It's been quite a week for beer in Ballard. First, just in time for Seattle Beer Week, Lucky Envelope Brewing opened Thursday. Now this Saturday, Stoup debuts its patio and Ballard-based Reuben's Brews launches its expanded brewery and taproom in a new building at 5010 14th Ave NW.
In February, husband-and-wife founders Adam and Grace Robbings announced they were growing Reuben's (named for their oldest son, now 5) into a building two blocks south of their original spot, which they will keep as a pilot brewery and barrel house. In their new 4,000 square-foot space, expect a 15-barrel brewhouse, 30-barrel fermenters, and a larger taproom with 24 taps—twice the amount of the previous one. Also, anticipate considerably more seating, a 10-foot video screen where the brewery plans to show Sounders and Seahawks games, and an outside deck.
The founders and head production brewer Mike Pfeiffer (long with Reuben's) are especially excited to bring more styles of beer to the new taproom—adding sours and lagers and expanding their barrel-aging program—as they feel their ambitions outgrew their original building almost upon opening three years ago.
Doors open at noon today with complimentary Reuben's Brews bottle openers for the first 100 in, special beers from the cellar, brewery tours, and more. The Burgerphenia food truck will also be on site. Regular hours for the new taproom will be Monday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.