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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
1,133 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
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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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 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 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 MilwaukeeCrusher
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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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.

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 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 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.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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