Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Mike Pfeiffer was one of the first on board with Adam’s plan to open up a brewery. His wife, Liz, is the sister of Adam’s wife, Grace. Whenever the family would visit Seattle, Mike would homebrew with Adam. One day, he got a phone call from Adam asking whether he would want to brew beer for a living. Not only was it an offer he couldn’t refuse, it meant his wife would get to be closer to her family. So, Mike and Liz packed up and moved to Seattle to help open Reuben’s Brews. He started brewing with Adam in the original space, before it opened, and has now brewed around 500 batches for Reuben’s!
Favorite beer style: Porter/stouts
If you could be any beer style: I’d be a lager. People usually drink them in the summer when it’s sunny and hot.
What do you do in your off hours? Off hours? What are off hours? Mostly it’s just hanging with my wife and 2 kids – a 5-year-old and a 4-month-old. Usually we do what the 5-year-old wants to do.
Best part about working at Reuben’s? Meeting the customers, trying out new styles of beer, and getting to tell people I make beer for a living!
What I wanted to be when I grew up: In college, I ended up working construction and realized I enjoyed working outside and with my hands.
Something about me you might not know: I’ve recently become an avid reader. There are many times I get to the brewery very early to brew and have a lot of downtime. I went from never reading, to reading a few books a month.
If you could have any superpower: The ability to go back in time, if that is a superpower. I’d like to be able to go back to certain times and relive them – our wedding, the birth of our children, concerts, trips with friends, etc.
And about that infamous moustache/beard: I love to grow out my facial hair and didn’t shave my beard both times my wife was pregnant. It was for good luck until my daughters came home from the hospital. Secretly, I loved the attention. Plus, my wife loves it.