Thursday, July 4, 2013

Elysian Brewing Company - The Mens Room Original Red

You find the strangest things
in the Mens Room
Edit: [When I first drafted this post, I couldn't think of any reason why someone would name a beer "The Men's Room". I suggested that the imagine it conjured up was not...appetizing. However, as you can see from the comment below, the name  of the beer comes from a Seattle radio program and part of the money that is made from the sale of "The Men's Room" goes to a very worthy cause that helps veterans and their families. Bravo, Elysian!]

I picked up a bomber of this brew at--Walmart. Don't ask how I ended up in a Walmart. Let's just say we were on the road and I didn't feel like searching around unknown territory for a store that isn't owned by a megacorp that's sucking the marrow from the bones of the dead American Dream... uh, sorry, that was my inner radical speaking... back to the beer review.

The Mens Room poured from bomber into tulip pint a hazy, golden amber color. The off-white head rose up to more than a finger thick. It looked very creamy and dissipated slowly. Prodigious amounts of webby lacing was left behind.

Aroma was sweet bready malt. Caramel and honey. A light citrus, floral hop smell in the background. Not much of an aroma to this one.

Taste was mildly bitter with a decent hops bite to it--grapefruit--but the backbone of this brew is the sweet, earthy malt flavor.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The hops bitterness remained in the finish.

This is a very easy drinking, highly sessionable beer. I really like it. Weird name. Good beer. I'm giving The Mens Room a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.


  1. Glad you dig the Red, Wolf! Just figured I'd pipe in and share some info on the name of the brew, since it is often misinterpreted.

    The name "Mens Room" comes from Elysian's partnership with the "Mens Room Radio Show" on KISW The Rock, which broadcasts in the Seattle/Tacoma area from 2-6pm, Monday thru Friday. It's a charitable brew, so a portion of the proceeds from every single case and keg that is sold, supports the Fisher House. The Fisher House is located next to the VA Hospital and provides a place for Veteran's families when Veterans are injured or ill and hospitalized. Mens Room Original Red has now raised $300,000 for the Fisher House!! Spread the word!

    Thanks for including Elysian brews on the beerguypdx blog! Cheers!

  2. Oh, man! Now I feel like an old scrooge! I'm going to edit my post to include kudos to you! $300,000! That's an awesome reason to drink more of this tasty brew!