T-Shirt Design Contest Now Accepting Submissions!

Calling All Graphic Designers and Artists!

This year Seattle Beer Week begins on Thursday, May the 4th Be With You! Reuben’s Brews is holding a contest to select the design of our special edition t-shirt for beer week. The theme of this design is intergalactic space travel harkening back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, when bounty hunters and rogue smugglers traversed the galaxy and evil empires fell to a sword made of light.

We at Reuben’s would like to give you as an artist an opportunity to have your design printed and sold at your favorite local brewery! We will take design submissions from March 1st-March 31st and will release a small batch of the winner’s t-shirts at the start of beer week, May the 4th. The winner will receive a swag bag from Reuben’s and may also choose a charity for a portion of the proceeds to benefit! 


  • All designs must be submitted in pdf format by March 31st. Email your submission to charity.reubensbrews@gmail.com

  • Designs will only be chosen for further advancement in the contest if they meet our specifications.

Design Specifications:

  • Our cursive “r” logo must be recognizable within the design.

  • The design must exemplify who Reuben’s Brews is as a brewery and  incorporate intergalactic space travel.


  • 3 freshly printed shirts featuring the artist’s design produced at Reuben’s Brews sole expense

  • Swag bag of other fine Reuben’s Brews merchandise  

  • Donation of $2 per shirt sold to a charity of the artist’s choosing


  • Please direct any questions to charity.reubensbrews@gmail.com 


Winning beer to be brewed, distributed in the Northwest and entered in 2017 Great American Beer Festival

SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 30, 2017) The judging has taken place and the winner of the inaugural Reuben’s Brews “Hop Idol” Homebrew Contest is Jonathan Cooper! His brew beat out 38 other homebrew submissions to take home the title. Just as rewarding as the bragging rights is the opportunity to brew the beer with the Reuben’s Brews team at their brewery and to have it distributed in Western Washington. 

“The judging panel was really impressed with Jonathan’s beer,” says Adam Robbings, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “It has a great tropical nose, nice balance and juicy hop character. I think we’ll have fun brewing this beer on our system with Jonathan.”

The entries were evaluated and scored in a blind tasting on January 21 at the brewery’s warehouse by a team of about 20 judges. The judging panel included Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified beer judges, Reuben’s team members, some of Reuben’s wholesale customers and representatives from Reuben’s distributor, Click Wholesale Distributing.

In addition to brewing his American IPA with the Reuben’s team at their brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, Jonathan’s beer will be distributed throughout the Northwest and will be entered in the Washington Beer Awards Pro-Am competition as well as the Great American Beer Festival. He will also receive a $250 cash prize, t-shirts and other prizes. The distributed brew will available on tap in the Reuben’s taproom and in bottles around Western Washington starting in May.

Second place honors went to Jason Mooth, and Patrick Boyce and Jonathan Cooper took third place.

“I’d like to thank all of the brewers who took the time to brew their beers and send them to us,” says Robbings. “We appreciate the effort you put into it! Going back to how I got started brewing, I’ve wanted to do a contest like this for a long time and I’m really happy with how it turned out. We received 39 entries, including from as far away as Maine and South Dakota! Home-brewers are doing some great work and I can’t wait to do this again next year!

Hop Idol Home-brew Competition!

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Reuben’s Brews is holding a homebrew competition and the winning beer will be recreated at our brewery and distributed for all to enjoy! We’ll also plan to take it to Denver to compete in the Pro-Am competition at GABF!

It’s been six years since Adam’s homebrewed Roasted Rye IPA won the People’s Choice at a commercial beer festival and got Reuben’s Brews started on its path.  As homage to the roots of Reuben’s, a desire continue to support the homebrew community that got us started, and a love of creating new beers, we have wanted to start a homebrew competition for some time.  At last we can announce our inaugural competition!

Given our love of hops, we wanted to focus our competition on hoppy styles.  American IPAs, Northeast Style IPAs, Imperial IPA, Hoppy Wheat Ales, Triple IPAs - you name it, if it’s hoppy it’s eligible!

This will be a BJCP certified homebrew competition at our brewery and the winning beer will be brewed on our professional system and may be distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest. We will also aim to enter this beer into the 2017 Great American Beer Festival as a Pro/Am entry, as well as the Washington Brewers Awards Pro-Am competition (both subject to timing and eligibility criteria). And of course, the winner will be invited to Reuben’s Brews to help us replicate their award winning homebrew!


-Hop forward brews will be accepted for this competition in 2015 BJCP Style Guideline categories 21, 22 and 34.  Beers will be judged against the BJCP style guidelines, so please ensure that you have the correct category to ensure fair and reasonable judging.

Please read over the category descriptions on the BJCP website.

-Beers must be submitted between Monday January 16, 2017 and Thursday January 19, 2017.  Unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions to this time window.

-The competition judging will be held on Saturday January 21, 2017. If there are too many entries to complete judging that day, judging may not be completed until January 28, 2017.

-We anticipate making the winners announcement on January 30, 2017 at the taproom at 6pm. More details as we get nearer the date!

-You may submit up to a maximum of 5 different beers.

-There is a $5 entry fee for each beer submitted.  Make checks payable to “Reuben’s Brews LLC” and all entry fees will go to support Seattle Children’s.  Along with the chance to have one of your own beers brewed and distributed, you will also be helping us raise money for Seattle Children’s as we will donate all entry fees to Seattle Children’s.

-Each Homebrewer must fill out one BJCP Recipe Form for each submission.

-You must send at least three (3) bottles of each beer, 12oz or larger.

-Each beer must have a BJCP Bottle ID filled out and taped to it. These can be downloaded here.

-Bottles should be carefully packaged and either hand delivered or shipped to our Taproom:

Hop Idol Homebrew Contest
Reuben’s Brews
5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Please note that it is illegal to ship alcoholic beverages via the U.S. Postal Services.  Private shipping carrier’s rules and regulations concerning the shipment of beer or alcoholic beverages may vary.  We strongly encourage you to check with your shipping carrier prior to shipping your entry.  It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations. 

-The beers will be kept in our cold room until time of contest.

-You must be an AHA member at the time of this competition throughout 2017 to qualify for this competition. If you are not a member, head here to join.

-Your score sheets will be returned to you in a timely manner via USPS.  Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission.

- Any questions please reach out to Liz.Reubensbrews@gmail.com.


Reuben’s Brews will take the winning recipe and reproduce, as faithfully as possible to the original recipe, on a professional scale with the help of the homebrewer.

If the brew is brought to market, the homebrewer will receive a one-time royalty of $250.00.

Prizes will also be awarded to first, second and third placed beers in the competition under a best of show format.  We’ll be awarding Reuben’s merchandise as prizes.


Eligibility and legal stuff:

This home brew contest is open to non-professional home brewers who members of the AHA, are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry, and who are legal residents of the United States. All entries must not be brewed at a place that brews beverages for commercial purposes, whether for commercial research, production or any other purpose, including brewpubs and other brew-on-premises establishments or is brewed for commercial sale.  Employees of Reuben’s Brews or its distributors are not eligible.  Entrants must list all persons responsible for creation of each brew.  Eligibility is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.  Entries that do not meet all requirements herein will be automatically disqualified. All beers and bottles submitted will become the property of Reuben’s Brews and will not be returned.  Entries must not (a) violate any third party rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy and publicity; or (b) be obscene or indecent. Any elements that appear in the submission, including, without limitation, images, text, or other materials used must be entirely original and created by the entrant, or be in the public domain. Use of any elements that are not original or in the public domain will result in disqualification of a submission, in the Reuben’s sole discretion.

By submitting a brew entry, entrant represents that (a) entrant is the creator of the brew, (b) entrant owns all rights to the brew, and (c) the brew does not infringe upon or violate the intellectual property, privacy, or other rights of any third party.

Judging: All entries will be judged by a panel comprised of Reuben’s Brews associates (the "Judges"). Beers will be judged in accordance with BJCP guidelines. The decision of the Judges or Reuben’s, as applicable, shall be final and legally binding.

Reuben’s Use of Brews: Reuben’s Brews, at its sole discretion, may use the winning home brew recipe for production and sale to the general market. Also, at Reuben’s Brews sole discretion, Reuben’s Brews may enter the winning home-brew recipe and product in other beer contests including, but not limited to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition. The winning homebrewer will receive a one-time royalty of $250.00. The winning homebrewer (and any co-brewer(s)) agree to fully assign any and all patent and intellectual property rights in the winner’s brew to Reuben’s Brews, if requested.  The winning homebrewer must disclose the complete winning recipe to Reuben’s Brews, and grant to Reuben’s Brews an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license to all commercial and intellectual property rights to the winning beer, subject only to the winner’s right to receive the $250.00 one-time royalty. If a time can be mutually arranged between Reuben’s Brews and the winning homebrewer, Reuben’s Brews may in its sole discretion arrange for round trip transportation and accommodation from within the U.S. to Seattle, WA to assist with brewing the winning batch.  In such event, the value of all travel, accommodations and related expenses shall not exceed $1,000.00. All taxes on prize, royalty and travel are the responsibility the winning homebrewer.

By entering the contest, entrants permit Reuben’s Brews to use their respective recipe, the recipe name, entrant’s name, likeness, picture, signature, voice, audio and video recordings and biographical information in any manner or media whatsoever (whether now known or hereafter devised) anywhere in the world in perpetuity for the purpose of manufacturing, promoting, advertising and trade, of any product by Reuben’s Brews without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Reuben’s Brews may withhold payment if it determines that the winner has behaved in a manner that is substantial and damaging to the contest or to home brewing. Entrants are responsible for accurately following all entry requirements. Reuben’s Brews reserves the right to change these rules in order to, in its sole discretion, secure the proper administration of the contest.

Miscellaneous:  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Nothing herein shall constitute an employment, joint venture, or partnership relationship between entrant and Reuben’s Brews. In no way is entrant to be construed as the agent or to be acting as the agent of Reuben’s Brews.

If any provision of these official rules is found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these official rules and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by a federal or state court located in the state of Washington any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Washington, U.S.A., without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Washington or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Washington.


Meet the team: DEAN!

Long before joining Reuben’s in 2015, brewer Dean Mochizuki’s beer wizardry was well-known around Seattle. Not only does Dean have a way with the brews, he knows his way around the kitchen and is an accomplished musician.

Get to know more about Dean!

Where are you originally from?
I was born and raised in Seattle, which is pretty rare anymore.

What's your beer background?
Like many of us, I started as a homebrewer after receiving a kit for Christmas from my wife. Homebrewing at the time was in its infancy. That was more than 20 years ago. I then went on to work at the Pike Brewing Company for 13 1/2 years and was head brewer for 5 years before joining Reuben's.

Favorite beer style?
No favorite beer style, yet.

What do you like to do in your off hours?
When I have time off, I like to work in the garden, cook and travel when time permits.

What do you like best about Reuben’s?
When the opportunity presented itself to work at Reuben's, I had to take it because of the chance to brew many different beers.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young I wanted to be a pilot, but my eyesight is/was not good enough.

What's something customers don't know about you?
Most people don't know I studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I was in the four-year program in woodwind (saxophone, flute and clarinet) performance.

If you could be any beer style, which would you be and why?
I would be an IPA because I like hops.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
It probably would be time travel.

Any other random fun facts or weird hidden talents that you'd like to share?
I'm also an avid collector of mortars and pestles, cookbooks and beer books.

Meet the team: Thor!

Thor Stoddard

You know him as Thor, but when he’s in trouble, his mother may still call him by his full name: Eugene Thor Stoddard. Yes, Thor is actually a given name.

Thor was born in Santa Monica, Calif. and lived in LA until he was 11, when his family moved to Nampa, Idaho. He had his first craft beer in 2000, when he was an 18-year-old culinary student. During a beer appreciation class, he learned about the brewing process beer styles, and beer and food pairings. He also had the opportunity to try beers ranging from Stone’s Arrogant Bastard to Lindeman’s Lambics. After that, he was hooked.

“I started reading about home brewing when I was 22, but didn't make my first batch till 2009,” says Thor. “At first it was just to understand more about how beer is made, as I find that my appreciation of things stems with my knowledge of how it’s made. I got a part time job moonlighting Fremont Brewing, working the tasting room two nights a week while still keeping my day job as a restaurant manager/chef. I was able to quit my job in restaurants and go full-time at Fremont in 2012 as their tasting room manager. In November 2013, I moved over to Reuben's Brews and never looked back.”

Here’s a little more about Thor:

Favorite beer style?

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What do you like to do in your off hours?

Hang out with the family; cook long, complicated meals; read or play video games... in that order. 

What made you want to work at Reuben’s?

Adam and Mike make the best beer, I knew Adam to be a swell guy (I don’t know about Mike), and I needed a new job... in that order. 

What’s the best part about working here so far? 

The fine group of co-workers I have.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A forest ranger, jet pilot, astronomer, and a chef. I chose chef. 

What's something customers don't know about you?

That Thor is my middle name. 

If you could be any beer style, which would you be and why?

I would go with an English Mild. It’s an easy-going, surprisingly flavorful low-alcohol beer that you can have with lunch and dinner. That's me in a nutshell. 

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Super strength!

Any other random fun facts or weird hidden talents that you'd like to share? 

No, I'm pretty boring... Except for...um, never mind, I don't talk about that.