If you have yet to get out to Black Raven – shame on you. Come on, man. Black Raven is arguably the best brewer in the great State of Washington. Don’t fear Redmond.
In all seriousness, Black Raven is a must visit. Located in a tiny commercial park in Redmond, Washington, Black Raven produces some of the best beer in Washington. From big IPAs, to well-conditioned barleywine and all the way to their new imperial stout(Grandfather Raven), their beer is incredible.
Well, now you have more reason to get out and visit them. Black Raven recently underwent construction to expand their taproom and add a second bar. The taproom can now accomodate a much larger amount of people, which will make cask night a bit more comfy.
If you need an excuse to head out there – tomorrow is Cask Night. Each Wednesday, Black Raven and Redmond’s special bottle shop – Malt & Vine – do a dual cask event. Starting at 4 PM, both venues will host a special cask.
Ok ok, you know we are from Seattle. Despite our best attempts to keep this blog all about beer and not just Seattle beer – it just tends to lean that way. Its our backyard!
In any event there are some great offerings out there in the NW corner this week – lets discuss:
Naked City Taphouse:
Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper – an incredible imperial stout with a kick of spice. If you have never had this you are missing one of America’s best Chrsitmas beers.
Naked City Hoptricity – the fourth (we think) offering in the Naked City regulars, this beer is supposedly stunning, raves Naked City’s own, Rachaal.
Avery The Czar – one of the top stouts, this beer will warm you up with its incredible body and roasty nose.
Black Raven Wisdom Seeker – my favorite NW IPA of 2009. This is extremely limited and is actually a double. Drink this before its gone.
Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale – have not heard too much of this offering. Sounds interesting though.
Malt & Vine
For you eastsiders. Also, did you all know that they recently updated and changed their website – much more manageable!
Anchor Our Special Ale 2008 – Last year’s version did fairly well among beer critics. This Christmas ale wont last long.
Ommegang Rouge – I love that this keeps popping up lately. Probably the most widely loved and sold sour in America, upstate NY’s brewer does it well.
St. Bernardus Belgian Christmas Ale – They make Abt 12. This is not very far off in quality.
Latona is rocking a heavy Big Time influenced menu – which is fine by us. This kicks off Winter Beer Series that is going down over the next few months:
Big Time Jeezum Crow IPA – This one was had at WA Brewers Fest and its sweet as hell (as in sugar content). Very enjoyable with some x-mas cookies i presume!
Big Time Dark Days – a dark IPA with some punch. Read The Pickled Liver’s review of it here.
Left Hand 400 Lb Monkey – another IPA that borders on the edge of too sweet. But worth the try alongside a Jeezum Crow.
I am skipping the pour list – though a nice pint of Flying Dog’s Gonzo sounds good – to discuss the post about their cellar sale that began late yesterday:
From the site:
Every year around this time we dive into our cellar and release a few of the goodies contained within. As always, bottle limits apply to certain items and quantities are scarce. Happy Holidays!
Allagash Victoria 2006 750ml (ME)
Avery Czar Imperial Stout 2008 22oz (CO)
Avery Fifteen 22oz (CO)
Butte Creek Train Wreck Barleywine 22oz (CA)
Dogfish Head Burton Baton 2007 12oz (DE)
Fish Leviathan Barleywine 2000 750ml (WA)
Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2006 12oz (OR)
Hair of the Dog Fred Batch #23 1.5L Magnum (OR)
Hair of the Dog Matt 12oz (OR)
Lost Abbey 10 Commandments 2008 750ml (CA)
Lost Abbey Judgement Day 2007 750ml (CA)
Maritime Jolly Roger 2005 12oz (WA)
Maritime Jolly Roger 2007 12oz (WA)
New Belgium Bottleworks X Anniversary 750ml (CO)
New Belgium La Folie 2007 750ml (CO)
Pike Old Bawdy 2006 12oz (WA)
Rogue Ten Thousand Brew 750ml (OR)
Russian River Deviation 750ml (CA)
Victory Storm King 2007 12oz (PA)
De Dolle Brouwers Oerbier Reserva 2002 330ml (Belgium)
De Dolle Brouwers Oerbier Reserva 2006 330ml (Belgium)
De Dolle Brouwers Stille Nacht 2002 330ml (Belgium)
De Ranke Cuvée 2007 750ml (Belgium)
De Ranke Kriek 2006 750ml (Belgium)
Dubuisson Scaldis Noël 2006 750ml (Belgium)
Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux 2006 750ml (Belgium)
Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noël 2004 750ml (Belgium)
Het Anker Gouden Carolus Noël 2005 750ml (Belgium)