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Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 225
Beer Avg: 3.95
Taps: 30 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
7107 E McDowell Rd
phone: (480) 425-7439
Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
(Place added by: mzwolinski)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 132 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
A very good place to visit. We went there 3 times in one weekend while visiting the area for Spring Training. They had four of their own brews on tap and about 20 other guest brews. They also had an excellent refrigerated selection of 12 oz six-packs and 22 oz bombers of mostly California, Arizona and Colorado brews. On tap, we tried the Oskar Blues IPA and Pale Ale from Lyons, CO. (They were both excellent). The pizza was very good as well. The service was excellent. When we visited on Sunday we noticed on the door that they do not open until noon, but as we walked away to our car the bartender called us back and said she would open early. Perfect! A chance to relax with a few brews before our Giants-Angels game just up the street. This place grows on you. I enjoyed the collection of beer taps that are fastened to the wooden beams on the ceiling. Nice touch.
04-02-2004 03:11:07 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Traveling to Phoenix in March is always a pleasure, business travel or not. But traveling to Phoenix with a plan to meet up with the Great Gusler for a little beer tour of the Valley is sublime.
Such was the case as I arrived at the Phoenix airport late on a Sunday morning. Less than an hour later I am ensconed in the Gusler S10 Beermobile and headed to the best Phoenix has to offer - Papago Brewing. The trip out McDowell passes some small rocky peaks, but the arrival at Papago's looks less like a peak of beerdom. But then, outward appearances can be deceiving.
We enter a nice beer trivia area at the front of the store and Gus is immediately greeted with several folks wanting to know where he's been. The arrival of royalty always excites the masses and so it is with the arrival of Gus. Mel is his favorite bartender and she is on duty today, all smiles and full of beer knowledge. My eyes bulge at the huge lineup of taps and the even greater lineup of glass-front coolers packed with fine bottled beer.
The long bar is joined by several stool-height tables for four and many picnic table seatings as well. Cigar storage is off to the side near the last of the cooler. A small stage for the frequent entertainment is centererd on the wall opposite the bar. A short past the coolers puts you at the facilities.
Papago's is staffed by caring owners, great staff, and good beer-loving customers. It is truly an oasis in the desert with great beer, very good food, and decent prices. To travel there with the most knowledgeable of Bas in the person of Gusler is a treat I shall long remember.
03-16-2004 04:06:59 |
More by AtLagerHeads
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A quiet weekend with nothing planned stared vacantly at me from my Wall Chart Planner for some time. So, many Moons ago, I decided to take up the offer extended to several So.Cal. BAs from Sir Gusler when he visited the Strong Ale Festival at Pizza Port in December. A few BeerMails later it was sorted, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February would be spent at Papago Brewing.
Taking an afternoon flight from LAX, and having been expertly whisked off the Airport Concourse at just after 4pm by the GuslerS10BeerMobile, like a Camel train we traversed the desert and soon arrived at a Strip Mall that had a very Alamo-cum-Western look to it.
A covered walkway actually hides the front of Papago Brewing from prying eyes. After ditching the Bags at the Motel just round the corner we walked the short distance under the covered Mall walkway. A turn of the corner, and you could not miss the beery frontage, which is next to the local Police office (!), so behave yourselves.
Once inside, my, oh my, I think I died and went to heaven. I immediately got a Beer Buzz, the sort you get when your beer senses tingle and you just know you have entered a special establishment. Lots of empty beer bottles fill the front windows; the frontage is also adorned with much beery memorabilia. To your left a large series of shelves carefully store a host of over 100 'Monk Club' Members Earthenware Pots, T-Shirts and other items for sale. To the right a row of shelves and many wine-bottle holders display a selection of bottle beverages including some very interesting looking Wines, Ports and Meads, about a 100 of them. The center has a smattering of wooden tables & chairs encompassed in an internal wooden beam structure, of which, all the horizontal beams near the ceiling are decorated with many Tap Handles from beers that have obviously come and gone. A Jukebox and Cigar stall on the left and a couple of large Monks make up the rest of the décor. The front of the Bar is like many others, but it is the back of this single room wonderland that holds the secret to the success of Papago Brewing. At the far left of the room is a large cooler set into the corner. It exposes an L-shaped frontage that has at least 8 or 9 full length glass doors from memory. It looks awesome and beer geeks are often seen deeply pondering the contents. In here you will find a whole host of bottles, all shapes, sizes and colors, from all four corners of the globe, too many to list. With some, quick eye reckoning, I came up with 350 bottled beers here.
At the far right is a smallish bar that has two 15-Tap banks set side by side against the back wall. These sell No Crap On Tap as the advert proudly states. No domestics here, just 30 fine beers that appear to rotate and change frequently. Some of the Taps are passed over to the Papago Brewing products also. In addition, a fine looking Handpump sits proud on the Bar with its traditional ceramic handle depicting an English hunting scene. It dispenses a Cask beer that also rotates, check the board for details.
Food is popular here, solid snacks through to wholesome meals. But even though myself and Gusler were here for the beer, we managed a couple of the Pretzels which were excellent and served with a strong German Mustard. The other food looked awesome and was very popular. The pizzas kicked ass.
I arrived with Gusler at 4:45pm and we closed the place at around 1am. The tally was something like; BJs Faschizzle Chardonale, Avery The Beast, Tabernash Rye Bock Lager, Drie Fonteinen 1999 Oude Gueuze, Rogue Kells Irish Lager, Papago Churchill Wheat Wine, Rochefort 6°, Bear Republic Petes Brown Tribute Ale, Lindemans Cuvee Rene 2000, Mogollon Horny Toad India Pale Ale, then the list gets a bit blurry. Excellent service that was exemplary and above that expected, but still welcome.
On Sunday, we came back here just after opening and after a beer shopping trip around 3 of the local AJs Stores for stocking up purposes. Even so, I still ended up purchasing more beer here also, and the prices were comparable, if not cheaper at times.
This is an excellent Beer Bar, a true marvel hidden in the Arizona desert that belies its size and location. All the staff were stellar (especially Mel on Sunday) and very knowledgeable but far from condescending which was awesome. They were always happy to serve samplers prior to investing in a whole Pint of something. On the Sunday a local even shared his $16 bottle of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock with others at the Bar, many of whom he didnt know, including me. All this AND the esteemed company of Gusler, just incredible!!
Good Beer really does mean Good People here. If you dont have time whilst in Phoenix/Scottsdale, I strongly suggest you miss your flight and make time. Oh, and let Gusler know that youre in town!
Last Visit: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Feb, 2005.
02-17-2004 02:04:36 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
I had the pleasure of visiting Papago with Gusler on an all too brief stop in Phoenix recently. Based on what I saw, I hope I can return soon!
Papago was a very casual place, with southwestern decor and even a few surf boards as decorations. The room is rectangular, and not huge, but comfortable. The bar itself is of modest size, but most of the floor space is filled with tables with chairs. In the rear, across from the bar are 3 or 4 (or more?) glass-doored refridgerators with many, many, many excellent bottled beers. It is self-service, and you pay at the bar. Wow, an impressive bottled beer selection. As for the tap selection, it was also most impressive. Quite a few of Papago's beers on tap (though they are not currently brewed on premises) and a wide variety of other lovals and regionals (check Papago's web site for the list of 25-30 beers on tap at any given time). I sampled two Papago brews (Churchill Wheat Wine, and El Grande Nutz) where great, and a Rio Salado Redzilla (bourbon barrel aged) on cask -- wonderful!
The service was great and friendly, and I thank Gusler again for his hospitality in sharing this fine pub with me. I will make it a point to return to this great pub whenever I am in Phoenix.
01-16-2004 07:11:46 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
I dropped in during a recent business trip to Scottsdale. Nondescript location and decor. Live music some nights. The wait staff was personable and attentive. Food was good--fairly standard pub fair. Pizza was the thin crust variety. As for the beers: very good selection on tap (including their own brews), and an outstanding selection of bottled beers (best I've seen outside the Brickskeller). One excellent feature was being able to peruse to beer coolers directly--you could read the labels, etc. Much nicer than trying to decide based just on a menu list. No dust on any of the bottles, suggesting proper care (and a reasonable rate of turnover).
12-22-2003 16:03:12 |
More by KFW
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I had the opportunity to check out Papago Brewing recently during a AZ-BA gathering. First off, I really like the concept of a Bar & a liquor store in one. Being able to leave with a couple special bottles of beer is a huge plus in my book. The beer selection is awesome, and there is always beer on tap that you won't see anywhere else.
The atmosphere is great. They have some TVs so that you can catch the game, they also appear to have live music on a regular basis (though I was not here long enough to partake in this aspect). The bar staff was very knowledgeable, and quite helpful. Of course I am sure that it helped that I was with infamous Gusler on my visit. The fact that Gusler is a regular here says a lot about the quality of this place.
You know that a beer place really cares when your beer comes in the proper glassware. The first beer I ordered came in the actual glass from the brewery; Chimay Cinq Cents from the tap in a Chimay goblet, you got to love it. They do allow you to get up to 3 samples for free, after that it is $1 per sample. Well worth it if you are looking to try a few things. They also serve cask ales, which I find to be a necessity in order for a beer bar to be considered great. They had a one-off on cask of Rio Salado Redzilla aged in a Jim Beam barrel, man was that tasty.
The beer selection is so incredible, if you cant find what you want in their 30+ tap list you can order from the 400 or so bottles that they have in there carry out section. They even have a pretty good wine selection for those who want something else.
The food is pretty good, the soft pretzels I ordered where piping hot and perfect. I had a Brat with Sour Kraut which hit the spot, though the Kraut seemed a bit dry.
Overall this is a great place, if I did not live in Tucson this would be my local.
12-15-2003 17:57:47 |
More by Gueuzedude
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
I'm certainly glad to be living here with a place like this not too far from me. 30 taps and 2 casks. 450 bottled beers, almost all micros and imports. A "no crap on tap" policy that they actually hold to. That right there could say it all for the beer aficionado, but that's not all there is to Papago. The environment is just as I would expect as if I designed it myself. I feel very comfortable in this place, which is very important to me when I'm in a beer bar, or any restaurant. Everyone serving you knows what they're serving and can tell you what you need to know about it, something else that's very important. You can ask for a sample of anything on tap and it will be brought to you in a nice sampling glass for no charge. Very nice people. The food is excellent, and very well suited for any beer you choose. I only wish they'd bring back the great desserts that were made with their own beers, which are quite exceptional beers. There's almost always some sort of event to attend, usually a brewery-related promotional or something similar. There is, of course, a mug club, but I believe it's unfortunately closed to new members at the moment. This is my favorite place to go, period. I'd love to be there every day. You absolutely must visit this place if you're anywhere near Arizona!
10-22-2003 08:20:06 |
More by hyuga
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
My previous review from last year follows. I just decided to update it. This has to be not only one of the best beer places to drink in the United States but in the world. If they only served their beers alone it would still be a great place but the selection and quality just cannot be surpassed. I especially like how they have 'improved' a couple of their beers by using a Dogfish 'Randall' on them, their Hopfather Double IPA is awesome with fresh hops and their Churchill Wheatwine with the use of Cognac barrel oak chips in the 'Randall' is simply amazing. Live music has gone away but the addition of a giant projector television makes the place a great place to watch sporting events now.
Previous review: This isn't one of the best places to drink in Phoenix, it is the best place to drink in Arizona or the west coast. 30 taps that constantly rotate with good beers. Sure there are places with more taps but they do not put any crap on tap and they clean their lines when they put on a new beer. If that doesn't strike your fancy they have a cooler with over 400 different beers in them. Knowledgeable staff. Food is very good but is limited to apps, salads, pizzas and sandwiches. Only downside is that it gets crowded in there on the weekend nights. You can also get the bottled beer to go and growlers also. Also, compared to some places I've been in California the prices are downright cheap for the quality of the beers that they get. Big Belgian selection.
07-10-2003 09:20:28 |
More by bigbelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
My Girlfriend and I visited Papago Brewing while we were on vacation in Scottsdale, AZ. With 30 beers on tap, about 500 more in the cooler and excellent food Papago Brewing may be beer heaven! It's at least as close as I've come to it. I started off with Papago's El Grande Nutz Brown Ale. The El Grand Nutz had a delicious hazelnut flavor. It's an amazing brown ale, one of my new favorites. My girlfriend ordered the Mudshark Full Moon Belgian Wit which is brewed in Lake Havasu, AZ. It was also delicious. I the had one of the best vegetarian sandwiches I've ever tasted. My girlfriend had a buffalo mozzarella salad and chicken wings which she enjoyed. I finished off with a Rio Salado DoppelSchwarz which is brewed in Tempe, AZ and my girlfriend had another Full Moon. The beer was exceptional, the food was delicious, and the service was great!
06-07-2003 19:12:48 |
More by bobinverted
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Ah yes, an atmosphere you wouldn't expect when strolling in from the dry, sunny border of Scottsdale and Tempe. Sometimes, little bits of genius are tucked away in unlikely places. The doors to Papago are massive things and it's really hard to see in from the strip mall parking lot. How good can this place be?
Really, really good.
Don't be put off by the painted cement floor. The decor can only do so much for this atmosphere (although I liked the "Marilyn Merlot" framed pdints all over the place.) The "atmosphere" comes from feeling like you have found another "home" as a beer fan. Sit close to the coolers and gaze longingly at the 3-quart bottle of Stone products, a full line of Unibroue, Allagash, Lindemanns, and too many more to mention from all over the world, and yes, that does mean Poland, South America etc. As you would expect, a very fine selection of beers in bottle from AZ, CA, OR and WA. Plus a significantly big tap selection that I've been told rotates constantly.
The "wheat wine" with the Papago name was a nicely sweet, with a glorious alcohol-presence and heavy round mouthfeel in every goblet sip.
The server, Melody, and one of her friends at the bar talked to us at length about the various beers on tap, and she even steered me to something I might like better, knowing that I would only be able to sample items for a few hours. She gave me a sip of what I had ordered and then a sip of something she thought I might appreciate more. This is called "exceptional service."
The food was really fine, too, with my "Papago sliders" being a standout among all the food I had in the desert.
A must-visit in AZ for fans of Bukowski, Great Lost Bear, Eli Cannons or the Brickskellar. As I have noted elsewhere, BA's would do themselves a favor and let Gusler know you'll be there. The man is a fount of beer knowledge in that region, even as he faults the place for not brewing the beers with their names on it in house.
05-06-2003 10:00:44 |
More by ecoboy
Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ
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