Press release: 1997-01-22: GameWorks SEATTLE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
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Local Brewery is Featured at GameWorks Seattle SEATTLE - Jan. 22, 1997 - GameWorks(TM), a new entertainment venture recently announced by DreamWorks SKG, Sega and Universal Studios today announced a partnership with Elysian Brewing Company of Seattle. The partnership will include the construction of an on-site microbrew pub at the GameWorks site at 7th and Pike in downtown Seattle. GameWorks has plans to open 100 locations throughout the world by the year 2002 and announced in December the opening of their first in Seattle in mid-March of this year. "GameWorks is about playing games and socializing in a new environment," said Michael Montgomery, president and COO of Sega GameWorks. "One aspect of our diverse atmosphere is the inclusion of Elysian, a local microbrewery that offers great beer." At GameWorks, Elysian will operate a four-barrel brewing system producing exclusively traditional English-style cask ales. The 1,500 square-foot pub will serve ales, pilsners, special bitters, India pale ale, a porter and seasonal selections. A GameWorks specific brew will also be created for the Seattle venue. "We are proud to be associated with GameWorks and their commitment to provide not only the highest quality entertainment," said David Buhler, co-owner of Elysian, "but the highest quality microbrews." The 7,000-square-foot Elysian Brewing Company and Public House was founded in 1996 and opened its doors in May of last year in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood at 13th Avenue and Pike Street. Identified by many of the brew trades as amongst the region's best, Elysian currently brews both ales and lagers with their 20-barrel brew system at their Capitol Hill site. In addition to on-site taps, Elysian has been successful in serving 25 to 30 of the area's best wholesale accounts. Elysian Brewing Company is owned by three partners: Joe Bisacca, Chief Financial Officer and former Seafirst Bank Vice President; Dave Buhler, Director of Hospitality and Sales and formerly with Hogue Cellars, Rogue Ales and Scottish and Newcastle Breweries in Oregon; and Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer and formerly with Duwamps Cafe/Seattle Brewing Company, Big Time Brewery and Ale House, and Pike Place Brewery in Seattle. Under the visionary guidance of Steven Spielberg, the GameWorks design team is combining the entertainment industry's best technology and theme park scale to create a high energy world for young adults. The opening of GameWorks Seattle in mid-March will be followed by the opening of a 50,000 square foot GameWorks in Las Vegas in May 1997 and another 30,000 square foot location in Ontario, Calif., in the summer of 1997. GameWorks is the main business of Sega GameWorks L.L.C. Other Sega GameWorks activities include Games Operations, which owns and operates numerous arcade and SegaCity(TM) locations, and Sega Game Sales, the exclusive distributor of Sega arcade games for North and South America. The shareholders of Sega GameWorks are wholly-owned subsidiaries of each of Sega Enterprises, DreamWorks SKG and Universal Studios. Universal Studios, Inc. is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global beverage and entertainment company.