Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon (in Six Packs) … Elysian Brewing’s Lose Pale Ale

image sourced from Elysian Brewing's website In a few short days fans of either Elysian Brewing or Sub Pop Records will get a chance to wrap their digits about a 12 ounce version of a local classic, Loser Pale Ale.

Celebrating its fourth year and inspired by Sub Pop Records’ twentieth anniversary, Loser Pale Ale arrives on the shelves throughout the Northwest on May 1st.

Loser is a distinctive pale ale brewed with Sorachi Ace and Crystal hops, weighing in at 7% abv. Its first brewing in 2009 was a collaboration between Elysian and Sub Pop, and was served backstage at the indie label's celebration festival held at Marymoor Park, where such classic Sub Pop acts as Mudhoney, Low and Green River played, along with more modern stalwarts such as Iron and Wine and the Fleet Foxes. Bottled Loser bore the slogan "Corporate Beer Sucks," a reference to the shirt (Corporate Rock Sucks) worn by Kurt Cobain when Nirvana first graced the cover of Rolling Stone. It has come back every year since as a summer seasonal, with later labels reading "Corporate Beer Still Sucks," a nod to the second Nirvana RS cover appearance. 

Beer Geek Description

Pale ale


Light tropical flavors balanced with a crisp malt-hop finish.

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: 57

Look for six-pack and case varieties throughout the Puget Sound or wherever you find Immortal India Pale or Dragonstooth Stout. As always if you don’t find it or any other Elysian beers, ask your grocer to buy some!


About Elysian Brewing Company

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.

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