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Black Raven Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Black Raven Brewing Co.Black Raven Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

41 Ratings
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Active Beers: 47
Beer Ratings: 1,097
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: papat444 on 04-09-2009)
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Reviews by MilwaukeeCrusher:
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4.71/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Oct 17, 2013
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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.

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

dionito, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

bigkingken, Jan 19, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

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3.64/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

TrojanRB, Aug 21, 2013
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Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, WA
94 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.