There’s no shortage of craft breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. We’ve got Hale’s, Bad Jimmy’s, Maritime Pacific, Populuxe, Peddler, Stoup, Hilliard’s, NW Peaks and Urban Family. They’re all fine breweries and I have a few favorites among them. However, there’s still one more Ballard brewery I haven’t mentioned yet, and they are definitely one of my favorites. That brewery is Reuben’s Brews.
Opened in August of 2012 by Adam Robbings (along with the help and support of his wife and Reuben’s mother, Grace), Reuben’s Brews quickly gained a reputation for making some of Ballard’s best brews. Their American Rye and Roggenbier (both multiple award winners) were two of my early favorites and I’m a big fan of their Blimey That’s Bitter Triple IPA and their rare and extremely popular Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. They also just teamed up with the crew at Brouwer’s Cafe to brew the Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary beer: Gobsmacked Imperial IPA.
As Reubens’ popularity continued to grow, their current brewery and taproom was starting to feel a bit on the small side, so Reuben’s is currently in the process of moving (not far) and expanding. Late last year, Reuben’s signed a lease on a new space just two blocks from their current location. They hope to open the new space by by April or May of this year. The new taproom will be bigger, have longer hours and more taps than their current setup. They’re also expanding to a 15 barrel brewing system, allowing them to increase capacity. They’ve been brewing at their current system’s capacity for the past 20 months, and simply can’t keep up with demand without this expansion. The current brewery and taproom will become Reubens’ new ‘experimental’ brewery and barrelhouse, allowing them to experiment and brew even more barrel-aged beers.
As if all this wasn’t enough, Reuben’s has now teamed up with Zeeks Pizza to create a special brew dubbed Hop Tropic. A pale ale that leans towards being an IPA, Hop Tropic will be available exclusively at all Zeeks Pizza locations around the Sound.
Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:
SEATTLE, WA. (Mar. 4, 2015) Reuben’s Brews and Zeeks Pizza today announce the launch of a new collaboration brew, “Hop Tropic!” This will be exclusively available at all Zeeks Restaurants in the Seattle area and Bothell, as well as the Reuben’s Brews taproom.
“We are incredibly excited for this opportunity,” said Adam Robbings, Co-founder and Brewmaster of Reuben’s Brews. “Zeeks Pizza has supported us from very early on, and were humbled when they asked us to brew a house beer for them! It was an awesome experience to work with the Zeeks team to craft a great northwestern style beer to pair with their delicious pizza!”
Hop Tropic will hit Zeeks Pizza taps on March 12 with a launch party at the Queen Anne restaurant (1915 Queen Anne Ave N) at 6pm. A rare keg of “Blimey That’s Bitter!” will be pouring as well as Hop Tropic, and the Reuben’s and Zeeks teams will be there to chat about the delicious new brew.
Tommy Brooks, Zeeks Director of Operations, said, “Zeeks is dedicated to having a strong and inviting craft beer selection at our restaurants, and so when we had the opportunity to collaborate for our house beer we couldn’t refuse. We are big fans of Reuben’s and it was a lot of fun for the Zeeks team to be involved and even help brew this first batch!”
Hop Tropic is a light, refreshing pale ale that edges into IPA territory. With a nose of passion fruit, grapefruit, guava and tangerine, Hop Tropic has a medium-light mouth feel, with a little caramel and a creamy body to support the hop profile and balance the finish. It comes in at 6.2% ABV and 48 IBUs.
About Reuben’s Brews
Reuben’s Brews is a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since we opened in 2012, our beer has been awarded several local, regional, national and international awards. We have won 4th place at the 2014 and 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championships, 21 medals at the World Beer Championships, and runner up Best Small Brewery in the 2013 Washington Beer Awards. It’s been an amazing journey since we opened in 2012, and we expect it to get even busier in 2015 with the addition of our new taproom and production brewery!
As noted above, you’ll be able to have your first taste of Hop Tropic one week from today, March 12, at Zeeks’ Queen Anne location. You’ll also have the chance that evening to try Reubens’ Blimey That’s Bitter! in case you missed getting a taste at any of the recent Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow events. I’ll probably drop by Zeeks West Seattle location (next door to Beveridge Place Pub) to have a taste of Hop Tropic sometime after the 12th.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.