Brouwer's Cafe

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Brouwer's CafeBrouwer's Cafe

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(206) 267-2437 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2005

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Reviews by TheStove:
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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

In my opinion this is an undisputed must try in Seattle. Whether you're looking for a good experience in West Coast brews or are looking to go global, this is definitely the place to go.

The atmosphere is great. Nice long black bar that stretches the length of the place. Plenty of room for you to belly up and gaze at all the beautiful taps and bottles sitting behind the bar. 5pm on a Sunday is primetime to visit as there is plenty of space at the bar with a veritable pick of seats. Might seem a little too polished for some but the dark feel and decoration appeal to me.

The format at Brouwer's makes it truly an excellent beer tasting and drinking bar. You receive a glass of water automatically upon ordering. Additionally they have two different pouring sizes, either a 8 - 12oz smaller pour or a 12 - 16oz. standard pour (depends on the beer) which is optimal for letting you try a reasonable amount of a beer without getting yourself into an entire glass. Additionally the prices aren't bad either with nothing local to the West Coast (WA, CA, OR, CO) coming in over $5-$6. As it this wasn't good enough, the "power hour" (essentially happy hour) has these beers at $1 off. When all was said and done I enjoyed 4 glasses of craft brew for a mere $15.

The selection is beyond amazing. Again, at least a handful of beers from each of the West Coast states including random selections here and there from other states. Huge list of Belgians and bottles (both craft and Belgian) that if you can't find something to drink here then you must really have some specific tastes. Of the 60 taps about the only "standard" things I could find were Guinness and Stella.

An excellent beer bar that I don't think I'll be able to get enough of.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SSGCujo
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 RB3
3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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 Daniellobo
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 Eddiehop
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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 Howlader
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 kylehay2004
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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 dddddddd
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.81/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 lupercmda
4.86/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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 Beervana
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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