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Elysian Brewing Co. is Expanding for your Drinking Pleasure

A shot of where the brewing and fermentation will take place

Elysian Brewing Co. is one of the top Washington breweries. Producing great brews, remaining innovative and hosting the Great Pumpkin Fest all lend a hand in crediting head brewer Dick Cantwell with a job well done. Last year, Elysian experienced an 82% growth. WOW! If that isnt a good reason to expand, I dont know what is. Supply and demand.

So, we arent just talking about adding a few kegs or a new line of seasonals, we are talking a major increase in production. Sometime later this summer, Elysian is opening their new production brewery- a 35,000 square foot space for a new 60 barrell, 4-vessel system with ten, yes ten 240- barrel fermenters. Not to mention a bottling line that can produce 12oz and 22oz bottles at a rate of 400 bottles per min (for those 12ozers).

4 batches will be brewed a day, filling one of those gigantic fermenters completely (with all the same beer of course). They will also be moving a smaller fermenter from their Capital Hill location, where they currently brew so that they have the option of doing a smaller fermentation batch. These guys will be brewing pretty much “round the clock”, 18 hours a day.

The new set up will produce a lot of beer and a lot of grain. True to Seattle form, the grain will be picked up by a local farmer to use as feed for livestock. I dont know if this farmer truly knows just how much grain will be available. Elysian Brewing Co.: keeping beer drinkers and cattle happy all at the same time!

What does this mean for Elysian? Only good things- the annual production will double in the first year of this new locations operation (from roughly 14,500 barrels to 30,000 barrels per year), Elysian will become the largest brewery in Washington state, more draft offerings and more beer for you to drink.

Last night, the collective at bb.com had a chance to check out the new digs. The shiny new mash tun, the stillness of the soon-to-be used bottling line and the enormous walk-in refrigerator made me proud to live in a city that Elysian calls home.

We will provide more updates as we hear about when the production is beginning and how it is going. But prepare to see more of Elysian!

  1. Kevin Davey
    July 22nd, 2011 at 12:22 | #1

    Sounds awesome! I look forward to buying cases of ESB. Speaking of ESB, you incorrectly stated that Elysian will become the largest brewery in Washington State. Sorry, Redhook beats them.

    • admin
      July 25th, 2011 at 22:00 | #2

      I think you are right Kevin. Even if Elysian fills a 240 bbl fermenter 5 days a week for 52 weeks a year they still won’t be even close to Redhook’s 174,000 bbl/yr. Thanks for keeping us in line.

  1. August 17th, 2011 at 08:07 | #1