Very bright space with many windows on two sides. There’s a tall ceiling with exposed ducts and a fascinating ceiling that looks like the sides of 2x4’s. The floor is concrete and the tables and chairs are wood. The bar itself is a lovely piece of wood with three sides. Around the bar and on a lower level is more dining seating. In the far back on the lower level you can see the brewery behind glass windows (quite fun when you’re sitting nearby and they hose it down!).
The atmosphere is lively, inviting, and casual - comfortable during quiet times and very young and “happening” when busy.
The beer selection is mostly brewed here but there are generally a few alternates such as a Belgian beer or two. And the beer is good and innovative.
The food is fairly traditional (fries are prominent) but still good and with some innovative choices (e.g., corn cakes made from fresh corn).
Cool place, 1 of 3 in area I believe. Had 12 house beers on tap, including 2 barley wines & a cask cond. IPA, but was told they run up to 16 usually. They also had 5 locals on tap as well. Any place that has 3+ IPAs on tap at any one time rocks, hands down.
I had the seasonal-Bifrost, Dragon's Tooth Stout, Immortal IPA, The Wise ESB, Perseus Porter, Zephyrus Pilsner, & Avatar Jasmine IPA. All very well done, but I went back for a pint of the Avatar, amazingly refreshing & hoppy. To be honest, I could of had a pint of any one of the ales I tasted.
I also had the maui maui fish tacos which were great. I sat at the bar for lunch & the service was prompt, courteous, & funny as crap. Don't know if the other locations are as cool, but this one is worth the trip by far.
I visited both the Pike St location and the location near Safeco Field. After reading a lot about this place on GABF, I was very excited to try their beer and was certainly not disappointed. They offered two different samplers, one for dark beers and one for IPAs/lighter beer. Both included a number of brewery only selections including a stout that was very good, although the Dragonstout was slightly better. Persesus porter was also quite tasty. The surprise was Jasmine IPA, very drinkable IPA.
The location on Pike is a bit of a trek from downtown Seattle. Food was decent, it is definitely a place more akin to Pacific Northwest appetites favoring vegetarian type selections.
The location near Safeco is a huge bar, I went after a Mariners game, it wasn't overly crowded. The bartenders were quiet helpful in providing information about the diverse beer selection.
We visited on a recent Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm. There were several people enjoying an early happy hour. We sat at the bar and ordered two pick-your-own samplers; each was 5 beers for $6.50. There are 14 Elysian beers on tap with 2 additional guest taps available. Cask ale once a week is on tap for happy hour. They also have kegs though I didn’t see growlers and forgot to ask. Not all the beers are brewed here, some are brewed at one of their two other locations. They have a 20 barrel system here, smaller systems at their other locations. All the beers we sampled were excellent. Parking is on the street and is free, with a two hour limit. There was plenty of parking when we were there. No smoking here.
Selection: 5 | Service: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Food: 3.5 jdpils's(2) Overall Score: 90.0 this user does not have enough reviews for this score to count
THis is the first stop for any beer enthusiast. It has been my #1 recommended brew pub for over 15 years. The beer is great and the selection outstanding. Good pub food with some creative offerings. Never had any service issues as mentioned above. One of the most creative set of brewer's and every beer is well made. The Wise, Dragons' Tooth Stout are my favorites. I wish they would open a pub on the Eastside
When you walk into Elysian you get a cool industrial feel which works well in a brewpub. I had a beer sampler and the options were a solid range from lighter to dark. There were 5 samples included - a Pilsner, Stout, Porter, and a couple IPAs. The beers were all very tasty and well worth the trip.
The atmosphere at Elysian was one with a nice vibe. There was a good crowd, but I didn't feel like it was crowded, and the servers were easily able to keep up with the demand.
Selection: 4.5 | Service: 4.75 | Atmosphere: 3.25 | Food: 3.25 JasonBennett's(2) Overall Score: 83.3 this user does not have enough reviews for this score to count
The best of any reason to attend one of the three Elysian brew pubs is that the full Elysian line of beers is available. I could go on and on about their fries, but the beer is what makes this place special. I'm a NW hophead convert, so their ample selection of IPAs and seasonals like the Jasmine and Bifrost keep me watching the grocery store and website what they'll come up with next.
The owners could easily wax poetic about their long tradition of brewing dates back to the 17th century when some great grand-forebearer smuggled hops & malts on the long journey to the new world. How each successive family traveler managed to bring a new piece of brewing equipment (tanks, silos, etc.) until ultimately, the brewhouse was complete. Of course all of it would be a complete lie.
Named for the home of the "blessed" after death -- or the hallowed place in New York where the first ever baseball was played, Elysian Fields has not one but three locations in the greater Seattle area in which to "play"...and that's no lie.
The menu is excellent featuring different and varied items for both vegetarian and carnivores including red pepper chowder, vegan avocado curry & pulled pork tacos.
But of course the beer is what we come for, isn't it?
And Elysian does not disappoint. Something for everyone here from Prometheus & Immortal IPA's (both above 5% ABV) to the Zephyrus Pilsner, Dragonstooth Stout and Perseus Porter ( do you see a theme here?) these beers are all full of flavor and personality. Fortunately for those of us who call the Pacific NW home, Elysian makes many beers available in local supermarkets so there's never a time when our tastes aren't satisfied. Especially around Fall when the brewery (named 2004's best large brewpub at the Great American Beer Festival) puts on a community show and tell to produce their pumpkin ales. Many gather to carve out those poor, defenseless little punkins for the greater good -- i.e., beer. I've tried almost 2 dozen pumpkin ales but Elysian's is by far the best.
And if that doesn't make you want to swing for the fences (and I can't imagine why not?) Elysian also carries a wide variety of bottled beers both domestic & imported.
So grab your most casual toga -- or baseball jersey, whichever era you wish to acknowledge & find Elysian Fields when you're in town.
Well this was the place to stop so they say. Was there for the AHA rally had some nice beers but the service was less than what one would like. I realize it is hard to get great help but for a great brewery they should hire better the service sucked. The bartenders where not very nice and seemed not to care. The place was the typical brewpub. They have some awesome festivals at this pub and the Great Pumpkin festival is a blast.
It's taken me a good long while to really piece together in my head how to describe my feelings on Elysian. What it comes down to is that the place is just not for me. But in reality, they're a fantastic brewery, and an important staple in the Seattle craft beer scene.
The beer really is of a very high caliber. It's always clean, and crafted to the highest quality. But in the long line of Elysian beers I've had over the years, only a few stand out as being something I truly enjoyed; The ESB, Jasmine IPA, Night Owl Pumpkin (actually brewed by New Belgium, whom they are partnered with from what I understand), and the Loki Lager (which seems to be hard to come across). But don't let my lack of enthusiasm for most of their offerings deter you, they have a very, very long list of beers in constant rotation. I don't believe there is another brewery in the area that has the variety Elysian has.
For those of you who are wanting to try the beer with dinner at the pub, you might want to reconsider. Quite simply, the food is not that awesome. If I were to suggest anything, it'd be to stick with munching on some appetizers while you enjoy your brews. The food simply does not compare to the quality cuisines at some of our other brewing establishments.
If at first you don't like Elysian, try try again. The variety is vast, and there's something for everyone. Pleasing every beer lover is not an easy feat, but with the wide selection, you'll find something, I'm sure of it.