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Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 9,266
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%

I stopped in on a business trip to Seattle. It got my attention after trying their Immortal IPA while visiting Portland.

The pub is great. It's my favorite in Seattle. I find it a lot like the brewery pubs in Portland like Rogue, Deschutes, Bridgeport & Widmer Brothers. Seattle could use a few more.

The interior is very comfortable and authentic. The large bar is a solid slab of wood and there are massive wooden beams (uprights and crossbeams) and an exposed wooden slat roof. It's a brewery in a natural setting presenting their beer without trying to do too much more.

Their Immortal IPA is outstanding and The Wise ESB gives a nice Northwest twist on this traditional English style. They also offer a stout, a couple of other IPAs, a porter and several others including a cask. On one of my earlier visits they even had Russian River's Pliny the Elder as a guest tap which I started with. The bartender was very helpful as well.

Elysian is as good as it gets for fresh beer in Seattle. Check it out.

GJ40, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of shirsch
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

I visited this brewpub prior to a Mariners game and the atmosphere was lively and exciting. The beers were some of the best in Seattle. They had three IPA's at the time, including the Jasmine IPA, which was a nice change of pace. The Scottish Ale was probably the best I've ever had. The food was not your typical bar food. I had the halibut and it was delicious. This place is a fantastic alternative to Pyramid Brewery for pre-game Mariners entertainment. I will definetly be back and look for their beers in other establishments.

shirsch, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Rather hipster and a tad fancy in appearance, with nice comfortable seating and rather industrial decor, but not as much as Elysian Fields. The quality of everything was high, from the food to the beer to the utensils. It was all nice with an adequate amount of artsy fancy. The service was good, but it wasn't very crowded. They had a lot of beers on tap including their stout on cask, which I had was enjoyed. It wasn't the best carbonated cask beer I've ever had, but it was alright. The food was fantastic too, I got a black bean burger and ciderfaerie got avocado curry. Both were great, filling and nice portioned for us, but others may be left hungry I imagine.

dbalsock, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

This Elysian Brewing location is on Pike Street right off of East Madison. There is street parking around but I imagine it is hard to find at peak times.

The interior is well-lit due to large windows. The space is a split level, with the bar area toward the front and table seating in the rear. There is a cooler of to-go beer near the entrance. The color scheme includes red drapes and greenish walls, which makes it fairly warm and inviting. The beer list is on wooden signs behind the bar. The brews are available in 2 different levels of samplers for either $6.95 or $7.95.

As for the beers, Elysian boasts a healthy array of beers, including guest taps from their other locations. They have a total of 16 taps plus one cask, and the beers are eclectic in style. Aside from the brewpub standards they have interesting options like a Pomegranate Pale, or a Jasmine IPA. All of the beers were above average in varying degrees.

Service was very good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was attentive and had a good grasp of all the beers. He interacted well with the locals and people who were clearly visiting like my wife and I.

The food at Elysian must be very good if the Steak Frites are any indication. The appetizer was excellent.

Overall I would put this place at the top of the 3 brewpubs I visited on my Seattle trip. The beer quality and atmosphere are top notch, and I look forward to checking out the other locations on future visits.

Dogbrick, May 22, 2008
Photo of mnapier
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Substitutions at the discretion of the kitchen staff.

Had the their "steak and frites" which consisted of creamy cheese sauce and a shit load of fries, covered with what appeared to be around 5 ounces (if not less) of flank steak.

Ordered, their new ESB *see the Exchequer, the Valkyrie *see review, & the Senior Moment in taster form. Settled on the Valkyrie.

Plenty of "seat your self" seating, as well as a very well lit area during the daytime, and good ambiance.

Pros, beer & hard alcohol for those who want it. Beer to go in the form of bottled beer. Non-Brewery beer such as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Vintage Beers. Accommodating to separation of condiments rather than having them on the dish.

Cons, substitutions are generally frowned upon in consideration of time (I once ordered their brunch with egg whites and they declined to process the req. despite their not being any other tickets pending). Vegetarian options are available but inconsistent throughout the year.

mnapier, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of benito
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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 +3.4%

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 +4.6%

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 -3.9%

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 +12.3%

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 -1.4%

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 +3.4%

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 +7.5%

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 -3.9%

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
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

FightingEntropy, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

TheBungyo, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Gavage, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of drewbage
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%

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)

drewbage, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of masikon
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

masikon, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

bultrey, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of warmstorage
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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!

warmstorage, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of xoqx
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

The Elysian Brewing Company’s Capitol Hill brewpub has a collection of beers on tap as diverse as its clientele. On any given night one finds goth chicks, college students, Cap Hill hipsters, and older groups all dining and taking in the exposed industrial environment. The brewery and brand is named for the final resting place for Greek heroes; the Hellenic Valhalla. Their bottle art is all in keeping with the Greek theme, but it would suit them better to follow the hip and enjoyable metal and concrete industrial theme found on their menu and throughout the brewpub itself.

Their menu is balanced and enjoyable and reasonably priced. They have a good burger, though they will cook it beyond any pink, regardless of how you ask for it.

The number, quality and variety of beers they have onsite is impressive. They have Belgians, stouts, porters, amber ales, unfiltered wheat beers, three pumpkin beers this October 2005, a barleywine, an ESB, a couple IPAs and more on tap. It would take several trips here to sample all their beers and in that time the rotating taps might change. They also have Belgians from other breweries in bottle. Superb selection. Great brewpub.

This place is a must visit for any beer enthusiast visiting Seattle. On weekend evenings, it can be a little hard to get a table without a short wait, but lunch and weeknights, there is ample seating.

xoqx, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

On Capital Hill just a mile or so up Pike street from downtown .
From the street this place looks innocuous, it blends in nicely with the urban neighborhood. The inside is a large open area with windows along two walls. The restaurant and large bar seating areas are not separated. The atmosphere here is pretty much your typical upscale restaurant - bar ; slick wood trimming and clean.
Service speed is average to slow with most of the wait staff not very beer savvy. The food is good though appropriately pricy.
Of course the main reason you're here is for the beer. Most of Elysian's brews are on tap or bottled as are a big selection of bottled Belgians. Booze and wine are also available. The brewery's bottled beers can be purchased to go but no growler sales for some reason... probably looks tacky. I've found the best time to visit is after 9 pm when the business suit crowd has left and the locals creep in, it's a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Definitely one of better beer bars in town.

beerceller99, May 25, 2005
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

This place is a nice one. Located on Pike street the walk here from the house I was staying in on Capital Hill was very nice. The brewpub itself is nice as well. Light wood, high ceilings, and the like give this place a very open restaurant-like atmosphere. The quality of my IPA and Camden cheese steak was great and the service was fast, friendly, and with a smile. The selection of both food and beer was good, with about 8 draughts flowing, including some guest taps and seasonals. The food menu was also quite eclectic with many vegetarian options in the mix. One of a million great brewpubs in Seattle. I definately have to make a return trip to this great city!

francisweizen, May 12, 2005
Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.