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Papago Brewing

Not Rated.
Papago BrewingPapago Brewing

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 261
Beer Avg: 3.91

Taps: 30 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

150 Ratings
Ratings: 150
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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

Notes:
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Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

(Place added by: mzwolinski)
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

As a former Phoenix-area resident, I do come back about once a year to visit. Alas, some of my favorite haunts from the past (Coyote Springs, Bandersnatch) are gone (although in both cases the quality of both had declined enough that closure put them out of their misery). Anyways, I finally needed to find someplace better than Gordon Biersch to get a nice cold one, and finally wandered up to Scottsdale.

The place doesn't have much of what I call ambiance. It's basically a strip-mall bar. And it's a bit smokier than I care for. But I will forgive them, since they have one of the finest selections of beers I've ever experience, with over 300 different bottled beers in the cooler (which you can buy individually or in mixed six packs To Go, even), and about twenty taps. Very good selection, with most every decent western-US brewery getting at least a few varieties in the cooler, and maybe even a tap or two as well. Their own brews are pretty good as well. This place is about the beer, and they do it very, very well.

01-13-2005 03:00:54 | More by kaszeta
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Crosling

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I lived here while I was in Phoenix. I came here Friday Night and closed it, met Gusler Saturday Night and closed it and then again came here for the afternoon before my flight on Monday. A killer bottle selection (Drie Fonteinen, Alesmith, Stone, Rogue, Caracole, Rochefort, Bear Republic, Moylans, Avery, Fantome,...from my memory) and a great draught selection as well (Weihenstephaner, Young's, Four Peaks, Oggi's, Stone) Cute waitresses. Characterful house beers. Good Prices. What more could you want?

11-11-2004 00:06:42 | More by Crosling
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jrancan

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

All hell broke loose when we entered this place. We'll skip the details of the decor, it's located in a strip mall. You can see all the bottles in the refrigerators that line the wall-which is a plus. 30 on tap and 200, 300, 400 in bottles, who knows? Absoulte great selection.
Met a few friendly locals and proceeded to try and drink this place dry! Some sampled: Alesmith Lil Devil, IPA, Sonora Inebriator, Papago El Grande Nutz and Wheat Wine, Stone 8th, Fantome, Moylander Double IPA...etc....who can remember?
Needless to say, my wife and I almost missed our flight to Mexico the next day....I left the bar with a back pack full of locally brewed beers that I was only too happy to imbibe.
One of the greatest bars I've ever been to. Papago has it all, knowledgable bartenders, wide selection, friendly atmosphere, and hopefully next time I can try the food.
Note: Had two beers that were bad/past prime...Fantome and Alesmith Horny Devil were both light struck (bartender took iboth off our tab).

10-30-2004 05:18:08 | More by jrancan
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Loki

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Papago brewing comes highly recommended and definitely worth the trip. Even better if you can arrange a meeting with Guslter and meet a teriffic BA and yet another reason why this community is so great. Watch carefully as this place is quite easy to miss in the Papago Plaza on the corner of Scottsdale Rd and McDowell Rd.

Atmosphere: Dark and quite on the night we went, but with a very friendly air to the place. From the moment you walk in you feel like anybody is welcome here. There are dart boards up front, tables and bar rails scattered through out the place, and 10-15 seat bar in the back with at least 25-30 taps and one cask hand pump. There are 6-8 glass door, convienence store style coolers in the back full of fantastic beer, and one with water, sports drinks, sodas, and macros (you know the other water).

Quality: Not only are the beers fantastic, but they turn over stock very quickly with both bottles and draft, and I was told there is always something new on draft everyday. I guess it's nice living closer to San Fran and having Old Foghorn on draft! Also had the hoppiest cask beer I've ever had in my life. The Sonoma Dred, Double Red was amazing. Oh, and their beers are pretty good too. The Papago Baltic Porter was great. They take great care of their beers here.

Service: Very Good, with absolutely not a complaiint or an issues. Quick and friendly. I don't know what else you could ask for. Seemed they served everything in proper glassware, maybe not the exact glass, but pints for the baltic porter, cask, and beers my college had, and a brandy tulip glass for Guslter's Old Foghorn.

Selection: Great. Most places would be hard to match their selection, and you definitely couldn't fit more beers in this place, as it's not that big. You'ld have to hit Half Time or some place like that to find a bigger draft, bottle, and bottle to go selection. Oh, and they had a big wine selection as well. This place is as if somebody took a beer/wine shop and slammed it together with a great little draft bar and said, he you can have it both, without paying Pennsylvaniaesce bar carryaway prices.

Food: Yet another great hit. I highly recommend the Spinich & Artichoke dip that is slightly spice and a very unique twist; and the Mediterranian Chicken Pizza. Both were excellent and very reasonably priced.

I don't know what else to say other than this place is fantastic and I want one near my house!

09-08-2004 13:09:52 | More by Loki
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arizcards

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Played some golf this past Labor Day weekend at the nearby Rolling Hills Golf Course. I intentionally scheduled lunch at the ledgendary Papago Brewing Company. My better half just laughed at me as she lets me indulge my hobby of exploring different places to have a beer!

We got in just when it opened on Sunday at noon. Quite a homey place as there are games galore mixed in with the displays of wine and beer from around the world. There is even a place to shoot some darts near the front. Not sure what the capacity is but it can't be more than 175. A very comfortable place to have a beer.

Quality is near perfect. It is a very clean place and very modern yet has a rusticness to it.

The service was very good. A young lady with a "Boy Scouting" shirt took care of us. She was very conversational despite this being "early" for her.

The selection is top notch. No crap on tap is the mission here and that is very true. But what was kind of cool is that we were able to get my better half a macro brew (which keeps her happy) and I was able to be like a little kid in the candy score. I sampled three pints with lunch and selected about 10 bottles to sample at home. The prices seemed to be very competitive to Trader Joes and better than AJ's.

We had the Beer B Que pizza. It was very good and I would recommend it if you want something a bit different out of a pizza.

It is probably a good thing that I live 35 miles away from Papago as I could easily finding myself making a weekly trip or two to hang out, enjoy some good beer, and half some fun in a very friendly atmosphere.

09-07-2004 22:03:34 | More by arizcards
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fattyre

Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can I say that hasn't already been said. I visited back in March after the Beer Fest in Phoenix and again the following day. Located in a shopping center with little or no hint to what is inside. Very nice tap selection of their own brews with some imports and unusual/hard to find west coast micros. A very impressive bottle selection as well in cold cases along the wall opposite the bar. Very nice staff and owners who I had a nice time speaking to and everyone new there stuff which just enhanced the whole experience. I had fun talking to everyone- the locals as well as the staff. I even took home a growler of their wheat wine. Great beer, great staff, and great folks -what more can you ask for. Thanks to Gusler for suggesting the place and meeting up with us! Must see if anywhere nearby.

07-17-2004 00:32:13 | More by fattyre
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Their tag line of "No crap on tap" couldn't be more true. Wow, not a macro out of the 30 tapped beers! And whats on-tap is outstanding as far as a line up. And if thats not enough you can go over to these coolers and pick out something in a bottle and either have em pour in a glass for ya to enjoy there or even better yet you can purchase them to take home too. They also have about six beers that they brew, somewhere, didn't see any of the usual set up where you can see the all the beer kettles and what not, so I assume it was in back or something. Had the Imperial Wheat "Six Shooter" and their porter, both quite tasty. Solid line up of west coast mircos including Stone, Bear Republic, Avery, Deschutes, Bridgeport, New Belgium, Rogue, and plenty of others. And there's a nice selection of imports from Germany, England and Belgium where you can open up either a Westmalle or Rochefort while having some good grub. We had the pizza, which was recommended and liked by all. The interior is small yet open, with a small bar area for room for about 10, tables and seating else where through out the place. Exposed wood beams are decorated with tap handles of past kegs emptied there. That was impressive, probably around 200 and not a one that looked to be anything of the usual sort. All micro or import goodies- my favorite was to ask about the St. Bernadus Triple that was on-tap there! Oh my, that sounds yummy. Easily the best place for beer selection and company in the Phoenix area.
Give Gusler a shout that you're gonna be in town and he'll make a 40 mile trip to come out and make you feel welcome and drink a few and talk about beers (what else would it be?) with ya. He's a great host!
This was one of my better beer experiences yet - had a brain freeze just gaulking over the great selection of beers here and thinking how you could come here everyday for three months and never have the same beer twice. Wow, wouldn't that be fun! Hell ya! Jealous? Hell ya!

05-16-2004 18:42:52 | More by tavernjef
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KingSlender

California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Chappy and myself hit up Papago Brewing during our recent baseball & beer excursion through the wonderful Phoenix area. We actually had planned only a one-time quick stop at Papago on Friday night, but ended up going back both Saturday AND Sunday. This alone tells you how much we liked this place. The atmosphere was great, very rustic looking with various brewing paraphernalia on the walls. We loved all the various taps nestled up on the roof beams. We also were very fortunate to get to hear some good music on Saturday night (the lead singer looked like John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves). The beer selection was very good. We are able to try some great beers that we've never had before. One that stood out was Gordon IPA from Oskar Blues (Colorado). I also had a few great Belgium ales as well. The food was OK. We ordered a pizza and half of it was burnt. Besides that it was pretty tasty. Papago also has an outstanding collection of bottled beers for sale, in which we purchased a few to take with us on our journey home.

Thanks to Gusler for inviting us over to his table during a very busy Saturday night and showing us a good time and what Papago Brewing is all about!

04-07-2004 15:35:51 | More by KingSlender
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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A very good place to visit. We went there 3 times in one weekend while visiting the area for Spring Training. They had four of their own brews on tap and about 20 other guest brews. They also had an excellent refrigerated selection of 12 oz six-packs and 22 oz bombers of mostly California, Arizona and Colorado brews. On tap, we tried the Oskar Blues IPA and Pale Ale from Lyons, CO. (They were both excellent). The pizza was very good as well. The service was excellent. When we visited on Sunday we noticed on the door that they do not open until noon, but as we walked away to our car the bartender called us back and said she would open early. Perfect! A chance to relax with a few brews before our Giants-Angels game just up the street. This place grows on you. I enjoyed the collection of beer taps that are fastened to the wooden beams on the ceiling. Nice touch.

04-02-2004 03:11:07 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Traveling to Phoenix in March is always a pleasure, business travel or not. But traveling to Phoenix with a plan to meet up with the Great Gusler for a little beer tour of the Valley is sublime.

Such was the case as I arrived at the Phoenix airport late on a Sunday morning. Less than an hour later I am ensconed in the Gusler S10 Beermobile and headed to the best Phoenix has to offer - Papago Brewing. The trip out McDowell passes some small rocky peaks, but the arrival at Papago's looks less like a peak of beerdom. But then, outward appearances can be deceiving.

We enter a nice beer trivia area at the front of the store and Gus is immediately greeted with several folks wanting to know where he's been. The arrival of royalty always excites the masses and so it is with the arrival of Gus. Mel is his favorite bartender and she is on duty today, all smiles and full of beer knowledge. My eyes bulge at the huge lineup of taps and the even greater lineup of glass-front coolers packed with fine bottled beer.

The long bar is joined by several stool-height tables for four and many picnic table seatings as well. Cigar storage is off to the side near the last of the cooler. A small stage for the frequent entertainment is centererd on the wall opposite the bar. A short past the coolers puts you at the facilities.

Papago's is staffed by caring owners, great staff, and good beer-loving customers. It is truly an oasis in the desert with great beer, very good food, and decent prices. To travel there with the most knowledgeable of Bas in the person of Gusler is a treat I shall long remember.

03-16-2004 04:06:59 | More by AtLagerHeads
Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
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