By Joe Veyera
A family-owned Ballard brewery took home high marks at 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
Rueben’s Brews (1406 NW 53rd St) tied for fourth place on the list of Top 10 Breweries for 2014, its second top 10 finish in the competition in as many years, after finishing sixth in 2013. Rueben’s was the only Washington state brewery to make the Top 10.
The brewery also netted four medals — gold for its Roggenbier in the Rye/Roggen Beer category, silver for its Auld Heritage (Aged Beer) and American Brown (American Brown Ale), and bronze for its Classic Dry Irish Stout (Classic Dry Irish Stout).
“We were very excited to hear how well we did this year,” said Reuben’s Brews co-founder and head brewer Adam Robbings in a press release. “It’s fantastic to be recognized in such a large competition with so many great breweries. We’ve won some nice recognition so far, but this is definitely the highlight!”
As one of the biggest brewery competitions in the world, the U.S. Open Beer Championship is the only one to include both professional breweries and award-winning home-brewers. This year, entries included more than 3,000 beers from 300 breweries in 20 different countries.
Since opening in 2012, Rueben’s has also won several other accolades, including two gold medals at the 2014 Washington Beer Awards, and was named runner up Best Small Brewery in the 2013 Washington Beer Awards
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