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Elysian Brewing Company

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Based on:
110 Beers
11,268 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 66
Visits: 145
Avg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States
phone: (206) 860-1920

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Reviews: 66 | Visits: 145
Reviews by Slatetank:
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had a chance to check this place out with a couple buddies, and I must say I was very pleased.

The location is good - it is easy to find on Pike. The large painted Elysian Brewing Company on the building means it is hard to miss. The first impression was good an nice spacious bar area with tables surrounding it as the centerpiece on all sides. There are flags celebrating some well known Belgian breweries hanging from the ceiling along with chandeliers and small candles on the tables and rugs below. I found the music choices to be adventurous and upbeat. I enjoyed hearing some Mr. Bungle as I sipped the Perseus porter.

The quality is top notch- food and beer alike. Fresh food with lots of color and no complaints in the ale dept. either.

The service was prompt and friendly, checking up on our small table frequently. Even after the shift changed we were not forgotten. We were able to split up the check three ways without much difficulty at all.

The selection is great: everything from Pilsner to Imperial stout was on tap with Hefeweizen, Pale ale, ESB and Porter in between. They have most of their beer available for take out in bombers or six packs. There are guest taps and bottles from Belgium that are not that ordinary. Lambics are available as well as sour ale.

The food was brought to us quickly and was presented very nicely compared to most pub food. I chose Mahi Mahi tacos and frites. The curried snapper and cheesteak both looked appealing. I ate some pico de gaillo and mole sauce with corn chips from my friend's plate. The menu was not huge, but there was enough variety to satisfy the majority.

I was able to walk away spending under $50 and I had 3 drafts w/ dinner and got a sixpack to go. I was happy with the experience and would recommend Elysian.

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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.