Elysian Fields is one of three locations in Seattle for the well-regarded Elysian Brewing Company. I happened to be driving by there when a Lunch! alarm went off in my meager brain.
“Hey,” I thought, “I haven’t been there in a while. I wonder what they have on tap.” My last visit was during Pumpkin Fest 2010, or was it 2009, and I remember having some delicious mussels and a Reuben sandwich. Then I realized why, more often than not, I end up at the Pyramid Alehouse, or Two Beers Brewing or Schooner EXACT instead. Finding parking is a challenge – not because it is crowded, there just are not many spots to be had close by. I ended up getting the last metered spot and ponied up some coins for the Seattle meter maids.
I usually enjoy an Elysian beer from a local bottle shop, or at a festival. Of course I had several at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival that they so elegantly hosted in October at their Georgetown production facility..
Today was a delight. I opted for the steak sandwich – prepared perfectly, by the way, and a build it yourself sampler from their extensive selection of fine ales.
My choices were as follows (from left to right in the photo above):
- Daedalus Irish Stout
- Faster Cocoa! Kill! Kill!
- Elk Frost Winter Ale
- Triple Door Backstage Pale
- Bifrost Winter Ale
- Arboreal Chestnut Brown
I also had a wee sip of the Poison Dwarf Scottish Style Ale, and the Bye-Bye Frost. All were very good and easy drinkers. I found the Chestnut Brown to be surprisingly good, and the Stout, a satisfyingly rich Irish-style stout.
It is worth the hassle of trying to park, even with a fairly long walk. It is handy if you are attending an event at Safeco Field, or Century Link. Elysian’s other two locations are on Capitol Hill and in Tangletown (Greenlake).
Photography and content by Bob Shoemaker
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