Back in Early march, I told you about Reuben’s Brews‘ plans to expand. They’d reached their capacity and couldn’t grow any farther in their current space and current brewing system. In late March, I shared with you the exciting news that Dean Mochizuki, former head brewer at Pike Brewing Company, had left Pike to join Reuben’s Brews as their new Head Experimental Brewer.
Now, just two short months later, I’m excited to be able to share the news that Reuben’s Brews is ready to reveal their new brewery and taproom during this year’s Seattle Beer Week (SBW#7).
Here is the full press release from Reuben’s Brews:
SEATTLE, Wash. (May 5, 2015) The wait is finally over. The taproom that RateBeer named 2014 Best Taproom in Washington is getting even better…and bigger!
At noon on Saturday, May 9, Reuben’s Brews will open the doors to its new, larger brewery and taproom at 5010 14th Ave NW! The celebration will include special beers from the cellar, complimentary Reuben’s Brews bottle openers for the first 100 people, brewery tours and more. The Burgerphenia food truck will be onsite as well.
“We’re really excited to show people the new brewery!” said Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “We’ve aimed to make the new taproom really comfortable but still open to the wonders of the brewing space. We are excited to brew more styles, add to our line-up with sours and lagers, and expand our barrel-aging program.”
The 4,000 square-foot space, located at 5010 14th Avenue NW, is only two blocks south of the existing brewery and will feature a 15-barrel brewhouse, 30-barrel fermenters and a larger taproom with 24 taps, an outside deck, more seating, and a 10-foot video screen for showing Sounders and Seahawks games and other major sports events. Beer fans will also be able to enjoy Reuben’s seven days a week! The new taproom will be open Monday – Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday – Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
When Adam, wife Grace and brother-in-law Mike Pfeiffer opened Reuben’s Brews in August 2012, they had five of their beers available in the taproom. Since then Reuben’s has regularly had 12 of their own beers on tap. They quickly became a well-respected brewery and have won more awards for their beers than any other brewery in Washington since opening their doors.
“Keeping our existing brewery as a pilot brewery and barrel house was key to us continuing to be able to brew a wide variety of beers,” said Robbings. “We already have bourbon, whiskey and tequila barrels on their way and sherry and red wine puncheons are ready to start our sour program. We are also really excited to also expand our distribution as at last we have beer for existing and new customers.”
Saturday, May 9 will mark a major milestone for Reuben’s. Since opening in August 2012, they reached brewing capacity within six months and started searching for expansion spaces exactly two years ago – in May 2013. After a long, difficult search for a suitable space they signed their lease for the new brewery in August 2014, having ordered their new brewhouse four months earlier. In January 2015 they signed with Click Wholesale Distribution in anticipation of the new brewery coming online to help make their brews more widely available.
The existing taproom will continue to operate on its regular schedule through March 8. Additional information and photos of the construction can be found 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 were a top 10 brewery at the 2014 and 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championships, have won 21 medals at the World Beer Championships, and were 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.
Seattle Beer Week #7 starts tomorrow, May 7th, with several kickoff and first day events throughout the city (See my picks for SBW#7 or, if your on a budget, check out my article on enjoying SBW#7 without breaking the bank). Reuben’s Brews’ big reveal, as noted above, will take place on the third day of Seattle Beer Week, on Saturday the 9th.
There are so many events going on during SBW#7 (over 250+ events this year), it can be difficult to choose which one(s) to attend. Hard choices must sometimes be made. My current plans have me attending Barleywood Squares at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, but I’m considering foregoing that event this year to be at Reuben’s Brews. I’m excited to see their new 4,000 square foot space and enjoy some of their award winning beers.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.