Elysian Brewing Company
Washington Brewery Boasts Countless Medal-Winning, Experimental Brews Since 1995
Elysian Brewing Company of Washington is the product of Germany-born co-owner Dick Cantwell. Cantwell developed his passion for beer as a homebrewer while living and writing in the Boston area in the late 1980s. In 1990, when Cantwell moved to Seattle, Washington, he saw an opportunity to make brewing his career.
After jobs working as head brewer for Washington’s Duwamps Cafe, Seattle Brewing Company, Pike Place Brewing Company, and Big Time Brewery, Cantwell was ready to break out on his own. He teamed up with partners Joe Bisacca and Dave Buhler and founded Elysian Brewing Company in 1995.
It was a smart business partnership, and one that has stayed in tact ever since. Dave Buhler was a former spirits wholesaler and Joe Bisacca was a vice president at Seafirst Bank. Now, Joe is Elysian Brewing Company’s CFO/Head of Operations and David is the Sales and Marketing Director. Together, they opened Elysian Brewing Company’s first location and main brewery on Capitol Hill - Seattle, Washington’s most populous neighborhood. The Capitol Hill location boasts a 20-barrel brewing system and provides the backbone to the continuously growing craft brewery.
In 2003, the brewery opened a second location in the south Greenlake area of Seattle, Elysian-Tangletwon. The smaller space offers an intimate, neighborhood brewery/bistro experience and feels reminiscent of European cafes. Many of the experimental, festival, and specialty beers are brewed on this site.
It is these beers that have fueled the creative fires and helped build Elysian’s reputation as Seattle’s top brewpub. In August of 2006, Elysian opened its most recent location in the stadium district south of downtown Seattle. This larger space was built to handle the crowds! From game days, to business lunches and everyday specialty dining, Elysian-Fields promises a good time.
Elysian’s growth wouldn’t be possible without the talents of Brewmaster Dick Cantwell and his hard-to-beat, award-winning brewing reputation. Elysian looks forward to further developments and innovation in their brewing adventures, as they devise not only new and interesting beers, but a new and interesting future for the craft brewing industry.