Brouwer’s Cafe | Seattle, Washington
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Brouwer’s Cafe
World Class based on 171 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 (12) | Taps: 64 | Bottles: 300

Brouwer’s Cafe

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Beer Available At Brouwer’s Cafe (arranged by most recent)
Goose Island Halia 99, Goose Island Fulton Wood Bitter 81, Fremont Seattle Beer Week 5 Pacific N.W. Barleywine 91, Avery Anniversary Seventeen 97, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014 100, Ayinger Bräu-Weisse 97, Big Time Coal Creek Porter 85, Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout 97, Holy Mountain Pyrokinesis 93, Lost Abbey Deliverance 100, Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood 100, Fort George / Georgetown / Pfriem 3-Way IPA 97, Hop Valley Pilot Series Cream of the Hop , Barley Browns Hand Truck 95, Fremont Universale Pale Ale 91, Elysian Dayglow IPA 97, 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA 95, Breakside Pilsner 55, Telegraph Obscura Estancia
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171 reviews for Brouwer’s Cafe
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  77%
 Selection  93%
 Food  80%
 Value  71%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
JasonG  (36) Salt Lake City, Utah | February 9, 2006
Unassuming outside, hard to find with no obvious sign out front. Inside - not at all what I expected. The place is slick, almost fancy. Huge bar, with tons of taps, several engines, bottles prominently displayed behind the bar. Two floors, second is more of a balcony from which you can look down on the bar. As has been said, a pretty pricey place, but some really awesome stuff, both in draft and bottles, particularly belgains. Proper glassware. Also, this place is almost entirely beer focused, but the people there were not just beer geeks like myself. I’m acutally surprised they are able to make money, as many of their brews can’t appeal to the average drinker. But hey, I’m not complaining. Service was not quite as knowledgeable as I would have liked, but still very good.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
beerchurch  (29) | January 20, 2006
A great selection of beers (understatement). Hell, they have everything the law allows in WA state as far as I can tell. Strict adherence to the use of proper glassware (very nice). They present beer like a French chef presents an entrée. They give beer the respect it is due. A great place for Belgians. A great selection of top shelf booze (this isn’t ratescotch, however). Personally, I was not overwhelmed by the food. The bartenders seem to know their shazzzitt about beer. The wait staff, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love this place. Only because other reviewers have been so over-the-top in love with Brouwer’s must I say that it is not everyone’s idea of a beer Mecca. It is kind of dark, very modern and industrial in a Euro-hip kind of way, and some folks aren’t so fond of that. I think it is definitely very cool, and the selection of beer is unparalleled; however it comes very close to being beer snobbery. I’m sure there are many who will consider me a Coors-swilling moron for suggesting such a thing. And therein lays my point. So much for the devil’s advocate thing… A tour of Seattle beer joints would be incomplete without a visit to Brouwer’s. This is where the tour should start.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero  (12) Tacoma, Washington | December 19, 2005
The owners of Bottleworks can do no wrong. Over 50 taps, about half of which are Local or Western micros, the rest are imports rarely seen in tap form. The bottle list is a wonder, basically the entire Bottleworks inventory is available, and that’s a lot of bottles. Amazing renovation + Freemont broom factory = an atmosphere most Suburbian restaraunts can only dream of. There is a definite threshold waiting to drop between beer loving Seattlites and Yuppies - but the place still caters to mostly gooey-eyed beer geeks. The only knock on the place is the absurdly high numbers printed after menu listings - two digit numbers for most everything. That being said, the food is good, but it leaves you less anxious to buy that Cantillion.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
11026  (58) Alabama | December 5, 2005
You simply must go here if in Seattle. My only knock is the price on some of the food but I am a cheap bastard.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
porterdude  (15) Bellingham, Washington | October 31, 2005
I went to this place after the Cask Beerfest and was told by many an brewer that this was the place to go to when in Seattle. This place is freaking awesome. I am speechless when descriging it. So many beers, so many Scotch’s........ Try to get a booth if you can, I sat on the upstairs ring, which was okay. It was Saturday of Halloween weekend, it was packed, and the servers still managed to do one terrific job. I had a sandwhich there, they are pretty big and damn tasty.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
BückDich  (215) McCall, Idaho | September 26, 2005
Just like Cancun was engineered from the ground up to be appealing to college binge drinkers, this place was built with the beergeek in mind. Unassuming but relaxed exterior, upscale interior with very classy decor, not too cheesy. Wide tap selection, the belgins are a bit pricey but there’s plenty to be had. Lots of bottles. I didn’t talk to the staff much about the beer but they answered any questions I had. The food was great, a bit spendy, but there were plenty of other things on the menu I’d love to try next time I’m there. This place rocks!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
leitrim65  (16) Seattle, Washington | August 29, 2005
Hidden away on the backstreets of Fremont. This place is a dream for beer lovers. The setting is Belgium with steel and faux rock throughout the place. An awesome selection of Belgians and American micros, on tap (50+) and in the bottle (200+). All are poured in the appropriate glassware. Quality food to compliment top notch beers and spirits.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkAsASkunk  (40) Lynnwood, Washington | August 18, 2005
This place absolutely frickin rocks! Ambiance is extremely dark and a mix of mellow and loud with decent music. Excellent service with just about the most knowledgable beer staff you will ever meet. Obviously it can get hectic at times but overall service is very attentive. Food is excellent. Hundreds of bottles to choose from, a little pricey but you know what, who cares, it an excellent selection. Easily 200+ beers to choose from.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (522) Toronto, ON, Ontario | June 18, 2005
Awesome place for a pint. High ceilings with an upstairs loft that surrounds the downstairs bar. Great selection of local and imported taps with a huge bottle list to boot. The food I had was simple but well done. Knowledgable staff never hurts either, and our server answered every question I had. A great place for a pint and a must see while in Seattle.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1444) 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.

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