Elysian Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 129
Beer Ratings: 8,101
Beer Avg: 3.72
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Reviews by RoryGilmore:
4.55/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
10-30-2008 19:20:49 | More by RoryGilmore
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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
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