Brouwer’s Cafe | Seattle, Washington
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Brouwer’s Cafe
World Class based on 164 ratings
Type: Bar

400 North 35th Street
Seattle, Washington United States 98103 [ print map ]
206 267 2437

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Hours: 11am - 2am


Mayor: 5000 (36) | Taps: 64 | Bottles: 300


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Perennial Brewers’ IPA #9 , 10 Barrel Uberliner , Holy Mountain Equinox Fresh Hop , Barley Browns Hop Truck Crossing Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA , Melvin Hubert Pale Ale , Valiant Alpha Drive 83, Boneyard Chingadera IIRA 91, Off Color Troublesome 90, Breakside Ales for ALS Double IPA , Midnight Sun Monk’s Mistress 100, Midnight Sun 2010 Pop Ten: Barfly 100, Double Mountain Sinister Seven 86, Logsdon The Conversion 93, Logsdon Far West Vlaming 94, Elysian Dayglow IPA 97, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal 99, Upright Steamroller , Black Market 1945 Berliner Weisse 70, Barley Browns Pallet Jack IPA 99, Lagunitas NightTime Ale 99
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164 reviews for Brouwer’s Cafe
 Ambiance  89%
 Service  77%
 Selection  94%
 Food  80%
 Value  71%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  99%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (1564) 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1379) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1305) 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.
92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (866) Orange County, 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine  (776) 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.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (733) 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.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | October 8, 2013
I spent some magnificient hours in that beer geek heaven. The legendary mezzanine gives it an open, inviting, unpretentious, yet stylish atmosphere. The beer selection is outstanding, among the world’s very best. Besides the sheer number of bottles and taps, their quality is tough to match, equivalent to places like Chuchkey in DC for instance where you could spend days buying and drinking different beers you feel like drinking. Service was entirely Professional during my visit, constantly renewing the water supply, giving little samples, chatting just enough, courteous yet Professional. One of the greatest tragédies of my tragedy-less life is not having eaten at Brouwer’s where I’m told the food is really good for a beer bar. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and when I return to Seattle, I’d dedicate at least 50% of my beer time to Brouwer’s. This was really difficult last time because they have the annoying common weakness of not accepting children under 21.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | 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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois  (630) The ’Sham, 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (603) San Diego County , California | October 24, 2013
Definitely set up as the premier craft beer bar in the city, but it never got very crowded and always seemed a bit dead :/ We went here three different times and had decent service. For being some of the only people in the bar you’d think we’d get the royal treatment. They excel though at fries and dipping sauces. The other food I wasn’t wild about. My partner’s lamb burger was phenomenal. My mussels were very disappointing: uncooked bok choy, no salt, uncooked carrot slices, not a flavorful curry broth. Thankfully that dish was a special and I hope it never comes back. Bottle list is extensive, but focuses 5/8ths on Belgian stuff. We did see some older Firestone Walker anniversary, and FW PNC at $30; which was a solid price. Did see one Upright bottle, The Clash, that I hadn’t had before. It wasn’t so great, but was priced lower. Draft list here was extensive with what looks like some gig with Shelton Brothers scoring them a few kegs of De Ranke XXX Bitter, which was awesome. The tap list was split up by State and Country, and surprisingly there were only 10 or so taps dedicated to local WA state beers, which was disappointing. Overall, it’s an awesome bar but for food stick to burger and fries and for beer you will find a better selection of local beers almost anywhere. It’s the obscure Belgian, Danish, Norwegian stuff that is exclusive. Bottle list is large, found some California beers that I can’t even find living in California. They don’t do sampler flights, which was annoying -___-

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