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Black Raven Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Black Raven Brewing Co.Black Raven Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
47 Beers
1,135 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
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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(Place added by: papat444 on 04-09-2009)
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Reviews by hopburster:
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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!

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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.

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Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, WA
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.