Keep it clean
It's amazing how much of the brewing process is actually cleaning.
Brewer Keil Anderson shows off a unique ingredient for a Black Raven beer. In his hand is Black Lemon, which is really a dried lime.
More IPA Please
Beaux Bowman, owner and head brewer, and brewer Keil Anderson prepping the tanks for another batch of Trickster IPA.
Worth the Wait
Black Raven has a number of excellent aged beers using both bourbon barrels and French oak Chardonnay and Viognier wine barrels. The barrels here include an Imperial stout in a 20 year bourbon barrel that will age for about 2 years.
Malt & Vine IV
In these bourbon barrels, Black Raven is aging a dark imperial rye beer. It's the anniversary beer for Malt & Vine, a local beer and wine specialty shop.
Prepping the Cask
The Four Grain Saison Farmhouse Ale was vented around noon and served to a waiting crowd at 4:00.
Samplers are a great way to try what is on tap. Here we have the Sunthief Kristallweizen, Totem Pale Ale, Trickster Northwest IPA, Tamerlane Brown Porter, Second Sight Strong Scotch Ale and the Morrighan Nitro Stout.
In addition to their own fine ales, Black Raven typically serves up a few guest beers. When I visited, Pike Brewing IPA and Snipes Mountain Trainwreck were on tap.
Service with a Smile
Black Raven staff are highly knowledgeable and friendly.