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Name: Reuben’s Brews LLC
Location: Seattle, WA
Type: Production brewery
Available in DC Market: No
What you need to know: Reuben’s Brews is a small family-run brewery opened in August 2012 in Seattle, Washington. They brew a large range of styles, and their taps are constantly changing to include a diverse variety of beers on tap at all times (malty/hoppy, dark/light). They have a small bottling operation which distributes locally in Washington State. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s Brews has won 15 medals at the World Beer Championships.
Beer #1: Cream Ale (Cream ale / 5%)
In Their Own Words: “A light brew, with notes of cream in the nose. A smooth refreshing body, with a dry thirst quenching finish.”
Food Pairing: Paired with Guinea Hen Confit on Wonton Crisps
Our Thoughts: Reuben’s Brews Cream Ale won a Gold medal at the 2013 World Beer Championships, and it will be the only Cream Ale served at SAVOR this year. Cream Ale will see a limited bottle release this from May-July, but since it is does not receive distribution outside of Washington State, this will be a rare opportunity to sample what is apparently a very good example of the style.
Beer #2: Imperial Rye IPA (Imperial India pale ale / 8.4%)
In Their Own Words: “Intense citrus and floral aroma followed by a smooth medium full mouth feel. Citrus leads the flavor profile, with rye spice and bitterness coming through in the finish.”
Food Pairing: Paired with Smoked Brisket on Yucca Chip
Our Thoughts: While Cream Ale will be a light, refreshing beer sample, Reuben’s Brews Imperial Rye IPA should be a nice profile on the opposite end of the flavor spectrum with intense citrus and spicy rye characteristics. Imperial Rye IPA won a Silver medal at the 2013 World Beer Championships, and will see a similar limited bottle release from May-July as the Cream Ale.
This profile is a part of the DCBeer.com SAVOR Brewery Profile series. For more information, follow the link to see profiles of all 2014 SAVOR participants.