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Elysian Brewing Company

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110 Beers
11,273 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 66
Visits: 145
Avg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
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1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States
phone: (206) 860-1920

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Photo of tpaz1913
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of shirsch
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of RoryGilmore
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Capitol Hill is easily my favorite of the three Elysian locations and overall my favorite brewpub in town. It's a fairly big place, but not too huge to feel cavernous. The decor is somewhat industrial, but there are plenty of warm wood tones and eclectic touches to make the atmosphere a perfect place to enjoy a beer.

The quality of the beer has never been in question. The brew you'll get will be exactly how the brewer intended it to be. One minor issue is that the serving temperature seems to be on the cold side, but that is a minor inconvenience.

In my 30 or so visits, I've never had a bad experience with service. The servers usually have basic knowledge of the beer they're serving, and are most of the time are prompt and attentive. Don't expect chain restaurant-type fake smiles and forced enthusiasm - you won't get that here. Fortunately, you'll avoid the "I'm too busy thinking about how cool I am to refill your water" service that is common of the neighborhood. Service hits the happy medium of being good without being annoyingly fake.

With 16 or so taps, usually a cask offering, and a guest tap there is always plenty to chose from. There is also a nice bottle list, which comes in handy if you're feeling like it's Belgian night instead of a Dragonstooth night.

Food goes the above-average pub grub route. Usually there is 3 or 4 vegetarian options, and the wedge fries are some of the best in Seattle. Some dishes, especially the ones that involve steak, can be on the small size. Stick with something that comes with fries if you're ravenous or a big eater.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of drewbage
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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)

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Photo of xoqx
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of jreitman
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is really great. The brewpub is located at the south end of the hip Capitol Hill district of Seattle and has a suitably hip decor. Their in-house beers are great and their bottled beer selection is also top-notch (which usually is not the case for brewpubs). I was very surprised the first time I went to see De Dolle banners hanging on the wall and a near full assortment of their beers available in bottles. The food is quite good especially the "Hot Babe" pork sandwich and the french fries. Dick Cantwell, the brewer at the Elysian, wrote "the book" on Barleywines and used to be brewer at Big Time in the U-District of Seattle.

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Corner of 13th and Pike up Cap Hill. Bank of America across the street where I usually park. Chop Suey across the street as well. Walking in you see the bar ahead of you and to the right. You can also see the tanks at the back. Seating around bar is very easy. Seating along the glass windown that face out to Pike St on the Right and some seating to the left. TVs around. Staff is urbanite staff. Not overly friendly just there to do a job and get the check. Beer selection is good. Usually have the largest selection of Elysian brews since it is the mothership. Had one or two cask beers on with normal taps(Dragoonstooth,Perseus,Immortal and so on) Has bottles to go but never filled a growler(not sure if you can). Food was pretty good pub grub. Always one of my favorite spots in Seattle.

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Photo of Trailmix242
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Elysian on Capitol Hill as part of a long weekend of brewery and bar hopping around Seattle with Bostonjord. Of the entire weekend this was the place that provided the best service. Got a sampler that I guess was supposed to be predetermined but the bartender just had me pick what I wanted to try instead. He also gave two full tasters to Bostonjord so he could make up his mind what pint he wanted. I was also given two additional tasters of items I had not picked out which was just bonus. They had a couple of interesting beers on tap that are from a collaboration with New Belgium and I found most of their standard brews to be high quality. The food was good with a small but good selection. Shared a plate of their version of Steak Frites, flank steak over fries with a blue cheese sauce that was ridiculous. Would definitely frequent this place again.

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Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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