BY KEEGAN PROSSER
Black Raven Brewing Company
14679 NE 95th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Black Raven Brewing Company is a true neighborhood brewery with a small retail taproom. Owner and Brew Manager Beaux Bowman had been brewing beer for 8 years before he decided to open his own brewer in May 2009. Known for their experimental ingredients and flavors, Black Raven generally has 8 to 10 original beers on tap, in addition to a continually changing hand-picked selection of other notable Washington State beers.
Winter favorite: This December they’ll offer a Bourbon Barrel Aged brew called La Petite Mort (a strong, Belgian-style dark ale aged in a bourbon barrel) and a new concoction called Kitty Kat Blues (Nitro pale with vanilla, blueberries and catnip). Yes, the latter is people-friendly.
Mac & Jack’s Brewery
17825 Northeast 65th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Mac & Jack’s Brewery is dedicated to making the finest ales in the Northwest, cultivating most of their ingredients from the Northwest – including malted barley and hops grown in Yakima. While they don’t have a brew pub, they offer samples – and the option to purchase beer to go – from their retail store.
Winter favorite: Cascadian Dark Ale. A Northwest style beer, this ale joins together pale & dark roasted malts with generous portions of Yakima Valley hops. This brew boasts the citrus and floral aromas of an IPA, complimented by a velvety smooth roasted malt flavor. Available through New Years.
Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom
8032 Falls Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, WA 98065
Located in historic downtown Snoqualmie, this brewery was founded in 1997 by Pat Anderson, David McKibben, Dave Eiffert, LeRoy Gmazel and Tom Antone. The taproom features seating for 180 patrons and two banquet rooms. Their products are available in 22 oz bombers at the brewery and in a number of stores throughout Washington and northern Idaho.
Winter favorite: Avalanche Winter Ale. This northwest style winter ale is deep ruby red when held to the light and features full-bodied, complex malt flavors balanced perfectly by distinctive Yakima Chinook and Cascade hops. It’s big, rich, smooth and satisfying.
14300 NE 145th St., Woodinville, WA 98072
From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, WA and Portsmouth, NH, Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. The Woodinville facility hosts many events and festivities during the warmer months, and features the Forecasters Public House, and two rooms available for private events.
Winter favorite: Winterhook #28. Each year, Redhook’s Winterhook has changed slightly. Created by Brewing Manager Jen Talley, this year’s batch offers a rich caramel body that balances the big malt backbone with an aggressively dry hopped brew. Talley says it’s always a great sign when the pub employees love the brew. The verdict? They love it.
NEW: Bellevue Brewing Company
1820 130th Avenue N.E. Suite 2, Bellevue, WA 98005
The 12,000 square foot brewery accommodates a 6,000 square foot, 20-Barrel brewhouse and a 6,000 square foot taproom complete with three private hospitality rooms, a large L-shaped bar and comfortable seating options. The taproom will serve a variety of dishes prepared by local chef Rick Lowell, including hot and cold sandwiches, salads and appetizers – all made fresh, in house. In addition to their own beers, the Bellevue Brewing Company will feature beers from other local breweries, including Black Raven and Seven Seas (Gig Harbor).
Winter favorite: The newest option for tasty beers on the Eastside, BBC will host an open house on Dec. 13, with a Grand Opening set for later in the month. In addition to a selection of local beers, two of their original beers will be on tap for the open house: the oatmeal stout and the ESB. In the next few weeks they will also introduce their IPA and scotch ale.