Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Black Raven Brewing Co.Black Raven Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
47 Beers
1,141 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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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.

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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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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.

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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

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

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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