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Black Raven Brewing: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Redmond’s Premier Craft Brewery

by Ryan

Located in Redmond, Washington, Black Raven Brewing Company stands as a testament to the rich and diverse world of craft brewing. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting this renowned brewery, and I’m eager to share my experience.

The Ambiance
Upon arrival, the first thing that struck me was the inviting and relaxed atmosphere of the taproom. The decor, a blend of rustic and modern elements, creates a space that’s both comfortable and intriguing. It’s the kind of place where you can easily spend hours chatting with friends or enjoying a quiet moment alone with a good brew.

The Beers
Of course, the highlight of any brewery visit is the beer, and Black Raven does not disappoint. Their selection ranges from tried-and-true classics to innovative creations, each showcasing the brewery’s commitment to quality and flavor.


      1. Second Sight – A robust beer with a beautiful ruby hue and rich malt aromas. The taste is full-bodied and malt-forward, perfect for those who love a hearty brew.

      1. Wisdom Seeker – This double IPA is a hop lover’s dream, bursting with citrus and herbal notes. Despite its high ABV, it’s surprisingly smooth.

      1. BeakTweaker Citrus IPA – A seasonal delight that combines citrusy brightness with the depth of barley and rye malts. The addition of black lemon and orange peel adds a unique twist.

      1. Feather Weather Stout – For fans of darker beers, this stout with cocoa nibs and coffee is a treat. It’s rich yet balanced, with a delightful interplay of chocolate and coffee flavors.

    The Experience
    The staff at Black Raven are as impressive as their beers. Knowledgeable and friendly, they’re happy to share insights about their brewing process and help you find your perfect pint. Though they don’t serve food, the presence of food trucks and the option to bring your own eats add to the casual, inclusive vibe.

    Black Raven Brewing Company is more than just a brewery; it’s a celebration of the craft beer culture. Whether you’re a seasoned beer aficionado or a curious newbie, you’ll find something to love here. This visit was not just about tasting beer; it was about experiencing the passion and craftsmanship that goes into every pint at Black Raven.

    Beers on Tap:

    1. Second Sight: A malt-focused beer with a ruby color, offering large malt aromatics, delicious malt flavors, and a full-bodied finish. It has 6.9% ABV and 32 IBU.

    2. Wisdom Seeker: An Imperial Double IPA known for its massive citrus and herbal hop additions. It has a bold flavor, with 8.9% ABV and 85 IBU.

    3. BeakTweaker Citrus IPA: This seasonal IPA stands out with its bold citrus flavors and aromatics, derived from a mix of barley, rye malts, black lemon, orange peel, and lemon peel. It has an ABV of 6.5% and 77 IBU.

    4. Festivus Holiday Ale: A spiced/herbed beer with an ABV of 7.1% and 48 IBU.

    5. Grandfather Raven: A Russian Imperial Stout with rich dark caramel notes, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee aromas. It’s full-bodied with 9.5% ABV and 70 IBU.

    6. Feather Weather: An American stout brewed with cocoa nibs and coffee, offering dark chocolate and coffee flavors. It has 6% ABV and 32 IBU.

    7. Pilsner: A clean, crisp lager brewed with a blend of domestic and imported hops, having an ABV of 5.2% and 28 IBU.

    8. Splinters: A Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, bourbon barrel-aged version of Second Sight, with 10.8% ABV and 34 IBU.

    9. Updraft: An American Pale Ale with 5.5% ABV and 45 IBU.

    10. Flocktoberfest: A Märzen with a clean and balanced profile, perfect for the transition from summer to fall. It has an ABV of 5% and 34 IBU.

    11. Pour Les Oiseaux: A Saison/Farmhouse Ale with a blend of barley, wheat, rye, and oats. It features earthy, fruity flavors and a crisp finish, with 7.6% ABV.

    12. Squawker IPA: An American IPA crafted with new hop varieties such as Mosaic, Local, and HBC342, featuring 7.1% ABV and 65 IBU.

    13. Samish Haze: A New England/Hazy IPA with 7.1% ABV and 45 IBU.

    14. Gunpowder Plot: A Porter with bourbon barrel aging, featuring chocolate and coffee, with 7.2% ABV.

    15. Cemetery Souls IPA: A collaboration with Boneyard Brewing, this American IPA features innovative hops with 6.6% ABV and 60 IBU.

    16. La Mort Rouge: A Belgian Strong Dark Ale aged in red wine barrels with cherries, boasting 10.4% ABV.

    17. MechaRaven: An Imperial/Double New England/Hazy IPA with bold aroma and flavor of Idaho 7 hops, complemented by guava and other fruits, with a strong ABV.

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