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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Photo of SeattleAdam
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -29.2%
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 +6.2%
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%
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 +3.9%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of Goldorak
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

located in the fantastic fremont neighborhood...stopped in after dinner at ray's boathouse (a few miles away)

this rating will be inflated for the fact that it was HopFest 2008 or something along those lines.

the room was open with high cielings, tons of bar space and booths, with a few couches even for lounging.

The selection was a hopheads absolute dream. if i could give it a 6, i would. I had the Walking Man HomoErectus but the selection of 60 taps were all IPA's/DIPA's with rare exception. Other selections included RR Damnation, Dogzilla Black IPA, countless other washington/oregon IPA's and DIPA's. It was impossible to make choices and i felt i could have stayed here for weeks and been happy, but drunk. The tap list went on and on and there were just pages and pages of bottles with a heavy belgian focus. I think i picked the perfect time to stop in on this gem.

We did not eat.

Service was a little spotty but it was quite busy.

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Photo of beeroverwithme
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

From the moment I entered Brouwer's Cafe I was sold; the long and impressive row of beer taps, the open second floor overlooking the bar, the quiet atmosphere and the competent service. I felt more at home here than even at the great Map Room in Chicago!

On the day I stopped by, August 23, 2008, Brouwer's Cafe had 25 different Belgian beers on tap, including Petrus Oud Bruin, Gulden Drak Tripel, Val Dieu Tripel and St Bernadus 12, and at least that many American beers. In addition, they had a huge beer menu with hundreds of beers on bottle (such as lambic beers, grand crus and rare Americans such as Lost Abbey) that I just barely got to sample.

I also had a very decent dinner there, that went really well with the Belgian beer I was drinking.

All in all a wonderful place, with a brilliant beer selection. A must try if you're in Seattle.

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Photo of waltonc
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If I lived in Seattle, I would be here multiple days each week. Looking at Brouwer's menu online before going here, I was skeptical that they would actually have all of the tasty beverages that they claim (most notably to me - Older Viscosity and Russian River Deviation). When I got there, the first beverage I ordered was Older Viscosity. Of course, they didn't actually have it. Annoying. Take it off the menu if you don't have it. Thankfully, that was the first and only disappointment. They had Russian River Deviation (but charged an arm and leg for it), and several other good ones. The atmosphere is perfect, in my opinion. A modern twist on more old school atmosphere. Lots of stone and wood, but you feel like you're still in the 21st century. The bartenders and servers were friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. Any time I encounter friendly staff like this, I am surprised, after all of the encounters with Toronado's unnecessarily rude bartenders in San Francisco. If only we had a place like this in S.F.

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I tried Bouwer's while in Seattle on business. It's a Belgian inspired pub with a nice Belgian lineup and Belgian style decor. The working Makenikin Pis statue at the door welcomes you and the selection of beers keeps you inspired. They have some great ones on tap including all of the standard Belgians and some NW beers as well. I really enjoyed the Laughing Dog Black IPA. The have many more bottles displayed nicely in a refrigerated room behind the bar.

The atmosphere is great. It's got an industrial feel with a high ceiling, a large bar, solid wooden tables and a surrounding balcony of tables overlooking the main room. It's very relaxing and conducive to drinking beer.

The food is very good as well. We had the Cheese Platter and Steamed Clams and they were both nicely done.

Brouwer's is a great place for beer and one of my favorite stops in Seattle.

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Photo of ctownsoul
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Without seeing its picture on this site, I probably would have been lost looking for this place. Only a small Brouwer's logo sits high above the entrance. There are two floor for dining while the row is exceptionally long to encompass the massive draught selection. There are about 60 taps with a little less than half devoted to Belgian beers while they also have hundreds of bottles to choose from as well. I've been here five times now. Beers are served in its respective glassware too. I love the atmosphere: music not too loud (usually) so I don't have to scream just to give an order or have a conversation with friends.

The only minor problem is service. I'm getting to the point where I'm having to wait and make sure I get a good bartender to serve me. I mean, while some of the bartenders know their stuff, there are couple who seem to not give a shit at all.

An example is from last night when I suggested to my friend, who's new to the world of craft and Belgian beer, to have a Duvel. I watched the guy pour the beer, and I've got to say that was one of the worst Duvel pours I've seen for that beer. He had the glass tilted way too long at less at a high angle which resulted in a head more than an inch from the top of the glass...all while pouring the whole beer into glass, yes, yeast included! The beer was so cloudy you could hardly see the rush of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the glass. Utterly disgusting. I told my friend if I were him I would have rejected the glass, but because of his lack in knowledge of beer, he declined my suggestion.

Oh well. I guess the selection makes up for it, though, I will be choosy when it comes to who's serving me there from now on. For the rest of the night I had a different bartender, Tommy, who served us the right why. I had a chimay red from the bottle poured into a chimay chalice, AND he left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. That's how you do it. Plus he let me keep the bottle for my collection.

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Photo of shirsch
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere here is English in nature and a little dark. There is some cool looking stone wall decor that sets the tone and an impressive speaker setup that provides plenty of sound and base without overwelming your conversation. The beer selection is phenomenal, especially if you are a Belgian fan. 60 beers on tap and too many to count in well-displayed bottles. The service was not great. I sat at the bar by myself and was, for the most part, avoided by the bartenders. The food selection is also very good. They have an arrangement of cheese to compliment the beers. I didn't come close to trying everything I wanted and I will be back very soon, but with friends.

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Photo of julian
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had heard of this place but had never actually been. I actually went for the first time with rem5 (who just reviewed before me) while he was visiting the Seattle area.

A: Very unassuming place, looks almost like a warehouse or storage facility from the outside. I had actually passed it many times just never knew what it was. Once you enter it's got a dungeon-like feel, with actual solid stone walls, fountains, high ceilings and a carved bone-like chandelier...very cool. The lighting also lends well to the atmosphere, not too dark but also not overly bright. There are two stories for patrons.

All the taps are lined up in front of the refrigerators so all the bottles are also clearly visible from the bar. The "Bottleworks" logo looms above the refrigerator doors.

Q: Top notch! All beers were perfectly chilled and tasted great. Food was equally great tasting and very complimentary. We went on a Friday night and although it was packed it worked. There were quite a few bartenders so everyone got served upon request. We sat at the bar the whole night. We also went on a Tuesday afternoon. Service was a little bit more lax but to be expected for day shift.

S: Service was great. The bartenders seemed to know their stuff VERY well including general beer history, English translations of the beer names and given minimal info were able to recommend ideal beers.

S: 60 beers on tap (half or more being Belgian) including Piraat and St Bernardus Abt 12 and over 300+ bottles. Amazing. I haven't found any place locally that has even close to this selection, and quality of selection. You'll be hard pressed to not find something you haven't tried before.

F: Food was of traditional style and complimented the beers excellently! I had the salsalito spicy turkey panini and after the 2-3 Belgians I had it tasted AMAZING.

V: sometimes on the pricier side, up to $9 for glass and as rem5 indicated, $24 for a bottle of Fantome (honestly worth the price though).

I've been several times now and have always enjoyed myself. I haven't (yet) left without feeling a buzz or being completely sauced. Great location, great service and if you're in the area you NEED to stop by. As a beer lover and human being you owe it to yourself.

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Photo of rem5
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A - The atmosphere was nice here. Went a couple times. Once on a friday night and once on a tuesday afternoon. Friday night was pretty packed but service was not impacted. They stayed true to the quality and care of proper glassware and pours.

Q - All beers I had were top notch. The selection was well thought out and they really knew what they were getting. They were not biased to the common favorites, but knew what was good and went out of their way to get their hands on it. Some beers for example (fantome) are very hard to get these days. Shelton Bros' stopped carrying it for a while. I'm not sure if they are carrying it again, but Brouwers had 3 or 4 different ones from that brewery. I was highly impressed. Their tap selection was also equally impressive with some hard to find beers on tap, let alone in bottles.

S - Excellent bartender to patron ratio. Well versed in beer history and proper servings. Food was excellent and complimented the beers very well.

S - What else is there to say. This is the best selection I have seen so far in a beer bar. By far the best. I have been to many nyc beer bars, and they dont come close. Most dont even carry vintages like brouwers does.

F - Excellent food. Artisinal menu I would say. Not many places serve gravlocks or even know what it is. It was a nice surprise.

V - Decent value. The local beers were cheap... 4-5$. The rare beers and bottles were a little pricey but thats to be expected from such rare beers. 24$ or so for a bottle of fantome (750ml).

Overall i would say there should be more places like this. Its too bad I would need to travel to seattle just to find one. :(

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Photo of bbothen
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a recent 36 hour Seattle work trip. Glad I did.

First of all the selection is great. About 60 or so taps of American craft brews & Belgian beers. Many seasonals & special releases, not just your standard flagship brews from several breweries.

A HUGE bottle list as well that included Alesmith, Lost Abbey, Rochefort, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.

I had a plate of Belgian style fries with chipotle mayo that were great. That's all I had though so can't comment on the other things.

I enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. Has a real dark dungeon feel to it. Not gimmicky to me at all.

I rated the service as average because, well, it was average. Nothing bad, just average.

I will most definately make it back here next time I'm in town.

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

Brouwer's is easily one of the three or four best beer bars I've visited in the US.

It looks and feels a bit like a medieval castle--dimly lit, lots of black, gray and silver, a second floor that hoops around the first (where the nobility might have sat), and an elevated seating area at the far end of the bar (also where nobility might have sat). You might call this all affected or goth, but I think they're going for something more that recalls the pubs of pre-modern Europe, where beer was sustenance and sociability.

The beer selection is, not surprisingly, overwhelming. They have the taps divided into US and Belgian offerings, and have about thirty of each. I ordered Russian River's Deviation--brewed for Bottleworks and Brouwer's, exclusively, which was served in a nice chalice; Snoqualamie Falls's Serendipity Double IPA (hot and hoppy), and Iron Horse's Saison (a disappointment, but fun to see on tap). I could easily have spent three more hours just looking at the taps, several days tasting the draught beers, and many years working my way through the bottles--all of which are in fridges behind the taps.

The food is also quite tasty. I had the smoked salmon platter, and my friends split the cheese plate. They had other small plates that all seemed well suited to food-and-beer pairings. I could spend some time working my way through that menu as well.

Again, Brouwer's is amazing. The decor is thought provoking, the beer is tremendous, the food is satisfying. It makes a nice pairing with the (much smaller) Uber Tavern as one of the two truly must-visit beer bars in Seattle.

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was lucky enough to do a mini beer tour during my short visit to seattle last weekend. Brouwer's sounded like a must stop; I'm definitely glad I went, and I'd definitely go again, but something was slightly off for me here. I can pinpoint two things - the place is relatively large and bright with a lot of faux(?) stone. I'd say its just as much a restaurant as bar, and I hate to admit, I was reminded of a midieval adventure dinner theatre. Second thing was my bartender. He was friendly, but also loud and cocky (plus not esp knowledgeable). normally this wouldn't bother me much but seemed out of place here. That said I enjoyed the very very good tap selection and good bottle selection. Good frittes too. Fun for something different, very unlike what i'm used to in Philly.

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Photo of GAPit
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is a beer lover's paradise. I believe it's owned by Bottleworks. Almost too many beers to chose from...almost.

Dozens and dozens of beers on tap, and the bottle list is literally a book, hundreds to choose from.

The atmosphere is pretty cool, heavy wood framing, long wood tables and cool booths and chairs. Room for well over 100 people, this place can get pretty croweded on the weekends.

Prices are pretty high, high enough to keep me from making this a regular spot. For my money I'd rather go to the stumbling monk.

Definately a place to visit though, by far the BEST selection in Seattle.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was our second visit to Brouwers. The first was last summer and upon trying to negotiate a beer order on our second visit last week we were immediately reminded of the first. This is decidedly NOT a beer geek atmosphere or clientele.

The beer menu listed a nice sampling of imports and some local brews, but when asked to describe the fresh hopped full sail vs the fresh hopped something else that were both available, our waiter was at a loss. When some beers are costing 8-10 a glass, this makes ordering a high risk proposition. And, it seems they are ANTI craft beer education. They are clearly not about the beer. They refuse to give samples and their servers are ill informed about the beer selection. Perhaps you can get better service at the bar during the day, but this is our second visit with the same bad impression. What a waste.

We did not get food this time, but on our last visit we did. One entree was fine but the other was subpar. Unless there is something on the taplist you are craving, Uberbar gets my vote as the go-to beer geek destination. Higher hit rate on taps, and much better service.

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Photo of beertunes
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

i love this bar. always something i haven't had before on tap. excellent selection. the food is delightfull. you really should visit. living in the fourth corner i usually stay away from the regional micros whein visit here. focusing on belgians is an excellent way to spend a rainy afternoon. try the cheese plate. service is friendly but not overly familiar. staff is appropriately knowledgable. i recomend this place to locals and visitors alike. when i have to pick up someone at sea-tac i usually bring them here to revive them from the horrors of modern air travel.

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Photo of almalkin
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited this place on two consecutive days while in Seattle, during their 2007 Hopfest. While I can't speak to the normal selection, they did have 63 IPAs and IIPAs on tap at one time with to casks as well. This was impressive, and the bottle list was also very extensive.

I didn't find the atmosphere overly trendy, but it is has a sort of modern industrial upscale feel. The service was very good and the bar staff really seemed to know their beer. All the beers that I had were in good condition and served at a nice temperature, not too cold. Food was interesting and had some unique twists. Overall, I really enjoyed my time here.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

We went on a weekend afternoon a couple of hours before dinner, and there were not very many people. The atmosphere is pretty trendy for a beer bar, with upscale looking trim and furnishings. Very comfortable though. The service was quick, and they served beer in appropriate glassware. When they were out of something we ordered, the server was very knowledgeable and had good alternative suggestions. They have an amazing selection both on tap and in bottles. We didn't try the food, but the menu has some nice choices for beer pairings. Overall one of the best places I have been for tasting beer. For those interested in Scotch, Brouwer's also have a very nice selection of high-end single malt choices.

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Photo of nortmand
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This was probably the highlight of beer establishments visited on my short Seattle trip.

Atmosphere was a bit uppity, high ceilings, alot of people drinking Lindeman's and fancy decor was a little too fancy for me.

I tried 5 draft beers and all were exactly as they should be and served in proper glassware. Clean beer all around.

Very friendly bartender, who actually recognized me and came up to me two days later at the Washington cask festival. Very prompt, knowledgable service.

Selection was, well like nothing I've ever seen before. I literally have never seen so many taps, and the bottle selection nearly made me weep. The 50 or so taps were a dream come true. Half Belgian, many of which were stuff I can't get in Michigan, most of the rest were PNW beers. The bottle selection was simply incredible. Indescribable to those who haven't seen it. I couldn't believe some of the Cantillon vintages. Just incredible.

We were there late, so didn't try the food, but a quick glance at the menu indicated that they had some nice Belgian dishes.

This place is pretty pricey, but just an amazing beer experience to have in Seattle. I highly recommend non-natives check this place out.

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2.9/5  rDev -33.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Brouwer's has a lot going for it but also has just as much if not more pitted against it. Many times you'll find that folks visiting Seattle love the place but us locals tend to avoid it.

Most of the patrons are not beer drinkers. Yes, that's fine, but since Brouwer's is set in one of the trendiest areas of Seattle it attracts tragically cool emo types and even worse, douche bag frat boys.

Also a product of the trendy locale is the shoddy service. Once we sat down it took about 15 minutes for a server to appear. Even then she couldn't answer basic questions about the drink menu. 3 times I ordered a 12oz beer and three times she returned with a full pint. The first time she did it I told her of the error and she still continued to make the same mistake. Yes, this is also after waiting a century for her to actually return with my drink.

They've got a pretty good selection (and yes, with as many taps as they have they sure as hell better have a good selection) but honestly I find a better range of options at many places boasting only a handful of taps. They stumble again when it comes to price. $5 for a 12oz glass of this years vintage of Hale's Rudyard's Rare? Ooook. Everything is wildly overpriced, enough so to make me go elsewhere when I'm looking to enjoy a beer. The food is also pretty expensive (and truthfully the food selection is not very plentiful) but each time I've eaten there I have enjoyed what I ordered.

My last visit to Brouwer's was my first visit in two years or more. Unless I hear that things have improved it's likely to be another handful of years before I go back.

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Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA
Place rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 169 ratings