Brouwer’s Cafe | Seattle, Washington
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Brouwer’s Cafe
World Class based on 176 ratings
Type: Bar

400 North 35th Street
Seattle, Washington United States 98103 [ print map ]
206 267 2437 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: 11am - 2am

Mayor: Prufrockstar (9) | Taps: 64 | Bottles: 300

Brouwer’s Cafe

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New Belgium Lips of Faith - Vrienden 87, Seefbier 63, Hopworks Nonstop Hefe Hop 65, Crux Crystal Zwickle (Brewdeck Release) 94, pFriem Session IPA , Millstone Cellars Cobbler 97, Hop Freshener Series: Tropical & Juicy 94, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA - Kiwi , Fremont Dark Star - Bourbon Barrel Coffee Edition 100, Barley Browns WFO IPA 97, Elysian Kama Citra Wet Hop Ale 92, Backwoods Double Cutt IIPA 85, Reuben’s Triumvirate IPA , Sound HuMonkulous , pFriem Belgian Wit 74, Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale 98, Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale 99, New Belgium Hop Kitchen #7 - Hop The Pond 97, Firestone Walker 15 (XV) 100, Firestone Walker 14 100
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176 reviews for Brouwer’s Cafe
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  77%
 Selection  93%
 Food  81%
 Value  71%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (2123) Washington, Washington DC | December 30, 2008
Amazing selection, both of American and Belgian ales, plus a smattering of others. Decent food. Horrible service, servers lazy, inattentive and knew nothing about beer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 29, 2013
Place rating number 700.

Visited three times in three days on my first trip to Washington. The primary reason for visiting was to attend the Hard Liver fest and because Dr Bill hooked it up with his place at the back room / industry tasting.

The first time was my first night in Seattle. We did a trip up north through the city and had dinner at Brouwers. The bottle list is insane. They had the anniversary bottles back to the 5th. The 6th anniversary quad is still damn good. The food was expensive but excellent. The service was friendly as well.

The second time was Saturday morning during the Hard Liver fest. It took a while to get into the fest since we got there late and there was a line down the street. Despite that I had a great time once inside. There were several dozen barleywines on tap that I hadn’t tried before and a few that I had tried but were ones that I was curious to try aged. It seems that if there is one style that everyone in the north west makes it’s barleywine. The people inside were all very nice despite being packed in. Random people from the tables were walking around offering pours from their bottles of some interesting stuff like the original vintage of the Mirror Mirror. A couple of the more popular kegs kicked early like the first vintage of the bourbon Angels Share. The service was very friendly.

The third visit was Sunday of the festival. I didn’t really experience the service and what normal visitors get to experience but the Matt’s really showed us a great time. My friend and I were the only non-industry people there among plenty of brewers and distributors but we did show up with a case of expensive beer (Isabelle, Veritas, old FW anniversaries, etc) so they didn’t mind too much. Turns out that I had met the Matt’s at RBSG in San Diego a few years back. All the people at that tasting showed us around and gave us free beer when visiting their breweries afterwards. Really really nice group of people.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1471) Boulder, Colorado | May 4, 2005| Updated February 12, 2008
One of the best beer bars in the country. Doesn’t have the atmosphere of the Falling Rock or Toronado, but the beer selection on draft and in bottles in fantastic. It’s a very nice looking building with a killer interior, but it appears as more of a wine bar and yuppie hangout than strictly a beer bar. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The food is expensive, even for the Fremont district, but it’s worth going to hang out for a few hours. Easy to find, easy to find good parking, and the staff and owners are great. If you come during peak hours you’ll be standing around for a while, and sometimes the servers can take too long to find you, but it’s not something I usually complain about. If you’re at a beer bar, you’re certainly not in a hurry. You can not afford to miss this place when in Seattle. Only minutes from downtown.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | September 15, 2014
Last beer stop of the day that I could convince the other half to stop at. Figured I might as well go out with a bang.

Big bar/restaurant with tons of space to sit inside, outside, at the bar, what have you. Very clean and modern look and feel to the place. Lots of dark stained wood and stainless steel. Comfortable bar stools as well, a big plus.

The servers here were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Unfortunately they don’t do tasters here and aren’t even really "allowed" to do just a splash of something if you’re unsure of (kind of annoying). But, there is a ton to choose from here between the 50+ taps and who knows how many hundreds of bottles.

Pricing is fair for the most part, though on some items I had to kind of roll my eyes...particularly on some of the Belgian imports (Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen, Rodenbach) and some of the US sour beers as well.

Regardless of the drawbacks, this is one of the very best beer bars I’ve been to. I could easily see myself being a regular if I was a Seattle resident.
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | October 13, 2013
Totally impressed with the diversity of beers on tap and in bottles at Brouwer’s. I spent a couple of hours drinking sours and saisons on tap here. Surprisingly, and to staff too, it was extremely quiet for a Thursday afternoon. Fine by me, as I could just cruise, tasting some amazing US crafted beer. Nice layout and ’soft’ interior decor. At the time I felt a little underwhelmed with the overall vibe, but now looking back on my experience, I’d so be here often if I was living in Seattle. So many good beers on offer and staff are characterful and clearly love their beer. Great facilities. Shame I didn’t try the food. Must visit, not that you really need to be told again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris  (892) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2012| Updated July 19, 2013
I can’t rave enough about this place. Good location, nice atmosphere, inspired menu and lot’s of good beer. Service was spotty, I went 4 times in 3 days, and had great, average and poor service. One of the best bars I have ever been too and recommend highly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (874) Tourist Town (West), England | May 3, 2013
Visited on a Thursday night around 7.30 pm in Nov ’12. The place is one largeish room set on 2 levels and whilst fairly quiet on our arrival picked up business as the evening progressed to the point at whicih there were no tables left. Service was friendly and informative and when I complained about the lack of cheese on my burger one of the kitchen staff came out to speak to me and asked me what I wanted ie - a new burger or some grated or sliced cheese to supplement it ! You can’t fault that tbh ! Beer range was extensive, 50 + taps of varying styles. I didn’t really look at the bottled list as there were plenty of WA/OR winners for me allied to others from around the US. A very good venue and one I’d certainly head back to.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine  (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | March 19, 2010| Updated January 15, 2012
This is a class act establishment in one of the best beer cities in the USA. Prices reasonable for the quality of beers available. Excellent tap and bottle selection and lots of special beer events throughout the year make this a must for Seattle. Also great single malts. Had one of the bar snacks--the fried chick peas--they were excellent so we intend to eat more next time.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | November 11, 2012
(Visited 09/2012 on the Seattle Road Dogs Tour): Brouwer’s is located on the north side of Seattle in the Fremont area on N 35th. There is a small lot and street parking nearby.

The bar is in a warehouse-type building. The interior is open with dark wood and chandeliers. Wooden tables past the entrance then a long bar in the back.

Brouwer’s has over 60 taps with lots of quality choices broken out geographically on the menu (primarily Belgium and Pacific Northwest). Some highlights on my visit included Big Time, New Belgium, Chuckanut, Sound Brewing, Deschutes, Russian River and many others. Extensive bottle list as well.

Service on a slow weekday afternoon was good. I only had time for one beer as this was not an official tour stop (I ran in while the tour guide grabbed a bite at a food truck across the street) and the bartender made a good recommendation. A couple brewers from Green Flash happened to be at the bar too which was cool.

I did not have any food on my visit.

Overall this is a great beer bar that I plan on visiting again.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
NachlamSie  (667) Denver, Colorado | May 25, 2012
Arguably the best beer bar in the history of beer. The tap list is more than enough to blow any beer geek’s mind. I counted seven rare sour ales on tap. Nearly any style a man with taste would want is well represented. Tap prices are honestly not bad for this kind of beer. The bottle list is much more expensive, but nearly endlessly vast. I ate delicious beer battered lingcod with pommes frites. Any beer lover in Seattle needs to make a pilgrimage to this Brouwer;s.

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