Seattle, WA - Since 2003 this writer has been an admitted admirer of the craft beer 'scene' both in the Northwest and abroad. With this appreciation comes visits to breweries, bars, bottleshops, festivals- well you get the point. Throughout this time we have had enjoyed our fair share of equal part well-regarded ales and lagers and of course those that we can do without. Because of this we were excited when we learned a locally recognized brewery in Capitol Hill was expanding their brewing operations, yet again.
As of this Summer (2011) Elysian will be expanding to a 35,000 square foot space in the Georgetown neighborhood off Airport Way South. To some this expansion isn't a shock given the successful library of beers that the brewery has produced. From their oft' appreciated beers like The Immortal IPA, Dragonstooth Stout, Avatar Jasmine IPA, or seasonals Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and Bifrost Winter Ale, it's not hard to know why this brewery needs to grow.
Plus, it's not just the mainstay beers that have forced the expansion, especially when you consider the success that their Men's Room Red Ale (a partnership between the brewery and KISW's Men's Room radio show) has afforded them.
In regards to day-to-day production, you should expect to see a fully operational brewery producing 60 barrel batches that will be deposited into 240 barrel fermenters. Course, this doesn't mean that the breweries at Capitol Hill, Fields, and Tangletown will go dark. On the contrary this expansion will afford more creative beers to be produced, with the primary testing done at the Capitol Hill location which produced around 5,000 barrels last year alone.
So, with an envisioned production capacity of 60,000 US barrels it's safe to say Elysian will be in Seattle for a while.
About Elysian Brewing Co.
Elysian began operations in 1996 with its original Capitol Hill location, serving food and house-brewed beers in a 200-seat restaurant. It followed in 2003 with Tangletown in the Greenlake neighborhood, and then in 2006 opened Elysian Fields, a large 400+ seat venue directly across from Qwest Field in downtown Seattle. Elysian's beers are among the most decorated in the Northwest, and brought the company the award for Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in 1999, 2003 and 2004.