Papago Brewing Company

7107 East McDowell Road
Scottsdale, Arizona United States 85257
brewpub (Papago)  4.8/5.0 131 reviews
Su-Th Noon-12am, F-Sa Noon-2am, Happy Hour 2-6pm Wk days

Mayor: ClarkVV (1) | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 450
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (2490) Washington, Washington DC | November 2, 2010
30 taps and a ton of bottles, all in fridge cases, so window shopping is the preferred method. They had a number of items that I wasnít able to find at AJs or Total Wine. Prices are not marked, thatís a negative. Great atmosphere, good crowd - on a Monday night! Good food also, except they forgot our pretzel. One staff member was a bit pushy, the others were friendly and laid back. I would definitely go back.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | June 29, 2013
Visited 3/4/2011 for Ratebeer Winter Gathering.

Located in a strip mall, I was greeted by a bouncer checking IDís. Inside there arenít a whole lot of seats but it wasnít a problem. Along the one wall is a row of fridges full of beer. Nice selection of things from all over. But Iíd say I was more impressed with the tap lineup. There were at least half a dozen Papago beers on tap (contracted by other breweries) as well as some oddball beers that I really wanted to try (namely the one year lambic from Bockor) but were out of. I guess the night before was Moylans night so they had some left overs on tap from that.

The server came by pretty often (every 15 minutes or so) and asked if we wanted anything else. The owner of the place came by and talked with us for a little bit. Great service all around.

For all the beer I had I didnt really pay that much. Good times. Iíll be returning the next time Iím in the area.
76
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (1151) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 23, 2014
A dive bar without the cool character. Big tap list with lots of bottles. Good service and we didnít eat. For me the problem is the dark dive like ambiance. There are too many good places in the area now,
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (1006) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns., England | January 15, 2013
Visited here in Sep í09 on a Saturday evening between 8 and 10pm. I was surprised how quiet it was for a Saturday night with perhaps half a dozen or so others in the bar. Most of the trade seemed to be coming from folks popping in to buy bottles to take home. Service was great - but they were far from stretched. Bar man was interested to have a UK visitor and we chatted a bit and he poured me a few Papago samplers as well as the ones I purchased. 30 or so taps and a good few hundred bottles in the fridges opposite the bar. We eat some bar snacks, nacho, wings type stuff and they were fine. Decent joint and would recommend to anyone visiting the area.
40
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
Braudog  (835) Yorktown, Virginia | January 24, 2016
Iím amazed this place is the highest rated place in Arizona. Do not go expecting a quality brewpub. This is at its core a blue collar beer bar with a decent selection across a broad range of taps. They also have a wall of bottles in coolers. But a date check on just a couple bottles resulted in beers over 8 months old (and not selections youíd want to age). We sample all 3 house-brewed selections they had (among 40-ish taps) and they all were lower end homebrew quality. Brewery #721.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (797) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | September 18, 2012
Located in a slightly seedy shopping mall, this place has bit of a rustic feel to it. Lots of good taps and lots of coolers as well for sixers to go or to break open at the bar. They had some locals, including their own contract brew which was mainly solid, and some national craft as well. Itís solid but thereís some unknown factor that prevents me from being terribly enthusiastic about the place.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
mcberko  (794) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 25, 2016
Located in a huge strip mall, this was a cool stop. Lots of taps, well-chosen, but only 3 of their own beers and the rest guest taps. You can order flights of their own 3 for $5, with 4 oz pours available for the rest with varying prices. Had the hummus plate to snack in, which was simple but tasty. Pretty good selection of bottle available to go as well. Friendly service and quite quick. Wouldnít say itís a mandatory stop despite the rating, which I think is inflated due to their having been here so long. Still, nice stop in southern Scottsdale.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (779) Sunnyvale, California | July 26, 2015
A bit of an unfortunate mall location, but all is forgiven when you step inside to be greeted by a large monk statue. Kinda dark overall, but a nice space nonetheless, with cool decorations. Interesting food menu with reasonable prices. Salads were pretty huge. Beer list is nice, donít expect whales on the board, but a good selection of locals and regionals. Then add in the beer coolers; again no whales to be seen, but a pretty nice selection if you have a hankering for things like Founders. Service was really good. I tried their Coconut Joe which drank like a "Last Snow Light" (which is a good thing). This place I would be a regular at, methinks.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (767) Kansas | January 18, 2016
Visited early evening on a Wednesday. Located in a beat down strip mall that appears to be 85% dead, tucked in a corner and looks like a gritty dive bar from the outside. Fortunately, the interior is quite nice and inviting, well decorated with plenty of space. A bit worn perhaps, but nice character. Beer selection is two house beers (which arenít brewed in house) and 28 guest drafts. The guest drafts offer a nice range of styles though nothing really local or hard to find. Bottle selection is in coolers that you can peruse immediately across from the bar. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Food looked decent, though I didnít eat here. Interesting place, seems like a top beer spot 7-8 years ago that has been passed by.

70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | June 7, 2013
Beer nerd decorated man cave inside a strip mall complete with an impressive refrigerated bottle selection and hefty tap list featuring a small number of their house beers, perhaps 4 of 32 were from Papago. Bottles in the fridge can be for on-premise consumption or can be to-go, which is pretty sweet. Service was a bit slow, but we came around noon and there was only one person on staff for about 15 people. She was friendly but a bit overwhelmed having mixed up our drink order slightly. Food was pretty decent. Artichoke crab dip was great, chips were not homemade unfortunately. Thai chicken pizza was delicious. We thought two of us could split a large and we were wrong. Had leftovers and they gladly boxed the rest to go. I was disappointed by the lack of house beers since I had tried 2 of the 4 offered already at other beer bars in town. Their house beer made by Van Steenberge was disappointing. Overall a fun, informal place.

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