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Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
116 Beers
11,635 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 66
Visits: 145
Avg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States
phone: (206) 860-1920 | map
www.elysianbrewing.com

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Reviews: 66 | Visits: 145
Reviews by RoryGilmore:
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Capitol Hill is easily my favorite of the three Elysian locations and overall my favorite brewpub in town. It's a fairly big place, but not too huge to feel cavernous. The decor is somewhat industrial, but there are plenty of warm wood tones and eclectic touches to make the atmosphere a perfect place to enjoy a beer.

The quality of the beer has never been in question. The brew you'll get will be exactly how the brewer intended it to be. One minor issue is that the serving temperature seems to be on the cold side, but that is a minor inconvenience.

In my 30 or so visits, I've never had a bad experience with service. The servers usually have basic knowledge of the beer they're serving, and are most of the time are prompt and attentive. Don't expect chain restaurant-type fake smiles and forced enthusiasm - you won't get that here. Fortunately, you'll avoid the "I'm too busy thinking about how cool I am to refill your water" service that is common of the neighborhood. Service hits the happy medium of being good without being annoyingly fake.

With 16 or so taps, usually a cask offering, and a guest tap there is always plenty to chose from. There is also a nice bottle list, which comes in handy if you're feeling like it's Belgian night instead of a Dragonstooth night.

Food goes the above-average pub grub route. Usually there is 3 or 4 vegetarian options, and the wedge fries are some of the best in Seattle. Some dishes, especially the ones that involve steak, can be on the small size. Stick with something that comes with fries if you're ravenous or a big eater.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kristinc
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Aball4620
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Zond
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Agamemnon1
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3

ok...this is a very simplistic review. i had attended the seattle mariners game and left early(they were getting spanked) to go to elysian. i was one of six or so people at the bar at the time(seats at least twenty five) and ordered their standard ipa..it came in a plastic cup. i requested a glass and was informed game days they will not give a glass. sorry...that sucks ass...they were at maybe 10 percent capacity for the entire place. i left and walked about fifty yards to get myself a nice seattle made pint in a glass. plastic is fine for the ball park, but not a brewpub, especially if i would be considered special it i received one.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The second beer stop on our first day in the northwest and we decided to checkout capital hill, which happened to be the location of Elysian. Having a slight bias against it hearing that Dick Cantwell had left the company after the AB acquisition left him with a bad taste among other things.

The vibe of the place was slightly generic. The open / airyness of the big room was enjoyable on the day we were there since it was so warm out. But the standard looking bar with TV's and lack of character made it look and feel very.. not my thing.

The selection of beer was good - Lots of choices for hoppy beers, a sour or two, a few lagers, and stouts. I didn't inquire about guest taps but the list of Elysian beers was about 15+ long. From the flight I sampled of the two hoppy beers and the sour (flanders red style) I was happy with the quality.

The service was decent, but again, not a fan of the over bearing weight staff asking every 10 minutes if you need another beer when you have half a pint you are enjoying right in front of you.

Didn't try any food.

I'm sure the place hasn't change significantly since the acquisition and exodus of Mr. Cantwell, but I got the sence that it was more laid back and welcoming a year ago. Even some of the locals we spoke to along the way commented on this saying it wasn't the same. I'd probably pick up a sixer of their beer if I saw it around but wouldn't go out of my way to go back to the brewery.

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Photo of dasEbb
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I loved wood and open feel of the Elysian on Capitol Hill. Very neighborhood feel with a selection of draft and bottles for purchase. Didn't try the food, but sat in watched football on a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.16/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of schad
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

I had never been to Elysian on Capitol Hill before, so I hoofed it up the hill after work yesterday and checked it out. I really like the atmosphere; it feels like an old pub in there, with various flags hanging from the ceiling and lots of old, beat-up wood. It feels sort of industrial inside, in a wood-hewn kind of way; it even smells woody inside. I've been to Elysian Fields down by the stadium several times, but I must say I prefer the hominess of this location more.

They had 17 beers on tap, quite a good collection. I had the I-5 Amarillo, their collaboration with Central City up in BC, and quite liked it. The service was prompt and friendly; you can't ask too much more of a pub. I feel like this is definitely a place I could patronize regularly.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.