Ravens have long been held in
high esteem by brewers, particularly in the British Isles. A famous
London brewery once had a tame “mascot” raven named “Joey” that was
thought to bring the brewery good luck. Many years ago while home
brewing, our brewer/owner came across an old photo in an online
stock photo database entitled “Brewer with tame raven”. That photo
was the inspiration for continuing the
mystical brewery–raven connection, hence the Black Raven
Brewing Company. This photo is now used on the home page of the
Black Raven Brewing Company website.
Ravens are common birds in the North Cascade
mountain range of western Washington. Black Raven Brewing Company is
located in the foothills of the North Cascade mountain range. It is
important for us to be a local brewery that puts focus on sourcing
Washington grown and produced ingredients. As such, we felt that our
brewery name and image should be tied to our state.
Another factor in the decision to use the raven
was both owners Scottish roots. The raven has played an important
role in folklore and is also associated with the British Isles and
the culture of Scotland and England.
Combine the brewer-raven historical connection,
the presence of ravens in our region, and the cultural influence
from our ancestry, Black Raven Brewing Company was a logical choice
for our brewery’s name.
...plus they are really crafty birds, much like