In the mythology of many indigenous tribes of the Northwest, the raven is seen as a culture hero, a revered and benevolent, transformative figure. The raven helps people, blesses them with gifts and shapes the world. But at the same time, he is a frivolous trickster, a light-hearted prankster who is sometime gluttonous and impatient. The raven as our totem works perfectly. We like to think we are creative, wise, playful and a bit bird-brained; just like those wacky ravens.
April 2009 was the soft open with one beer on tap. May 1st 2009 was the official grand opening. It was a great day to be a raven in Redmond.
At this point we are distributing in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and now Hawaii. We stay pretty busy just keeping these states in beer so not sure yet where we will be next.
Yes, we have kegs to go of many BRBC beers available in the taproom. Ka-Kaww!
I asked the boys this and here is what they said: "Kraven, beer is typically measured for bitterness in International Bittering Units (IBU). This number can be theoretically calculated in the brewery but is only truly accurate via laboratory analysis. Technically 1 IBU is 1 milligram of isomerized alpha acid per liter of liquid. The higher the IBU number, the more potential bitterness. As usual in brewing though, it depends. The stronger (higher gravity) the beer, the less perceived bitterness. For example, 60 IBU in a 5% ABV pale ale would be perceived much more bitter than 60 IBU in a 10% ABV pale barleywine. Beer drinkers should keep in mind, numbers don't really drink well so don't get too hung up on them".
Trickster IPA takes about 18 days from brew day until it is in your glass, or in my case, in my beak.
I asked the boys and they said that they use a combination of methods. The first is the use of vegan friendly finings in a tank to allow the protein haze to form and settle, along with the yeast. The second step is a pressure leaf filter unit for final clarification.
Well shuck my corn, they like both kinds of music!
Corvus Kriekus was our first true sour beer released. It was over two years in the making. There are currently a few other sour projects in production to be released over the years.
We have slightly different dialects. For instance, crows pronounce, “caw” with a softer A than ravens. And just a tip, NEVER call a raven a crow.