Elysian Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1221 E Pike St
Seattle, Washington, 98122
United States

(206) 860-1920 | map


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Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just a short cab ride from the downtown area. Upon entering the place you see a large warehouse style room with plenty of packed tables and bar. Luckily we squeezed into the last two stools at the end of the bar. The bar could accomodate about 12 people. The crowd was an interesting mix of yuppies, younger adults loaded with tattoos, and a few old timers.

There were 14 beers on tap, so we decided to stay a bit longer than planned to have an extra pint or two. The beers were of great quality, and there was not one that came off as just average.

The bartender was friendly and knew his beers. Service was quick and attentive. Had a few appetizers and they were good.

Getting a cab back to the hotel was easy as there are plenty of empty cabs driving through the area. Great place, and I will certainly return on my next stay in Seattle.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This Elysian Brewing location is on Pike Street right off of East Madison. There is street parking around but I imagine it is hard to find at peak times.

The interior is well-lit due to large windows. The space is a split level, with the bar area toward the front and table seating in the rear. There is a cooler of to-go beer near the entrance. The color scheme includes red drapes and greenish walls, which makes it fairly warm and inviting. The beer list is on wooden signs behind the bar. The brews are available in 2 different levels of samplers for either $6.95 or $7.95.

As for the beers, Elysian boasts a healthy array of beers, including guest taps from their other locations. They have a total of 16 taps plus one cask, and the beers are eclectic in style. Aside from the brewpub standards they have interesting options like a Pomegranate Pale, or a Jasmine IPA. All of the beers were above average in varying degrees.

Service was very good on a weekday afternoon. The bartender was attentive and had a good grasp of all the beers. He interacted well with the locals and people who were clearly visiting like my wife and I.

The food at Elysian must be very good if the Steak Frites are any indication. The appetizer was excellent.

Overall I would put this place at the top of the 3 brewpubs I visited on my Seattle trip. The beer quality and atmosphere are top notch, and I look forward to checking out the other locations on future visits.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was the second stop on my brewpub tour while visiting family for Christmas 2006 in Seattle. As you walk in, you are greeted by a fairly large brewpub with cool beer-themed decorations on the walls. The staff there seems to be the tattooed type, so the place has a hip vibe to it. The bartender was cool, he had his iPod hooked up and was playing some rock for us. I ordered the beer sampler, and he was nice enough to give me a few extras for a total of 8 beers. My favorite was the Dragonstooth Stout. We ordered some food, the tomato curry soup good, but the steak tacos were a bit on the small side. I would have liked to come in there when it was a bit busier to get more of a sense of atmosphere, it was sorta dead at the time. I like the fact they offer 22oz'ers to go for only $3. I picked up the Winter Ale, the Stout, and the delicious Tripel. Overall, it was a great place for some beers.

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Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in on a business trip to Seattle. It got my attention after trying their Immortal IPA while visiting Portland.

The pub is great. It's my favorite in Seattle. I find it a lot like the brewery pubs in Portland like Rogue, Deschutes, Bridgeport & Widmer Brothers. Seattle could use a few more.

The interior is very comfortable and authentic. The large bar is a solid slab of wood and there are massive wooden beams (uprights and crossbeams) and an exposed wooden slat roof. It's a brewery in a natural setting presenting their beer without trying to do too much more.

Their Immortal IPA is outstanding and The Wise ESB gives a nice Northwest twist on this traditional English style. They also offer a stout, a couple of other IPAs, a porter and several others including a cask. On one of my earlier visits they even had Russian River's Pliny the Elder as a guest tap which I started with. The bartender was very helpful as well.

Elysian is as good as it gets for fresh beer in Seattle. Check it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

I had never been to Elysian on Capitol Hill before, so I hoofed it up the hill after work yesterday and checked it out. I really like the atmosphere; it feels like an old pub in there, with various flags hanging from the ceiling and lots of old, beat-up wood. It feels sort of industrial inside, in a wood-hewn kind of way; it even smells woody inside. I've been to Elysian Fields down by the stadium several times, but I must say I prefer the hominess of this location more.

They had 17 beers on tap, quite a good collection. I had the I-5 Amarillo, their collaboration with Central City up in BC, and quite liked it. The service was prompt and friendly; you can't ask too much more of a pub. I feel like this is definitely a place I could patronize regularly.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Corner of 13th and Pike up Cap Hill. Bank of America across the street where I usually park. Chop Suey across the street as well. Walking in you see the bar ahead of you and to the right. You can also see the tanks at the back. Seating around bar is very easy. Seating along the glass windown that face out to Pike St on the Right and some seating to the left. TVs around. Staff is urbanite staff. Not overly friendly just there to do a job and get the check. Beer selection is good. Usually have the largest selection of Elysian brews since it is the mothership. Had one or two cask beers on with normal taps(Dragoonstooth,Perseus,Immortal and so on) Has bottles to go but never filled a growler(not sure if you can). Food was pretty good pub grub. Always one of my favorite spots in Seattle.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is a nice one. Located on Pike street the walk here from the house I was staying in on Capital Hill was very nice. The brewpub itself is nice as well. Light wood, high ceilings, and the like give this place a very open restaurant-like atmosphere. The quality of my IPA and Camden cheese steak was great and the service was fast, friendly, and with a smile. The selection of both food and beer was good, with about 8 draughts flowing, including some guest taps and seasonals. The food menu was also quite eclectic with many vegetarian options in the mix. One of a million great brewpubs in Seattle. I definately have to make a return trip to this great city!

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited Elysian Brewing today - 3/22/2010.

This place is located in a pretty cool Seattle neighborhood. Easy street parking nearby and a great city vibe.

The brewpub is located in what looks like an old industrial building. Upon entering, the bar is on the left and the dining tables are on the right. The brewhouse is in an enclosed room in the back. Lots of bare wood, beer signs and banners, and huge windows add to the vibe.

The beers were all of high quality and showed some real artistry. There was about 15 beers on tap when I visited. 5-6 "regulars" and 9 specialty/seasonal offerings. The standouts were XOXO Chocolate Chile Stout, Red Queen Saison, and Koh-I-Noor porter. Everything was well mnade and delicious though. The bottle selection was small but also of high quality.

The food was reaqlly good. We had some serious "foody" offerings that were well portioned and tasty. The yellow curry rice was really great, as was the shepherds pie.

All in all this is a great place that I would be glad to have near my home (unfortunately I live across the country). Highly recommended!

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had a chance to check this place out with a couple buddies, and I must say I was very pleased.

The location is good - it is easy to find on Pike. The large painted Elysian Brewing Company on the building means it is hard to miss. The first impression was good an nice spacious bar area with tables surrounding it as the centerpiece on all sides. There are flags celebrating some well known Belgian breweries hanging from the ceiling along with chandeliers and small candles on the tables and rugs below. I found the music choices to be adventurous and upbeat. I enjoyed hearing some Mr. Bungle as I sipped the Perseus porter.

The quality is top notch- food and beer alike. Fresh food with lots of color and no complaints in the ale dept. either.

The service was prompt and friendly, checking up on our small table frequently. Even after the shift changed we were not forgotten. We were able to split up the check three ways without much difficulty at all.

The selection is great: everything from Pilsner to Imperial stout was on tap with Hefeweizen, Pale ale, ESB and Porter in between. They have most of their beer available for take out in bombers or six packs. There are guest taps and bottles from Belgium that are not that ordinary. Lambics are available as well as sour ale.

The food was brought to us quickly and was presented very nicely compared to most pub food. I chose Mahi Mahi tacos and frites. The curried snapper and cheesteak both looked appealing. I ate some pico de gaillo and mole sauce with corn chips from my friend's plate. The menu was not huge, but there was enough variety to satisfy the majority.

I was able to walk away spending under $50 and I had 3 drafts w/ dinner and got a sixpack to go. I was happy with the experience and would recommend Elysian.

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Photo of Sparky44
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rousee
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was my final stop on my recent beer bar crawl on my trip to Seattle. Elysian is located a little bit outside of the downtown corporate neighborhood where my hotel was located and up on a hill. It seemed like a younger crowd resides in this neighborhood and it kind of had a funky vibe to it which I kind of liked. Reminded me a little bit of Decatur street area in New Orleans.

We found Elysian without much trouble. Its a black wooden converted warehouse type building with the bar just slightly to your left as you walk in. We opted to sit in a booth that was immediately to the left looking out onto the street immediately after you walk in.

When you read the beer menu here, you know these guys are serious about their beers. Some of the detail that is described on the menu like the collaboration between the guys from New Belgium that came and met with Elysian's brewers and then they went to some farm in Yakima for wet hops which were liberally added to this ale I was having illustrate just how passionate they are here. The beers were all very solid and good examples of their respective styles. The collaboration one in particular seemed so fresh.

It seems that they rotate their special offerings fairly regularly , so you might want to call and/or peruse their website for exactly whats going on right now.

We ordered some curry schnitzel plate that was way better than I expected it tobe and it was quite inexpensive. Especially compared with the more downtown area where we had been earlier. The beers were pretty reasonably priced as well and they do offer bomber bottles to go.

The servers were good and pretty friendly as well. This is a real nice brewpub that I hope I get the pleasure of visiting again soon. It would almost take 2 or 3 trips here to really get a feel for all the beers tyhey offer and to see which ones are your favorite. I got a bomber of the Men's room and the Jasmine IPA to go. I had the Men's room later that night and it seemed to be just great in the bottle as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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 FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

By far my favorite brewpub in Seattle. I prefer this original location in Capitol Hill to the others. A little warehousy inside, and can be slightly dark and cold when the place is empty and it is rainy outside, but the layout is great- a decent bar, some bartables and stools near the bar, and lots of tables throughout as well as an area for bands. Big windows and lots of wood and concrete. This pub makes quite high-quality beers, and they have only gotten better over the years. I love their stout, winter brews, Great Pumpkin, and Jasmine IPA. Their regular line-up is solid and rotates a good bit. I award them high marks for selection since they regularly experiment with brews and serve them at the pub. For their pumpkin fest they brewed no less than 7 pumpkin beers themselves and had an additional 7 guest pumpkin beers. Outstanding! They have a few guest brews on tap normally, and my only complaint is that those could be a little more numerous and/or special. They also have their beers to go, both in bombers and sixpacks where appropriate, and chilled. Service can be a little harried, but I feel it has gotten friendlier and more informed over the years. This is Capitol Hill, so a little scenester 'tude is to be expected. I was pleasantly treated on my last visit. Food can be quite good but is pricey, especially for specials. The kitchen has become more ambitious over the last few years and mostly pulls it off, but servings for the specials are sometimes small and spendy to boot. The more pubby stuff can be very good. I used to go here all the time when I lived in Seattle, and I always hit this place up for a meal and a few good brews when in town.

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Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 14,881 ratings