Brouwer's Cafe

BA SCORE
96
world-class

167 Ratings
Brouwer's CafeBrouwer's Cafe
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(206) 267-2437 | map
brouwerscafe.com

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-01-2005

PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
Taps:
64
Bottles/Cans:
300
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is a mecca for out-of-town BAs visiting Seattle and this reputation is well-deserved. There are many reviews and I won't repeat these, but I will say (as far as craft beer is concerned) it doesn't get better than this.

It can get crowded in the evening and can be total mayhem for special, large events like HopFest, Back in Black, Big Wood, etc. but it's totally chill during the afternoon.

Get the pommes frites with the chipotle mayo. The entire food menu is good and Belgain-influenced. They smoke their own meat on a small deck just outside the kitchen.

Bartenders and waitstaff know their beer, especially the bartenders. Ask away if you have questions.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A little difficult to find for an out-of-towner, but well worth the trip. No easily readible signage, save for a small one over the door.

All decorated for Halloween when I was in. Huge spiderweb over the central bar area.

Separate bar for the single malts vs taps. Liked the serving windows for the bottle selection (an impressive selection at that) behind the bar, over the tap handles. Easy to see what was available.

3 beer engines, but only one running on my visit. Still nice to have that option at all for an east coaster.

Accurate print-out of the tap selection presented on arrival. Made it easy to navigate the available drafts. They do a decent job of updating the web site with new arrivals as well.

Service was ok, but a bit stand-offish. Definitely more interested in talking with friends and members of the opposite sex than serving patrons. Not bad, really, just a little slow.

Food was very nice. Happy hour menu provided lots of options at a reasonable price. Mahi sliders were very tasty, as was the chicken.

Definitely a good stop for someone visiting the area. Free parking abounds, at least when I was there.

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Photo of CascadeConan
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Walking into a Brouwer's Cafe is like walking into a European underground cellar (intentional I'm sure). Lots of stone work and low lighting, seems like a pretty intimate setting but the noise level can go up on a busy night.

Now to the important part, the beer. There are 60+ taps constantly rotating and presenting every style you can imagine. I've heard they even cut new lines instead of cleaning between kegs, serious business. In addition to the taps there is a huge collection of bottles both domestic and foreign, of all styles and vintages.

The food isn't standard pub grub but simple none the less, from croque misures to falafel the menu is small but covers a lot of ground. On the reverse side is a small rotating menu of seasonal or event driven food. Most recently I attended an Alaskan Brewing Company night there and the menu featured smoked salmon with a savory ESB cheese cake and other fair that was geared toward pairing with Alaskan's beer.

The only low point I could find here was the staff, it took me quite a while to flag down a bartender that had visually acknowledged me several times but kept on moving. Once I sat down I started talking to some people about beer and put in my two cents to another bartender and it seemed to ease the tension and I was cool by association. From what I could tell the staff was very knowledgeable about the selection. For beer novices you may get the cold shoulder and be made to feel like an outsider, look at the beer menu and have something in mind with few questions.

Overall an awesome beer bar that should be an example for others of this level. Good food, good selection and one TV is good enough for me.

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Photo of TheStove
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of DaveHS
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came here with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Seattle. It's a little bit out of the way if you're staying downtown, but worth the trip.

It's a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. Dark and spacious, with all the tables and chairs made from heavy wooden slabs. The bar had more tap handles than I could count. When they brought out the leatherbound beer menu, I was floored. This place has everything!

Started with BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien on draught, which I've never seen before. It's hard enough to get in bottles! It was the bottom of the keg, so I got it for free. We ordered a great sampler platter with cheese, cured meats, and pickles.

Got a few things off the bottle list, but I couldn't get everything I wanted. There are some really expensive bottles. Also, the list wasn't very current. Twice I ordered a bottle and was told by the waitress that the price had gone up. In one case it was double the price listed!

Aside from that, I was pretty impressed with Brouwer's. Theo's Chocolate is right across the street, so be sure to stop there for some free samples!

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Photo of Conrad
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Thanks to Beer Fly, this was my stop on passing through Seattle. The decor was covered by previous posters, and I have nothing to add, except I love the Brughel pictures of beer geeks of the 17th century.
The menu was very pleasently diverse for a beer bar. I had the cheese plate and wifey had a chicken sandwich of some kind. I wasn't paying attention, as I was focussed on the beer. I could not sample too many, because I was driving. However, they did have the Alaska Smoked Porter. MMMmmm. My new favourite porter. We were there on a Sunday at 5 p.m. and had attentative service. The prices were acceptable, considering. When you are on holiday or travelling, you get a different, more lenient philosophy on spending. Anyway, if I were a Seattle resident, this would be a regular watering hole for me as much as my budget would allow. Three thumbs up. Or glasses up.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.14/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Expansive bar in the Ballard neighborhood. Took us about 30 minutes from downtown at 3:00 pm on a weekday, not including a trip around a drawbridge. Lots of traffic. Parking was not the easiest either, a very busy area for whatever reason.

The bar itself is wrapped with an industrial vibe with stone, wood, and iron in the interior. A mezzanine afforded extra seating and theres a large wall with stone-like work to warm up the place.

A long bar with many taps and rows of glass front coolers that face you. Bottles right behind the glass and sporatic beer signage and past event promos about the place also.

The multitude of taps somehow failed to impress me with a lot of standards for the area available, and zero rarities. Very dissapointed that there was only one sour on tap, Echt Kreikenbier (albiet a good one). The bottle menu had plenty to choose from but the prices for anything rare were ridiculous.

Our bartender was attentive enough although far from friendly, and after two beers and 40 minutes of a continuosly blaring Rod Stewart mix we were ready to leave.

Kind of an impersonal, generic feel to the place even given the very cool interior. I'll just never understand why the owners of most bars are never around to bring the experience to the next level.

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Photo of alfrantzell
3/5  rDev -31.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Size isn't everything. Yes, Brouwer's has a multitude of taps. For that they get a 4.0 good rating. But there are five other fields.

The atmosphere is too cool. Not Tap House & Grill chilly, but definitely on the consciously hip side of craft beer bars. Despite wandering in here on both a Friday night and a weekday afternoon, I never warmed to it or it to me. This depends partly on the service, which was barely there.

Back to the selection: despite having 60+ taps, the selection at smaller bars in Seattle were more exciting. From their website I've seen they've had Boon on cask and Cantillon on tap, but wasn't there for that. I'd give them an A for effort, but that's not an available field.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been here many times, only recently realized that I've never reviewed them.

The atmosphere is nice, I love their building, I like the layout and the location. I never have trouble with parking because I can walk from my brother-in-law's place. Music is usually within my taste (although it can vary quite a bit), but loud enough to cramp conversation a little bit.

Quality is very high -- they definitely know their beer, they have great beer, and they have a great tap selection and an unbelievable bottle selection, whatever your taste is.

Service, unfortunately, is usually not very good. They have a few friendly servers, but most of them are aloof and some of them are downright rude. They're usually pretty slow, even when they're not crowded (one time, it took them 15 minutes to ask for our order, another 10 minutes to inform us that one of our selections was out, and another 15 minutes to deliver the beer we ordered instead -- that's extremely poor).

Food is good (I really like their fries), and the menu seems to change pretty frequently. Everything is moderately expensive (not prohibitively expensive), but it's almost impossible to beat the selection.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really loved everything about this place. I would highly recommend and although I only spent about two hours there, I cab confidently say it was one of the best beer bars that I've ever been in. Cool decor. Very comfortable. Outstanding beer menu. Great food, that fit with the atmosphere. The staff were knowlegable and attentive and friendly. I wish that I was staying around Freemont so I could have spent more time here. I imagine a very cool, rainy day, spending the good part of an afternoon and evening here With a short walk or ride back to my accomodations, because I could consume a lot of beer here. My advise. Go here.

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Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Well , we popped up to Seattle for my buddies 40th. Me and my buddies wanted to get out on the town before the next day's party. We went to Browers on a Friday around 5.Very small sign out front and you could easily miss this place if you have had a few before going here. It was about 85% full. The bar has a 2 level horseshoe shape to it. The bar itself is a great setup, tap handles all the way down against the back wall with glass behind. Behind the glass is many bottles . Great view!!
Service was a little hit and miss. We had a great girl and a lousy guy server. But as for the beer. Being from VEGAS .This was heaven
drank RR PUBLICATION $6.00 12OZ
MIDNIGHT SUN XXX DOUBLE BLACK PORTER $6
DOUBLE MTN GO-GO PORTER$5.00
ALL THOSE WERE GREAT!
NINKASI TOTAL DOMINATION IPA( NOT GOOD)
Great time's would go back on next visit

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Photo of hops1337
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Went in here on a Sunday afternoon, the place was basically empty. I like all the stainless steel and the huge bar. We got good service but we were basically the only people in there. The beer selection in here is as good as anywhere Ive ever been. We had DFH world wide stout and Hair of the Dog blue dot in the bottle, St. Bernardus ABT 12 on draft and few others i cant recall. The tap list was great but the bottle list was unbelievable. They had Lost Abbey, Cantillon, Hair of the Dog, Mikeller, Russian River and a shitload of others i cant recall. The beer was expensive but i don't think it was ridiculous, considering the incredibly diverse selection. Thanks to Bo for showing us around Seattle and to J for picking up the tabs... Cheers...

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Photo of tang3nt
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here on a recent trip up to Seattle for my birthday. The decor is really cool with a industrial feel to it. The stuff they have on tap was ridiculous. All kinds of Belgians, on tap! Their bottle list was also amazing, with just about anything you would want. I ended up getting my first Dogfish Head 120 there! I was so excited. The food was also amazing. The only downfall of this place was the service. I was warned by a friend that lives nearby, that the service always sucks and without all these amazing beers they wouldn't ever return. But yes the service did suck. There was only 1 barkeep/waitress there!!! She kept bring us the wrong beers, and disappearing forever! All ina ll I would love to return here next time I make it back up north. A must.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

depends on when you go. you can get the fuck off shoulder if its crowded and they don't know you or you can sit at the bar on a sunday afternoon with a very, very knowledgeable and helpful and friendly bartender.
the food is always good, not really great, but also interesting belgian-american stylus.
selection sucks. obviously. and don't go to any of their awesome festivals either. not big wood, or hard liver, or the ipa. i'll suffer for everyone.
pricey yeah, it happens. we drink good beer, we get used to it.

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Photo of bosco7
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is a beer lover's wet dream.

Immaculent atmosphere- kind of dungeon-esque and midevil yet refined at the same time. Lots of stone and nice wood grace the entire facility.

Service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. I have no complaints.

Selection and quality of beer can't be matched. So many tap handles and bottles and every last one of them quality. I had Russian River Publication, Lost Abbey Devotion and finished with Hair of the Dog Adam.

Food was good. I had beer battered halibut and frites. The frites were awesome the fish was decent. I think that it was a little greasy.

Overall this place is more than a must stop.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Exactly one week ago from this moment, my wife, our friend Metalmonk, and I were seated blissfully on the outdoor patio at Brouwer's. Ah, it was a beautiful day under the shady umbrella canopy, otherwise surrounded by sunshine. We found Brouwer's thanks solely to my trusty iPod's Google Maps feature - it's located just northwest of the Fremont Bridge. Unassuming from the street, but a beer lover's Wonderland inside.

We entered through the ultra-cool pivoting door, paused briefly at the Mannekin Pis replica, and headed straight to that patio enclosure, picking a spot against a faux-distressed brick and concrete wall. Service was fast, reasonably friendly and unfortunately informative. Several of the listed taps (at least 30) from the Sour list (we arrived at the tail end of 'Seattle Beer Week') had kicked already, 'forcing' us to choose from 'only' 25 or so featured sours (plus the other taps and bottles). Just about as impressive a lineup as I've seen, replete with rare/obscure locals and plenty of untried Belgians. I opted for a St Lamvinus, Metalmonk took the Confluence (and later, the Drake's Cherry Imperial Stout), guldengirl stuck with the tasty Full Sail Berlinerweiss. Portions were fair, maybe priced slightly higher than I'm accustomed to, proper glassware.

Lunch was terrific: a heaping pot of traditional moules a frites for me (succulent mussels in a rich cream, fries with mayo); Croque Madame for the lady and a pile of veggie ravioli for the gentleman to my left. I think we were all satisfied, perhaps a little sleepy and stuffed after our decadent lunch. Again, prices are a bit high but quality is matched.

With the number of trips we've made to Seattle it's hard to believe this was our first stop at Brouwer's. We'll definitely check out the spacious interior, with its ironwork, balcony seating, and unbelievably lengthy bar (behind which is an equally amazing set of taps and bottle coolers) on our next visit. Highly recommended for a visit; kinda wish they had a location in Portland...

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The picture here on BA of Brouwer's definitely does not do this place justice. This pic makes it look like a giant shed, and I don't quite remember its exterior that way. Maybe it was, but the inside is gorgeous. The spacious ground-floor features a bar to one side -- a bar with a zillion taps (or so) and classy black-framed glass-door coolers behind the bar that offer a zillion more bottles. Belgian-centric, with lots of great US craft offerings as well. The place is not too bright (key, in my book) and the large room has a casual, inviting vibe while also being clean and classy. Black iron railings on each side of the room take you up to the second floor. It wasn't open when we were there, but they allowed us to walk up and explore anyway. Felt like a VIP section at a theatre, where the second floor seating wraps around the entire wall, hollow in the center, allowing you to look down on the entire first floor.

We were there during Seattle Beer Week, which found Brouwer's offering about 30 different sour beers. A couple that we ordered were already gone, which was disappointing but inevitable. I had the Allagash Confluence, which was excellent, and a Drake's Cherry Imperial Stout, which I liked but found a little too booze-heavy. The Mediterranean Ravioli was most excellent, with a subtlety of flavor that grew on me with each bite. Service was fine.

With fantastic atmosphere, a beer selection stretching to the moon and back, and some utterly excellent food, it would be hard to find a more beer-geek-friendly bar in Seattle than Brouwer's.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is quite far from downtown, you need a cab to get there. Residential looking area, at least on a Tuesday. I was told service was poor on weekends, so went on a Tuesday.
Nice looking bar, two levels, somewhat private area upstairs, a few sofas, long bar.
Knowledgeable and courteous staff, always willing to help. However, the menu is incomplete, and frequently inaccurate, with multiple wrong prices (always stated less than the actual price) - the staff will correct you befopre they open it, though.
Food is impressively good, and the beer menu is quite impressive, with a nice selection of good west coast stuff, some hard to finds, lots of belgians and some aged stuff.
Quite an expensive place, but well worth a visit. I wish I lived closer.

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Photo of SeattleAdam
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This could be the beer meca of Seattle!

A: Very large open venue with two stories. Dimly lit and kept very clean. Kinda yuppie. Like Starbucks customers in beer geek heaven. Threw me a little but that's the least of my concerns and I don't really care. If you are going there to sit and enjoy looking over the beers and want to hear yourself think GO THERE ON A WEEKDAY! This place packs out on the weekend and is a lot less fun.

Q: Top notch in every aspect. All the beer we tried from tap and bottle were very fresh.

S: Our server was awesome. She had a lot going on but took care of us. She had 4 beer geeks asking questions and ordering schooners and pints and bottles and food and starters and she just nodded along and brought everything quickly. She knew a shit ton about beer which made it more fun to talk to her and more reassuring that we were getting what we ordered.

S: 60+ taps! Not a bottle list but a bottle book! Literally...a little leather bound book with at least a zillion bottles. Most kegs and bottles are American and Belgium but they hit like 5 other countries too and have selection abound. Soooo much beer not enough money! It's one of those tap/bottle lists that take you the whole night to read. I loved it.

F: All 4 of us enjoyed our food very much. It was a beer night for sure so we didn't talk too much about our entrees but we shared a cheese plate that was spectacular!

V: I didn't pay a dime (thanks Kevin!) but I saw the bill...and well...I'm glad I wasn't buying.

We had;

TAP: Sierra Nevada Barleywine, Rogue Contraband IPA, Avery IPA, Monk's Sour Red, New Belgium the Trip IPA (New Belgium's and Elysian's collaBEERation).

BOTTLE: New Belgium La Folie ( Brouwer's 10th Annv. edition barrell blended by Bottleworks), Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of nkersten
3.1/5  rDev -28.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have been here a few times and I have really tried to like it. The food is good, but inconsistent, and it is a little overpriced for what you get. Quality is for the most part ok, but I have watched bartenders break glasses and not seem too concerned where the shards even went, let alone if they may have made it into one of the nearby beers they just poured.

Service is consistently terrible, right down to the management. There is one good server in the whole restaurant, and I have never seen her work anywhere other then the upstairs section. If you can get a table in the loft area, you will be happy with your service. Otherwise, all the other servers and bartenders I have dealt with are snotty and arrogant, and far from helpful.

Beer selection can be hit or miss too. When they get a good beer on tap, it usually doesn't last more then a few hours (even blind pig ran out on a Thursday), and the Belgian taps seem a bit on the expensive side. Not everything is overpriced, but its easy to tell when it is. And don't let the bottle list fool you; most of the rare beers on there they will tell you they are out of when you order it, and the ones they do have... Do you really want to pay that much for a bottle of La Folie? I expect to pay inflated bar prices, but some of their bottles are a little much.

Overall, Brouwers has far more hype then it deserves, and there are much better beer bars in Seattle. If you do want to go to Brouwer's I would definitley try to check it out on a weekday or afternoon.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Others have given great detail on Brouwer's, which is probably my single favorite beer bar in the world. I won't repeat a lot of it, except to say: wow, the selection. Wow.

As for the prices, well, I just disagree that it's that expensive. Sure, the bottle prices are spendy, but buying bottles in a beer bar when you have a tap list like that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I basically NEVER buy bottles in a place with a good tap selection: I go out to drink for socializing, and for things that I can't get in a shop and take home. That said, take a look at their website, which lists the bottle prices. Some of them are double or more what you'd pay in a liquor store, others are maybe 25% more.

As for draft prices, I just don't think that $4.50 for a pint of Port Townsend Dry Hopped Imperial IPA is bad, nor is $5.50 for a pint of Silver City Fat Woody, a 9.2% scotch ale aged in oak. And I honestly think that $5.50 for a pint of Pliny the Elder is downright cheap. (Damn, it was good.)

I like the atmosphere during the daytime, when you can get a meal, get work done at a table, or chat with the usually very friendly bartenders. I don't enjoy it as much at night when it's more crowded. It's a huge space, and the catwalk seating up top makes for great people watching.

Service is usually solidly friendly, if a little vague. They are happy to give you a couple samples to help you decide, but don't abuse it.

The quality and depth of the beer list rival the Toronado and the Publick House, and even the Brickskeller given that Brouwer's actually has the stuff they claim to have in stock. Be a little careful of the cask ales if you get the first pour of the day: I've had to send a couple back, but they are fine with it. I just don't order cask during the daytime anymore.

The food very is tasty and fairly interesting, if somewhat heavy (but that's consistent with the food I ate in Belgium, so it's true to theme.)

I love this place, and try to go every time I'm in Seattle. It's far enough off the beaten path, but easy to get to: it's five minutes walk from the bus lines that go through Fremont, and parking is easy.

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Photo of Trailmix242
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited as part of long weekend of beer geeking in Seattle. This place is great. From the outside it looks like many of the other commercial buildings in the neighborhood but inside it has a great setup. Nice and open with plenty of taps and a great view into the beer fridge. The selection is unbelievable with 60 taps and a bottle list that includes many rarities and aged vintage beers. The bartenders really know beer which is great when you are looking to try something different. Shared an appetizer plate for food which consisted of cheeses, meats, olives, garlic spread, french fries, chipolte mayo and I am sure I am missing something. Was plenty of food for 2 people. Went back a second time and shared a Deification which was a rare find in bottle. Prices are really expensive especially when you get into the vintage bottles. They do have a happy hour which offers $1 off pints which makes the place much more reasonable. They also have an excellent selection of scotchs. Most definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Our first stop on our Saturday afternoon beer journey. A very interesting looking building, very industrial-like, with minimal decor outside besides a large mural of the old-school griffon. Once inside though, a whole different story. What a gorgeous space. Open floor seating with large wooden tables, and booths along the side. Natural light shines down through the windows in the roof. Stone facades dominate the walls. Beautiful bar area with tap handles displayed nicely, and also a windowed refrigerator displaying the bottle collection. There is also an upper deck seating area that rims the room, looking down on patrons below. Best lay-out I have seen in a long time. Our server was good, prompt with the beers, but a bit too prompt with the food as we were still working on the app. Food was amazing. We had a cheese stuffed mushroom for app, and I had the bison carbonade stew, and my wife had the open faced turkey sandwich. Delicious. The beer selection was insane. There was a draft list given to us, with about 70 choices. Twelve or so Belgians on tap, and at least 55 American beers on tap. This is the kind of place that I have been looking for in Seattle: a place that has a stellar selection of Northwest brews. I went with the Baron Brewing Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock, and my wife had the Big Time Brewery Coal Creek Porter. Both great choices. The bottle list was presented to guests in a leather bound booklet, which was extremely unique. Food pricing was very reasonable, and draft prices were decent. The bottled beers prices seemed a bit high, but that type of selection does not come cheap. I am so glad that we finally made it over to Brouwer's Cafe. This easily ranks as one of the best beer bars I have ever been to.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I had a very long layover at Seatac, so long I got a room and went out beer geeking. Finally got over to Brouwers, and later the Stumbling Monk. I had heard enough about Brouwers to expect a whole lot of taps with great brews, and also a big bottle list. Expectations were not only met but exceeded in these regards. Most of the 60 taps were barrel aged beer and part of their Big Wood festival. What timing! Really impressive list. Lots of brewers and other industry folk were there, and beer geeks on both sides of me at the bar were friendly, open and into discussing beer. I rated the atmosphere just 3, but would rate it much higher, most likely, if I visited again and the bartenders refrained from blasting obnoxiously loud, aggressive, grunge type music the whole time I was there, causing me to have to lean into conversation partners with my ear to hear them. For as busy at it was the service was good. As already stated, the too loud and obnoxiously heavy music was the only element of this visit that I did not enjoy. Prices were on bit high, but they were all very special, mostly rare brews, so I scored it as reasonable. I strongly encourage beer lovers to visit when the opportunity arises.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We made decent time from Victoria/Vancouver to Seattle, and got to our B&B right on schedule, even though my itinerary was somewhat switched around due to the ferries. But we were there, hungry and most definitely thirsty. The fiancé and I hopped a cab and got a ride next to Gasworks Park and up to Brouwer's. The neighborhood is nothing to write home about, somewhat industrial, and the outside looks of the building reflects this, save for the cute patio section next to the front door and the few Belgian brewery signs here and there. However, the atmosphere inside is quite stunning, sort of a mix of old medieval/European with modern flair. Good looking bar section with the fridges behind them, with a mezzanine that circled the whole place but was a little too far from the action for me, so we bellied up to the bar. The menu was absolutely fantastic. Both local and imported, bottled or draft, it's been a while since I've been to place with such an extensive menu carrying so many interesting styles. The draft list alone could have easily satisfied me for more than one session, and the bottle selection made me wish I brought along a few friends to share bombers with! The food was also very good. Steamed clams for me, rabbit for Minou. The Barleywine crème brulée was a great nightcap. The only somewhat sour note was the service, which I could only describe as bi-polar. Our bartender was standoffish and kept us waiting at first, then was all smiles for a minute or two, then went right back to being cold and annoyed. Not enough to make me walk away from selection like this. The few interactions with other staff members however were quite friendly, so I'm giving passing grade on service. The rest was just stellar. It was well worth the expensive cab ride to and from.

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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
4.36 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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