Papago Brewing Company

7107 East McDowell Road
Scottsdale, Arizona United States 85257
brewpub (Papago)  4.8/5.0 135 reviews
Su-Th Noon-12am, F-Sa Noon-2am, Happy Hour 2-6pm Wk days

Mayor: donandres (1) | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 450
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82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (2988) Charlotte , North Carolina | 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 wasn’t able to find at AJs or Total Wine. Prices are not marked, that’s 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  (1529) 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 ID’s. Inside there aren’t a whole lot of seats but it wasn’t a problem. Along the one wall is a row of fridges full of beer. Nice selection of things from all over. But I’d 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. I’ll be returning the next time I’m in the area.
76
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (1458) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 23, 2014
A dive bar without the cool character. Big tap list with lots of bottles. Good service and we didn’t eat. For me the problem is the dark dive like ambiance. There are too many good places in the area now,
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis  (1087) 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, 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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
mcberko  (1065) 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. Wouldn’t say it’s 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.
78
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois  (1044) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | January 15, 2013
Visited here in Sep ’09 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DiarmaidBHK  (940) 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. It’s solid but there’s some unknown factor that prevents me from being terribly enthusiastic about the place.
40
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 5/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | January 24, 2016
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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (893) 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 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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (796) Denver, Colorado | April 1, 2017
When we approached this bar it was not inherent that it was even still in business. It’s in an old strip mall and all the front windows are covered up with faded beer ads. I assume this is to help with the blistering sun. Inside, it’s expansive and old. It reminds me of going into a few dingy bars around the country a decade ago which were owned by someone who was really into beer and wanted everything that they could carry. The tap list here is pretty broad, representing a good mix of locals and imports. A fairly extensive cooler is full of bottles and cans available for on or off premise consumption. Only two of their own beers were on tap and they were both fruit or spice beers. The main draw here would be the guest taps and bottles. Papago Brewing Company felt like stepping back several years into the craft beer scene of old times.

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