Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.74/5
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114 Beers
9,304 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 130
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.17
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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 ndclimber
2.5/5  rDev -40%

Photo of berley31
2.93/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

Went in on a Sunday afternoon to try some Elysian beers. Atmosphere was pretty good - high ceilings, lots of booths, music wasn't overly loud or anything offensive. Right away, however, I could tell service was going to be an issue. Our waiter looked like he just rolled out of bed, with his scruffy clothes and eyes almost closed... the other employees were no exception. We each ordered a sampler of their basic beers, which arrived on a small plank with a piece of paper indicating which was which. No explanation of the beers at all. One of the beers was supposed to be the Jasmine IPA, but apparently the tap ended after my pour, so my brother was given the Great Pumpkin without being asked. We had to flag the waiter down for another sampler of their "different beers"... when they finally came, they both had a Great Pumpkin in them... 2nd time for my brother! Had to remind the waiter for waters a couple of times. He was pretty much just plain rude; all the employees were really just hanging out and chatting when not delivering food.

Oh well. The beers were good, but service so lax I couldn't see myself returning next time I'm in the city.

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of aaron12
3.18/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i love elysian's beer, and it is a cool place to hang out in, but so many times ive been there the wait staff have been bastards. some of the rudest wait staff in all of seattle! even all of capitol hill, which is impressive, being that capitol hill is notorious for having really shitty rude service... but it's worth dealing with at least once so you can get a fresh tasty homemade pint. they also have a good belgium, and guest beer selection. also in the fall it's fun to do their pumpkin beer fest. if only they have nice people working for them...

Photo of dachp
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice looking place, relatively easy to walk from downtown, with the usual appearance of a brewpub, with the tuns, bar, and tables. Good looking, but certainly nothing special.
A decent food selection, well done but nothing spectacular.
Decent selection of their own beers, mediocre selection if you are looking for something else. A nice number of their own beers covering most major styles, plus one on cask.
Decent service, some of them more knowledgeable than others.
Solid brewpub, easy to reach from downtown makes it worth a visit.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've stopped in Elysian a few times - the Pike location (cap hill) is a bit further out of the way than Tangletown for me. Parking is a bit obnoxious, but there is a lot of stuff to do in the area, and it makes for a nice pre-neumos spot.

sprawling bar area, separate dining, no tv's (seemed odd). The taps are displayed on a board, and feature a lot of offerings that arent bottled. Unfortunately, both beers I had on my most recent trip were pretty boring, and I really didnt find the selection to be any better than recent trips to Tangletown or Fields. They do sell bottles to go - typically just the stuff you can buy anywhere else in the area, but also the big pumpkin releases.

the menu is pretty typical - we had some nachos that really weren't very good.

service on this particular night was bad - not very busy at the bar, with about 4 bartenders occupied with meaningless tasks and not paying enough attention. being a hipster is cool, but you're a bartender at elysian, so you really arent that hip if you think about it.

maybe an off night - i'll be back, but a bad first impression.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of warmstorage
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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!

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere – Once you find a park, which can be tough, you’ll enter into what is basically one (rather large) room. The far end of the room is sunken with a few steps, where smoking is allowed. Of course the smoke fills the “upstairs” as well.

Quality – This is an older part of Seattle, so if you like that “motif” you’ll love this place. The high ceiling is fully exposed, and everything in the pub shows it age.

Service – The service started off quite slow, which was surprising because the full Saturday night wait staff was present yet the crowds hadn’t come in yet.

Once we were seated though things picked up. Our waitress didn’t know a whole lot about the beers, but she politely got me answers to my many questions and even introduced me to Markus the brewmaster.

Selection – This was nice. They of course had every Elysian on tap known to man along with a nice selection of choice Belgians (Westmalle, several De Dulles, etc).

Food – We only ordered a plate of chips and salsa so I can’t expand too much on the food, but the salsa was home made and very tasty. I noticed they had loads of roasted garlic in it as well as in other menu offerings, so if you’re in love with The Stinking Rose stop by here for dinner.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of gshak
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Goldorak
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We only had about 2 days in Seattle, so obviously we couldn't do every bar, brewpub and store. But I had my heart set on Elysian, and picked my B&B because it wasn't too far away. We had a full day of walking - including an impromptu visit of the grave of the coolest man who ever lived, or at least tied with Johnny Cash - so we were ready to sit down and have a good meal. It didn't disappoint, our plates were tasty, and the portions huge. Too large in fact. After only 2 pints and those thousands of calories, I was too full to have another drop. It was unfortunate, because the Beers I chose, who weren't the chart-toppers that I heard so much about (they weren't on tap) were excellent, and there were still a few more I would have liked to try, but it just wasn't in the cards. The atmosphere was cool; the old, historic building was gorgeous, décor was a bit worn but fun. It would have been nice to snag bar seats, but there weren't too many available, so we had more of an intimate dinner in the quieter section next to the brewhouse. I learned a hard lesson: if you're planning on drinking a bit, don't use up all of your stomach space for food.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to Elysians Cap Hill location several times over the years and recently made another visit. The atmosphere is decent, but semi-confused. There's a basic bar feel combined with a semi-industrial look. The quality of the beers is generally very good and they most always have something new and different on tap.

The food is decently done bar food and service is always at least good, sometimes great. Elysian, given it's location in hipster central of Seattle, only sometimes falls prey to the snobbish attitude usually found in those areas. The prices are a bit high, but you are in a major city, so the prices aren't out of line. Overall, this Elysian location is probably a must hit if you're visiting Seattle. Those of us that live in the area can enjoy it any time.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had dinner here in mid-June. The location is not bad, just a bit out of the center of town on a pretty hopping street. The brewery itself is in a fairly industrial three story building on a corner, with the bar on the first floor and half basement. Ceiling are high and industrial, with pipes going every which way. Tables and chairs are inexpensive metal/wood combos, but comfortable enough. A big place, there was easily enough seating for over 100.

The selection of beers wasn't great - perhaps a half a dozen, but what they had was pretty darn good. The waiter knew the offerings well, and they came in quite good shape. The food was good, if not great. Not my favorite place in Seattle, but no regrets about going.

Photo of andy_c
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My first time ever in Seattle, this is a cool place to check out. Inside there is a bar and plenty of tables for those who are looking for food. We got a table near the back, had a nice view of some of the brewing equipment behind glass. They had a standard beer menu, plus a nice list of new or experimental beers. I had an Imperial IPA (Diprohopus), which was a great beer, one of the best I've had. Pretty big selection of food to choose from, my green chili burrito was awesome. Price was decent on everything. I had been to Rogue in Portland the day before. I found Elysian's food and beer to be better, but I think Rogue had a slightly better atmosphere. If I am ever back in Seattle I hope to make it back to Elysian!

Photo of sliprk314
3.88/5  rDev -7%

Photo of WJVII
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I was recently visiting friends in Seattle and came across this brewery. It was a Monday at around 1230p so it was very empty. My waitress was GREAT. She was new so didn't know much about specific brews, but was helpful in looking into questions I had. There was a decent selection, however I was unable to try a few that I wanted as they cleaned the lines on Mondays (after busy weekends?). A few of the brewers went on lunch around the time I was there (and ate in the dining room) but didn't seem to interested in small talk. We did eat and the menu had bar food but a little nicer and the serving size was great for the price. I wasn't happy with the carry out selection as 2 that I wanted were gone and the price difference for the styles was insane. I also collect pint glasses and until my great waitress went and spoke to the head brewer they didn't have any for sale??? (She got me one before I left). I imagine on a Friday or Saturday night this place would be hopping. The brews I did have (will be reviewing at a later time) were solid, the service was great, the prices a little higher than I like, but the portions were worth it. I would go back for a later dinner next time in town. Definitely check it out!

Photo of Hobbz
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is one a my favorite places to stop in when in town. I like its location and the house brews are among my favorite. Also like the fact that I have yet many more to sample, especially their various seasonal offerings. I believe I have had their "Fields" Pale and "Immortal" IPA and at the bar (my tasting notes mysteriously ended after the IPA, ?), plus, I shared a tasty pitcher of Elysian's (style?) in 2000 at local, east-coast Redbones (Boston), which sponsors a great "Northwest" craft brew month in November each year.

Photo of benito
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of bigkingken
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The building is pretty standard. The interior boasts a rather large bar protruding from a centralized kitchen. Tables extend from the entrance, along the opposite wall of the bar, to the opposite end of the building and on multiple levels. The lighting is low, the mood casual, the décor unassuming. It is a very nice place, but nothing that sets it apart from the other 100 brewpubs I've been to.

The menu is not very extensive but it is eclectic. There is something here for everyone, and they use their beer in many dishes.

The dishes are upscale versions of pub classics, and seem to be done quite well. I enjoyed a reuben with a twist - added sautéed mushrooms to the regular fare. Besides the bottom bread being soggy, which means it was probably sitting around for a while, it was very tasty.

The star of the meal, however, was the sweet potato fries. They were some of the best I've ever had, and I've had a ton. No dessert offerings knocks the score down a couple digits.

The beer selection is fantastic and extensive. Besides their standard six ales that you can find in bottles, the brewpub offers six to eight seasonal, pub-only brews that are imaginative and daring. My favorites were the Irish Stout and the Jasmine IPA. The latter had all the floral goodness of hops with the addition of some herbage that just took it over the edge.

The place was busy, but that does not excuse the terrible service. It took at least 10 minutes for our server to show up once we were sat. It then took about an hour for our food to come out. Apparently the food runner took our grub to the wrong table who gobbled it up even though it wasn't what they ordered. At least that's the excuse they gave us.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Had sort of a hippie feel to the place although the servers wouldn't necessarily fit that profile. I did a flight and the beers were good with a few special ones. The IPA seemed to be the best... the service was good but it was an early afternoon so it wasn't packed or anything. I would visit again if I was in the neighborhood but still need to explore other places first next time I get to Seattle which might influence that assessment at a later time.

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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.