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.
t0rin0 (1529) 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.
Visited on a Thursday afternoon in November 2015. Place wasn’t too busy when we arrived. Great range of beer from the USA and further afield. Tried a couple of WA beers and wasn’t disappointed. Service was good, place has a nice buzz around it and quite relaxed. Food was Ok. Definitely worth a stop.
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.
Ferris (1315) 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.
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.
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.
mcberko (918) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 14, 2010| Updated January 17, 2012
Stopped by for a quick early afternoon sampling. Though many have complained they don’t offer free samples, they were happy to allow me a few. Friendly, helpful staff. Great selection of 60 on tap, though the Belgian ones are stupidly priced. Extensive bottle selection as well.
2nd visit: Server was a complete prick, refusing any free samples, acting very rude to us and not helpful. That being said, the selection was amazing with many bourbon barrel aged imp. stouts for their Big Wood event.
Subsequent visits have all been great with improved service, impeccable beer selection and very reasonable prices.
(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.