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Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

105 Ratings
Ratings: 105
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Active Beers: 140
Beer Ratings: 8,680
Beer Avg: 3.72
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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Photo of ndclimber
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

ndclimber, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of berley31
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

berley31, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -27.2%

duceswild, May 03, 2014
Photo of aaron12
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%

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...

aaron12, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of dachp
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

dachp, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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.

brdc, May 04, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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.

dirtylou, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Gobzilla, May 02, 2014
Photo of warmstorage
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

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 RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

RoyalT, Jan 18, 2004
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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.