Dark dive bar hidden in middle strip mall. Lots of metal brewery advertising signs and statues of monks around the inside. Took a bus there and spent nearly 10 mins trying to find it once at the mall as i turned right from the water feature in the middle instead of left (Signage low key). When drinking at the bar, I heard the barman explaining to a caller how to find the place, having already also arrived at the mall - so be patient in your search ! Draft selection was fair and good quality and additional beer fridges expanded the range available - included Belgian and UK stuff. Service slow even though not busy on a Thursday afternoon. Its worth a visit if in the neighbourhood or passing, but not sure if its a "must" to go well out of your way for. I’d rate Angels Trumpet and OHSO a tad better on all fronts.
KPD (220) Michigan | February 5, 2016| Updated February 6, 2016
Had dinner and beers in this great place for drinking. In a strip mall, good food great staff, nice selection. The papago beers were not great. Bought a six to go- was gonna get a few-the waitress said- you get 3 more for $1.50. I love this place! All beer drinkers should stop in if in the area.
Lucked into a Lagunitas night on my first visit here a few months ago. They were promoting their new "Same Day IPA" which was awesome! It’s possible that my rating is a bit higher than if I’d have visited on a normal night...because Marissa from Lagunitas who was running the promotion was a lot of fun. Nonetheless...Papago is a great place with a large selection of beers. One of the best in Phoenix...which is not overly deep for a city relatively close to that craftbeer monster 5 hours to the west (you’d think some of that would spill over...or they’d at least share...lol!). The food was good...the staff was great...and the atmosphere pretty decent. In addition to the taps...there is a large bottle selection. All in all...a worthwhile craftbeer stop in Phoenix.
I’m 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 you’d 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.
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 aren’t 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 didn’t eat here. Interesting place, seems like a top beer spot 7-8 years ago that has been passed by.
70 = ★★½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
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, don’t 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.
Went in September 2014. Not very busy at all when we went, easy to get a table. Good beer and a good place to come through if you want a casual night of drinking or before you head out for a night. Recommended visiting if you get a chance, but if it’s very far away don’t worry too much about it. Really wonderful bottle selection and the staff was so helpful and knew a lot about the beers. Overall I recommend the place for a good relaxed beer drinking experience.