In 2000, Mississippi homebrewer Robert “Beaux” Bowman moved to Washington and landed at Mac and Jack’s Brewing in Redmond. Next, he worked at Far West Ireland Brewing (now closed), The Ram, and Lazy Boy Brewing, and anywhere else that needed his services. In April 2009, Beaux and Kat Gillespie opened Black Raven Brewing Company on the southeast corner of Willows Road Northeast and Northeast 95th Street just blocks from downtown Redmond and the Sammamish River Trail. Tonight, their Sales Executive Nick Weitzel, aka DJ ABV, will spin vinyl by the band Sade with several of his Black Raven beer on tap at Peaks & Pints from 6-8 p.m. In conjunction, Peaks presents an in-house Black Raven beer flight — a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Black Raven Meets Sade.
Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Black Raven Meets Sade
Black Raven’s Seasonal IPA Series spotlights new recipes that thrill their brewers. Seasonal IPA No. 4 recently landed at Peaks & Pints. It’s hop profile features Cryo Pop and Idaho 7 hops for predominately grapefruit with a large supporting cast of fruity flavors, plus bitterness.
Black Raven’s new year-round clean and modern West Coast style IPA I brewed with New Zealand grown Nectaron hops, which lends a myriad of flavors including passionfruit, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple.
Fremont Brewing must also enjoy the film Enemy Mine, Wolfgang Peterson’s 1985 Reagan/Cold War Era film about the possibility of brotherhood between man and alien. Two different birds of feather are flying together on Frenemy Mine IPA, a play off the film brewed with Talus, Simcoe, and Idaho 7 hops for a slight citrus nose followed by slight malt flavor, tons of pine and a super clean finish.
According to Black Raven, “Ravens in the Scottish Highlands were once thought to possess the gift of second sight, the ability to see future events before they occur. Second Sight Scotch Ale is built around malted barley with hops playing a balancing role. This beer is ruby in color with large malt aromatics, delicious malt flavors and a full-bodied finish.” Indeed, this creamy Scotch ale hits with massive fruity sweetness of raisin, date and toffee notes then flies forever with a woody finish and a slight alcoholic aftertaste, warming if you will.
In the creator role, and in the Raven’s role as the totem and ancestor, the Raven is often addressed as Grandfather Raven. With this stately sense of pomp and tradition we bring you our imperial stout. Black Raven’s Russian imperial stout is full of rich dark caramel notes, unsweetened chocolate, and hints of coffee aromas and flavors. Stately indeed, but at 9.5% ABV, perhaps it is just a vain attempt to encourage the trickster spirit to act respectably. NOTE: This is different from the bourbon barrel aged version, Great Grandfather Raven.