Sweet looking brewery taproom. Well thought out beers on offer, and apparent the brewers are switched on. Well brewed and nice to see barrel variants. Speaking of which, loved the windows to the barrel room...always a nice touch. Darkly lit in the late night, and I dug the basement feel. Really cool place in what seems to be an unlikely location.
(Visited 04/2012): Black Raven is located on the north side of Redmond, east of Seattle off the 405 on 95th. The building has a private parking lot.
The interior has some high table seating at the entrance, and a small bar area in the back. Nice brown and beige color scheme with tasteful lighting. There is a chalkboard behind the bar that lists what beers are available.
As for the beer, Black Raven has 6 house beers and offers a sampler. On our visit this included a Stout, Porter, IPA, Kristallweizen, APA and 25th Anniversary Extra Sensory Peppercorn (ESP). All of the beers are decent.
Service at Black Raven is pretty good. The bartender was familiar with the beers and friendly.
Black Raven does not offer food but they regularly have a food truck in the parking lot, and you are able to order in from several local menus.
All in all this is a nice brewpub to visit on the outskirts of Seattle.
Cool unsuspecting place in an industrial park with a pretty expansive interior that has two beers and a nice outdoor patio. They have offer flights (6 3 oz. beers), with 10 house beers on tap that range in quality. Rarities were more interesting than the standard lineup. Service is very friendly and helpful. and the prices are very reasonable. Definitely worth a stop in Redmond.
theisti (774) Kansas | September 21, 2009| Updated September 9, 2014
Hit Black Raven up with bvc and kp on Thursday, Sept 10. Located in a very non-descript business park, I was quite surprised to see a) how nice it was inside and b) how crowded it was. The place was absolutely jammed, and the only table we could grab was in the actual production brewery, which was pretty cool. One of the brewers chatted with us while he was working, and eventually gave us an impromptu tour of the place. The bar staff was totally slammed, but still very friendly and helpful. In addition to the house brews, they had a couple of guest taps, which was nice. Overall, good crowd, good beer, friendly staff.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Now being a beer geek I have had a few of there beers but not the whole list. So I pulled up to the bar got out my note book and ordered the sample tray. This place was awesome great service which was also very knowledgeable about the product. It was hard the tasters where so good which one do you get as a pint? Oh be ready when you arrive at any time this place is packed. The beers where so damn tasty I was so glad I made it here and found a spot to sit. No food here but hey do have a pizza place on the ready for delivery and a few snacks from peanuts to pretzels. Black Raven is a must for any beer geek. You will have a blast and there glassware is unique enough even if you have an extensive glass collection you will leave with one more.
Like a lot of valleys on the east side of Puget Sound, Redmond Valley used to be some of the most fertile farmland in the world. Now it’s some of the most fertile real estate around for tilt-up office sprawl and warehouse parks. BRB occupies one of the warehouse parks. You zizag through generic streets and go past dozens of identical off-white walls and gray roll-up doors until you see the bird over the door. Inside, though, they’ve made a great effort to overcome the aesthetic limitations of the locale. Clean, well-lit, comfortable, spacious. You walk in and immediately see the bar; tables spread to your right and farther back. Definitely a working production facility, but definitely a hospitable patrons area as well. The locals have certainly embraced it--getting an after-work drink means you need a little luck finding a parking place and an open seat. The furniture is all nice, clearly purchased all at once and with some thought in mind--rough-hewn-looking laquered tables, cool stools. Service is friendly, lines are in great shape, they pour a couple guest taps, there’s a pizza place next door with free delivery, and, every Wednesday, they tap a cask. You sort of feel like the burbs are progressively enveloping you on the drive here, but, once you arrive, there’s everything you need in place to enjoy a few neighborly pints.
Visited in the hour before closing time, got a sampler of everything they had and shared it. Quite cheap for what it was. Some really good beers among the selection, and there was a great local bar vibe (once you got inside). Would make for an excellent neighborhood place, if only it were in my neighborhood.
Unassuming building in a light industrial area of Redmond. Interior is built out well, wood and PNW themed. Good local crowd on a weeknight. Pretty good selection of their house beers with one or two seasonals.
Located in a business park. The placed was crowded on Friday evening during happy hour, but we were able to share a table with some cool people we just met. A nice beer selection and a friendly atmosphere.