There may be a large number of breweries in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, but there are just a few standouts that always keep me coming back for more. One of those standout breweries, and probably my favorite brewery in all of Ballard is Reuben’s Brews. They first first opened their doors to the public back in 2012 and, since that time, they’ve garnered a large and loyal following and received well over 150+ awards for their amazing brews, including Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards.
In 2015 they brought aboard Dean Mochizuki (Formerly of Pike Brewing) as their new head/experimental brewer and were ready to expand, having outgrown their original space. Unfortunately, when the time came to expand, they had a hard time finding a single building that could provide what they needed. So Reuben’s currently has two locations: one brewery and taproom on 14th Ave NW and an additional/experimental brewery space in their original location, just a few short blocks away.
Now it’s time for Reuben’s to expand yet again and this time they found a new space, still in Ballard, where they can house most of their production under one roof.
Here is some more information about this latest expansion from Reuben’s Brews’ Co-Founder and Brewmaster – Adam Robbings:
Update from Reuben’s Brews
Over the past few years, Reuben’s Brews has been operating from a few separate locations in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. As we grew we needed space – but unfortunately nothing was ever available within the same building! This led us to have multiple leases all within walking distance, but which made day-to-day operations between them very difficult. It is extremely important to us to stay in our local neighborhood (where my family and I actually live as well) and there was never one facility or building available that could house our production brewing operations under one roof. But now we are so excited to announce that we will be bringing most of our production together at 800 NW 46th St. The building is not only less than half a mile away from our taproom and brewery (which will remain in its current location), but it is also walking distance from our home.
We are carefully renovating this historic building and it will be up and running toward the end of this year. The building is getting a big overhaul – new roof, new siding, new insulation and heating systems – but the character of its 70 year-old barrel roof will now be exposed for us all to enjoy! Here, our team’s lives will be made easier, and they will be able to focus on brewing different beers and increasing diversity of offerings for our customers rather than traveling between buildings! Part of this includes the expansion of our oak-aged sour beer program, the first of which beers will make an appearance this summer after aging for well over a year.
Don’t worry, the taproom that everyone knows and loves at 5010 14th Avenue will stay the same! Nothing will change there – apart from now we’ll be able to brew an even more diverse range of beers! You’ll still see my co-founder and wife, Grace Robbings, working in the taproom, as well as managing our charitable giving programs. As for me, I’m excited to brew more myself as we’ll have three brewhouses – a 5BBL, 15BBL, and 30BBL. I’ll also get a real office in our new building and won’t have to take conference calls and write emails like this one from our merchandise storage closet.
Co-Founder and Brewmaster
Reuben’s Brews LLC
P.S. If you’d like to see some images or follow the progress of this project, please follow us on instagram @ReubensBrews.
Reuben’s already keeps our palates satisfied with several different styles, including juicy, hazy IPAs, Rye Ales, Goses, Irish Reds, Belgian Wits, Porters, Stouts and more and, according to the information from Adam above, now they’ll be able to offer an even more diverse range of beers. What more could a craft beer lover ask for? Be sure to keep tabs on Reubens’ progress by following them on Instagram and keep enjoying all of their amazing beers.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.