Earlier this year, we asked you to send us your designs for our first-ever t-shirt design contest and you didn’t disappoint. We were really impressed with everyone’s talent and creativity! The Reuben’s team reviewed and voted on the entries and we’re pleased to announce our winner – Danny Haymond, Jr. of Tacoma!

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Danny’s a graphic designer by trade and a big Star Wars fan. Since we’re releasing the t-shirt today, May 4, incorporating some element of “the Force” only seemed appropriate.

“I know I wanted to do an epic scene that fans would instantly recognize,” says Danny. “I put together a few scenes from my favorite Star Wars movies and did some thumbnail drawings. I've always thought the ‘r’ logo looked like a rope or something, so the tow cable was almost too obvious once I had that idea in my head. I've seen a few other artists online go with the idea of using the tow cable to spell something out so I adapted it for a beer setting. I took all the mechanical greebles from the AT-AT and converted them to being beer specific.”

We printed Danny’s design on charcoal grey t-shirts, which are available exclusively in the taproom while supplies last. We are donating $2 to the charity of Danny's choice, which is the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.

Congratulations to Danny and a huge thank you to everyone who entered!

2017 Seattle Beer Week

Seattle Beer Week 9 kicks off this week! This is one of our favorite times of year. We get to put on fun events, brew some creative beers, and meet even more beer fans from around the state (and country!).

It’s also a celebration of the industry. Over the last few years, the local beer scene has grown at an incredible rate, adding even more breweries to our amazing community. We’re looking forward to getting out to attend some events around the city and hosting some of our colleagues in our taproom.

Last year was such a fun beer week – we introduced Daily Pale as the official beer of SBW8 and hosted events like our annual Rye Fest and the new Coffee Beer & Donuts. This year, will be even better and we’re bringing some of our friends along for the ride!

Rye Fest and Coffee Beer & Donuts will be back and bigger than ever. We’ll tap the winning beer from our inaugural Hop Idol Homebrew Competition, debut a collaboration of historic proportions, welcome some of the best breweries on the West Coast, a couple of bands will rock the taproom, and much more! And if that’s not enough, we’re throwing in a number of special beer releases.

Here's the list of our taproom events for you to mark your calendars!

We're kicking off SBW with two great releases:

  • Our exclusive Seattle Beer Week t-shirt! We put out the call for you to send us your designs and you did not disappoint! The entire Reuben’s team reviewed and voted on the entries. Limited-edition t-shirts with the winning design will be available from May 4  in the taproom.  $2 per shirt will get donated to the winning designer's charity of choice.  Look for the winning announcement on Thursday!
  • Lock Solid IPA is a collaboration beer created with our friends Stoup, Lucky Envelope and Populuxe, making this a true neighborhood collaboration. Lock Solid IPA features four hops, four malts and four brewers. Each brewery contributed a raw ingredient used in the first beer the breweries produced professionally, making the Lock Solid IPA a true collaborative effort. The beer will be tapped at opening!


Last January, we crowned the winner of our first Hop Idol Homebrew Competition. As part of his prize, homebrewer Jonathan Cooper joined with the Reuben’s team to brew his IPA creation at our brewery. Now you can taste it for yourselves! We’ll officially tap the keg at 5 p.m. It will also be available in a limited 22oz bottle run in the taproom and expect to see it in stores around Washington.

Imperial Mole Stout. But we haven’t forgotten that it’s also Cinco de Mayo. We’re also releasing bottles of Imperial Mole Stout! We took a Russian Imperial Stout and added Peruvian single-origin cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon, and a blend of Ancho, Guajillo and Chipotle Morita chilies. This big, rich beer has notes of chocolate spice, roast and a slight sweet heat. It clocks in at 9.8% ABV. We’ll have a limited amount of bottles available for $10 each with a limit of three per person, per day.


Celebrate all things rye with more than 17 rye beers on tap! We also have a few other special rye releases up our sleeve:

Rye Crush: Get ready for the latest in our Crush IPA series. We added some flaked rye into the recipe to provide body and spice complexity to the malt profile. This batch is dry hopped with Kohatu, Citra and Ekuanot hops to give this brew a big tropical fruit profile on top of a soft, pillowy body. This tasty brew comes in at 6% ABV, and 50 IBUs. A limited amount of 12oz cans will available at the brewery.

Sauvignon Blanc Saison: We took our Rustic Saison and aged it in Sauvignon Blanc barrels, giving it light notes of stone fruit, delicate oak, white wine, and floral sweetness. This tasty brew comes in at 6.9% ABV. We’ll have a small batch available in 22oz bottles for $10 each. Limit three per person, per day.

Breakside Collaboration:  On Rye Fest we'll also be releasing our brand new collaboration with our friends at Breakside.  We brewed a rye imperial porter - a 9.3% ABV porter with lots of rye in the malt profile, and added some cinnamon and 4lbs per barrel of plums.  A rich, decadent malt base with subtle Sri Lankan cinnamon and plum notes supporting in the background.


We’re joining our friends at Lucky Envelope Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, and Stoup Brewing to host the Inaugural Ballard Putt Putt & Beer Crawl to benefit Bellwether Housing.

All of the team spots are full, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had! Come grab a pint of Lock Step IPA and watch the foursomes try to navigate the hole we designed. Representatives from Bellwether Housing will be on hand selling raffle tickets for some great prizes! And at 5 p.m., we’ll host the tournament awards ceremony.


Rainier is one of the “founding fathers” of the local beer industry. We couldn’t be more honored that they chose us for the first collaboration in their 138-year history. Our little “r” joined their big “R” to create the r&R Pils, a hop-forward version of the classic German-style beer. And every good party needs a band, so we’re thrilled to announce that Deep Sea Diver will be playing live in our taproom! The fun kicks off with the tapping of a one off randall at 6 p.m., and for the first 100 r&R Pils pints bought after 6pm you will receive a free r&R Pils commemorative glass! (Limit one per person.)


This event is near and dear to Adam’s heart. As a homebrewer, he brewed a batch of American Brown at Anacortes Brewery after winning Best of Show at the 2011 Skagit County Fair. Since then, he does whatever he can to give back to the community that supported him and help other brewers get the same opportunities. Join us for a celebration of pro-am beers from brewers around the state!


We’re super excited to host our first invitational festival! Fifteen of the best breweries on the West Coast will be here and they’re bringing some hard-to- find brews with them. Planet Fly will be here with some soul/funk tunes for your grooving pleasure, and we'll have a food truck on site as we expand the event into the parking lot behind the brewery. Come meet the brewers and/or owners from our participating breweries:

Alvarado Street Brewing
Bale Breaker
Black Raven
Fort George
Firestone Walker
Great Notion
Iron Goat
Three Magnets

The taplist and other details are still being finalized, so stay tuned for more information!


We’re closing out SBW with the breakfast of champions! It’s two great things that go great together - our coffee-infused beers paired with mini Mighty O donuts. This event was so popular last year that we’re opening the parking lot behind the brewery so we can accommodate even more!

And we can’t let SBW go without one last special bottle release:

Air of the Night with bourbon barrel aged coffee. We added Columbian coffee beans to a bourbon barrel and aged them for a number of months. The beans picked up notes of bourbon, light oak and stout from the barrel. When we thought they were ready, our friends at Kuma coffee roasted them for us. We took our Baltic porter base and hot brewed coffee brewed from the aged beans, creating a complex beer with notes of black currant, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon and coffee. It comes in at 9.1% ABV. A limited number of 22oz bottles will be available for $10 each. Limit three per person, per day.

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.