Black Raven Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 49
Beer Ratings: 1,022
Beer Avg: 3.98
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.43/5 rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I stopped at Black Raven will visiting family in the area.
Atmosphere is nice for a tap room. A solid wood bar, and matching tables provide for indoor seating, and there is outdoor seating as well. There is a rustic, almost cave like feel to the place. Seating for about 25.
Quality is OK. The Black Raven brews are on tap, along with a few regional micros on as guest taps.
Service is OK. There were a couple of girls behind the bar. One was quite knowledgeable about the beer.
Selection included 6 Black Raven taps and the guests were Elysian, Alpine & Snipes Mountain. They were out of the Trickster of IPA on July 10th. A cardinal sin.
Food is non-existent. I understand you can order out for pizza.
Value is a bit pricey at $5 a pint. Personally I would expect a little lower pint price at the tap room. They do offer a sampler.
07-25-2010 20:55:43 | More by RJLarse
3.5/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
11-03-2009 03:44:59 | More by RedDiamond
3.54/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Finally got out to Black Raven after hearing so many great things about them. II had few offerings at various fests and though they solid.
The atmosphere and decor are well done for a production brewery tasting room. The service was great: attentive, friendly, and not overbearing.
Now to the important part... the beer. After hearing so many good things, I went in with high expectations. Unfortunately after plodding through the sampler, I was a bit disappointed. Nothing was drain-pour bad, but I kept finding the same off flavor in at least three of samples.
To be fair, they were out of the Trickster IPA and no seasonal or limited releases were on, and by all accounts that's were BR shines. But judging solely on what was available at the time of my visit, I wouldn't go out of my way for their meager regular line up.
03-24-2011 07:09:31 | More by RoryGilmore
3.64/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
3.74/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
tiny little space in redmond. the taproom anyways, the brewery is decent sized with room to grow. sorry, folks, these guys are concentrating on their beer. the vibe gets docked a point just for being in redmond. sorry, guys, you handicapped yourselves. 2nd time i'd been here, first time was when they still only had one beer on tap, the tamerlane porter, a pretty good brown porter. the trickster ipa was going to be on tap the next day. no food. 9 months later, there still is no food except for free pretzels and a mediocre pizza place that delivers. humbug. the trickster is delicious, and these guys have a new cask beer on every wednesday, though, i have not been there for that myself. brewers beaux and andy talked with us for a while about the brewery and about the 3 variants on the tamarlane they were casking at the moment. they are doing barrel-aging, which will be fun for the future of their beer. i look forward to their continued growth and wish them luck.
01-19-2010 07:54:45 | More by olympuszymurgus
3.86/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
07-11-2009 15:37:14 | More by czechsaaz
3.94/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
located in an industrial park - pretty "blah" setting
the interior is a somewhat fragmented space - a main bar area with a few side rooms. Clean and sterile.
There were 8-10 taps or so, with a few guest options from the region. I went with the Trickster IPA as the rotational taps weren't really standouts in this particular day.
There is no kitchen but they have bar snacks and seem very open to having people bring in whatever they want from local restaurants.
Definitely a different atmosphere than similar places in Seattle - lots of samplers and locals present.
I enjoy most of Black Raven's beer, but it's going to take a special release to get me back out to Redmond, due to the logistics of their location and the somewhat anonymity of the location
04-16-2012 00:53:26 | More by dirtylou
4/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
06-05-2009 23:35:42 | More by snaotheus
Black Raven Brewing Co. in Redmond, WA
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