Excuse my verbosity, but I want to explain what Reuben’s Brews means when they say “and Friends” with regards to this Saturday’s Reuben’s Brews and Friends Invitational Beer Festival, just one of the many great events happening this week as part of Seattle Beer Week.
Serendipity is a great thing and that’s how Kim and I ended up at Alvarado Street Brewing’s production facility in Salinas, California on the same day that Adam and Grace Robbings of Reuben’s Brews were there to create a collaboration beer with J.C. Hill, the head brewer and co-owner at Alvarado Street. Pictured above: Grace and Adam with J.C. (center) at Alvarado Street’s brewery in Salinas.
This is not intended to be one of those “neener-neener” things, I’ve actually got a reason for telling you about this, but if you want to read more about the beers we found on California’s Central Coast, see the story.
Seriously, Alvarado Street Brewing is a damn good brewery with lots of medals to prove it. Kim will tell you that the beers are some of the best she’s ever tilted. I’m a bit more reserved with my praise and temper my comments by saying they were better than expected and were the best beers from a new-to-me brewery that I’ve slurped in a long time.
That’s the kind of brewery Reuben’s Brews means when they say “and Friends.” Forgive my long-winded way of telling you that the Alvarado-Reuben’s collaboration beer is just one of the beers on the lineup card for Saturday’s Reuben’s and Friends Invitational Beer Festival at the Reuben’s Brews tasting room in Ballard.
Saturday’s event features beers from near and far, including beers from breweries like Funkwerks (Colorado), Modern Times Brewing (California), Great Notion Brewing (Oregon) and even Androit Theory Brewing (Virginia). Along with those, some local favorites. Complete list of breweries is below.
- Generally two beers poured from every brewery attending
- Released in batches of 6 beers on the hour – starting at 11am until 4pm
- Majority of brewers will be in attendance
- Full list will be released on Friday
- Alvarado / Reuben’s collaboration will be tapped – Imperial International Style-Juice
- Reuben’s / Noble collaboration will be tapped – Reubenesquepades
- Our first tapping from our wild and sour series, Brettania will be released – a oak aged mixed brett culture rustic saison, rested on blackberries and boysenberries
- The alley at the back of the brewery will be open with the bands.
The exact beer list will be released soon, so keep an eye on the Facebook event page. In the meantime, here are some details about this very cool event
Reuben’s and Friends Invitational Beer Festival
Saturday, May 19
11:00 AM – ?
Music from three bands
1.30pm: The last of the steam powered trains
3pm: Plant Fly
5pm: Natalie Wouldn’t
Adroit Theory Brewing (Purcellville, VA)
Alvarado Street Brewing (Monterey, CA)
Bale Breaker Brewing (Moxee, WA)
Chuckanut Brewery (Bellingham/Burlington)
Cloudburst Brewing (Seattle)
Fort George Brewing (Astoria, OR)
Funkwerks (Fort Collins, CO)
Grains of Wrath (Camas, WA)
Great Notion Brewing (Portland, OR)
Matchless Brewing (Tumwater, WA)
Modern Times Brewing (San Diego, CA)
Moonraker Brewing (Auburn, CA)
Noble Ale Works (Anaheim, CA)
Old Town Brewing (Portland, OR)
Seapine Brewing (Seattle)
Urban Family Brewing (Seattle)
Wander Brewing (Bellingham, WA)
Reuben’s Brews is partnering with Gorilla FC, the Seattle Sounders Supporters Club, to help build two tiny houses this year. This year’s invitational will help finance the build of two tiny houses – last year our invitational helped finance the building of one tiny house!