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Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.75/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States

(206) 860-1920 | map
elysianbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
115
Reviews:
3,642
Ratings:
12,853
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
158
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
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Reviews by dragonWhale:
Photo of dragonWhale
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of frasergrove
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.25

Went here after the Sounders game to grab a brew before heading up north. Decently busy with a good vibe going on...but that was quickly squashed by the multiple jerks we encountered who worked there. Mediocre beer. Avoid.

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Photo of einman
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of hashmads
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Photo of AdamSkylar
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Stardusthotel83
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5

Being from Seattle ive been to this place a few times. Beer is mediocre and so is the food. Don't bother going if the Seahawks or Sounders are playing, you wont get in. Its overpriced for the beer but you're paying fpr the location, I guess.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

I came in here not long after they'd sold to AB INBev and that kind of tainted my experience. It shouldn't have but my mind couldn't help feeling a bit resentful.

There were lots of beers in a cooler for to-go sales and a big restaurant feel to the place (Capitol Hill location). Something about the place was sterile and I guess another thing that rubbed me wrong was the liquor on display too. I want a brewery, not a bar, when I visit a brewery or one of its satellites.

Still, the beers here tasted pretty good and the service was fine. Beer selection varied and there were some unique offerings I wouldn't just find in a store. Worth a visit, I suppose.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of tim007007
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of Sparky44
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of NJNYC732
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of kristinc
3.97/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Aball4620
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of gandres
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Zond
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Agamemnon1
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3

ok...this is a very simplistic review. i had attended the seattle mariners game and left early(they were getting spanked) to go to elysian. i was one of six or so people at the bar at the time(seats at least twenty five) and ordered their standard ipa..it came in a plastic cup. i requested a glass and was informed game days they will not give a glass. sorry...that sucks ass...they were at maybe 10 percent capacity for the entire place. i left and walked about fifty yards to get myself a nice seattle made pint in a glass. plastic is fine for the ball park, but not a brewpub, especially if i would be considered special it i received one.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The second beer stop on our first day in the northwest and we decided to checkout capital hill, which happened to be the location of Elysian. Having a slight bias against it hearing that Dick Cantwell had left the company after the AB acquisition left him with a bad taste among other things.

The vibe of the place was slightly generic. The open / airyness of the big room was enjoyable on the day we were there since it was so warm out. But the standard looking bar with TV's and lack of character made it look and feel very.. not my thing.

The selection of beer was good - Lots of choices for hoppy beers, a sour or two, a few lagers, and stouts. I didn't inquire about guest taps but the list of Elysian beers was about 15+ long. From the flight I sampled of the two hoppy beers and the sour (flanders red style) I was happy with the quality.

The service was decent, but again, not a fan of the over bearing weight staff asking every 10 minutes if you need another beer when you have half a pint you are enjoying right in front of you.

Didn't try any food.

I'm sure the place hasn't change significantly since the acquisition and exodus of Mr. Cantwell, but I got the sence that it was more laid back and welcoming a year ago. Even some of the locals we spoke to along the way commented on this saying it wasn't the same. I'd probably pick up a sixer of their beer if I saw it around but wouldn't go out of my way to go back to the brewery.

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Photo of dasEbb
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
3.75 out of 5 based on 12,853 ratings.
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