Recently it came to our attention that a returning favorite will soon be on the shelves (and on limited draft) for the Valentines observer in all us.
Nicknamed “The Bitch” if you were a visitor to the pub (Capitol Hill), this beer will soon make its appearance officially with a more respectable name, Bete Blanche. Taking a familiar expression Bête Noire and turning it on its head, Bete Blanche means White Beast.
Beer Geek Data
BÊTE BLANCHE Belgian-style Tripel is extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous. Brewed entirely from Pale malt with Belgian candy sugar in the boil. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops; fermented with Belgian Ale yeast. 7.5% ABV
As always look for this to start showing up on the shelves and potentially (crossing fingers) on draft elsewhere outside the pub. After all there are other exceptional bars where one can avoid the crowds and parking of Captiol Hill, to savor this rare release.
The Elysian was founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell (President/Head Brewer), Joe Bisacca (CFO/Head of Operations) and David Buhler (Sales & Marketing Director). Our first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and our main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. In 1997 Elysian was chosen to operate a pub and small brewery at Gameworks—a large entertainment complex owned by Universal Studios, Dreamworks & Sega. Elysian left this partnership in 2002 upon expiration of the five-year contract. A short year later Elysian opened TangleTown, an 80-seat neighborhood brewery/bistro. With a 3-bbl pilot brewery, Elysian-TangleTown acted as the brewers' test kitchen, fueling the creative fires and helping cement Elysian's reputation as Seattle’s top brewpub. The most recent addition to the Elysian empire, Elysian Fields, opened in August 2006. Perched next to Seattle’s two sports arenas, Fields seats 400 and packs the house at lunch and on gamedays. It is typical for us to offer over twenty different Elysian beers between the three locations.