Washington is now the leading producer of hops in the world, so it’s no wonder that our state has the Pacific Northwest’s greatest concentration of fledgling breweries. Craft beer in particular has secured a spot for itself within the brewing industry as a major player alongside established brands. Independent ownership and small-scale production are regarded by the local ethos as something valuable and worth rallying behind. It is with pride that Redmond calls itself home to four reputable breweries (and counting) and the taprooms which faithfully distribute their craft brews. But who are these special few?
Just outside of Redmond Town Center is BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. BJ’s has been in the brewing biz for 20 years, serving a selection award-winning signature beers and seasonal brews on rotation. Pair your drinks with lunch or dinner–BJ’s has an expansive menu featuring everything from tacos and pizza to fresh Atlantic salmon.
Venture farther northwest along the Sammamish River Trail and cut over to Black Raven Brewing Company. Black Raven is home to The Raven’s Nest Taproom where patrons will find beers inspired by the Old World and Pacific Northwest flavor. The Raven’s Nest is open all week long and seats about 100 in a living room-style setting; the perfect hangout for local beer lovers who want to be a part of a community while enjoying great beer.
Just north of Redmond Town Center you’ll find Bushnell Craft Brewing Company. They recently opened their Brew Barn on 5 acres in Redmond where they sustainably repurpose leftover hops to feed the farm’s chickens, pigs, and insects. Plans for an Aquaphonics system are in the works which would sustain fish and crops. All this is a precursor to opening a farm-to-table restaurant in a few years which will compliment the Brew Barn in Redmond. A Tap Room is in the works, but in the meantime, Bushnell Craft fans can find their brews at…
North of 83rd is Hop House, Redmond’s newest gastropub, which features an astonishing selection of fermented beverages including craft beer, cider, wine, mead, root beer and kombucha. Adventurous beer drinkers are sure to find something new from among their 70 taps, which comes alongside an awesome food menu. A craft spirits menu is also on the docket for Hot House, so stay tuned for that!
Head southeast of downtown to find Mac & Jack’s, a Northwest staple circa 1993. They offer a mix of year-round and seasonal ales, each finely handcrafted with their own distinct flavor. Make sure to take advantage of Mac & Jack’s free tours and tastings at 1:00 and 3:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays!
Nearby is your quirky and fun-loving friend Postdoc Brewing, famous for throwing sour and barrel-aged beers into its lineup of distinctly Northwest brews. Postdoc began in the garage of one of the owners as he completed his PhD at the University of Washington—hence the name—and flourished into a thriving local brewery. The Postdoc taproom is conveniently kid and dog friendly, so feel free to bring the whole crew!
Big Block Brewery is slated to open another taproom in the old Hi-Fi Brewing space at 14950 NE 95th St in Redmond! You can visit the Big Block Brewery website for updates.
For notable Redmond happy hours, see our happy hour roundup.