Elysian Brewing Company

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

Notes:
OWNED BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV

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BEER STATS
Beers:
125
Ratings:
13,969
Reviews:
3,945
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
163
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
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Reviews by slander:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Leiermann
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of PNWhops
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Giangio
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of brentblack1
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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

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 HeyLady
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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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
3.75 out of 5 based on 13,969 ratings.
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