Earlier this month, I told you about Reuben’s Brews teaming up with Zeeks Pizza for a special Pale Ale that will be available only at Zeeks Pizza locations around the Sound. In that post I also told you about Reuben’s current expansion plans, and how they’re converting their current/old brewing space to a new experimental brewery.
Now, Reuben’s is pleased to announce that Dean Mochizuki, who has been with Pike Brewing Company for over 12 years and their head brewer since 2011, is leaving Pike and joining Reuben’s Brews as their new head experimental brewer. This is a great move for Dean who, I’m sure, will have a great time experimenting and coming up with delicious new brews for Reuben’s.
Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:
SEATTLE, Wash. (March 20, 2015) Reuben’s Brews is thrilled to welcome its new Head Experimental Brewer!
On April 1, Dean Mochizuki, currently Head Brewer at Seattle’s venerable Pike Brewing Company, will take the reins of the new barrel house and small-batch brewery, which will be located at the brewery’s current Ballard space.
“We’re very excited to have someone with Dean’s experience and skill join our team,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “I’ve had a long list of beers I’ve wanted to brew, but just haven’t had the time or space to brew them. With the new brewery opening up in the next couple of months, we finally will. I can’t wait to turn Dean loose and see what he comes up with!”
In his new role, Mochizuki will manage the small-batch brewery and barrel house, help design new recipes, expand the barrel program, drive the new sour program, and help expand and build upon the brewery’s current award-winning lineup of beers.
Mochizuki joined Pike Brewing more than 12 years ago and became Head Brewer in 2011.
“I truly enjoyed my years at Pike and am grateful to Charles and Rose Ann Finkel for all they’ve done for me,” says Mochizuki. “Joining the Reuben’s Brews team is a fantastic opportunity. It’s been exciting to watch them grow over the last two-and-a-half years. They consistently produce the highest quality beer in a variety of styles. I’m really looking forward to helping them push the boundaries and create new and exciting beers.”
Mike Pfeiffer, Adam and Grace’s brother-in-law, has done most of the brewing for Reuben’s since it opened and will take on the role of Head Production Brewer at the new facility. In mid-April, long-time Reuben’s fan and customer Conrad Hermosillo will also join the team as a Brewery Representative to help spread the word of their tasty brews and manage the brewery’s sales.
Meanwhile, remodeling work continues at the new space and is on target for a late-April/ May opening. Two foeders, large oak barrels which will be used in the new sour program, and some of the tanks have already arrived. The new brew house is being built in San Diego and is expected to arrive in the next week or two!
The existing brewery and taproom will continue to operate on its regular schedule until the new location is completed. You can follow the progress on the Reuben’s Brews Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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!
I’m eager to see Reuben’s Brews’ new space and even more eager to try some of Dean’s experiments – especially the sours. Yum. As noted above, Reuben’s new space should be ready to open in late April or Early may. I’ll keep you posted on any new announcements/developments. Congratulations to Dean Mochizuki on a great move.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.