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5/5 rDev +16%
After reading several reviews here on BeerAdvocate I decided it was time to take the trip up to Papago Brewing Co with the gf in tow. We went on a Tuesday evening so as to avoid the weekend crowds. The first thing I saw when we walked in was a larger than life size plaster monk (the beer brewing type I'm assuming) smiling like a Buddha with his eyes closed. If I lived in this place I'd probably look like that too. We grabbed a table and were greeted immediately by John. First round was an Orange Blossom hefe for the gf and I started off with a Houblon Chouffe tripel. We also ordered the Bavarian pretzels as an appetizer. Pretzels were soft, warm, and salty and came with some of the grooviest mustard I've ever had. I finished my Houblon and after browsing the bottle selection I cracked open a Trappist Rochefort #8 that I'd been wanting to try for a long time. Needless to say - it was tremendous. I had a nice little belgian beer buzz happening when our Mediterranean Chicken pizza arrived. The pizza was killer - easily the same quality and flavor as anything from a "gourmet" pizza place. Somewhere during the pizza I ordered a Great White witbier from Lost Coast brewery which, although not as tasty as Hoegaarden, hit the spot while finishing the pizza. By the time the gf finally finished her huge hefe I was ready for another trip to the cooler. I somehow convinced her that we should split a bottle of Stone's Russian Imperial Stout, knowing full well that she wouldn't like it and that I would have to quaff it all myself. The beer was outstanding but the gf needed something less potent. I explained what she likes to John who promptly returned with a glass of Guiness mixed with Framboise lambic. I'd guessed it was something like that because the foam on top was pinkish white - very cool. She loved the concoction and I thought it was quite tasty as well. Great call on John's part. The tab for a night of delicious beer and food was somewhere around 50 bucks but worth every penny. Papago is the best bar I've ever been in - rockin music, laid back atmosphere, a giant monk by the front door, an unbeatable selection of beer, top quality pizza, knowledgable and friendly staff, a giant monk by the front door...Definitely a place worth returning to time and time again.
05-24-2006 13:42:13 | More by MagicHatter23
5/5 rDev +16%
Wow, talk about a place I want to come back to. I swung in here after a training class and was really impressed. A bit divey, but in a good way. Had the Vertical Epic 9-9-09 beer on 9-11-09 and one the Papago beers (the milk stout). I had a real problem picking something because their draft list of about 30 beers were all of high quality and variety. Waitress was great and suggested their mix six packs, where for 8.50 you can gét a nice six pack of really whatever you want. The selection was excellent and offered a lot of stuff I can't get in Albuquerque or that I just want to try one of, not six. Will definitely be coming back in the future - both for a beer and six-pack purchases
09-12-2009 01:08:11 | More by taxguyjase
5/5 rDev +16%
It has been a while since I updated my Papago Beerfly review, so here goes my latest observations. Papago still remains IMHO the best pub in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, with 30 continual rotating taps, all craft and imports, plus 2 cask engines, and some 400 plus beers, that you can carry out or drink there puts it high on my list, they also have a nice selection of wine and quite a few Meads.
The owners and staff are all quite beer savvy with Ron Kloth being a brewer extraordinaire. All the beers are served in the correct glass, with the temperature just right, and always fresh. They have a nice website that lists all their upcoming festivities and specials, a beer list of what is on tap & cask.
Atmosphere is laid back and friendly with the staff as I said before knowledgeable and friendly, the food is fairly priced and quite good with the portions liberal in size.
Whenever I can, I drop in and have a pint or two, and most always-pickup beer to go and have a bite to eat, so my recommendation is to stop by and say "Howdy" to all the fine people at Papago, tell'em Gusler sent you!
07-09-2005 16:36:02 | More by Gusler
4.95/5 rDev +14.8%
I'm certainly glad to be living here with a place like this not too far from me. 30 taps and 2 casks. 450 bottled beers, almost all micros and imports. A "no crap on tap" policy that they actually hold to. That right there could say it all for the beer aficionado, but that's not all there is to Papago. The environment is just as I would expect as if I designed it myself. I feel very comfortable in this place, which is very important to me when I'm in a beer bar, or any restaurant. Everyone serving you knows what they're serving and can tell you what you need to know about it, something else that's very important. You can ask for a sample of anything on tap and it will be brought to you in a nice sampling glass for no charge. Very nice people. The food is excellent, and very well suited for any beer you choose. I only wish they'd bring back the great desserts that were made with their own beers, which are quite exceptional beers. There's almost always some sort of event to attend, usually a brewery-related promotional or something similar. There is, of course, a mug club, but I believe it's unfortunately closed to new members at the moment. This is my favorite place to go, period. I'd love to be there every day. You absolutely must visit this place if you're anywhere near Arizona!
10-22-2003 08:20:06 | More by hyuga
4.95/5 rDev +14.8%
My previous review from last year follows. I just decided to update it. This has to be not only one of the best beer places to drink in the United States but in the world. If they only served their beers alone it would still be a great place but the selection and quality just cannot be surpassed. I especially like how they have 'improved' a couple of their beers by using a Dogfish 'Randall' on them, their Hopfather Double IPA is awesome with fresh hops and their Churchill Wheatwine with the use of Cognac barrel oak chips in the 'Randall' is simply amazing. Live music has gone away but the addition of a giant projector television makes the place a great place to watch sporting events now.
Previous review: This isn't one of the best places to drink in Phoenix, it is the best place to drink in Arizona or the west coast. 30 taps that constantly rotate with good beers. Sure there are places with more taps but they do not put any crap on tap and they clean their lines when they put on a new beer. If that doesn't strike your fancy they have a cooler with over 400 different beers in them. Knowledgeable staff. Food is very good but is limited to apps, salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Only downside is that it gets crowded in there on the weekend nights. You can also get the bottled beer to go and growlers also. Also, compared to some places I've been in California the prices are downright cheap for the quality of the beers that they get. Big Belgian selection.
07-10-2003 09:20:28 | More by bigbelcher
4.94/5 rDev +14.6%
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
Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
95 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.