Black Raven Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 788
Beer Avg: 4
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | $$
One of the very best places to have a beer on the Seattle East Side. Great service, awesome beer, great atmosphere. Only their beer is served, plus one guest tap some times, but it's very good and at least 6-7 different ones at once. Many rotating taps too.
01-29-2014 01:29:49 | More by dionito
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It’d been a while since I found myself in the Pacific Northwest, and I was delighted to find that the more things change, the more they stay the same. That is to say, there are a ton more breweries around than the last time I was in Seattle, but they’ve all maintained that quality I’ve come to associate with the Emerald City.
My first stop on my return visit was a place that had just unfolded its wings when I left for Michigan, a place called Black Raven Brewing Company. Technically it’s not in Seattle; it’s across Lake Washington in Redmond. And it doesn’t serve food, which is part of the reason I never made it out when it was first starting off.
That was a mistake.
The beers here are quite impressive. The constant lineup is solid, with the best offerings coming in the form of IPA, Stout and a Strong Scotch Ale. The one disappointment was a brown ale that I found thin and slightly metallic in the finish. Outside of these regulars comes a fantastic barrel aging program that had produced three outstanding beers when I visited. The first was a bourbon stout that was lighter on the bourbon than most others I’ve had. The second was a dry blonde ale that tasted almost like champagne, with a rich depth of flavors that lingered on the tongue. The last was a version of their Scotch ale that had been aged in wine barrels. It created quite a unique combination of flavors, which I found both extremely interesting and extremely delicious.
The drawbacks of the establishment are its size and the fact that it doesn’t serve food. It’s rather small, and finding a seat or table or anything to set your glass down on can be challenging. But given that issue, it’s a pretty clean and warm environment, though nothing special. As for the food issue, they do have pizza menus for a nearby company that will deliver straight to your table. And it’s fantastic. So I guess the food really isn’t an issue.
As for the service, it also is pretty stellar. Though you have to go to the counter to order, rather than make you wait if there’s a backup in pouring, they’ll deliver to your table and give you a detailed overview of each style. When it calms down a bit, someone will check in on you now and then and offer more libations.
Overall, I rather liked the place and would be back many times if I lived in the area.
01-19-2014 21:00:41 | More by bigkingken
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | $$
The parking is always fun to find (sometimes I just visit Hi Fi Brewery a 100yrds away and walk) but usually not a big hassel. Really enjoy the seating areas and actual bar. Good place to meet up with friends or a whole group. They have a pretty good food truck that comes on most weekends. As others have said there is a varied selection of styles and tastes with two bars to get a pint at which is pretty helpful. Overall an energetic and lively place to sit and enjoy a full glass or the full flight with knowledgable people with a smile and enthusiasm for the company and Washington beer.
12-30-2013 18:14:40 | More by Sound_Explorer
4.71/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Arrived to find a full parking lot. After finally finding a parking spot, I weaved through the masses of people to the bar to get a flight. I was very impressed... every style was spot on, the mouthfeel was great, and the nose pleasant. Place was in an industrial type area which I guess is standard for many brewpubs. Still it loses points there because it doesn't have that atmospheric charm... maybe if they create an historic feeling taphouse I'll then give them a perfect score. Until then they'll have to settle with me saying they make the best beer in Seattle that I've tried.
10-17-2013 10:24:27 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.64/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was in Washington on a business trip, staying in Kirkland. I finished up early with a customer on a Tuesday afternoon, so we headed down to the Black Raven brewery.
We arrived at 4ish, and although the brewery is somewhat off the beaten path in a commercial park, it was already pretty busy. Parking was hard to find, so we parked a lot over, but could smell beer being made as soon as we opened the car doors.
They have a pretty big indoor area (probably seating for 50+ comfortably), but a nice patio as well. It was the kind of perfect summer day you only find in the PAC NW, so we sat outside.
The waitresses and bartenders were very friendly and the service was good. There were 6 standard beers on tap, plus 4 "rare birds". The selection was varied...most styles represented. With the heat, I had a kristalweizen and a pilsner. Both were very good. They also had a selection of local wines, and seemed to tap a cask of specialty beer every Wednesday, so unfortunately we were a day early.
I ended up paying for (4) twenty ounce beers and a souvenir pint glass, and the total was only about $20.
A deal for me, especially coming from California.
08-21-2013 04:24:30 | More by TrojanRB
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Had been meaning to stop by the tasting room for some time, but something always came up in the past, plus the hour long drive from Tacoma was a deterrent. However, the stars all aligned on Tuesday, and I finally made it over.
The tasting room is located in an inconspicuos set of buildings, just off the main drag of Willows Road. I got there a bit before 3:00 (when they open), only to see a BBQ food truck already setting up shop in anticipation of the crowd to come. That struck me as a bit overly optimistic on a Tuesday afternoon, but then I'd never been here before and didn't know what to expect (even on a Tuesday afternoon, the tasting room gets a decent size crowd).
Inside, the taproom is surprisingly sizeable, with several dining room areas, as well as a modest size bar in front to the left when you first walk in. The tasting room has sort of a modern, minimalistic vibe, with warm colors throughout. So this struck me as comfortable place to hang out with a beer or three on a cold afternoon in February.
On this particular day there were the 6 core beers on tap, and then 4 limited, special release beers. I eshewed the coconut brown ale (the coco jones), but did try the wine barrel aged abbey ale (BA Le petite mort), the wine barrel aged saison (the pour les oiseaux), and the Beaktweaker IPA. All of them were excellent to outstanding. As for the core beers, my favorites were the Trickster IPA (a huge hit this day in the tasting room), splinters and the totem pale.
The server was knowledgeable and quick, as one would expect from someone who tends bar on a regular basis in the tasting rooom. Prices were pretty reasonable I thought. I went with the sample flight, and then added a sample size glass of the beaktweaker, BA le petite mort and the Pour les oiseaux. I liked the latter two beers so much that I ordered two more sample size glasses of the beer. I wasn't sure if that was cool (just ordering sample size glasses), but I told the bartender I had a long drive back to Tacoma, and he was completely cool with it. So total cost for my beers was $11 ($6 for the flight of core beers, then a buck a sample size glass for the others). Not bad at all, considering what I ordered.
The tasting room is a haul for me to get to, but damn if the beers here aren't good. I'm sure I'll be back.
02-21-2013 17:31:36 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.94/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
located in an industrial park - pretty "blah" setting
the interior is a somewhat fragmented space - a main bar area with a few side rooms. Clean and sterile.
There were 8-10 taps or so, with a few guest options from the region. I went with the Trickster IPA as the rotational taps weren't really standouts in this particular day.
There is no kitchen but they have bar snacks and seem very open to having people bring in whatever they want from local restaurants.
Definitely a different atmosphere than similar places in Seattle - lots of samplers and locals present.
I enjoy most of Black Raven's beer, but it's going to take a special release to get me back out to Redmond, due to the logistics of their location and the somewhat anonymity of the location
04-16-2012 00:53:26 | More by dirtylou
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Tucked away in a industrial park one might say...OH NO. Five minutes inside into the first beer I say OH YES! Small place, walking in the bar is ahead seating to the right and some extra seating next to the back wall which screams Black Raven.
Q: Every beer here is good to damn right fantastic.
S: Good, friendly and prompt on this visit
S: About 7 standards brews and three specials with Old Birdbrain barleywine and two others..I have to grab my notes
F: No food but pretzels galore.
Visited here several times now. One trip I managed to try Wisdom Seeker and CoCo. The place has expanded with the suit next door. Now they have plenty of seating and additional handles and a bathroom to handle the fans.
08-07-2011 22:14:07 | More by barleywinefiend
3.54/5 rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Finally got out to Black Raven after hearing so many great things about them. II had few offerings at various fests and though they solid.
The atmosphere and decor are well done for a production brewery tasting room. The service was great: attentive, friendly, and not overbearing.
Now to the important part... the beer. After hearing so many good things, I went in with high expectations. Unfortunately after plodding through the sampler, I was a bit disappointed. Nothing was drain-pour bad, but I kept finding the same off flavor in at least three of samples.
To be fair, they were out of the Trickster IPA and no seasonal or limited releases were on, and by all accounts that's were BR shines. But judging solely on what was available at the time of my visit, I wouldn't go out of my way for their meager regular line up.
03-24-2011 07:09:31 | More by RoryGilmore
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A - Th atmosphere is nice, still a little on the small size even with the recent expansion. Usually feels crowded and often hard to find a place to sit. Guess that just speaks to the quality of their beers.
Q - I love the beers these guys make!! In my book, they are neck and neck with Walking Man and Boundary Bay for the best brewery in the state...really, they are that good! I think their Trickster IPA is the best in Washington and would compare favorably to any I've had from across the country. The Wisdom Seeker is out of the world when it comes on and the Old Birdbrain is an excellent barleywine. While those three top the list, the others beers I've had there have been solid as well. Looking forward to trying their Imperial stout and some of the lbottles being released in the near future.
S - I've always had great service here...no diva bar maids who don't have time to serve you a beer. And they've always been at least somewhat knowledgeable about the beer they are serving. I've talked to the brewmaster (Beau) a couple of times and he is always friendly and willing to talk shop; he even gave me tour of the brewery once. Good people all around!
S - I believe they have 9-10 taps. 5-6 of their own and 3-4 gust taps. Seemed to have a good selection across a range of styles.
F - Pretzels, nuts, order in or bring your own. But I don't really care--I go to drink, food can be had elsewhere.
V - Seemed OK. Pint and growler prices seemed about average for what you can expect to pay these days.
Overall--At the top of my list for WA. breweries...I'd be a happy mane if the other breweries around here made beers that were half as good!
03-12-2011 01:03:48 | More by hopburster
Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, WA
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.