Elysian Brewing Company
|Location||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Key people||Dick Cantwell (Founder), Joe Bisacca, (CEO/Head of Operations, Founder) Dave Buhler (Founder), Carlos Brito (ABInbev Ceo)|
|Owned by||Anheuser-Busch InBev|
1 production facility
The Elysian Brewing Company is an American brewery that operates four pubs in Seattle. On January 23, 2015, it was announced that Elysian would be sold to Anheuser-Busch in a deal expected to close within three months. This deal means that Elysian Brewing Company will no longer meet the Brewers Association definition of a "craft brewery", since full ownership by Anheuser-Busch exceeds the definition's 25% maximum ownership by a non-craft brewery 
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. 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.
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. The largest location, Elysian Fields, was opened in 2006. It is a brewpub near CenturyLink Field that is often busy on gameday.
|Avatar Jasmine IPA||6.3||45||IPA|
|Loser Pale Ale||7.0||57||Pale ale|
|Men's Room||5.6||33||Amber ale|
|The Immortal IPA||6.3||54||IPA with new world hops|
|Vahalla Red IPA||7.5||70|
|Wise ESB||5.9||60||Extra Special Bitter, Elysian's first brew|
|Zephyrus Pilsner||7.5||80||Pilsner-style lager|
Seasonal beers include:
|Bifrost Winter Ale||8.3||58||Winter|
|Dark O' The Moon||7.5||20||Fall|
|Great Pumpkin Ale||8.1||20||Fall||Pumpkin beer|
|Night Owl Pumpkin Ale||6.7||18||Fall||Pumpkin beer|
|Superfuzz Blood Orange||6.4||45||Summer||Ale brewed with blood orange|
Elysian Brewing Company brews many beers, which are only available at their brewpub and restaurant or are sometimes seasonally available on tap in some Seattle pubs. A short list of these includes The Golden Boot, brewed in honor of Seattle soccer. Haleakala named after Maui’s easterly volcano. Hombre, a Mexican-style lager, brewed as a house beer for a local Mexican restaurant. Xoxo is a nitrogen-infused, chocolate, chilli-spiced Irish-style stout often brewed around Valentine’s Day.
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. 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.
Elysian had a collaborative partnership with the New Belgium Brewing Company of Ft. Collins, Colorado. 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.
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