. We were disapointed to learn it was not sold in bottles as we wanted to take some home. I found their wide selection of taps impressive and the prices very reasonable. They also have a vey large bottle selection you can either drink on site or purchase to go. These were also reasonably priced as we picked up several bottles to take home. Pizza was delicious! Crust was thin and very crispy, almost like a flat bread. We had the white pizza, a chicken bbq pizza, and a Thai chicken pizza. Each one was very good. They only down side was service. The place was packed but only 2 servers were ever seen. Although I will say our server was right on top of things despite being overworked and all the staff were super friendly and helpful. Our server kept our glasses full and never got the order wrong even though he never wrote down anything. Overall this place is well worth a stop. If I lived here I would make this a regular stop.

Update: I know live in AZ and make this a regular stop at least 2-3 times a month. It would be more if I lived closer but due to the long drive and the need of a DD it keeps me limited. Quality of beers and pizzas still outstanding as are the specials they seem to do a lot of such as their Belgian Day and a Stone Vetical Epic Tasting. Well worth a visit if you have never been. Try it once and you will be hooked.

Geuzedad, May 10, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +6.5%

Almost didn't find the place, kind of a hole in the wall. It helps that the shoppinig center in which it is located is also called Papago. Visited on a monday evening. Fairly slow.

A - Open, clean, nicely kept, not too bright or dark. Even with the small number of people it could get loud. A place where folks come to watch sports, after their softball game, etc.

Q - A variety of glassware. Washer for growlers. They supposedly clean the line and tap after each keg.

S - Two lovely bartenders paid the proper amount of attention. Both were serving tables as well. If this is common practice I could see how they could be stretched too thin and service would suffer. My server was knowledgable about the beer. Food arrived quickly and as ordered (I made a special request).

S - Papago brews its own beers, but they also have another 30 or so other brands on tap. In fact the night I visited there was only one Papago beer available. Keg line up changes constantly as they never run two of the same keg in a row. They also have floor to ceiling coolers with a outstanding variety of bottled beers, which you can drink there or take home.

F - Standard appetizers, sandwiches and pizzas. I had a nice personal white pizza. I've had better, but the food will not drive you away and the beer will keep you.

V - Food seemed reasonable, beer can get a little pricey at $7.5 for a higher ABV beer.

Sludgeman, Mar 05, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -10%

Love this place, though I don't get there often enough. At the very least I made an annual visit to pick up the latest Stone Vertical Ale...I'm gonna have to find another excuse now. When I used to work in the area I visited more frequently. It's dark and cool...in Phoenix during the summer months, this is a very good thing. The selection of beers is pretty sweet...there are beer coolers on one side of the bar area choc full of selection. Typically a good selection on tap from my experiences. Have yet to try any grub down there. Patrons typically seem to be enthusiasts, at lest the ones bellied up to the bar. This place is not a dive, though considering other drinking establishments in the Scottsdale area I could see where it would get that reputation. I would be sad to see this place go.

TheBrewFool, Feb 09, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Ive been to this place twice...once back in February and most recently on 12/10 - both while on business in Phoenix.
I happened to be there during a Sierra Nevada desert and beer pairing - awesome!
The SN chef was there and prepared 3 deserts (a malte dmik shake made with malt extract, a brownie, and bread pudding). These were paired with SN Porter, SN Narwhal, and Ovila barrel Aged Quad; repectively. Awesome!
It seems like they constantly have events like this...last time i was there, they had a Sam Adams experimental brew pour.
Great selection! like 40 taps, always rotating and some house brews. And a huge bottle selection. You choose your own in the large cooler. You can also take them to go. The prices were very reasonable too...they dont do a huge mark up at all. I purchased an Odell Sabateur for about $15. Food was pretty good but its just there to eat with your beer.
Great service...very friendly and knowledgeable.
Parking is great as this is in a shopping center.
Overall...you must go here when in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 11, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

I've patronized PB on prior trips to Phoenix and always return as their offerings of a wide range of beers -Left Hand, Lagunitas, Bell's, Oscar Blues and many others - on tap as well as what they brew themselves has never left me wanting. On this visit I had their flagship, Hopago which is a very drinkable, hoppy blast that always engages my taste buds and their Robusto, a Black Ale that offered a very nice contrast to the Hopago. They also had a Bells' Strong Ale which provided the perfect close to my palate workout for the evening.

I also had a chipolte chicken salad off the menu which was very well executed and generous in its portion and quality of content. As noted by some here, service can be spotty @ PB. I sat at the bar on a Friday night and while they were indeed busy, the servers could use some customer service coaching on acknowledging newly arrived customers with a confirming statement of "Hey, we'll be right with you" as it seemed like an eternity before anybody asked me what I wanted.

I'll be back on my next trip; for the beer devotee this place is well worth a stop if you're a local or visiting the Valley.

SudsTerkel, Nov 10, 2012
Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
95 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.