Mike manning our new 30bbl production brewhouse
A huge part of who we are at Reuben’s Brews is the breadth of beer that we brew. We produced over 140 unique beers in 2018 alone. An essential reason why we are able to offer so many beers – from your everyday favorite beers in distribution to the one-off experimental brews available only in our tasting rooms – is that we are actually three breweries in one.
When we opened our doors in 2012 we brewed exclusively on a 5bbl system in a 1200 sq. ft. space on 53rd Street in Ballard. By 2015 we had moved in to our Taproom and brewery on 14th Avenue and 51st Street, and had moved up to a 15bbl system. This brewery allowed us to expand our production and brew more of the beer we love to make, but we soon realized that we needed to expand further. Thus in late 2018 we opened our production brewery – with a 30bbl brewhouse – on 8th Avenue and 46th. In our six years as a brewery we’ve grown consistently but methodically, and have chosen to keep all of our facilities in operation!
Adam and Dean brewing on our original 5bbl system
Each brewery has its own indispensable role. Our original 5bbl brewery, though now closed to the public, is still in weekly operation producing so many of the small-batch beers that you love in our Taproom, including the recent Nordic Haze and soon-to-be released Crazyfool Lager. The 15bbl brewery at The Taproom was until very recently our production brewery, making all of the Pilsner, Crikey, and Bits and Bobs that you see out in the market. But with our new production facility coming on line, where we now brew the majority of the beer that reaches distribution, this has freed our middle-sized brewery to make even larger batches of favorites like BBIS (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout) and Rustic Saison (for our Sour Program) which we’ve never been able to brew enough of.
These three breweries work in concert to produce the breadth of beer that Reuben’s Brews is known for. As of this post, we have released exactly 53 beers so far this year. And by the end of the week we will have an additional seven beers in tanks, ready to be released in the coming weeks!
Reuben’s Brews. Beer Unbound.
Our Pink Boots Society brew day in March 2019, in front of our 15bbl brewhouse at The Taproom