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Papago Brewing

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Papago BrewingPapago Brewing
BEER AVG
3.75/5
Based on:
8 Beers
86 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 135
Visits: 166
rAvg: 4.33
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: 135 | Visits: 166
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
2.78/5  rDev -35.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Dark and secluded, ...not a lively place... kind of scary, I did not stay just bought a beer to go and got out of there.

I hate to even review a place like that, but it was just the impression I got from it... it was just easier for me to move on to the next independent local brew pub. (287 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.59/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of TheBrewFool
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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. (799 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you enjoy beer, Papago is a must! Huge rotating tap selection, bottles to drink, or to go, and proper glassware for the beers. The servers are always very knowledgable, and happy to let you try taste or two. Sometimes the service is a little off, but I think that they sometimes understaff the place. Board games, darts and a juke box. And the food is fantastic. The vibe at Papago is sometimes a bit cold, but that doesn't have anything to do with the place itself. The worst part about it for me is when I'm the designated driver! So, find yourself a DD and get there ASAP. You won't be disappointed. (605 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Located in a strip mall in Scottsdale, the atmosphere outside is, quite frankly, dismal. Inside things are a little better with a darkish, "we didn't spend much money on this place" hipster vibe. There were really awesome monk sculpture/mug cabinets, however that helped to make up for the less favorable aspects.

The beer selection was excellent with a great selection of guest taps with a handful of house beers peppered in. The house beer were what I came for and I was pleased with what I found. The Papago beers were far and away the most creative that I came across in my trip around Arizona. This doesn't mean they were all excellent, but most were good and the others made up for it by being interesting.

The food was pretty good. Not an extensive menu, but the pizzas were alright.

Overall an interesting place, not my ideal craft beer hangout, but the selection is great and it is a must visit for the interesting house beers. (939 characters)

Photo of baseball1976
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is my favorite beer venue in the Phoenix Area! There is always a good rotation on tap, and their brews are awesome. Plus, if you do not like the tap selection, then your favorite is probably lurking in the cooler.

If you have not been here yet, you need to visit. There are always 30 drafts and once a week there is a cask.

I have noticed that during the busy times, service can be a little touchy. However, this is really the only down side that I have ever seen to this place. The staff is friendly, and the selection is amazing. The food is good too. There used to be a better selection, but you should be able to find something you like.

You will not regret going here. (682 characters)

Photo of jale
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Came here for the Firestone-Walker and Maui brewing events during Arizona beer week. I was here a year ago and still the same look. Casual and laid back describes the place. Nice tap selection and a large variety of great bottles you pick from to drink while there. Staff seem to enjoy working here. The food is average but I don't expect exotic items in a casual place like this. I'm never dissapointed coming here. If you can't find something you like on tap, there are hundreds of bottles to choose from. A place I will stop at whenever I'm in the Phoenix area. (564 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

An enjoyable stop at the end of my first day in Scottsdale, I hit Papago after an epic shopping trip at Total Wine in the north end of town.

Located in a strip mall, Papago does not look like much from the outside, or from the inside either really. I got a stool at the bar in the back corner of the place. About a half dozen house beers were on tap (apparently they are brewed eslewhere) along with a great list of guest taps. I got a sampler which included the Coconut Joe, the milk stout and the porter. All were quite tasty and well made.

Food all looked good. I had the beer bites, crispy sqaures of pizza dough with dipping sauce. I have had this type of item in many brew pubs. This rendition was far above average.

Service was pleasant when you could get someone's attention. The bartenders seemed to spend a lot of time chatting with their backs to the patrons. Plus they gave my food order to people who had ordered after me, and did not realize there was a problem until the next order came out 15 minutes later. Since they ordered a red dipping sauce and I ordered a white one, this should have been easy to spot.

Anyway, I was hoping to get back for some more beers and a growler to take home but the schedule did not allow it this time. Next time for sure...

Update: Got to visit again last week, had the same experience. Great beer selection, solid food, nice service when you could get some. Seems there is no dedicated bartender (maybe just on slow nights) and the register (where they ring in takeout orders) is at the end of the bar. Both of these factors lead to long stretches where there is no one to even ask for anything.

Update 2: Arrived late from the airport, hoping to get a beer after a long day. The bartender was outside grabbing a smoke before closing (the place was empty) but offered to stay open so we could have a beer. Gotta bump up the service rating for that alone.

HV (1,915 characters)

Photo of BOLTZ7555
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Without a doubt, the place to go in AZ!!! Great selection on tap
and a fridge full of unique beers to take home (AleSmith, Port/LA, Odell's, Bell's, FW, Mikkeller, Green Flash, Goose Island, Great Divide, New Belgium, etc)...prices are quite reasonable and you have a good shot finding a rare gem. Food is solid...tasty and hot but don't expect high end. Think Ballpark Pretzels, pizza, and quesadillas. This place is all about the beer as it should be. Better service than you might find in similar spots. Wide open space and not at all pretentious. Stop in!!! (561 characters)

Photo of TIMMYJ21
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went here back in March 2011
The Beer list at this place is really awesome, they have about 20 or so taps a cask also, vary wide selection on taps also. Their is a better then average beer to go cooler with a bunch of six packs and singles, bombers Etc....they also have 64 and 32 oz growlers to go on some of there offerings. Service was nothing to write home about, they were busy but not terrible,took quite awhile to get a drink order in, but after that, service picked up nicely. Food was pretty good here, enjoyed a few apps while playing some Jinga, yes they have games and cards and puzzles here. By far the best craft bar we went into while down in AZ, will be coming back again for sure. (697 characters)

Photo of azdback
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here a few times to purchase bottles to go, but recently met BA's MattttYCE, McNuts and Josssmith for a pint or two.

The atmosphere is very laid back. I didn't feel out of place wearing a tee shirt and shorts. I felt like I was surrounded by BA's that don't care how you are dressed, but how the beer tastes.

Service was good. In fact the bartender mentioned how long it took for me to choose what to have.

Selection is great. There were probably 20 beers on tap and an entire bottle shop type cooler full of your choice of the best you can get in the Valley. Although there is "corking" fee if you drink them there.

We had a pepperoni and mushroom pizza which was good. Not great, but pizza is like sex. When it is great you tell all your friends about how great it was and when it's terrible you still tell them it was pretty good.

The value borders on reasonable and pricey. There were I think 4 drafts that were $8.95 each (for a 10oz. snifter) the rest were fairly reasonable. (996 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ah, Papago. Jewel of south Scottsdale.

Papago is a beer bar, plain and simple. The crowd varies from beer nerds to the newly initiated to the simple college crowd out for a drink, but the ambiance is usually jovial. Likewise, most of the bartenders are pretty knowledgeable and friendly. If you see Zach, ask him to make you a Hop Suicide -- a mix of all the hoppy beers they have on tap at a given time. The place used to get rather crowded at night, especially during tastings and other events, but the recent expansion into the space next door has really opened everything up. Plus, there's shuffleboard!

Papago's beers are standouts in the Valley for their creative takes on styles. They're all contract-brewed, some by other local breweries like SunUp, some by breweries in Belgium. Elsie's, a milk stout flavored with coffee and Irish cream, is one of my favorite beers, and the one I always suggest to tourists.

One thing I really appreciate about Papago: they understand the internet. The online tap list is updated daily and new beers are posted to Facebook and Twitter whenever they arrive. I never miss a special release or sought-after draft. An extensive bottle selection and tap list offers even more opportunity for trying new stuff.

Overall, one of the places you MUST visit if you're in Phoenix. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Have some family over in Chandler, so we headed over to a few breweries while visiting them there, Papago being one of them. The place is located in a strip mall, not too far from the University. The atmosphere, to me, is a cross between a upscale liquor store, and summer camp cabin, and a rustic sports bar. Comfortable, nice AC (yeah it gets hot in AZ) and a good tap list.

Service was decent, only 1 server that day, but it was not that crowded, and the place is not that big either. He checked in with us every 10 mintues or so. They had a few board games there, including a drinking Jenga, which was pretty funny. We played that twice while just hanging out for the afternoon. Didnt get anyfood, as we had just had lunch before going here.

Of the three beers I tried form Papago while there, the Papago Elsie Irish Cream was the highlight. (also had the Orange Blossom, which my cousin took a growler home ofi t, and the Coconut Joe). I brought home a Growler off the Irish Cream, which was shared amongst friends at a recent gathering, and it was liked by all.

I also got a 2008 bottle of Mephistopheles Stout, and two other locals that I don't get in So Cal.

All in all, a good stop, with some pretty solid options for AZ. Recomended if your in the area. (1,269 characters)

Photo of trappistlover
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Excellent selection of bottle and draught beers plus they hold special events with other great breweries. Hell, even saw a mini-kiss band at a DFH event. Won’t forget that any time soon. The only things detracting from a better score is the sometimes slow service-even when it isn’t busy and the acoustics leave alot of be desired. It’s not the easiest place to have a good conversation because it’s very loud. Food is above average pub grub. If you are an out of town visitor, this is THE place to come.

They are expanding so there will be more room. (560 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nicely tucked away in strip mall, it took a little while but we found it. though you are in a strip mall the building and atmosphere is suprisingly decent, enter into an area that has some dart boards on the right, bit of storage on the left and the tables in front followed by the bar to rear right and fridges on the back left. Music was decent, but our table had a bit of bad lighting in the early evening sun, otherwise ok. the tables are very unique as each are different.

Quality of the place was good; great selection of beverages on draft and bottle, decent menu and service was solid. Beers were served in appropriate glasses for the most part.

Service was good, relatively knowledgeable and made a few good suggestions.

Selection was great to me, lots of great western US beers that I have not had or seen, very impressive. My wife and were excited to have some La Folie on draft and I got to try New belgium's berliner weisse. Papago's own beers were good as well, but it was tough to get by some of the other great ones on draft. We also picked up two 6 packs to go of some good CO and AZ beers we had not had yet.

We did order some food, the pizza bread bites with some sauces very good and just right for stopping in for a few brews.

Very good value, did feel any beer was priced out of the ordinary, even the 6 packs were priced fairly. (1,356 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was in Pheonix on a work trip, met up with an old friend from back in the day here.

Located in a strip mall w/ the usual fat bouncery guy working the door checking ID's. Not typical in a craft brew scene. Weird layout, I guess kind of that SW vibe going for it, definitely not the UK/Irish style pub you frequently see. Found out they don't make all the beers they have their name on, like the stout for instance, is from Sun Up. And they were out of their ipa.

Service was decent, girls checked up on us pretty regularly and were informative. Selection is really good, lots of coolers full of other people's stuff. Scored some of the O'Dell's Peche Porter stuff, pretty cool find. Drank a bunch of local ipas. Had the super meaty pizza, was good.

A decent place, really would see myself using the to-go beer purchase option more often. A cool place, probably my #2 option in Arizona. (889 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited 3/4/2011 for Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

Located in a strip mall, I was greeted by a bouncer checking ID's. Inside there aren't a whole lot of seats but it wasn't a problem. Along the one wall is a row of fridges full of beer. Nice selection of things from all over. But I'd say I was more impressed with the tap lineup. There were at least half a dozen Papago beers on tap (contracted by other breweries) as well as some oddball beers that I really wanted to try (namely the one year lambic from Bockor) but were out of. I guess the night before was Moylans night so they had some left overs on tap from that.

The server came by pretty often (every 15 minutes or so) and asked if we wanted anything else. The owner of the place came by and talked with us for a little bit. Great service all around.

For all the beer I had I didnt really pay that much. Good times. I'll be returning the next time I'm in the area. (924 characters)

Photo of mmciz
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I'm surprised I don't go here more often -- this place is the closest thing the Valley has to a beer mecca. Lots of great taps (even Raspberry Lambic for the ladies) and a nice selection of bottles. The food was pretty decent (got the pretzels and the spicy Thai chicken wrap) though not as good as San Tan or 4 Peaks, but that's not what you're here for. I also appreciate the standardized pricing ($4.59 for pretty much everything) and the specificity of glassware (whatever you're drinking, they have the right glass for it). (528 characters)

Photo of ejyoung
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Papago is definitely one of the main hubs of craft beer in the area. They get all the new releases first (on tap and bottles), have great special events with breweries, and have one of the best selections on tap. I also like that they are good about updating their taplist and posting on facebook about new bottles, etc. In general it is a great place for drinking beer - good number of tvs to watch games on, good music, cool people. They also have quite a few of their own beers on tap at all time. I haven't had many, but I've heard good things.

Service can be a little slow if you aren't at the bar, but I usually sit at the bar so I don't have a problem. The prices for draft beer are great, especially during happy hour. Bottle prices are generally good too.

I just wish I lived a little closer. (805 characters)

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

They have a row of coolers housing a great selection of bottles. You actually get the bottle you want from the cooler and the server will bring you appropriate (usually) glassware. Their bottle selection is the best I have ever seen at a bar in Arizona.

Their tap list usually has a few things I want; since I do not drink more than 1-2 beers when I am out I usually have issues narrowing what I want off tap.

The food is decent, not bad in any way, but not great and in my opinion the prices on their food is out of wack with the actual quality of their product. Oh well, I go here for the beer, not to eat.

Most servers know their beer, but I have had a few that poured my bottle for me and totally screwed up an expensive bottle of Belgian by pouring my buddy and me 2 glasses of foam.... I usually try to not let them do the pour, but sometimes they are sneaky! (871 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

one of my favorite things about papago is that they pretty regularly update their taplist on their website.

I really like papago. the atmosphere is really chill. there are 2 dart boards, and then board games for use as well. they are expanding the place, and apparently getting a shuffle board table. it can get pretty packed in there sometimes, so the expansion should help that out. it looks like a dive bar really, but i like that.

the quality is always good a papago. they seem to get really good kegs a lot, but even when they dont the tap line up is always solid. ive had abyss, dissident, and hopslam to name a few of the great beers theyve had on. they also have a large bottle selection togo or to drink there. they pretty regularly have a cask option as well. although that has seemed to be more scarce lately.

the service is pretty slow most of the time. even when it doesnt seem really busy it might take a while for you to get that second pint, but this is the one place that i dont seem to mind that. probably because i am going there to hang out for a while. most of the staff is pretty knowledgeable about beer as well.

as stated before the selection is always solid.

i personally love papagos pizzas. the chicken thai pizza and the beer bbq pizza are great. their pretzels are pretty good, and the hummus isnt bad either. they have a caprese pizza that my girlfriend loves.

the beers are always pretty cheap. pints for less than $5 on almost all the taps. plus if you are a monk club member you get mug pours instead of pints for less than $4.

overall my favorite beer bar in the phoenix area. (1,622 characters)

Photo of fuzzylogic
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

In Scottsdale on business and stopped in on a Tuesday night. Wow...great tap and bottle selection.

On tap they had Deschutes Abyss, Port Hop 15, Stone Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, Avery the Beast, Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere, and Anderson Valley Imperial Boont (among others). Lots of good stuff in bottles including AleSmith and Brewdog. Cool atmosphere, good jukebox and lots of people with whom to talk beer. Also got unlimited samples at no cost. The pizzas looked pretty good too.

A must visit if you're in Scottsdale. (530 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here over the weekend for the first time while spending New Years with my AZ buddy and his family. Bar is located in a strip mall but they cover the front windows up quite a bit so once you are inside the bar it is easier to forget that you are in a strip mall.

Tables (I'm guessing about 14 of them) in the front - bar (with about 10 seats) in the back.

Service wasn't to knowledgeable but they try to accommodate you and I don't have any real complaints in this department. I took advantage of the 2oz sample pours. They give you 3 for free (per visit) and charge $1 each beyond that.

Decent draft menu (I'm guessing about 16 tap lines) including average house brews and nice guest options....Deschutes, The Bruery, Bells 2 Hearted, etc.

Worth the trip but don't get too psyched about the house brews as they easily disappoint. (843 characters)

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
96 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.