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Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Black Raven Brewing Co.Black Raven Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
47 Beers
1,305 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

14679 NE 95th St
Redmond, Washington, 98052
United States
phone: (425) 881-3020

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 23
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Nice little place. Had half a dozen regulars on tap and 4 specials. The Triple IPA was very nice and the BA RIS was very smooth. There was a wood fired pizza truck parked in the parking lot which was nice. Place is small with a few tables outside. Staff was very courteous and helpful. Seemed like most of the people there were Microsoft employees. If your are in Redmond area, definitely worth a stop.

Photo of DOCRW
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5

Some of the best beer you'll ever try but the wait and service is their weakest part! I don't care for the wait staff but the beer makes it worth it. Beaux Bowman is a genius brewer who found the right occupation, I hope he can get his staff on the same level as his product.

Photo of dionito
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of bigkingken
4.25/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of TrojanRB
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of RoryGilmore
3.54/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of hopburster
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of NWer
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of the top quality breweries in the Northwest. Their Trickster - when you can get it - and their Wisdom Seeker - when you can get it - are as good as it gets.
Then there's Grandfather Raven - when you can get it - superb!
Food? Not germane - they're a working brewery with a tap room. People who expect food should go elsewhere. They're not paying attention. There are complementary peanuts and pretzels though and you can order a pizza from a nearby place that delivers.
Great beer and friendly, knowledgeable people. Doesn't get any better than that.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Black raven is a very nice place to stop in for a beer. They have several very delicious beers that are almost always on tap. I love the trickster IPA! They have a cask offering sometimes too. The atmosphere is great with a few sports TV's and the ever expanding seating area (they bought out the place next door for more room)

The girls that work there are friendly and efficient at serving beer and helpful if you're having trouble deciding what to have.

They have a limited release line that is awesome! from coco jones to wisdom seeker, black raven makes some really solid beer

Food selection is not an option here, but there are several places nearby that deliver and you can bring your own if you'd like

Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I stopped at Black Raven will visiting family in the area.

Atmosphere is nice for a tap room. A solid wood bar, and matching tables provide for indoor seating, and there is outdoor seating as well. There is a rustic, almost cave like feel to the place. Seating for about 25.

Quality is OK. The Black Raven brews are on tap, along with a few regional micros on as guest taps.

Service is OK. There were a couple of girls behind the bar. One was quite knowledgeable about the beer.

Selection included 6 Black Raven taps and the guests were Elysian, Alpine & Snipes Mountain. They were out of the Trickster of IPA on July 10th. A cardinal sin.

Food is non-existent. I understand you can order out for pizza.

Value is a bit pricey at $5 a pint. Personally I would expect a little lower pint price at the tap room. They do offer a sampler.

Photo of Bfarr
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Situated in the middle of what looks like an industrial office complex, Black Raven Brewing appears very out of place. Once inside though, you forget about that because you are greeted by a wonderfully small bar with a few surrounding tables all made of polished wood. Tall tables have what appears to be tree trunks cut to fit as legs and a huge wooden door in the back with a big black raven painted on it. Some stone work on the inside wall complete the upscale rustic feel. It still appears to be a bit of a work in progress but it is still quite intrigueing.

There is not a huge selection of beers they brew but they do a lot of seasonal beers that I'll have to come back for. They at least have a range of beers so anybody can find something they like.

The bartender was very attentive and amicable.

There's no food here aside from some peanuts but you can bring in outside food or you can have Flying Saucer Pizza deliver their Bird of Prey that they developed with the help of Black Raven.

Definitely on the small side but if you're looking for a quiet place to have a beer than this is a great place.

Photo of beertunes
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I made my first visit to B.R. World Headquarters for their 1st Anniversary party recently. So, while this isn't a typical visit, I did get a feel for the place.

The atmosphere was very nice for a spot in an industrial complex. A comfortable room, with nice tables and chairs, is what you get when you walk in the front door. There is a bar with 6-8 seats and 10-12 taps in the front most spot. Going through a doorway leads to some more tables and, eventually, the brewery.

The entire staff was nice and friendly, despite how busy they were that day. The beers were, as usual for BR, top notch. They had the regular lineup available for pints and growler fills, and special things just for for the party by the glass.

If you're in the area, stop in. If you're visiting the PNW on a vacation or business trip, make a point of getting there, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.74/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

tiny little space in redmond. the taproom anyways, the brewery is decent sized with room to grow. sorry, folks, these guys are concentrating on their beer. the vibe gets docked a point just for being in redmond. sorry, guys, you handicapped yourselves. 2nd time i'd been here, first time was when they still only had one beer on tap, the tamerlane porter, a pretty good brown porter. the trickster ipa was going to be on tap the next day. no food. 9 months later, there still is no food except for free pretzels and a mediocre pizza place that delivers. humbug. the trickster is delicious, and these guys have a new cask beer on every wednesday, though, i have not been there for that myself. brewers beaux and andy talked with us for a while about the brewery and about the 3 variants on the tamarlane they were casking at the moment. they are doing barrel-aging, which will be fun for the future of their beer. i look forward to their continued growth and wish them luck.

Photo of cannabanaceae
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I was in redmond, so I thought Id check this place out.

When I walked in, it had a mini brouwers type feel to the place.

I tasted a couple samples. The selection of beers was good. local I was talking to said thats why he comes there. I did think the trickster ipa was quit good.

I thought the prices were average. I saw some barrel aging going on.. This place has potential, hope they put out some nice american barrel aged beer in the future.

Prost.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Though Black Raven falls into the "brewery with a tasting room" category (it's not a genuine brewpub), it's more comfortable than many similarly organized breweries in our region. They do have a few tables amid oak barrels near the brewery garage bay in the rear. And in summer there are outdoor tables behind the brewery in the parking lot. But most of the place has the outward appearance of a small pub or restaurant with lit candles on the tables and refined decor. They just don't have a kitchen and offer no more than snacks to eat. The popular option is to call for pizzeria delivery.

The bar offers six regular taps and a seasonal, plus three guests and some wine. They serve imperial pints, perform glass rinses (a sophisticated gesture though I'm not sold on the idea), and tap a firkin on Weds. nights. They brew the more popular styles with the occasional Belgian or barrel aged ale and a filtered version of their hefeweizen brewed to the kristallweizen style. Quality varies but is generally of merit, especially the IPA. Overall, a friendly spot for a pint or growler and very popular with the locals. Worth a visit if you're on the east side.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

When I heard about a new brewery opening on the eastside during the height of my beer trading madness last winter, I knew I wanted to find out more.

I've been in Black Raven since day 1. From their soft opening in April to the official opening in May and several times inbetween (and since), I like what Beaux and company are doing out in Redmond.

I could talk about the brews in detail, etc but what has impressed me overall is the vision for the brewery. You can see, or at least I can, how they've had a game plan of how they wanted to go about their business. The taproom is not some shabby thrown together room (nothing against those types) but a room done with an interior decorator's touch.

The brewery itself is large for a starting brewery. Barrels for aging are already in there for some barrel aged goodness.

Casks every Wednesday in conjunction with Malt N Vine. Founding Club set up and rocking.

They just seem to be going from strength to strength. The beers are improving (the brown porter was already kick ass from the get go) and the staff are just "on".

While Black Raven is completely out of my way, any time I'm near Redmond, I make sure to stop in and have a pint.

Cheers!

Photo of czechsaaz
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

New Brewery in the area that I read about and still haven't seen taps in any of my regular ale houses. Decided to take a growler and check it out.

It's a warehouse brewery in an industrial park area of Redmond. But the Taproom is a step up from what you typically find at that type of place. There's a small bar when you walk in with 8-10 seats and maybe 10 tables. All are iron and stressed wood, new but made to be old. It's new so everything is clean and attractive. The lone TV by the bar was playing ESPN Classic boxing (Bowe v. Hollyfield II, Fanman, Niiiice.)

They have six beers on tap which looks like the regular lineup. I got a smapler tray to decide what I wanted to take with me. Kristale, a crystal wheat german style with light clove, an unfiltered version of the same, Totem Pale with HUGE amounts of citrus hops, Trickster IPA, very good, Morrighan Stout, a dry kind of thin version, and A Brown Porter. They also had two guest beers, one from Big Al's and one from Chuckanut in a display of new brewer solidarity. All the beers were good and the IPA was VERY good. So basically your typical line-up for a start-up brewery.

I got a growler of the Brown Porter which is a pretty unique beer. (review coming soon).

There were two servers and when I arrived, no seats except in the back room by the brewery. That room has a very temporary feel. I moved to the main taproom pretty quickly. No kitchen yet but they encourage delivery/bring in. They plan to add a kitchen once the brewery is up to speed.

Overall, a pretty nice place. I'm not sure I would go out of my way to get here....yet. But it shows promise. I wish them the best of luck.

UPDATE Late August '09. Needed to be somewhere vaguely near here on a Friday afternoon. Went in and it was packed. Didn't want to take the lone table by myself so I had to wait. Sipped a pretty nice belgian strong that was malty with just a little belgian yeast character. They had a local pizza place selling pies in the back. I may have to become an evangelist for thier pale ale. Good session but also hoppy Standard Pale.

Gald to see they seem to be doing well. I've been pestering some of my locals to get the Pale or the IPA.

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

New brewery in town -- I went with a couple homebrewers/co-workers. It's a little place (seats maybe 30-35), very clean and nice. Atmosphere was quiet and laid back. Service was fine. They don't have a kitchen so they don't serve food, but you can order from nearby restaurants or bring something in. I think they plan on opening a kitchen in the future, but I don't know if they would have room for it without reducing seating.

Selection was good, they have their own beers of course (although they ran out of their IPA before I could try it), and it looks like they have interesting things planned for the future (coconut stout?). They also have a few other local brews (for instance, Silver City Brewing's Whoop Pass Double IPA, which is delicious).

Prices were reasonable -- I think $5/pint, $10/growler. They sell kegs as well, but I didn't pay much attention to the prices.

Not bad. I'll probably go back, if for no other reason than to try their other brews.

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Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, WA
94 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.