Taken here by a co-worker when I visited Seattle. Awesome Trickster IPA! Easily the best hoppy beer in the Seattle area. Friendly servers, nice use of warehouse space to make a bar, and did I mention how good the beer is. An unexpected discovery in our Pacific NW trip.
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.
Parking lot is a little muddled, but this location is very nice and secluded. Small patio off one side of the building. Bar in front with a current tap list printed on the blackboard. Staff is very nice and attentive. Kind of compartmentalized areas beyond the front and quiet. Nice place.
The business park location is a bit odd for a brewpub but itís definitely worth a visit when in Redmond. The interior is very classy with lots of nooks and crannies to spend the afternoon sipping the breweryís many quality beers. If only theyíd open a taproom in Seattle...
Probably the best Eastside pub for serious beer lovers. Excellent ales. Iíve had their Trickster IPA, Tamerlane Porter, Second Sight strong Scotch ale, and their Belgian tripel. Had one guest beer last time - Diamond Knot HO-HO. Bartenders and guests at the bar are quite knowledgeable with lots of helpful WABL members. Location is a bit unexpected in an office park just off Willows Road, but itís akin to some of the great winery tasting rooms up on the hill above Woodinville. No food in house, but they have menus and delivery from next-door pizza place. Nice contemporary decor and comfortable environs. Place has been full every time Iíve been there, but always managed to find a seat quickly. BTW, you can usually get their beer at Redmondís British Pantry/ Three Lions Pub or Cafe Veloce if you want a different food theme.
(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.
Odd location in an industrial park in Redmond, with signs that are nearly a death threat if you park your car in another businessís space. Very nice decor inside with a dozen or so taps. 8 or so of their regular year round beers, and 4 or so seasonal, or what they call rare birds. Good beer, and I canít complain to much about location, because itís not really out of the way and is next door to one brewery, and walking reasonable walking distance to a couple others. Love their regular release events they hold throughout the year. Iíll keep going back.