Elysian Brewing Company

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3.73/5
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by benito:
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The original Elysian is a classic American brewpub up on Capitol Hill. Think bar area, dining room, and brewhouse, all with wood paneling, post-industrial decor (ie exposed brick and ventilation), and large windows, and you have the idea. What separates Elysian though are the Small Brewpub of the Year banners from 1999, 2003, and 2004 from the GABF. The beers boost the otherwise unremarkable place.

They had about twelve house beers on tap, as well as a few offerings from their other Seattle pubs (Fields and Tangletown). Their seasonals included the Avatar Jasmine IPA, Ambrosia Mai Bock, and Prometheus IPA, which were all fine, but I went straight for the source of the freshest, best cask ESB in the Northwest. The Wise on Cask is worth a trip in itself, and to have an equally fresh Prometheus Porter doubled the value of this.

The service was prompt, if slightly uncouth, though he did charge my friends and me for one pitcher instead of our various pints and schooners--a nice gesture for the Thursday afternoon crowd.

Elysian is a fine brewpub with excellent beer--it's a beer landmark in Seattle and should be the top brewpub for any beer tourist to visit in the city.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Photo of jellikit
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This is a cool bar to hang out in. The atmosphere is Capital Hill, Seattle. You will see all walks of life which keeps it interesting. The beer list always has their standard5 or so beers, plus they have a few hard to get choices...and then they have their experimental recipes on display.

Fun Pub with good beer.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Had sort of a hippie feel to the place although the servers wouldn't necessarily fit that profile. I did a flight and the beers were good with a few special ones. The IPA seemed to be the best... the service was good but it was an early afternoon so it wasn't packed or anything. I would visit again if I was in the neighborhood but still need to explore other places first next time I get to Seattle which might influence that assessment at a later time.

Photo of andy_c
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My first time ever in Seattle, this is a cool place to check out. Inside there is a bar and plenty of tables for those who are looking for food. We got a table near the back, had a nice view of some of the brewing equipment behind glass. They had a standard beer menu, plus a nice list of new or experimental beers. I had an Imperial IPA (Diprohopus), which was a great beer, one of the best I've had. Pretty big selection of food to choose from, my green chili burrito was awesome. Price was decent on everything. I had been to Rogue in Portland the day before. I found Elysian's food and beer to be better, but I think Rogue had a slightly better atmosphere. If I am ever back in Seattle I hope to make it back to Elysian!

Photo of Hopmodium
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Had high expectations before moving to the area and was not disappointed by these folks. Arrived on the day Diprohopus debuted and after 800+ beers, it is still my favorite beer. Server was quite attentive and although we did not order food, she did not treat us poorly like some people tend to do when you go to a pub at lunch or dinner time. Got some awesome stickers after asking. Tried 5 beers or so and all but one were memorable. Patrons were truly a mix of working class, hipsters, good Americans like yourself, and Cap Hill regulars. Treated like a regular, which is unique. Have visited many times since my first visit and service was good every time. Sr. Cantwell keeps coming up with new gems that delight my palate. Will certainly go back whenever possible, if not for anything else but to have ANOTHER Diprohopus, try it if you are a DIPA fan or if you simply lover your taste buds.

Photo of Kastler
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I had a few of the Men's Room brew and a taste of The Immortal. I liked what I tasted and walked out with a six pack of Men's Room. It was a great atmosphere, a little older compared to me but still great nonetheless. The service was quick and the bartenders had some good suggestions and were friendly. However, the selection was somewhat limited. It is a brewery so I expect a variety of their own brews, but the menu included minimal other beers. In all, I plan on returning to one of the Elysian Places soon; it was an excellent outing.

Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Up some goddamn hill from the hotel, as Seattle is, apparently, and up and up, it seems. Right smack into the heart of some music festival that Phil says he was talking about, but wasn’t. Around the corner, up another block, and Elysian, easy breezy. Surprisingly not packed to the gills this 9ish in the PM, Saturday night Seattle…

Corner building, lots of panel windows and red trim, Elysian Brewing Company spelled out in block letterings above. Large, and I’m getting sick of saying ‘cavernous’, truth is, I’ve never been in a cavern, I need a new word. It’s a large space, deep, expansive even, seemingly high high ceilings but it may because it drops to a lower level seating to the rear and the ceiling remains at the same height.

Cold concrete floors, gray in this light, burgundy curtained vertical windows with opening uppers running the length over the front and side, and limeish green walls otherwise, with De Dolle prints on the far wall (and I have sadness now for good times had in, believe it or not, dirty Boston with Phip, Ken, & Randy, back in the day), and local art pieces riddled about. Thin wood slat ceiling that must have been a great big pain in the ass to assemble, running the length on ginormous wood beam uprights & across. Piping ductwork, track spots, beer flaggings (Rodenbach, Ommegang, DeKoninck, Hoegaarden, Duvel, Chimay), and, um, there’s something in the back there hanging from the ceiling, either a ladybug paper mache piece, or one of the cocoons from, you know, ‘Cocoon’. I asked. Oh, sure, a caved in earth from an apocalypse event. Yeah, that was going to be my next guess.

So, in, past the twinkie hostess, and left to the bar; ‘C’ shaped of cut tree coolness, black slab base & piping foot rail, with hightop chair seating for a dozen plus on 2 sides only, the far end lost to service. A large ‘war of the worlds’ alien arm rides along the ceiling and hooks down holding an 8 tap tower suspended just over the bar on center (completely freaky). Booze on 3 glow rope lit shelves barbacked, with a logo panel window piece sitting on center above, and glassware countered and shelved below. Upright bar towers of 4 on opposite ends of the barback there, and 2 handpumps to the left. Kitchenings hiding behind the barback, with shelved growlers to both sides on the back walls there. A drop mesh cage board suspended to the right lists tap selections, haphazardly (seriously, pieces of things pasted or something, huh?)

Bar counter divider space adjacent seating 8 or so, and then nearly 2 dozen booths & tables in the up front and around the side atop. Drop chandelier in the front corner, and a bottle cooler, shirt & swag, all that. And roughly the same for seating down below past the bar wrapping around to the rear; round, recs & squared up, as well as the brewery behind glass back there, and a single TV mounted.

Seating was offered in the time it took me to get a beer at the bar, and we opted for it as we’ll be playing the ‘Phood with Phil’ game, now. Started with the tomato fagioli soup (white beans, sturdy & tasty), and then a wild green salad (mixed organic lettuces, cucs, tomato wedges, with the thyme vinaigrette, all chickened up, solid salad). Phil had the Korean short rib special (with sobe noodles & bibbish salad done vinaigrette). The short rib and noodles deemed ‘Great!’

Oh, and drink. 6 house standards (The Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Perseus Porter, Dragon’s Tooth Stout, Avatar Jasmine IPA, Men’s Room Original Red), 10 specialties (Pandora’s Bock, Torrent Pale Beet Bock, Hombre Mexican Lager, Bette Blanche Belgian Tripel, Prometheus IPA, White Woods Wit, Loser Pale Ale, Wasteland Elder Flower Saison, Zephyrus Pils, Shiny Object IPA), and 2 casks (Space Dust IPA & New Belgium collab ‘The Trip XII pink peppercorn IPA’).

I wanted to sample everything or just what I wanted but the options are either you can get a sample of the 6 house standards, or a, get this, ‘bartender’s choice’ of specialty beers. “This is not going to go well”, he says, uncapping the red pen. Opted for a beer or two each, and then instead of the sampler of bartender favor, we ordered 4 schooners to share.

Shiny Object IPA, solid, not of the unpleasant; Wasteland Elder Flower Saison, not too over the top flowery, a nice Saison; Loser Pale Ale, very hoppy, more of an IPA, ‘cept they have 4 IPA’s otherwise; Zephyrus Pils, nice Pils, crushable; Prometheus IPA, piney, another hop monster; White Woods Wit, ginger heavier than most, I could drink a lot of this; The Wise ESB, a bit sweet, nice ESB, and the cask Space Dust IPA, very good, damn good. White Woods Wit, Space Dust IPA, & Zephyrus Pils were the bestest.

Heather server was polite, fun, and put up with drunken us. Good eats, cool house, and some very nice beers. Approved.

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So we are dirive to Capitol Hill to go to Elysian and a parking space opens up right out front. Yes a good omen.

We enter to find two open seats at the bar, we are on a roll here.

The draft list was extensive and included 2 on cask. We did a good job on about half of the draft list. Not a stinker in the bunch.

Over the course of our visit we had 3 different bartenders, all very different, yet all very attentive and helpful.

We ordered the Oasis Plate which has to be the largest/cheapest hummus plate that we have ever had with some of the best tasty options.

This place is a must stop in my book, If some one was openning a brew pub I would suggest using this place as a model.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've stopped in Elysian a few times - the Pike location (cap hill) is a bit further out of the way than Tangletown for me. Parking is a bit obnoxious, but there is a lot of stuff to do in the area, and it makes for a nice pre-neumos spot.

sprawling bar area, separate dining, no tv's (seemed odd). The taps are displayed on a board, and feature a lot of offerings that arent bottled. Unfortunately, both beers I had on my most recent trip were pretty boring, and I really didnt find the selection to be any better than recent trips to Tangletown or Fields. They do sell bottles to go - typically just the stuff you can buy anywhere else in the area, but also the big pumpkin releases.

the menu is pretty typical - we had some nachos that really weren't very good.

service on this particular night was bad - not very busy at the bar, with about 4 bartenders occupied with meaningless tasks and not paying enough attention. being a hipster is cool, but you're a bartender at elysian, so you really arent that hip if you think about it.

maybe an off night - i'll be back, but a bad first impression.

Photo of tpaz1913
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm a big fan of this place. Very laid back crowd, not overcrowded. The bartenders are very nice and attentive. Most importantly, the selection of their own beer is quite good. They had 12 elysian taps and 2 guests when I was there. You have to stop by if you are in seattle. I had only had the jasmine, so I was quite impressed with the quality of the beer. The dragon's tooth stout is a very chocolatey stout, and the immortal on cask is dope (better than on draught in my opinion). I didn't try the food, so I cannot speak to the quality. Beer lovers who stop into seattle need to drop by, a very cool spot.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What? No review? How many times have I danced through these halls?
Well, the Elysian revamped the place a couple years ago but the look and feel is more or less the same. Same high ceilings, same eclectic mix of music, same random and awesome pictures rotating on the screensaver on the computer behind the bar. What has changed is a lot more Men's Room Red, which has had an overall negative effect on the selection available. Often they'll have 10 or more of their own brews, either brewed there, at Tangletown or the Fields. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And aside from the Men's Room, almost all of their beers are exceptionally drinkable and delicious.
Most recently went there and had an excellent selection, double IPA, two IPAs, the standard classics, the Great Pumpkin, an American mild, and a few other beautiful beers. They do have some guest taps, depending on how much of their own they are pouring. The bartenders are pretty excellent, as is the staff. Friendly and sexy, I'd say.
The food is good, very good for brewpub food, and I enjoy me a nacho plate. I hope that's still there. I probably should've gotten one yesterday. Mistakes were made.
One of my favorite places in Seattle, my old stomping ground.

Photo of jag21
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went to school by this place, and when if ever I was in Cap Hill and not in classes, I was here. This was my beer education. I like the atmosphere, purposefully industrial. Dig the brewing smells that waft into the eating area from time to time. The quality is good, for what it's worth. I don't know how to separate the scores on the other aspects from quality. Service is OK, sometimes the servers are slow to know what's currently on tap. There's a blackboard, sure, but servers can see it as well as patrons and it's part of their job. Selection is alright, used to be better, with good seasonals and now some guest taps. Small bottle selection as well. The food is pretty good, get the hot babe sandwich and come up with a joke the server's heard a hundred times. Food and beer prices are good for the area and what you get, no great deals though. I was bummed that their $1 off happy hour special does not include special schooner-served beers. Only pints. However, this place is still awesome.

Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Fairly average experience here, but that's not a bad thing! Enjoyed some good beers and some good food, in a nice open atmosphere with fine service. Had a sampler as usual, with a pint of my favorite of theirs, the Perseus Porter. The sampler was a bit lackluster, but the Perseus was great as usual. The burger was average and didn't stand out. Overall this is a fine place to go for a meal and a pint or three, but there definitely exist plenty of better brewery restaurants. give it a try if you're in the area, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of BeastofWotan
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I ended my weeklong trip to Seattle at Elysian brewing. I knew I was going to like the place when even before I reached the door I was greeted by the smell of boiling wort, a scent I have grown to love since I started homebrewing. The whole pub wreaked of it, and this is definitely not a bad thing. Otherwise, the atmosphere was a pleasant, well lit affair. I drank the Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, and the Dragonstooth Stout. The IPA wasn't the greatest, but it was acceptable. The ESB and the Stout were terrific. The bartender was friendly and prompt in his service, and he seemed liked a funny dude.

The highlight of my visit was definitely the food. I had the lamb burger, with a yellow curry and tomato sauce. The best food I had on the whole trip, worth the visit alone.

I really enjoyed this pub, if I lived in Seattle I am sure it would be a frequent haunt of mine. Highly recommended

Photo of aaron12
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i love elysian's beer, and it is a cool place to hang out in, but so many times ive been there the wait staff have been bastards. some of the rudest wait staff in all of seattle! even all of capitol hill, which is impressive, being that capitol hill is notorious for having really shitty rude service... but it's worth dealing with at least once so you can get a fresh tasty homemade pint. they also have a good belgium, and guest beer selection. also in the fall it's fun to do their pumpkin beer fest. if only they have nice people working for them...

Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Took a big trip to Seattle and this was one of the places we went. We just had a few beers on a surprisingly busy week night. Place was loud, packed, and social, but very comfortable with plenty of tables. Bar area was to our right while we sat in the dining room area that faced Pike Street. Noticed there was around a dozen beers on top. Service was excellent. Our waitress was extremely attentive even during the very busy late night. Received our drinks promptly. Remember the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale the most. The prices definitely seemed reasonable especially for the neighborhood which seemed pretty trendy and hip. Overall, really great pad.

Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was my final stop on my recent beer bar crawl on my trip to Seattle. Elysian is located a little bit outside of the downtown corporate neighborhood where my hotel was located and up on a hill. It seemed like a younger crowd resides in this neighborhood and it kind of had a funky vibe to it which I kind of liked. Reminded me a little bit of Decatur street area in New Orleans.

We found Elysian without much trouble. Its a black wooden converted warehouse type building with the bar just slightly to your left as you walk in. We opted to sit in a booth that was immediately to the left looking out onto the street immediately after you walk in.

When you read the beer menu here, you know these guys are serious about their beers. Some of the detail that is described on the menu like the collaboration between the guys from New Belgium that came and met with Elysian's brewers and then they went to some farm in Yakima for wet hops which were liberally added to this ale I was having illustrate just how passionate they are here. The beers were all very solid and good examples of their respective styles. The collaboration one in particular seemed so fresh.

It seems that they rotate their special offerings fairly regularly , so you might want to call and/or peruse their website for exactly whats going on right now.

We ordered some curry schnitzel plate that was way better than I expected it tobe and it was quite inexpensive. Especially compared with the more downtown area where we had been earlier. The beers were pretty reasonably priced as well and they do offer bomber bottles to go.

The servers were good and pretty friendly as well. This is a real nice brewpub that I hope I get the pleasure of visiting again soon. It would almost take 2 or 3 trips here to really get a feel for all the beers tyhey offer and to see which ones are your favorite. I got a bomber of the Men's room and the Jasmine IPA to go. I had the Men's room later that night and it seemed to be just great in the bottle as well.

Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to Elysians Cap Hill location several times over the years and recently made another visit. The atmosphere is decent, but semi-confused. There's a basic bar feel combined with a semi-industrial look. The quality of the beers is generally very good and they most always have something new and different on tap.

The food is decently done bar food and service is always at least good, sometimes great. Elysian, given it's location in hipster central of Seattle, only sometimes falls prey to the snobbish attitude usually found in those areas. The prices are a bit high, but you are in a major city, so the prices aren't out of line. Overall, this Elysian location is probably a must hit if you're visiting Seattle. Those of us that live in the area can enjoy it any time.

Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was recently visiting friends in Seattle and came across this brewery. It was a Monday at around 1230p so it was very empty. My waitress was GREAT. She was new so didn't know much about specific brews, but was helpful in looking into questions I had. There was a decent selection, however I was unable to try a few that I wanted as they cleaned the lines on Mondays (after busy weekends?). A few of the brewers went on lunch around the time I was there (and ate in the dining room) but didn't seem to interested in small talk. We did eat and the menu had bar food but a little nicer and the serving size was great for the price. I wasn't happy with the carry out selection as 2 that I wanted were gone and the price difference for the styles was insane. I also collect pint glasses and until my great waitress went and spoke to the head brewer they didn't have any for sale??? (She got me one before I left). I imagine on a Friday or Saturday night this place would be hopping. The brews I did have (will be reviewing at a later time) were solid, the service was great, the prices a little higher than I like, but the portions were worth it. I would go back for a later dinner next time in town. Definitely check it out!

Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited Elysian Brewing today - 3/22/2010.

This place is located in a pretty cool Seattle neighborhood. Easy street parking nearby and a great city vibe.

The brewpub is located in what looks like an old industrial building. Upon entering, the bar is on the left and the dining tables are on the right. The brewhouse is in an enclosed room in the back. Lots of bare wood, beer signs and banners, and huge windows add to the vibe.

The beers were all of high quality and showed some real artistry. There was about 15 beers on tap when I visited. 5-6 "regulars" and 9 specialty/seasonal offerings. The standouts were XOXO Chocolate Chile Stout, Red Queen Saison, and Koh-I-Noor porter. Everything was well mnade and delicious though. The bottle selection was small but also of high quality.

The food was reaqlly good. We had some serious "foody" offerings that were well portioned and tasty. The yellow curry rice was really great, as was the shepherds pie.

All in all this is a great place that I would be glad to have near my home (unfortunately I live across the country). Highly recommended!

Photo of johnyeast
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Walked to the Capital Hill location. I really like the look of the place and the atmosphere. Noticed a lot of people sitting at the bar having a beer reading. Seems like a really comfortable place. The beer was good but different. Let me explain. Had the sampler. Good offerings. It seems that they are really trying to experiment. Had the Trip V. It was great. Notes of chocolate, cherry, and belgian sugars. Also had a chilie stout that left me wondering... Why? I will go back. I really liked the place. It has character. I would recommend this place when in Seattle.

Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Walked up to the Capital Hill location fro downtown on a beautiful January evening.

Nondescript storefront look. Enter in to a nice brewpub feel - people seemed comfortable and happy. The bar was empty - grabbed a stool and sat down. The bartender greeted me with a smile and asked if I had been there before - didn't recognize me. I told him I was in from Chicago and he told me I was there at the right time - Belgian Beer week. I selected a sampler heavy on the Belgians....he brought me an extra and the IPA which he said I had to try. How cool is that?!

Beers were of good quality - most were just about average for belgian styles - a couple below average - but a couple beers stood out. The Bye-Bye Frost - a kicked up version of BiFrost strong ale was incredible - a real treat. I enjoyed the lighter belgians (table beer for example) over the trippel.

Tried some fries - decent enough.

A nice way to spend an evening

Photo of SRossman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Capitol Hill location has become one of my regular spots recently. I just moved to North Seattle, about 10-15 minutes from this place, so this is an easy place to go for a couple pints and some good food at a reasonable price. Elysian is easily in my top 3 for Washington breweies too so I know there will always be something good on tap. They have new one off batches everytime I go and lately have been putting out some impressive sours and other belgian styles, as well as their already very solid year round line up. Never had bad service here either. The bartenders in particular seem to be very friendly, pretty knowledgable and don't mind pouring a taster if you ask questions about a cetain beer. Overall a great place for dinner and beer or just beer.

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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
93 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.