Brouwer's Cafe

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Brouwer's CafeBrouwer's Cafe
Bar, Eatery

400 N 35th St
Seattle, Washington, 98103-8607
United States

(206) 267-2437 | map
brouwerscafe.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.38
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
174
pDev:
10.5%
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 174
Photo of Quinnimical
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

An insane selection of rare and elite quality beers accompanied by a solid menu and rad "bartifacts" (incuding a crest detailing forbidden activities such as Feats of Strength), make this a must stop on any beer geek's hit list. A number of incidents with pretentious and flippant servers are the only knock I have against an otherwise outstanding establishment.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had a couple beers and lunch out in the outdoor area. Inside is a little dark, but a nice good sized bar and dining tables/booths as well. Great taplist and bottle list of local craft beers and Belgians. Service was good. We ate an order of the Stoofvlees (beef stew served over frites) which was top notch.

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Photo of spoony
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

V-Brouwers is located in Fremont in a huge space that reminds me of a 1990s era dance club. The paint is dark, but the floor space is giant and the ceiling is high, which lend a weird feel to the place. The giant bar could seat at least 25 and there were many tables too. Decor is beer-centric and you can see the bottle cellar behind the bar, which is a cool touch. We stopped in for lunch on a Saturday in April and the place was mostly quiet with just a few couples at the bar.

Q-The tap list and the cellar selections had the highest-quality beers I saw in Seattle and some of the best I have seen in the States. Options included Belgian, U.S. craft, and other less popular regions. It was just a crap, either, somebody put some thought into the beers that are available.

Ser-Our server was quick to help us and very knowledgeable about the beer and food. Pours were done correctly in the right glasses and she was friendly too.

Sel-The tap list is lengthy and contains a good variety of styles and regions. Likewise, the bottle list had a number of vintage offerings and stuff that would be worth trying if I had had more time.

F-We ate lunch and both of us enjoyed the pub-style food. I don't know that I would come here for fine dining, but they made some damn good french fries and the girlfriend's lamb burger was really tasty, if a bit decadent.

O-Despite the odd space and decor, this is one of the better beer joints I have been to.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

A must visit in the beautiful town of Fremont. Amazing selection of bottled beers, whisky, beer on draft and killer food to boot. Just go...go now!!!!

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

One of the bottle selection I've seen in the US. Bottles that I didn't even know existed anymore. Bottles of 2008 Deviation? Really? Draft list is huge and very good quality. I am looking at the bottle list in awe. It's staggering.

Food: Get the Stoofvlees. One of the best things I've ever eaten. Ever.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Glad I got to make it over to this Rock Star of beer and food. Right across from a chocolate shop, so you can get dessert when you're done. Brouwer's is dimly lit, with 2 stories of coolness, eclipsing an old German beer hall. Great tap area featuring lots of hard to find offerings. We shared a Hopworks Under Pressure (Woodford Reserve barrel aged) a barrel aged Floggin Noggin, and the coup de grace, a Bravo 30 Year Bourbon Barrel Aged from Firestone Walker. Then the food came. My Cuban sandwich was awesome and my wife's seafood salad was equally delicious. Our server was patient with our food and beer choices and very helpful with suggestions. This was an early afternoon lunch, so the crowd was light. But I can only guess the masses when the sun goes down.
Make Brouwer's a must when you hit Seattle. You won't forgive yourself if you miss it.

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Photo of HerbGuy42
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Damn good food, with a damn good selection of damn good beer! As other reviewers have mentioned, the place is not well-lit, but this goes well with the overall decor. Personally, I approve of these choices. The staff look pretty hipster, but I have no reason to complain about my interaction with any of them.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Has a real neckbeard dungeons and dragons vibe to the place, its dark, like the dude's from bottleworks prolly hang out here and listen to death metal and grindcore.

Quality is phenomenal, they really have always had a real impressive tap and bottle list, not to mention hosting some rad beer fests.

Lots of coolers, old school wooden tables, barely lit.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Best selection of beers on draft and in bottles in the Seattle area, though I should mention you can't buy bottles to go. In one sitting I had Cantillion Iris and Hair of the Dog Cherry Fred. In short, this is beer nirvana and the food is very good as well. If you come on the weekend though prepare to deal with major crowds. If you can try and come during the work week at lunch time. And if you need some suggestions as to what beer to choose ask the staff as they are as friendly as they are knowledgeable.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Located in a nice spot between the Ballad "Beer District" and the Fremont area, this beer destination is lively, fun, and tasty. Primarily a Belgian tint to it, Brouwer's is fun for any beer drinker really. Deep bottle list and wide ranging taplist with the tasty food (try the Lamb Deluxe) make it a great place for lunch or dinner when in Seattle proper.

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I almost rated this place perfect. What really makes this bar stand out more than others is really the bottle selection for on premise drinking. They have countless sought after bottles you can purchase. Their rockfish and chips are amazing along with their sausage & kraut. The bartenders were kind and provided outstanding service. You must check out this place if your near Fremont.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A bit dark and dim, and sometimes very loud, with above-average pricing and below-average service (in my experience), but because of its well-curated selection, privileged access to certain beers/breweries, and special events, it's still a pretty great place, despite its shortcomings.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

World class place. One of my favorite bars in the US without a doubt. Amazing selection, the food is awesome (get the Cioppino), service always friendly and prompt. Great vibe. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.93/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here while in Seattle and was blown away by the list of beers. The cellar list is incredible, with amazing stuff from Firestone Walker, Fremont, Hair of the Dog, and many many others. Vintage Cantillon as well. Prices were on the higher side for bottles, but that's also what keeps them around for someone like me to drop in and splurge on something I won't see at home. Food was solid, service was excellent. Up there among the best places I've ever been for beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

I went to Brouwers today, finally. I feel it is ridiculous that as a Seattle-area citizen I had not been there before.

Atmosphere here is fantastic, a beer lover's dream. It's basement-dark inside with all dark wood installations, and the whole back wall behind the main bar is refrigerator cases full of their amazing bottle selection. Sixty beautiful taps line up to fulfill your every desire; I could probably just hang out inside and look at the place as an end in its own.

I had an Avec les Bons Voeux on draft in an Avec les Bons Voeux glass, and a Snipes Mountain saison in an appropriate saison glass (you don't see those around too much). Service was excellent, as the bartenders there seem to really know their beer. Beer selection focuses on Belgium and Washington State, but there are a few other craft beers on tap, mostly from the western U.S.

I had the croque monsieur with frites and was not disappointed. I will definitely be returning here to sample more of their extensive tap list and try some Belgian stew.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of Seattle's iconic craft beer destinations. 60+ taps covering the country and the world, strong on Belgian and West Coast beers. Frequently unusual versions of standard craft ales. Also has an extensive whiskey line-up and limited wine. Each time I've been here I've been able to find something I've never tried, or special treats like Old Rasputin (which I've had tons of times in bottles) as a superb nitro pour. The food has changed over the years, there was a quite interesting Belgian oriented menu a few years ago, now more along the lines of bistro dishes. I had scallop ceviche on the last visit and my sister had the fish and frites, both were excellent, my ceviche came with plantain chips for dipping, which was a great combination. The service, despite a large crowd, was friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Both the beer and food are excellent. The only drawback for me is that it is extremely popular and usually crowded in the evenings. The layout, which is a large room with large balcony overlooking the bar is attractive, lots of rustic wood, but as a result has poor acoustics and can be too loud for quiet conversation. On my last visit, We were able to sit out on a small open patio, which was much less noisy; unfortunately not always possible with Seattle weather. Other the noise, attributable to being too popular (if that's possible), a must visit in Seattle.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Holy Wow. This is one of the most well thought out beer destinations I have ever seen. The setup of the cooler is the wet dream of any beer bar owner. There is obvious mad respect for beer here. It is a rather large place, which isn’t my favorite kind of setting (it makes it rather impersonal), but if you have to go big, you should go big like this. I honestly don’t have anything to say other than go here if you visit Seattle. Be aware that it's the kind of place that gets really crowded and attracts a lot of novices, so go on a Wednesday afternoon if you really want to appreciate this.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Fantastic. Got to enjoy a Drie Fontinen and Cantillon in the same place. Our waitress was in the back looking for whatever we asked for in a blink of an eye. All the beers were of excellent quality and served expertly. I think the prices were fair with appropriate mark ups you'd expect from a bar vs bottle shop/liquor store. Didn't try the food. Hell, didn't even look at the menu. Liquid bread only, friends. Will definitely be back the next time I am in Seattle.

Prost!

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Photo of Jodi215
3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a Belgian style beer bar with a lot of atmosphere. Long bar, lots of wood, cement floors, balcony seating. The food was very good, we had fish and chips, beet and endive salad and chili fries. Everyone loved their food. Beer selection was outstanding. Service was friendly even though I returned my ice tea. It was horrible. Server said something was wrong with the ice tea maker. Maybe they shouldn't have served it if that was the problem.

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Photo of Abrengle
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

My wife and I love Brouwer's and have visited over 10 times since we moved to Seattle a year ago. The new Monday half bottle pricing on their bottle selection is an added plus. The food is good, their cellar/vintage options are fantastic, and the atmosphere is rather comfortable. The only reason I did not give full points was because of the lack of concentrated flavors (I prefer gastro-pub style food) and the need for a waitress to suggest a beer without qualifying the customer.
If you work at a beer bar with a notorious reputation for attracting consumers with above average knowledge and palates (which one would expect if shopping at Bottleworks or being frequent at Brouwer's) I wouldn't expect to be "felt out" before you ask me if like a DIPA or a sour beer before I order it.
Please don't insult the informed, educated customers, we do exist!

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is certainly the kind of bar that knows how good they are. Two levels, so it can get pretty crowded and busy. Specialize in beer food’, but haven’t had a chance to sample much of their menu. I’ve only had poor service one time, the staff seems friendly enough. Huge collection of rare bottles and an amazing selections of great beer on draft. Like I said, the only real problem is they know this and charge a pretty penny. Great place though, if you can afford it.

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Photo of estlinska
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited in October 2012. The first impression of this place was that it was huge and open like a good pub feel. We visited during some High Times festival that was going on next door, so there was some pretty cool clientele hanging out as well. We comandeered a large table as I was traveling with my wife and my in-laws' family. The waitress and bartenders were very knowledgable about beer styles and able to walk my non-beer-geek family members towards beers that they would like, but seemed a little put out by their ignorance. I had read this in reviews about the place before, so I expected it. My MIL can be a little less, um, patient, so it grated on her, but I didn't let it interfere with my experience. We ordered food which was a little steep, but very high quality. The Reuben was delicious, and I had a dish of mussels steamed in white ale and it was gorgeous. I got to taste my first Pliny the Elder as well as two local beers per the bartenders' suggestions. Overall it was a great experience that would be even better if I could come by more often with more beer geeks.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Large open area with an oval balcony overlooking the interior. Big, shiny bar with taps as far as the eye can see, with refrigerators showing off the extensive and well kept bottle collection. High end industrial feel to the place, but comfortable at the same time.

Quality: Everything we tried was on target. I'd be concerned about some of the less popular taps with as many as they had going, but that's my bias, I didn't see anything wrong with my choices.

Service: Friendly, knowledgeable, happy to talk us through our choices and make suggestions. Led us to tasty tasty beer.

Selection: Yeah, they've got a lot of choices. Good choices, tempting choices, I saw equal mixes of Belgian and domestic with strong local representation. Even saw a Real Ale tap from Texas which made me proud.

Food: Brought us a dump truck of fries, then a sampler plate with pickles, olives, salmon, sausages, crackers and moar fries. Tried a sandwich which was also tasty. Good food, a little pricy but not outrageous.

Overall: A really great place. Worth the cab ride out from downtown. You can get a lot of ground covered trying local beers while your friends will find something they like and will eat and be happy. I'll go back next time I find myself in Seattle.

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Photo of slander
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

An easy, and I mean a stupid easy, drive from Hale’s. And hey, thems people are leaving; we can take their spot if you spin a U’ey in the street, wait, now, and really, you pull straight into the spot, not backing in, who are you? Free waste assessment forced by having to look at the garbage cans prominently placed out front. Anyway, past the containers, around the bend and in…

Wow, cavernous, and most unusual 2-floor room with a rounded ‘U’ shaped balcony with a wood slat underside running 3 sides around. Concrete floorings, and I-beams running across the room below crosshatch caged ceiling, with 2 large drop tulip chandeliers and a circular skylight in between.

Straight wood topped bar, with a panel base & dinged, flattened bar foot rail on the far wall, seating for 15 on worn black leather hightop chairs. The barback is a length of stainless steel drainage, end to end, with sets of 8 taps clustered along the way, 63 in all, or so they says. Wait, that math, it don’t add up. Okay, let’s try that again. 7 towers of 8 = 56, ah, plus the shorty row of 4 makes 60, + 3 handpumps on the end makes 63. Okay, it’s on the up and up. Cooler room behind the barback with bottled goods displayed through sliding glass doors over each tap bundle; Russian River, Port/Lost Abbey, Hanssens, Dupont, De Dolle, Trappists & sours that I can see, and a whole boatload more back there (we’ll get to that). Brewery tins & stickers between the cooler doors, and glassware of all sizes shelved below running the length in 2 rows.

Tables in 2 rows of 5, mostly recs across the floor, and 4 booths on the far wall baby lamp lit. A small bar counter piece along the far wall seats 3, and another seating 5 on the end wall done Belgian flag black, yellow & red. Cushy couches on a raised perch at the other end, probably doing double duty as a small stage area, and a cocktail bar with seating for 4 off to the side. Good booze countered and shelved above the barback on a seemingly large stone wall, a single flatscreen in the corner there, and a single framed print (bar namesake Adriaen Brouwer’s ‘The Bitter Draught’, circa 1630something) mounted up high. It’s a guy with a look of deep disgust at having just ingested something disgusting; I read somewhere that it was Pumpking.

Upstairs, 6 tables of various sizes & shapes on each side of the balcony, and fencing running all the way around keeping the 2nd floor folks from quickly becoming ground floor folks. Worn slat wood floorings, the rear wall is burgundy and the side walls are beige over stone face lowers. The outer wall holds panel windows, red curtained up, and both walls are done up with cool prints; vintage Belgian (Orval, Saison Dupont, Elloise Quintine, Duchesse De Bourgogne, Dupont Avril, Timmermans, Augustin, Stella Artois), and those late 19th century ‘Bieres de la Meuse’ & ‘Absinthe Robette’ art nouveaus. 3L bottles over the door to the stairwell, and a small single table private room with sliding doors, burgundy walls, drop mosaic glass lamp, corner cushy chairs, & framed pics/prints.

The tap list, currently at 58, about half of it available in pint and schooner shorty. Just shy of 3 dozen American craft selections, the majority of which are west coast; 14 from Washington (Big Al, Boundary Bay, Elysian, Epic, Hale’s, Lazy Boy, Maritime Pacific, North Sound, Old Schoolhouse, Port Townsend, Pyramid), 7 from Oregon (Boneyard, Gigantic, Hair of the Dog, HUB, Laurelwood, Oakshire), and 7 from California (Black Diamond, Firestone Walker, Nectar, Sierra Nevada, Stone). And then a handful more from elsewhere about the country. The remainder is a mix of nearly 2 dozen imports (14 of them Belgian, and 9 various beers of the world), and a pair of regional ciders (Finn River & Snowdrift). And the single live handpump entry (Hale’s Supergoose). I started with the Nectar Humboldt Brown Hemp Ale, and then the Port Townsend Reel Amber. Phil, the Lost Abbey Mo’ Betta Bretta, and then the Lazy Boy Summer Rye. Beers were clean and in good shape. They just updated the tap list to now show 60 taps (More WA, less OR).

Big bottle list, broken out by country. Some 480+ selections, I could lift it, or count it out for you, breaking it out by style and country, but it’s involved, and I’m not up for it. Seem to be a boatload of American craft & Belgians primarily, and then random bearings from England, Germany, Canada, Italy, Denmark, and the rest of everywhere else. Pliny runs $8.50, Orval runs $11, Lost Abbey Red Poppy runs $20, prices seem reasonable.

And outside, 9 tables mix & match penned, some umbrella’d up. It’s a good damn house. We caught great tunes, lots of Neil, and some good Stephen, even. Eddie Vedder, live Levon, good Stones, bad Clapton (acoustic and off Heroin), live Van (Into the Mystic) from an era when he was trying and didn’t suck. And Vern’s warm nuts (that did not sound good) for a light snack; nuts with smoked sea salt & spices, topped with bacon crumbles. Oh my. Good beer here!

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Photo of leedorham
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ventured here for the first time on a recent trip over to the west side and definitely glad I did.

The beer list is phenomenal. I can't complain about it in the least. It looks to rotate frequently from what I can tell.

I had the mussels with artichokes. Fucking delicious. My woman had some salad that was apparently good too. We had some good beers too. I don't remember which ones we had there. Some good oatmeal stout and some other good beer. I wanted to get a sour out of the bottles but we were already pretty intoxicated so we cashed out.

Atmosphere is pretty cool, man. They play good music, it's clean and well lit so you can see the bottles and tap handles. They have this mezzanine thing around the place if you want to sit up all high like and pretend you're better than everybody else. I don't have to pretend.

Service was normal pub service. Fast enough, attentive enough.

Also, this place is in Fremont. Fremont is pretty awesome too. There's a troll under the bridge and lots of ethnic food. You'll like it unless you're afraid of trolls and ethnic food.

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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 174 ratings