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Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

122 Ratings
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Active Beers: 109
Beer Ratings: 8,490
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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Phi_Psi_OR_Beta, Jul 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.84/5  rDev +16.1%

Krieger351, Oct 06, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

tpaz1913, Nov 03, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jul 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

WuBByG999, Oct 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

GeoChase90, Oct 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

x7Dan, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Agentveba, Dec 11, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

nortmand, Apr 06, 2007
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4.63/5  rDev +11%

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
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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%

Jerseybeerguy92, Sep 06, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%

M4JORSU, Oct 25, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

RoryGilmore, Oct 30, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

grocerylist, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

SquidMcFly, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

sjrodriguez, Oct 30, 2014
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staceya2, Jun 21, 2014
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DaveRinn, May 31, 2014
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ADG2995, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

portia99, Apr 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

FightingEntropy, Oct 28, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Eanhart, Oct 21, 2014
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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.