E is for… Elysian
The Growler had the opportunity to partake in the 2013 GABF Media Luncheon. Great speeches (and beer) were presented from Minnesota’s own Fitger’s and Big Wood Brewing Company. In addition to these hometown heroes, we also heard from Dick Cantwell, President / Head Brewer of Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Cantwell is the author of The Brewers Associations Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery and has had a regular column in American Brewer for more than 20 years.
In 1996 Mr. Cantwell also opened a brewery (with two partners) in Seattle with the mission to be as “eclectic and flexible as possible” in their model. The partners started with a 220-seat brewpub with intention to sell the beer in a brewpub and distribution model. A short year later Elysian opened TangleTown, an 80-seat neighborhood brewery/bistro with a 3-bbl pilot brewery. In August of 2006 they opened Elysian Fields near the stadium and in the first quarter of 2014 they will open another spot in downtown Seattle. Their production brewery produced about 32,000 barrels in 2012 and distributed to the northwest states, Colorado and 5 east coast states. At the luncheon, Elysian poured The Great Pumpkin, an impressive spiced pumpkin ale with roasted pumpkin seeds in the the mash.