Elysian Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
The Elysian Brewing Co., in the Capitol Hill section of Seattle, is a spacious place that had a big crowd when I stopped in on a Monday night in January. There were both large tables and smaller groups of people throughout the place, although the bar area was mostly empty. This is a place to meet up with friends, have a few beers, get a bite to eat and socialize. It's not a sports bar, in fact, I don't remember seeing a single TV.
I seated myself at the bar and ordered both food and beer. The bartender, Jason, is right on top of things throughout my stay, checking in with me periodically to see if I needed anything more. The music is lively and just loud enough to be heard clearly over the noise of the crowd. They've got an interesting menu with a good variety of food, but you can check that out online at their website. I ordered the fish and chips ($9.95) since they were out of the bangers and mash.
The fish is excellent, Alaskan cod battered and fried in their own ESB beer batter. Despite being fried the fish is not at all greasy. Just big flakey chunks of cod with a crispy light batter. It comes with a heaping serving of wedge fries that are also quite tasty, but I can only finish about half of them. With dinner I had the Persius Porter, and after dinner, I had the Wise ESB. Both beers were very good.
As for their beer selection, they have over a half dozen of their own beers on tap, with one (the ESB) on a hand drawn cask. In addition they have over two dozen Belgians in bottles, one German beer(Aventinus), one offering from Unibroue (La Fin Du Monde), three Japanese beers that I've never heard of (Kiuchi Hatachino) and a couple of ciders. Featured guest drafts included Cuvee De Noel, Gouden Carolus Noel, St Feullien and Celebration Ale (from Sierra Nevada) plus more.
This is the type of place I,d like to have in my neighborhood; where the beer selection, food and service all come together for a very enjoyable dinner experience.
01-09-2007 07:42:23 | More by 86sportster883
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Up in Seattle for the weekend and decided to make my second visit to Elysian. Unfortunately, we took the train and thus were without a vehicle. Looking at the map, it should only have been about 8 blocks from the hotel, but because some sadistic sonofabitch designed Seattle's street "grid", it was more like 18. Oh well.
Upon arrival, the place is fairly crowded (7pm on a Friday), but we are still seated within five minutes. Ordered a couple of rounds from the ultra-friendly waitress and took in the atmosphere. Fairly standard pub in a large, split-level space. Nice art on the walls of some fairly obscure Belgian imports along with the house beer logos.
Food menu is very accomodating for vegetarians such as myself, and is reasonably priced for being in the central city. Had a veggie ruben with fries and was suitably impressed. The lady had the fish and chips, which was a huge portion and damn near perfect. To boot, all beers (brewed in house) that we tried were excellent, especially the BiFrost winter ale. Factor in great food and service, and I'll come back here each and every time I visit Seattle.
12-29-2006 08:57:58 | More by ElGordo
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
This was the second stop on my brewpub tour while visiting family for Christmas 2006 in Seattle. As you walk in, you are greeted by a fairly large brewpub with cool beer-themed decorations on the walls. The staff there seems to be the tattooed type, so the place has a hip vibe to it. The bartender was cool, he had his iPod hooked up and was playing some rock for us. I ordered the beer sampler, and he was nice enough to give me a few extras for a total of 8 beers. My favorite was the Dragonstooth Stout. We ordered some food, the tomato curry soup good, but the steak tacos were a bit on the small side. I would have liked to come in there when it was a bit busier to get more of a sense of atmosphere, it was sorta dead at the time. I like the fact they offer 22oz'ers to go for only $3. I picked up the Winter Ale, the Stout, and the delicious Tripel. Overall, it was a great place for some beers.
12-27-2006 19:32:38 | More by morebeergood
4.5/5 rDev +9%
Cool beer decor walking in the door--gives the impression that they really focus on the beer at Elysian, which the sampler and a couple of pints proved out. Banners name Elysian large brewpub of the year at GABF in '93, 03, and 04 hang above the glass where you could see the brewhouse and a brewer hard at work in the early evening. Hit Elysian based on some pretty good samples at GABF two years ago, and I wasn't disappointed.
High ratings across the board, every beer being to style and fun to drink. Perseus Porter on nitro was the clear winner tonight, and deserving a much higher rating than the bottle we had later. Very good on site, and good off. The Nightowl Pumpkin Ale is easily the best pumpkin ale I've had to date--excellent beer that happens to have pumpkin in the center that amplifies the beer. Very fun and interesting to drink rather than having a pumpkin pie liquified in a glass. Dragonstooth next. Bete Blanche was great too, liked drinking it, but the only beer that didn't seem to fit the style as a Belgium triple--seemed to have some hefeweizen qualities. Odd, but very good. More time in the bar and I'd order it before their flagships The Wise ESB and The Immortal IPA, which were both good as well. Guest taps too, all good, like Hoegaarden.
I liked the Greek mythology theme running through the beers, coasters, etc. Elysian Fields, besides being one of the extended pubs to the original Capitol Hill, is the "abode of the blessed after death." Which makes Elysian heaven or paradise in Greek mythology, and all the regular beers reflect the theme. As an English teacher and sometimes poet, I appreciate it. Not the defining characteristic of a pub, but one I really enjoy. Added to this was a very light, fun atmosphere, clean and rustic with beat up wooden floors and high wooden ceiling, and a women laughing with friends that gave my own thunderous laugh a run for its money. Just sounded like the locals were having fun.
Here's the reason for the high food rating--I actually had to choose between several very excellent sounds vegetarian meals, including a veggie pulled BBQ sandwich (never seen that before except in full veggie/vegan joints). We painstakingly decided on the Eggplant Parmesan sandwich, great taste, no fries by multicolored tortilla chips with hot and tasty chili arbol sauce. Easily a place I'd go just for food w/o beer as a consideration (which never happens but it could, I suppose). We were only in Seattle for two of seven days in the NW, but really wanted to come back but didn't make it because of logistics. Absolute top of the list to hit this and the other Elysian pubs on the next trip.
10-28-2006 05:52:38 | More by FightingEntropy
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Set in trendy Capitol Hill area this place seems a bit schizophrenic when it comes to atmosphere ... but that isn't bad thing. Initially they had punk rock playing, which gave way to hip hop, which gave way to jazz. Such a broad array of music seemed to fit the crowd to me as there was no one dominant group present. I was present during the Pumpkin Ale festival but in spite of the large crowd I feel my waitress did a great job of being attentive to my table's needs. Aside from the pumpkin ales there was a nice variety of regular beers on tap, and most of which I have tried in the past. All are pretty good at representing their styles. The food was tasty and decently priced. In all I had a very good time at the Elysian and would say it's definitely worth a visit.
10-23-2006 05:19:03 | More by TheBungyo
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
Just a short cab ride from the downtown area. Upon entering the place you see a large warehouse style room with plenty of packed tables and bar. Luckily we squeezed into the last two stools at the end of the bar. The bar could accomodate about 12 people. The crowd was an interesting mix of yuppies, younger adults loaded with tattoos, and a few old timers.
There were 14 beers on tap, so we decided to stay a bit longer than planned to have an extra pint or two. The beers were of great quality, and there was not one that came off as just average.
The bartender was friendly and knew his beers. Service was quick and attentive. Had a few appetizers and they were good.
Getting a cab back to the hotel was easy as there are plenty of empty cabs driving through the area. Great place, and I will certainly return on my next stay in Seattle.
07-04-2006 14:58:43 | More by Gavage
4.44/5 rDev +7.5%
Not too bad Not too bad at all...
Elysian, at least to this current Angeleno, seems to be pushing the border of good will that small breweries generate. Of course they have "multiple" locations, etc, but so what.
Big and tall yet still feeling low due to the dark swirly colors that abound. Tall damn bar, tallest I've encountered. If you're a standing patron, you might find yourself adjusting your posture to suit the bar height.
Service on this night was more than adequate, ignoring us when needing, cajoling when wanted and providing excellant beer service to two weary beer travellers not likely to be encountered anytime soon.
Good beer, loudish atmosphere with the bartenders deciding the music as whim fits (tonight: Cake and Toad the Wet Sprocket).
Definately a place to come hit as the beers range all over the map.There is bound to be at least one worthy tap of tasty product. (And hey it's closest brewpub to downtown that isnt' Pikes)
03-02-2006 09:22:06 | More by drewbage
3.94/5 rDev -4.6%
Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. An interesting building in the exposed industrial style...a huge wooden bar dominates with plenty of booths if you desire more seclusion. Staff was friendly, young, and hip but their beer knowledge was limited. In addition to all the elysian brews they also sell some favorites like Chimay and Rochefort, as well as rolling rock? I saw more than one person drinking rolling rock out of the bottle but whatever, obviously these people have lost the plot. The beer here is always very solid but i didn't try the food. The only drawback was a dude named "jerry" who was one of the waitresses boyfriends, this guy punched my friend within 10 minutes of being there but the manager ended up paying our bill and kicking the guy out so got to sample all the different brews on the house. I recommend the place if you are in Seattle.
12-25-2005 01:50:36 | More by masikon
4.16/5 rDev +0.7%
Drove to the Elysian in my rental car during my recent "business trip", went on a Monday or Tuesday, I think. World series was on, so was looking for a place to sit and watch the game and have a microbrew. Parking is fairly easy here on a weeknight, but I imagine it is tough on a weekday or weekend judging by the signs in the area. The pub's exterior takes up the better part of a block, going up a hill, and the entrance is on the corner. An upper level with a dozen or so bar tables to your right, with the undulating bar that seats about 15 to the left. A lower level with a ton more tables and booths, and one big TV set up in the corner for those interested in watching whatever, which of course, was the game I was looking for.
Beers here ranged from good to fan-frickin-tastic, starting with the unbelievably delicious ESB on cask for something like $2.50. I then moved on to a sampler tray, and everything was delicious, especially the barleywine, the immortal IPA, the Bifrost winter ale, and the pilsner. The whole tray also ran my a ridiculously small amount of money. All in all I think there were about 10 of their brews on draft. They also had a wide selection of theirt bombers for sale to go, as well as some guest brews to take out, like stuff from New Glarus, and some Belgian beers, as well.
Service was very good, with my waiter continually filling my glass of water, and always spotting when I needed a new beer. Atmosphere was nice enough -- a mix of local middle-aged folks, families, younger hipsters, and one "business traveler." Didn't get to try the food, but it sounded good, and the plates that were brought out next to me looked excellent.
Like most places in Seattle, the smoking really detracted from this place, but I can't subtract points for that.
One of the must-see brewpubs when visiting Seattle IMO. Nice.
11-30-2005 16:38:11 | More by bultrey
3.63/5 rDev -12.1%
Oh, Elysian, how I am conflicted about you. You give me the big beers that I love, you make delightful seasonals and specialties, you make great IPAs, barleywines, spiced beers, strong ales. Your service is typcially fairly friendly and on the ball, your prices reasonable, especially for the Capitol Hill neighborhood, and your food is tasty enough. That pumpkin stout the other night that we drank five pitchers of? Top notch!
But, well, I have to tell you something. Please don't take it as an indication that our relationship is over: it's not. But you have to do something about the fact that, put simply, you smell bad. Really bad. The smoke is, at most hours of the day, intolerable. You need to stop smoking, take a whole lot of showers, and then we'll see if you have to replace the furnishings to avoid smelling like a smoking rathole.
Seriously, I love Elysian, but the smoke is foul, and often makes me choose to go elsehwere. The allegedly non-smoking sections are tiny and totally unseparated from the very, very smoking bar. It makes it difficult to breathe and taste the food, and comes close to ruining the taste of the beer. I try to breathe the beer in, try to taste it, and feel like I'm smoking a carton of cigarettes. Seriously, the self consciously hip Capitol Hill hipsters and yuppies need to just stop it.
The beer and food are reasonable to slightly pricey, and parking is a damn nightmare at most hours, but the beer is worth coming for. Here's to hoping that Washington voters make the Elysian (and all other bars) tolerable places on November 8!
11-01-2005 00:50:33 | More by warmstorage
Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.