We are a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since opening in August 2012, we have won recognition for our brews. We won two medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival awards, a Gold medal at the 2015 World Beer Cup, we have been awarded 30 World Beer Championships medals, and we were named “Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year” at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. We have also won 5 medals at the Australian International Beer Awards, 4 medals at the North American Brewing Awards, and we were a top 10 brewery in both the 2014 and 2013 US Open.
You can find our beers throughout Western Washington (and in a few locations in the United Kingdom!) and we plan to expand our footprint throughout the Pacific Northwest in the coming years.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
Co-founder and Brewmaster
Since moving from the UK in 2004, Adam was blown away by the diversity and quality of the brews in the Pacific Northwest. As a home brewer, Adam and Grace poured their beer at the 2010 PNA Winter Beer Taste and won First Place in the People's Choice. Then the brewing bug took over and Adam continued to hone his craft and he won several more awards, including a Silver Medal at the 2012 National Homebrew Competition, and attended UC Davis. This all led to the desire to share his brews with more people and the opening of Reuben's Brews in August 2012.
Co-founder and Reuben's Mama
When Grace tried Adam's first home brewed beer a number of years ago, she didn't expect a great brew - after all, it was his first attempt. But she was surprised just how good it was and ever since then has been the number one supporter of Adam's brewing. You'll often see her pouring at festivals, and she does a lot of the behind the scenes managing the accounting and legal work for the brewery.
Mike — Grace and Adam's brother-in-law — fell in love with Adam's beer in 2010 when he tried a sample batch of what was to become "Pfeiffer's Pumpkin Rye." Despite not even liking pumpkin, Mike loved the brew — and knowing that Grace and Adam were thinking about opening a brewery he wanted to be part of it. So he joined the team in February 2012 to help build the brewery, before taking over as brewer, and moved with his family from Illinois. Adam and Mike brewed the first 50 batches together; since then, Mike has owned the brewhouse.
REUBEN'S BREWS ROOTS
(As told by Grace Robbings, Co-Founder and Reuben's Mama)
Although only a month old at the time, our clever, thoughtful son, Reuben, came up with the idea of giving Adam a homebrewing kit for his birthday. When Reuben and I took Adam to Bob’s (our friendly, neighborhood homebrew supply store) to pick up his kit, I was expecting to pick up a little tin of “beer mix” and a bucket to brew. We were a bit surprised and overwhelmed by the seriousness of this beer-brewing business. I thought, “Oh great, there’s more storage space gone once Adam gives up on this little hobby in a month’s time.” Even though I rarely admit to being wrong now that we’re married, I couldn’t have been farther from the mark thinking that this would be an easily discarded hobby. The first brewing system has been dwarfed by the upgraded and supersized brewhouse, and there has been no chance for the mash tun, brew kettle, or hot liquor tank to gather any dust! Adam’s hobby turned into full-blown obsession, and in tribute to the little man who started it all, Reuben’s Brews was born!