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Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.74/5
Based on:
113 Beers
3,189 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 66
Visits: 141
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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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: 66 | Visits: 141
Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The building is pretty standard. The interior boasts a rather large bar protruding from a centralized kitchen. Tables extend from the entrance, along the opposite wall of the bar, to the opposite end of the building and on multiple levels. The lighting is low, the mood casual, the décor unassuming. It is a very nice place, but nothing that sets it apart from the other 100 brewpubs I've been to.

The menu is not very extensive but it is eclectic. There is something here for everyone, and they use their beer in many dishes.

The dishes are upscale versions of pub classics, and seem to be done quite well. I enjoyed a reuben with a twist - added sautéed mushrooms to the regular fare. Besides the bottom bread being soggy, which means it was probably sitting around for a while, it was very tasty.

The star of the meal, however, was the sweet potato fries. They were some of the best I've ever had, and I've had a ton. No dessert offerings knocks the score down a couple digits.

The beer selection is fantastic and extensive. Besides their standard six ales that you can find in bottles, the brewpub offers six to eight seasonal, pub-only brews that are imaginative and daring. My favorites were the Irish Stout and the Jasmine IPA. The latter had all the floral goodness of hops with the addition of some herbage that just took it over the edge.

The place was busy, but that does not excuse the terrible service. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to show up once we were sat. It then took about an hour for our food to come out. Apparently the food runner took our grub to the wrong table who gobbled it up even though it wasn't what they ordered. At least that's the excuse they gave us. (1,709 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zond
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Agamemnon1
2.48/5  rDev -38.5%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

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

Photo of boogerisu
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,448 characters)

Photo of dasEbb
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of QuakeAttack
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (205 characters)

Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

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. (768 characters)

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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