Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 226
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 30 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by Phelps:
4.33/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ah, Papago. Jewel of south Scottsdale.
Papago is a beer bar, plain and simple. The crowd varies from beer nerds to the newly initiated to the simple college crowd out for a drink, but the ambiance is usually jovial. Likewise, most of the bartenders are pretty knowledgeable and friendly. If you see Zach, ask him to make you a Hop Suicide -- a mix of all the hoppy beers they have on tap at a given time. The place used to get rather crowded at night, especially during tastings and other events, but the recent expansion into the space next door has really opened everything up. Plus, there's shuffleboard!
Papago's beers are standouts in the Valley for their creative takes on styles. They're all contract-brewed, some by other local breweries like SunUp, some by breweries in Belgium. Elsie's, a milk stout flavored with coffee and Irish cream, is one of my favorite beers, and the one I always suggest to tourists.
One thing I really appreciate about Papago: they understand the internet. The online tap list is updated daily and new beers are posted to Facebook and Twitter whenever they arrive. I never miss a special release or sought-after draft. An extensive bottle selection and tap list offers even more opportunity for trying new stuff.
Overall, one of the places you MUST visit if you're in Phoenix.
05-12-2011 21:27:01 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
3.13/5 rDev -27.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $
I went there yesterday with a friend and hoping to get that Pilsner Urquell that came in a cast and was unfiltered and unpasteurized but I missed it by 1 1/2 hours. That was a drag! I know that I got there late but I was more upset that more friends wouldn't meet me there. I guess once is enough. I don't know, they have a lot of beers and several on tap but the service was bad. It was poor! I even went to the bar to see is it was self-service and a server said someone would be around. Someone did and five minutes later came back with our beers. She could have made it sooner but 4 1/2 minutes were spent talking at the bar after the beers were poured. She then couldn't remember what beers where which and had her nose practically in all of them and literally in one.
The atmosphere is that of an old bar. It is dark and fairly noisy. There are tales four, six, and more plus sitting at the bar. Several beers on tap. They say there is 30 but I think there were less. There are many bottled beers in there cooler and you could buy them to take home.
We only had beer and then left. The service, being so poor, would have taxed my patience waiting when I knew it was ready and had to wait for the server to deliver. I had been directed to enjoy the beers but to skip the food by some friends who had been there before.
11-10-2013 05:08:08 | More by JohnnyJam
4.61/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | $$
This is the place to go if you are looking for beer variety. In a town that thinks Blue Moon is a premium beer Papago Brewing stands alone. The have hundreds of bottled craft beers to choose from and 30 beers on tap. They serve the beers in their correct glass according to the style of the beer. I got the Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15 Double IPA on tap which came in a sniffer glass. It was during happy hour so I got three for like $20 with tax and tip.
10-19-2013 20:22:24 | More by UURevival
3.61/5 rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25 | $
Pretty nice. Stopped after business trip based on Beer Advocate reviews, and glad I did. Fairly old bar feel. Upbeat. Sports TV. Bottle shop and good people. Beer was worth the trip. Nice variety with styles not noticed in other Phoenix area breweries. Bar/servers had no problem with bringing multiple samples to my table. Good, knowledgeable conversation. Food was ok. All in all a stop worth making.
10-04-2013 01:42:13 | More by BillRoth
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I love this place. The best brewery in the city (perhaps state, still need to try them all).
Atmosphere: A great place to hit up after work, or meet some friends on the weekend. It may get a bit loud sometimes (particularly Friday and Saturday nights). Generally friendly folk.
Quality: Great quality. Food, beer (on draft and bottles) is all top-notch.
Service: Generally good, though may be slow during busy hours.
Selection: Amazing. Rotating taps change daily. Their own best beers are, for the most part, mainstays on their menu (Orange Blossom, Coconut Joe, Elsie's Milk Stout....bring back the black IPA!).
Food: Fantastic pizza and wraps.
Value: Reasonable prices.
09-30-2013 04:43:51 | More by tjumfrid
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Papago is definitely one of the gems of Phx/Scottsdale. Hosting an expansive selection of beer to savor the quirkiest of palates and preferences, Papago seems to always have something I haven't tried that's "in your wheelhouse". I always enjoy pontificating about the latest offerings with Zach, who's more than generous to lead in the right direction. The pizzas are quite tasty, but let's be honest with ourselves, it's about the craft-brew offerings first and foremost. One of the best places to close 'er down for a night. And now that I think about it, I've always come away from a night at Papago with a new found sense of purpose and fervor for life. Amen.
07-25-2013 03:54:04 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
4.41/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
A - It is a little dark and almost tucked away, but it has a cozy feel to it. The people are usually friend and laid back. The location isn't the greatest because it can almost be missed. They might benefit from improved signage.
Q - They make good beer and food. They own beer is quite good and they have a good range of types. The food is always consistent and yummy.
Service - I have never had bad service there and they are knowledgeable about the selection.
Selection - Very good selection of tap offerings and bottles to take away. Sometimes they are a little pricey, but not bad. They often have a cask and nitro on tap also.
F - Very decent food. Nothing outstanding but a good selection to accompany the great beer they have.
V - Good value for the most part, but some of their beers are a little steep. At least if you come during happy hour it is a dollar off. You can also join the Monk club which gives you further discounts.
One of favorite places to go in Greater Phoenix area. Definitely worth dropping by for a few beers.
05-28-2013 16:58:47 | More by drrone
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Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
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