Spoken through radio, television or in person, there is an old saying “look forward, not back”. The same has held true for breweries that produce the ‘one-off’ beer.
Often these beers are released after the brewer had second thoughts about pouring it down the drain. Mind you we are mostly kidding about them pondering a fermented purge. Instead it’s an opportunity for the brewery or brewer to flex their creative muscles on something interesting.
For Elysian Brewing a the risk of a one-off can be rewarded with a high demand and recipe permanency. Although qualifying a beer for this honor is often done over multiple pints.
With a very large, MAYBE (anchored to an asterisk), Dick Cantwell announces his first ‘retrospective’, or Dick’s Pick, with Woodruff Ambrosia Maibock. Think of it as Dick’s way of taking conventional wisdom, resting it on it’s head, and then giving it’s an inverted wedgie.
What’s Woodruff’s Ambrosia Maibock?
Digging into the anals of 2003 it’s a “… Slightly strong, slightly sweet, very drinkable. Ambrosia is a hearty, malty and golden beer of substantial strength, Brewed with pale, Munich and pale cara-malt. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops”. Or so the 22 ounce beer label invites you to believe.
Start looking for Woodruff’s Ambrosia Maibock, starting this month, at all three Elysian restaurant locations.
Who knows, the brewery might even bring back Golden Gorgon Ale. We’ll be watching.
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