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 portia99:
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Well, first thing I can say is that if you are staying in the Old Town Scottsdale area, it looks like a good idea to walk here if you view a map...it is not. We walked a good 2 1/2 miles in the rain (first time it has ever rained on me for more than 10min in Phoenix in about 15 visits), but it was worth it when we got there.
A - Very low key, casual, western saloon type environment. Very small bar with about 6-8 seats and sparse tables throughout the place. Overall the establishment is large...could easily fit more tables if they chose. Definitely not for those looking for a high class dining experience, but we found it interesting, fun, casual and a good experience (despite being stared at awkwardly by an intoxicated 60 year old woman for 30 min who thought one of us was "very cute").
Q - Large number of house beers in many styles. One of my friends tried a mandarin orange wheat beer that he really liked a lot. Even with the quality house beers the selection of guest taps (~10-15) and the coolers full of canned and bottled beers stole the show.
S - Large place that was covered initially by two bar tenders and dipped to one as the night wore on. Service wasn't especially fast, but was fine. The bartenders handled the crowd well and we never waited an extended period of time for beer or food. All things considered service was quite good. Bartender was friendly and talked with us a bit about the beers we chose and others available that we might like based on our choices.
S - Selection was excellent...large number of house and guest taps - really good stuff...we had SN Bigfoot and FW Double Barrel on tap, Ska Modus Hoperandi, Deschutes Jubelale, and Alesmith Speedway Stout while we were there. Tons of stuff there not available on the east coast. Lots of American craft, Belgians, Germans...really nice selection.
F - Small to medium menu...typical pub food and pizza. Three of us all got pizzas which were very good all around. Hit the spot and complemented our selection of beers for the evening.
V - Value was pretty good overall. Prices on the pizzas were reasonable, drafts were typically priced ~$4.50-5 (can't rembember exactly). Bottles were priced as they would be in any liquor store in the area +/-. For example, a 750ml of Speedway was $12.99 plus a small "corkage" fee for opening the bottle on premises. Very reasonable.
03-06-2010 01:57:00 | More by portia99
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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
96 out of 100 based on 135 user ratings.