Elysian Brewing Company

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The Elysian Brewing Company is a craft brewer that operates three pubs in Seattle.



Elysian was founded in 1995 by Dave Buhler, Joe Bisacca, and Dick Cantwell. Cantwell had been a homebrewer who gained a reputation at the Duwamps Cafe, the Pike Place Brewery, and Big Time Brewing.[1] Buhler is a former spirits wholesaler and Bisacca was a vice president at Seafirst Bank. The original location was opened in 1996 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Its capacity is 20 barrels.[2]

The company operated a brewpub at the local GameWorks arcade between 1997 and 2002. In 2003, their pub and bistro, Tangletown, was opened near Green Lake.[3] The largest location, Elysian Fields, was opened in 2006. It is a brewpub near CenturyLink Field that is often busy on gameday.[4]

In 2011, Elysian expanded its operations with a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) production-only facility in the Georgetown neighborhood.[5][6]


The Wise ESB was the first beer from the brewery. Elysian has won multiple awards for their beers. The Wise, Dragontooth stout, and Avatar Jasmine IPA have done well at the World Beer Cup.[7] The brewery's beers earned it the Large Brewpub of the Year award at the Great American Beer Festival in 1999, 2003 and 2004. The Immortal IPA is also popular.[8]

Elysian had a collaborative partnership with the New Belgium Brewing Company of Ft. Collins, Colorado.[9] The brewery also partnered with The Men's Room (a program on the Seattle rock music radio station KISW) to produce a red ale that has become popular in the area.[10]


  1. ^ Higgins, Patrick; Kilgore, Maura Kate; Hertlein, Paul (1998). Secrets from the Master Brewers: America's Top Professional Brewers Share Recipes and Tips for Great Homebrewing. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 56–58. ISBN 978-0-684-84190-8. 
  2. ^ McFarland, Ben (2009). World's Best Beers: One Thousand Craft Brews from Cask to Glass. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-4027-6694-7. 
  3. ^ Tice, Carol (December 21, 2003). "Acquisition nibble prompted the owners of Elysian Brewing Co. to rethink their plans". Puget Sound Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2003/12/22/smallb1.html?page=all. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Morrison, Lisa M. (2011). Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover's Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Portland: Timber Press. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-1-60469-089-7. 
  5. ^ "Seattle’s Elysian Brewing to Expand in Georgetown" (Press release). Seattle Beer News. January 24, 2011. http://seattlebeernews.com/2011/01/seattles-elysian-brewing-to-expand-in-georgetown/. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kendall; Borg, Shannon; and Seattle Magazine Staff (October 2011). "Seattle's Macro Microbreweries". Seattle Magazine. http://www.seattlemag.com/article/beer/seattles-macro-microbreweries. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Washington brewers fare well at beer competition". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. April 21, 2008. http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/food/article/Washington-brewers-fare-well-at-beer-competition-1271092.php. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kaiser, Geoff (December 6, 2010). "Seattle Beer News, Top 10 Beer Spots #8: Elysian Capitol Hill". The Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/foodwine/2013609234_webbeer6.html. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ Ferrell, O.C.; Hartline, Michael (2010). Marketing Strategy (5th ed.). South-Western Cengage Learning. p. 471. ISBN 978-0-538-46738-4. 
  10. ^ Seely, Mike (August 4, 2010). "Men's Room Red Tastes Better Than It Sounds". The Seattle Weekly. http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voracious/2010/08/mens_room_red_tastes_better_th.php. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 

External links

Official website