Black Raven Brewing Co.

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3.83/5
Black Raven Brewing Co.Black Raven Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

14679 NE 95th St
Redmond, Washington, 98052
United States

(425) 881-3020 | map
www.blackravenbrewing.com

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Added by papat444 on 04-09-2009

BEER STATS
Beers:
49
Reviews:
379
Ratings:
1,754
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
62
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
5.78%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of Bfarr
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of beertunes
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of czechsaaz
3.86/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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