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Active Beers: 98
Beer Ratings: 6,343
Beer Avg: 3.7
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1221 E Pike St
phone: (206) 860-1920
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'm a big fan of this place. Very laid back crowd, not overcrowded. The bartenders are very nice and attentive. Most importantly, the selection of their own beer is quite good. They had 12 elysian taps and 2 guests when I was there. You have to stop by if you are in seattle. I had only had the jasmine, so I was quite impressed with the quality of the beer. The dragon's tooth stout is a very chocolatey stout, and the immortal on cask is dope (better than on draught in my opinion). I didn't try the food, so I cannot speak to the quality. Beer lovers who stop into seattle need to drop by, a very cool spot.
11-03-2011 06:40:56 |
More by tpaz1913
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The only place we went to twice while in Seattle.
Kind of a hipster establishment, and I noticed that all the beer gear on the walls here (besides Elysian's) was Belgian or Belgian style.
Definitely hints of subculture all over, though. The first time we were there, it was dead, and the second time it was packed, we enjoyed ourselves both times.
Beers were all exceptional. Clean, good cask, etc.
Service wasn't bad, but typical of what we came to expect for the rest of our trip in Seattle. A little slow, a little unenthusiastic.
Selection was really good. Several house beers, one from another Elysian locale and a couple guest taps (which were, admittedly, a bit boring). Over the course of two visits, I had the Bifrost, both IPAs, a bitter, a pale on cask and half of my wife's stout and porter. All were excellent.
The food was also really good, and we had our first experience with the "Mediterranean platter" here. We noticed that alot of places in Seattle had appetizers that were basically some hummus, feta cheese, baba ganoush, olives and pita bread, all things that I love. In Michigan, particularly in the university corridors, there are tons of Mediterranean restaurants. From where I sit now, in East Lansing, I could literally drive to 12 middle east/ mediterranean restaurants in 5 minutes. Not many in Seattle, maybe that's why we saw so many places with these platters. Anyway, the food made a nice lunch.
04-06-2007 19:58:28 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I visited this brewpub prior to a Mariners game and the atmosphere was lively and exciting. The beers were some of the best in Seattle. They had three IPA's at the time, including the Jasmine IPA, which was a nice change of pace. The Scottish Ale was probably the best I've ever had. The food was not your typical bar food. I had the halibut and it was delicious. This place is a fantastic alternative to Pyramid Brewery for pre-game Mariners entertainment. I will definetly be back and look for their beers in other establishments.
06-10-2008 05:02:48 |
More by shirsch
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Capitol Hill is easily my favorite of the three Elysian locations and overall my favorite brewpub in town. It's a fairly big place, but not too huge to feel cavernous. The decor is somewhat industrial, but there are plenty of warm wood tones and eclectic touches to make the atmosphere a perfect place to enjoy a beer.
The quality of the beer has never been in question. The brew you'll get will be exactly how the brewer intended it to be. One minor issue is that the serving temperature seems to be on the cold side, but that is a minor inconvenience.
In my 30 or so visits, I've never had a bad experience with service. The servers usually have basic knowledge of the beer they're serving, and are most of the time are prompt and attentive. Don't expect chain restaurant-type fake smiles and forced enthusiasm - you won't get that here. Fortunately, you'll avoid the "I'm too busy thinking about how cool I am to refill your water" service that is common of the neighborhood. Service hits the happy medium of being good without being annoyingly fake.
With 16 or so taps, usually a cask offering, and a guest tap there is always plenty to chose from. There is also a nice bottle list, which comes in handy if you're feeling like it's Belgian night instead of a Dragonstooth night.
Food goes the above-average pub grub route. Usually there is 3 or 4 vegetarian options, and the wedge fries are some of the best in Seattle. Some dishes, especially the ones that involve steak, can be on the small size. Stick with something that comes with fries if you're ravenous or a big eater.
10-30-2008 19:20:49 |
More by RoryGilmore
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
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.
10-28-2006 05:52:38 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Just a short cab ride from the downtown area. Upon entering the place you see a large warehouse style room with plenty of packed tables and bar. Luckily we squeezed into the last two stools at the end of the bar. The bar could accomodate about 12 people. The crowd was an interesting mix of yuppies, younger adults loaded with tattoos, and a few old timers.
There were 14 beers on tap, so we decided to stay a bit longer than planned to have an extra pint or two. The beers were of great quality, and there was not one that came off as just average.
The bartender was friendly and knew his beers. Service was quick and attentive. Had a few appetizers and they were good.
Getting a cab back to the hotel was easy as there are plenty of empty cabs driving through the area. Great place, and I will certainly return on my next stay in Seattle.
07-04-2006 14:58:43 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Up in Seattle for the weekend and decided to make my second visit to Elysian. Unfortunately, we took the train and thus were without a vehicle. Looking at the map, it should only have been about 8 blocks from the hotel, but because some sadistic sonofabitch designed Seattle's street "grid", it was more like 18. Oh well.
Upon arrival, the place is fairly crowded (7pm on a Friday), but we are still seated within five minutes. Ordered a couple of rounds from the ultra-friendly waitress and took in the atmosphere. Fairly standard pub in a large, split-level space. Nice art on the walls of some fairly obscure Belgian imports along with the house beer logos.
Food menu is very accomodating for vegetarians such as myself, and is reasonably priced for being in the central city. Had a veggie ruben with fries and was suitably impressed. The lady had the fish and chips, which was a huge portion and damn near perfect. To boot, all beers (brewed in house) that we tried were excellent, especially the BiFrost winter ale. Factor in great food and service, and I'll come back here each and every time I visit Seattle.
12-29-2006 08:57:58 |
More by ElGordo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Not too bad Not too bad at all...
Elysian, at least to this current Angeleno, seems to be pushing the border of good will that small breweries generate. Of course they have "multiple" locations, etc, but so what.
Big and tall yet still feeling low due to the dark swirly colors that abound. Tall damn bar, tallest I've encountered. If you're a standing patron, you might find yourself adjusting your posture to suit the bar height.
Service on this night was more than adequate, ignoring us when needing, cajoling when wanted and providing excellant beer service to two weary beer travellers not likely to be encountered anytime soon.
Good beer, loudish atmosphere with the bartenders deciding the music as whim fits (tonight: Cake and Toad the Wet Sprocket).
Definately a place to come hit as the beers range all over the map.There is bound to be at least one worthy tap of tasty product. (And hey it's closest brewpub to downtown that isnt' Pikes)
03-02-2006 09:22:06 |
More by drewbage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The Elysian Brewing Companys Capitol Hill brewpub has a collection of beers on tap as diverse as its clientele. On any given night one finds goth chicks, college students, Cap Hill hipsters, and older groups all dining and taking in the exposed industrial environment. The brewery and brand is named for the final resting place for Greek heroes; the Hellenic Valhalla. Their bottle art is all in keeping with the Greek theme, but it would suit them better to follow the hip and enjoyable metal and concrete industrial theme found on their menu and throughout the brewpub itself.
Their menu is balanced and enjoyable and reasonably priced. They have a good burger, though they will cook it beyond any pink, regardless of how you ask for it.
The number, quality and variety of beers they have onsite is impressive. They have Belgians, stouts, porters, amber ales, unfiltered wheat beers, three pumpkin beers this October 2005, a barleywine, an ESB, a couple IPAs and more on tap. It would take several trips here to sample all their beers and in that time the rotating taps might change. They also have Belgians from other breweries in bottle. Superb selection. Great brewpub.
This place is a must visit for any beer enthusiast visiting Seattle. On weekend evenings, it can be a little hard to get a table without a short wait, but lunch and weeknights, there is ample seating.
10-17-2005 04:42:27 |
More by xoqx
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This place is really great. The brewpub is located at the south end of the hip Capitol Hill district of Seattle and has a suitably hip decor. Their in-house beers are great and their bottled beer selection is also top-notch (which usually is not the case for brewpubs). I was very surprised the first time I went to see De Dolle banners hanging on the wall and a near full assortment of their beers available in bottles. The food is quite good especially the "Hot Babe" pork sandwich and the french fries. Dick Cantwell, the brewer at the Elysian, wrote "the book" on Barleywines and used to be brewer at Big Time in the U-District of Seattle.
04-26-2002 17:46:00 |
More by jreitman
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