New Sales Representative Positions - Seattle/Tacoma and Portland Metro

Reuben’s Brews is hiring! We have two sales representative positions open, one in the Seattle-Tacoma Metro area and one in the Portland metro area.

 

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

Position summary:

The Sales Representative is responsible for growing Reuben’s sales volume and presence in the Pacific Northwest.  The Sales Representative will be focused on building and maintaining strong relationships with retailers both on- and off-premise and key distributor personnel in the Pacific Northwest. The Sales Representative will report to our Director of Sales.

About us:

Reuben’s Brews is a fast growing, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Since opening in 2012, our beer has won over 200 medals including Gold medals at the 2017, 2016 and 2015 Great American Beer Festivals.  We have a 15 BBL brewery and taproom, as well as a 5 BBL small batch brewery, an expanding sour and barrel program, and are about to begin brewing at our new 30BBL production brewery.

The role:

To achieve the goal of increasing sales and presence of our award-winning beers, the successful candidate will:

  • Obtain new placements and achieve sales volume goals

  • Develop new and maintain existing relationships with key decision makers within our distributor partners and on/off premise accounts

  • Develop and maintain target account lists for on-premise and off-premise

  • Conduct regular distributor ride-withs and build relationships

  • Represent Reuben’s at festivals, tasting events and promotions in the territory

  • Visit and track account calls exceeding our weekly minimum requirement

  • Understand and embrace Reuben’s beers, which includes developing and maintaining a detailed knowledge of the differences, and similarities, between our brews, our methods and Reuben’s as a whole and those of other craft brewers and mass-market beer producers

  • Live the mantra “Bloody Good Beer!” – good isn’t good enough, our beer needs to improve every day – continual improvement needs to be engrained in our culture

Qualifications required:

At a very minimum to be considered, you must have:

  • A college degree or equivalent

  • 3+ years experience in sales and/or marketing

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills

  • Excellent driving record

  • Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive daily

  • A detailed knowledge of the beer industry, including a strong knowledge of Reuben’s

  • Ability to work flexible hours/days including nights and weekends.  Also includes some overnight travel.

  • Physical demands include but are not limited to: Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; Often lift or move full 1/2BBL kegs

In addition to these minimum requirements, we expect the successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • An in-depth passion for the science and art of beer

  • Infectiously enthusiastic and can-do attitude - a thirst to learn, to teach others, and an obsessive commitment to our brewery’s success is an absolute must

  • A “till the job is done” work ethic – flexibility to work non-standard hours when the need arises

  • Impeccable judgment, professional maturity, and integrity. An ability to be focused on details, as well as the bigger picture

  • Motivated, self-starter attitude with a resourceful nature

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective time management

  • Strong leadership skills and ability to earn the trust and support of a capable team

  • Experience with brewery related systems – e.g. VIP, KARMA, IRI, OBeer – a distinct advantage

Our team is the heart of Reuben’s Brews.  We therefore offer competitive salary and benefits, career development opportunities and the chance to help us craft a wonderful future.

To apply, send your resume, along with an explanation of why you want to work for Reuben’s Brews and a suggestion of how we could improve our general positioning in the market, to careers@reubensbrews.com. Cheers!

 

Hop Idol 2019

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Homebrewers, you are now called on to start working on your best hoppy recipe!

We are excited to announce the competition for Hop Idol 2019, the 3rd annual homebrew competition hosted by Reuben’s Brews. The Hop Idol winner will get to brew their beer with the Reuben’s Brews team at our brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The deadline window for your entries to arrive at our brewery is between February 20 and February 27, 2019.

Our first two years of the Hop Idol competition have been great successes, with 116 entries in 2018. Last year’s winner was Alex Kuyper, who brewed his “Dwayne IPA” with Reuben’s Brews’ professional brewers and had his beer released to acclaim across the Pacific Northwest!

The brew will be released in May at Reuben’s tasting rooms and distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest, on draft and in cans. It is also planned to be entered in the Pro-Am category at one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the country – the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), as well as the Washington Beer Awards.

Hop Idol is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified homebrew competition. All entries are blind tasted and scored against the BJCP style guidelines. Given our love of hops, we focus our competition on hoppy styles.  You can submit any style – as long as it prominently displays hops!  American IPAs, English IPAs, Northeast Style IPAs, Imperial IPA, Pale Ales, Hoppy Wheat Ales, Triple IPAs - you name it, if it’s hoppy it’s eligible!

It takes time, effort and commitment to brew beer and send it out for a contest like this, and we’d like to thank everyone who shares their brews with us. This annual contest goes back to how we started in brewing and it is close our heart. Homebrewers out there are doing great work and we hope this contest draws some attention to that! Good Luck!

 

REQUIREMENTS: 

-       Hop forward brews will be accepted for this competition.  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 2015 BJCP category descriptions on the BJCP website.

-       Beers must be submitted between February 20, 2019 and February 27, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot make any exceptions to this time window.

-       Judging will take place on Saturday March 9 and we anticipate announcing the winner in an event at our Taproom on Friday March 15.

-       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, LLC
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 judging.

-       You must be an AHA member at the time of this competition and throughout 2019 to qualify for this competition. If you are not a member, head here to join.

-       Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your submission if you’d like to receive you scores sheets back. Your score sheets will be returned to you in a timely manner via USPS. 

-       Any questions please reach out to matt@reubensbrews.com.

 

AWARDS!

-        Reuben’s Brews will work with the homebrewer to take the winning recipe and reproduce, as faithfully as possible to the original recipe, on a professional scale. We will invite the homebrewer to help brew the inaugural commercial batch of the winning recipe at our brewery in Seattle, Washington and we will help with travel expenses if you live a long way from Seattle!

-       The winning homebrewer will receive a one-time royalty of $250.00, assuming the beer is brought to market.

-       The winning beer will be released, packaged and distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest in (May and June 2019).

-       We anticipate entering the 2019 Hop Idol winning brew in both the Washington Beer Awards and the Great American Beer Festival.

-       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 Brews merchandise as prizes.

For complete legal information and eligibility requirements please click here.

 

Reuben’s Brews Rye Fest 2018 and rye crush can release - Saturday November 17th

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Rye Fest celebrates our love of rye beer.

Our brewery began with Adam Robbing’s passion and success with rye beer. Roasted Rye IPA won the PNA Winter Beer Taste in 2010 while Adam was still a homebrewer, and one of the first professional beers that gained us recognition was our Roggenbier, a historic German-style rye beer. For this festival we took the opportunity to brew some of our favorite rye beers, some of which are available again for the first time in years!

we are also releasing 4-packs of rye crush cans at the festival, which will also be available on draft.

 Rye Crush

Rye Crush

Here is the taplist for Rye Fest 2018, along with a description of each beer.

1.   Rustic Saison (6.4%, 28 IBU)

This recipe originated from a pro-am recipe that we later developed to work well in our sour program. The malts include rye, oats, and wheat. The spiciness from the rye works well with the spicy ester profile of the saison yeast strain we use. The oats also add a nice mouthfeel as well.

2.   Brettania – Guava (6.3%)

A rustic saison aged for a number of months in oak puncheons with our house mixed brettanomyces culture. The beer was then aged on top of of large amount of fruit for at least three months, and then refermented in the bottle. This series explores a multitude of our favorite fruits.

3.   Brettania - Boysenberry & Blackberry (6.3%)

A rustic saison aged for a number of months in oak puncheons with our house mixed brettanomyces culture. The beer was then aged on top of of large amount of fruit for at least three months, and then refermented in the bottle. This series explores a multitude of our favorite fruits.

4.   American Rye (5.4%, 32 IBU)

The first beer brewed on the 5BBL system at our original brewery, our first ever batch of American Rye won “Best New Local Brew” in Seattle Magazine’s 2012 Best of List. A clean, crisp and refreshing rye-based brew. Light in color, this brew has an aroma of citrus and tangerine and is complimented by a smooth body and a crisp finish.

5.   Grapefruit Rye

American Rye with Grapefruit.

6.   Yirgacheffe Rye 

American Rye with Yirgacheffe coffee from our friends at Kuma Coffee.

7.   Roggenbier (5.3%, 19 IBU)

Roggenbier (German for rye beer) is a historic northern German style of beer. Ours is, simply put, a rye hefeweizen. Aroma of rye, banana, and clove make way to a medium body with rye spice finish. One of the beers that launched Reuben’s Brews in 2012, and one of the first beers we ever bottled.

8.   Peanut Brau

Roggenbier with cocoa nibs and cinnamon.

9.   American Brown (5.9%, 36 IBU)

The American Brown is a malty, hoppy brown ale. Bright citrus hops lead the aroma with a little roast in the background. Chocolate and caramel come through with a slight smokiness. Has a medium full body with a relatively dry, slightly spicy finish.

10. Hazelnut Coffee Brown

American Brown infused with hazelnuts.

11. Crush ALS (6.0%, 50 IBU)

Our latest hazy IPA from the Crush series. Malt bill includes flaked rye. Dry-hopped with the 2018 Ales for ALS hop blend from Loftus Ranches and YCH Hops in the Yakima Valley. $1 per pint is donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute.

12. Pineapple Coconut Crush

Crush ALS infused with pineapple and coconut.

13. Rye Crush (6.0%, 50 IBU)

We added some flaked rye into the Crush recipe to provide body and spice complexity to the malt profile. This batch, like the original released in 2017, 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.

14. Rosemary Rye Crush

Rye Crush with rosemary.

15. Cascara Rye Crush

Rye Crush with cascara (dried coffee fruit) from our friends at Kuma Coffee.

16. Roasted Rye (7.0%, 80+ IBU)

Our winter warmer IPA. Citrus and tangerine in the nose, supported by chocolate, roast and caramel notes from the malts. The best of an India Pale Ale and a winter warmer wrapped into one brew. This was the beer that started it for us back in 2010 as homebrewers.

17. Chocolate and Orange Roasted Rye

Our Roasted Rye IPA infused with Chocolate and Orange

18. INK (8.1%, 80+ IBU)

Imperial Black IPA. A bold citrus and floral hop profile sits on top of a moderate roasted malt and caramel nose. A medium mouthfeel and balanced bitterness in the finish. Oh, and true to form we used a little rye in the brew - it’s rude not to.

19. Vanilla Coffee INK

INK infused with Coffee and Vanilla.

20. Three Ryes Men (12.2%)

Three Ryes Men is a barley wine with three different types of rye, aged in a blend of rye whiskey and bourbon barrels. A perfect sipper for the dark winter nights.

 Brettania: Boysenberry and Blackberry won the Double Gold in SIP Northwest’s Best of the Northwest 2018

Brettania: Boysenberry and Blackberry won the Double Gold in SIP Northwest’s Best of the Northwest 2018

BOURBON BARREL IMPERIAL STOUT – 2018 VINTAGE

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We first released Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (BBIS) in 2013, the year after we started Reuben’s Brews. We started with just two bourbon barrels, both of which I picked up from Alan at Hair of the Dog in Portland, OR days before the brew. I drove down to Portland in my car to collect the barrels, and it still has the scratches in the doors from when the barrels moved around as I drove! We have released BBIS every year since.

For this year’s release we brewed three batches of the stout that would become BBIS back in late 2017. The recipe dates back to the original imperial stout that we’ve brewed since 2012. Our recipe features a healthy dose of oats, and we accentuated that recipe this year to develop a more rich, decadent stout. We also use some unique British malts. We are aiming for a rich, decadent, milk chocolate forward stout for which to be the platform to show off the barrel. Always looking to improve, this year for the first time we utilized a double mash, which is a brewing technique that allows us to get two first runnings of wort, which gives the finished beer a richer, thicker body – perfect for the barrel.

 Samples are taken directly from barrels

Samples are taken directly from barrels

A few weeks after brewing the beer we put it in to bourbon barrels, and left them to rest along the south wall of our taproom. In early October we opened the barrels for the first time to taste what wondrous things time, bourbon and oak has done to the beer, and to decide on what blend of barrels would make the 2018 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

The 2018 blend consists of over a half dozen barrels, including a barrel filled almost two years ago, to add depth and complexity. These barrels are from Heaven Hills Distillery, and held bourbon for between 7 and 12 years before they came to us. When we tasted the beer this year we got a wonderful range of flavors that were unique to each barrel. Thor, James, Shawna, and I met to review each barrel. Shawna, a tasting room team member, wrote up our team’s tasting notes on each barrel.  Here’s a sample of our notes from three barrels:

#162: maple syrup low, bakers chocolate, low bourbon, low maple, alcohol heat

#163: bittersweet chocolate, pecan low, oak,

#164: moderate maple, cocoa high, bourbon sweetness, bright, slight tannin quality

 Samples from individual barrels

Samples from individual barrels

The beauty of having a number of diverse barrels to blend from is that we can pick the characteristics that we want to have come through in the final blend of our Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. It gives us levers to control the flavor profile of the final beer. Each barrel has a unique character that can be used to augment and accentuate the flavors of other barrels. We chose a selection of barrels that had the complementary attributes that we wanted BBIS to feature. As we strove to get this balance right, there are barrels that we held aside for future projects, including some barrels that will form a new range of beers featuring variants on BBIS – watch this space for more information! And some that will be blended in to add depth and complexity to next year’s BBIS.

 Thor taking barrels from the tasting room to the final blending

Thor taking barrels from the tasting room to the final blending

We also discovered that one particular barrel displayed excellent balance and character all on its own. It was delicious, complex, and just the right expression of what barrel aging our beers can do. I’m excited to announce that for only the second time in Reuben’s Brews history we are bottling an unblended, single barrel of Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. This special release will be called Barrel 7, the same as our first single barrel release in 2015. But in fact, this beer was barrel #164, and you can see the tasting notes above!  We are excited to share this beer with you so you can see a little of what a single barrel can do, when compared to the final blend as a whole.

We are extremely pleased with how our BBIS turned out this year, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Join us at the taproom on Saturday, November 10th at 11am to try both beers on tap, and to purchase these extremely limited bottles. Unfortunately, they will not last long. Trust me, as we expand our brewery into our new space we are working hard to have even more BBIS available next year.  Again, more to come on that in the future but for now, cheers to BBIS!

- Adam Robbings, Brewmaster

 

2018 BBIS Release Information:

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11am. Quantities are limited. 

2018 Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout (22oz) - $16 + tax, limits per customer will be set nearer the release day.

2018 Barrel 7 BBIS (22oz) - $18 + tax, limit of 1 per customer.

2018 BBIS will be available on tap all day, and we will have a rotating tap of special vintage BBIS and Barrel 7 that we will tap on the following schedule, to ensure we have vintage beer available all afternoon. 

12pm - 2018 Barrel 7

1pm - 2015 BBIS

2pm - 2016 BBIS

3pm - 2017 BBIS

4pm - We will re-tap any beers that didn’t kick earlier in the day!

All pours will be 6oz only.