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Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

105 Ratings
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Active Beers: 138
Beer Ratings: 8,665
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of benito
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

benito, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

By far my favorite brewpub in Seattle. I prefer this original location in Capitol Hill to the others. A little warehousy inside, and can be slightly dark and cold when the place is empty and it is rainy outside, but the layout is great- a decent bar, some bartables and stools near the bar, and lots of tables throughout as well as an area for bands. Big windows and lots of wood and concrete. This pub makes quite high-quality beers, and they have only gotten better over the years. I love their stout, winter brews, Great Pumpkin, and Jasmine IPA. Their regular line-up is solid and rotates a good bit. I award them high marks for selection since they regularly experiment with brews and serve them at the pub. For their pumpkin fest they brewed no less than 7 pumpkin beers themselves and had an additional 7 guest pumpkin beers. Outstanding! They have a few guest brews on tap normally, and my only complaint is that those could be a little more numerous and/or special. They also have their beers to go, both in bombers and sixpacks where appropriate, and chilled. Service can be a little harried, but I feel it has gotten friendlier and more informed over the years. This is Capitol Hill, so a little scenester 'tude is to be expected. I was pleasantly treated on my last visit. Food can be quite good but is pricey, especially for specials. The kitchen has become more ambitious over the last few years and mostly pulls it off, but servings for the specials are sometimes small and spendy to boot. The more pubby stuff can be very good. I used to go here all the time when I lived in Seattle, and I always hit this place up for a meal and a few good brews when in town.

Georgiabeer, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of unknownoffender
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Great beers.

Amazing food.

Coming from the midwest, I thought the best food I'd have in Seattle would be the seafood, but the black bean cakes appetizer I had here was one of my favorite dishes of my trip.

I had a sampler of beers, enjoyed the IPA and the porter the most. The thing that surprised me the most was the bartender...who was very interested in cocktails. That's fine of course, but when my friend and I asked for other bar suggestions for later, the bartender recommended every place where he liked their mixed drinks...as we sat and enjoyed our sample of beers. I don't want to hold that against him too much, but at the same time I think good customer service includes paying attention to the customer's interests before offering recommendations.

I really liked the interior of this place. The tap system was my favorite part, coming down from the ceiling instead of up from the bar. Be sure and check it out when you stop in. The space has a bit of a warehouse feel, which I really enjoyed. Sometimes spaces like this one feel empty or cold when they're not busy, but Elysian definitely pulls it off well. We were there in the middle of the afternoon when it was pretty slow but still really enjoyed the atmosphere.

unknownoffender, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Slatetank, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

This was my first visit to this establishment. Very nice atmosphere (un-touristy); huge plus. The brewpub sported a big glass windows looking in on the brewing equipment. Laid back. I like.

Beer is good, although the only oustanding brew was the Wise ESB. I was kind of disappointed with the 2 IPAs I had.

Decent service nothing to write home about.

Great pub food. Vegan and vegetarian dishes galore. I had the Camden Cheesesteak (vegetarian cheesesteak) and it was excellent.

Very reasonable prices 3.25 for a pint.

A must visit if you are in Seattle.

bosco7, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

The only place we went to twice while in Seattle.

Kind of a hipster establishment, and I noticed that all the beer gear on the walls here (besides Elysian's) was Belgian or Belgian style.
Definitely hints of subculture all over, though. The first time we were there, it was dead, and the second time it was packed, we enjoyed ourselves both times.

Beers were all exceptional. Clean, good cask, etc.

Service wasn't bad, but typical of what we came to expect for the rest of our trip in Seattle. A little slow, a little unenthusiastic.

Selection was really good. Several house beers, one from another Elysian locale and a couple guest taps (which were, admittedly, a bit boring). Over the course of two visits, I had the Bifrost, both IPAs, a bitter, a pale on cask and half of my wife's stout and porter. All were excellent.

The food was also really good, and we had our first experience with the "Mediterranean platter" here. We noticed that alot of places in Seattle had appetizers that were basically some hummus, feta cheese, baba ganoush, olives and pita bread, all things that I love. In Michigan, particularly in the university corridors, there are tons of Mediterranean restaurants. From where I sit now, in East Lansing, I could literally drive to 12 middle east/ mediterranean restaurants in 5 minutes. Not many in Seattle, maybe that's why we saw so many places with these platters. Anyway, the food made a nice lunch.

nortmand, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
4.08/5  rDev -1%

I stopped at the Elysian while in Seattle on a business trip.

Atmosphere: Earthy with a real seafood smell. Furnishings are simple and plain. An old cement floor. The place had a bit of an old warehouse look.

Quality: Very good. Their beers are all first rate.

Service: Good. The place is as much a restaurant as a pub. I was seated right away, and served well.

Selection: Excellent. 6 standard offerings, 5 specials (limited release) and 4 guest taps. All top drawer stuff. Food selection was OK not as good as the beer.

Food: Good. Mostly sandwiches, appetizers and pub fare. I had fish 'n chips on one visit and a cheese steak the next night. Both were very good.

Value: Good. Beer at $4.50 a pint, $3.50 during happy hour, and $10 food choices.

If you are in Seattle try the Elysian.

RJLarse, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

86sportster883, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +8%

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.

ElGordo, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

morebeergood, Dec 27, 2006
Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.