Oktoberfest is coming to Ballard this weekend

This Saturday, September 16 is the 3rd annual Ballard Oktoberfest brewery crawl, bringing together four of Ballard’s breweries for a day of live music, Bavarian grub, and Oktoberfest-themed special brews from each brewery.

A traveling oompah band, known as the Oompah Machine, will kick things off at Stoup Brewing at 1pm. The crawl will continue on to Populuxe at 2pm, Lucky Envelope at 3pm, and Reuben’s Brews at 4pm. Each brewery will be serving one special Oktoberfest beer and a limited-edition 0.5 liter commemorative stein or boot. (You can purchase glassware for $6 empty or $10 filled.) There will be food trucks at each brewery, and co-sponsor Verity Credit Union will be providing pretzel bites for the entirety of the crawl.

Stoup will be serving a special Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, German Pilsner & Marzen. The food truck on site will be Napkin Friends, who plan on serving latke potato pancakes.

Populuxe will have special brew Populuxe Oktoberfest and a Kolsch, with the Itty Bitty Schnitty food truck serving schnitzel, kraut and fritz.

Lucky Envelope will have an Oktoberfest Vienna Lager, Helles Lager and Smoked Tea Rauch Helles. Ravenleaf Food Truck will serve southwest and Caribbean barbecue prepared with fresh northwest ingredients.

Reuben’s plans to serve their Märzen, Gose, Roggenbier, and other German styles. Their food truck will be Burgerphenia, who will be featuring the Prague Dog: bratwurst, red kraut, spicy mustard on a brioche bun.  They’ll also be serving burgers and fries.

For more info on the event, visit the Facebook event page.

Reuben’s Brews on the lookout for a bigger space

Ballard brewery Reuben’s Brews is the fastest growing brewery in the state, which means they’re going to need a bigger space.

Co-founder Adam Robbings says that while they’re currently at capacity, the process to find a new space won’t be rushed. “We don’t have any signed lease to announce – it would take a year with permits and everything to build something even when we have a signed lease, so we’re talking months if not years out,” Robbings tells My Ballard. “I walk to the brewery right now and certainly don’t want to change that – so anything new would have to be close!”

The brewery, which opened in 2012, is currently spread between four spaces, according to Brewbound: a 20-barrel production brewery with a tasting room, a warehouse, sour facility and its original 5-barrel brewery, which now serves as an R&D facility. Robbings told Brewbound that sales were up 104 percent throughout Washington for the first half of the year. The growth is evident in the numbers: Reuben’s sold about 2,700 barrels of beer in 2015, and 5,700 barrels in 2016.

“I think it’s awesome that a Ballard brewery is the fastest growing brewery in Washington,” Robbings tells My Ballard. “We’re at capacity – and want to brew more but can’t!”

No news yet on a timeframe for the expansion, but we’ll update with any new information.

Photo: Adam Robbings with Reuben’s 3-Way IPA cans. Image courtesy Reuben’s Facebook page.


Hundreds flock to Reuben’s to pet baby goats

Hundreds of locals turned up at Reuben’s Brews on Thursday to have a brew with some special little visitors.

Puget Sound Goat Rescue hosted the event at Reuben’s to encouraged locals to meet, pet and even adopt baby goats.


Over 7,000 people had submitted their RSVP to the event and hundreds attended to show their support.

Sixty tickets were given out every half hour and attendees could spend 5 minutes with the little ones.

Visitors who fell in love with the goats had the opportunity to fill out an adoption application and after a home check are able to take the critters home at a later date.

Did you attend and take some great photos? Email them to tips@myballard.com

Photo courtesy of KIRO 7 News. 

Reuben’s Brews to celebrate 4th anniversary

The folks at Reuben’s Brews are excited to celebrate their 4th anniversary with the community this Saturday, August 6, from noon onwards at their tap room (5010 14th Ave NW).

The celebrations will include free commemorative pint glasses (for the first 200 attendees), a brand new IPA release, barrel aged beer sampling, a raffle  and more.


The team is very excited to be celebrating this special milestone in Ballard! “Thanks to the community for all of their support these first four years, and cheers to many more,” says Co-Founder and Head Brewer Adam Robbings.

Check out the Reuben’s Brews Facebook page for more details about the festivities.

Reuben’s to host Pink Boots release party


Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW) will be hosting a release party today (Friday, March 25, at 5 p.m.) for their newest brew, Pink Boots.

The new beer is named in honor of The Pink Boots Society, an organization created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the beer industry through education.

The women of the Reuben’s team brewed the new Hibiscus Gose earlier in celebration of the Big Boots/International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day.

50 cents from each glass sold will be donated to the Pink Boots Society.

“We hope to have Pink Boots brews from other Seattle breweries on tap, too! Come meet the brewers and celebrate a great organization in the brewing industry,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews.

Reuben’s Brews set to unveil remodeled taproom this Saturday

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The team at Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW) is ready to reveal their new, larger brewery and tap room this Saturday, May 9.

The grand opening celebrations will include special beers from the cellar, complimentary Reuben’s Brews bottle openers for the first 100 people, brewery tours and more.

Food wise, attendees will be able to sample delicacies from the Burgerphenia food truck.

“We’re really excited to show people the new brewery!” said Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “We’ve aimed to make the new taproom really comfortable but still open to the wonders of the brewing space. We are excited to brew more styles, add to our line-up with sours and lagers, and expand our barrel-aging program.”

The new 4,000 square-foot space, which is located two blocks south of the existing brewery, is set to feature a 15-barrel brewhouse, 30-barrel fermenters and a larger taproom with 24 taps, an outside deck, more seating, and a 10-foot video screen for showing Sounders and Seahawks games and other major sports events.

The new tap room will also be open seven days a week. Hours will be Monday – Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday – Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

Tomorrow’s opening event will mark a major milestone for Reuben’s Brews. Since opening in August 2012, they reached brewing capacity within six months and started searching for expansion spaces two years ago – in May 2013.

After a long, arduous search for a suitable space they signed their lease for the new brewery in August 2014. In January 2015, the team signed with Click Wholesale Distribution in anticipation of the new brewery coming online to help make their brews more widely available.

The existing Reuben’s tap room will continue to operate on its regular schedule through March 8.

Click here to check out the Reuben’s Brews Facebook page.

Reuben’s and Zeeks Pizza collaborate on “Hop Tropic” launch


Reuben’s Brews (1406 NW 53rd St) and Zeeks Pizza have teamed up to launch a new collaboration brew “Hop Tropic.”

Hop Tropic is a light, refreshing pale ale that is edging towards IPA territory.

“With a nose of passion fruit, grapefruit, guava and tangerine, Hop Tropic has a medium-light mouth feel, with a little caramel and a creamy body to support the hop profile and balance the finish,” says Adam Robbings, Co-founder and Brewmaster at Reuben’s.

The new brew will be exclusively available at all Zeeks Restaurants (in both Seattle and Bothell) and at the Reuben’s Brews taproom here in Ballard.

“We are incredibly excited for this opportunity,” says Robbings. “Zeeks Pizza has supported us from very early on, and were humbled when they asked us to brew a house beer for them!”

The Zeeks team is equally excited about the collaboration. “Zeeks is dedicated to having a strong and inviting craft beer selection at our restaurants, and so when we had the opportunity to collaborate for our house beer we couldn’t refuse. We are big fans of Reuben’s and it was a lot of fun for the Zeeks team to be involved and even help brew this first batch,” says Tommy Brooks, Zeeks Director of Operations.

Hop Tropic is set to hit Zeeks pizza stores today, with a launch party at the Queen Anne restaurant (1915 Queen Anne Ave N) from 6 p.m. tonight. A keg of rare Reuben’s “Blimey That’s Bitter!” will also feature at the party.