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Reuben's Brews

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Reuben's BrewsReuben's Brews

Type: Brewery, Bar

5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, Washington, 98107
United States

(206) 753-9583 | map

Monday to Thursday: 3pm to 10pm
Friday to Sunday: Noon until 10pm

Added by kevwcamp on 08-15-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 48
Photo of brewskifan55
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Reuben's is a busy joint with a bartender who can handle his shit. We arrived right when they opened at 3:00 on a Wednesday and tried 11 different tasters. They were all good. Reuben's has been highly praised and now I see why. The vibe is cool; people sat at tables, inside and out, while others came in for growler fills. I could've stayed here all afternoon. Free pretzels with water on the side. The Ballard neighborhood is ripe with breweries and Reuben's holds the high point. Sit, sip and enjoy.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Nice place to hang and drink some beers. Found a few I beers I liked although I didn't fall in love with any one beer here. Service was friendly and sample requests were accommodated. I could see myself coming here from time to time as a change of pace.

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Photo of gandres
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Friday before thanksgiving.
Place is packed
Nice place in Ballard, parking is ok, brought kids.
Was not able to get tables inside, stayed outside for 15 minutes(cold, clear night)
Where's the soda for the kids?

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Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Very cool place I got to check out on my recent trip.

Pretty crowded and lively on a Saturday afternoon. You are basically hanging out in the brewery, but it's a pretty nice space.

Quality is quite good. I was very impressed with most of the beers I tried on the sampler. Especially the Porter and the Rye. Selection is good too, about 12+ beers with good variety of style. Mostly just ales though.

Service was very good, the guys working up front were courteous and speedy even though the place was jammed full of people.

Great place, would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I love Reuben's Brews. Incredible beers and very good service. Not much more you can ask for. There is plenty of seating though on a sunny weekend day it can get really crowded. Love all the beers, but especially the Porter and Stout

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited the old place, couple months before the move and I can see why they need to move. Busy and popular they need the extra space. Still nice people though.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

Stopped in at Reuben's today for a sampler tray and to really drink in the atmosphere. My last visit, I was part of a roving saloon cycle and didn't really get a chance to develop an informed opinion of the place.

I really like Reuben's. The tasting room is actually the brewery; mash tuns and other equipment are moved to the side so tables can be brought out. Behind the service window where beers are poured, there is a big pegboard filled with metal clamps, plastic hose and other brewing accoutrements. You really know you're in a brewery here. There are only a handful of tables, and they are small, so it would be hard to visit here with a big group. But when the weather is nice, they open up an outside drinking area which is quite pleasant.

And the beer -- the beer is very good. Reuben's is doing some great things with rye, as well as brewing classic styles very well. I will definitely be heading back the next time I'm looking to wet my whistle in Ballard.

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Photo of Zach122
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Reuben's is one of my favorite breweries in the Seattle/Ballard area. Sitting in an industrial garage, you're ordering and drinking right in the middle of the brewery itself. Not a whole lot of space in the fall and winter, as the garage is closed up and porch seating is not available. Typically when I visit, I get my beer to go. However, the staff is very friendly and the head brewer/owner is always there, which is nice to see in a local craft brewery. But, there is only one person taking orders at one time, so if there's a line, it can take several minutes inside this small brewery to get your drink. The selection is outstanding! At least 12 in-house beers available, rotating throughout the year, all of which I would consider to be good to great beers. You can't really go wrong with whatever you pick. They also keep a nitro tap going and have quite a few rye style beers as well.

Overall, if you're in the area and love beer, you need to stop and have a drink.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Disclaimer: I just left Ed's Kourt Haus before visiting and stuffed myself with a Camel burger, a Kangaroo burger, and a double order of poutine so I was not in a chugging mood. Earlier at Naked City the owner said to visit this place. I could tell it was new, not by the beer but the facility looked new... basically a tap room in a modern garage. The beer though was not of the quality I would expect to find commonly from a new brewery... it was much much better. All the beers were good but I had to buy a bottle of their Rye. Needless to say I was impressed. Thank you Reuben, thank you Naked City, and ... well thank you Ed's Kourt Haus... just not so much.

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Photo of malgs
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Awesome new(ish) brewery in Seattle. I was fortunate enough to make it out there before I moved and happened to stop by on their anniversary. I love rye (beer, bread, and whiskey), so I loved everything I tasted. I look forward to stopping by next time I am in town.

Since I visited on an event day I don't know that I got the typical experience, but parking was easy to find and the beer was fantastic. Definitely on par with some of the more established Seattle micro breweries.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.96/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A: JackCrow and I walked in about 1PM on a cold Saturday and grabbed a seat in a small corner of a industrial garage space. The inside is outfitted with makeshift tables, chairs and booths. Nice big chalkboard rests above the serving area where you pretty much walk up and take your pick. The atmosphere can be a bit stale but the chatter of other patrons break any odditys. Lazerlobe joined us and contributed to the chatter. There seemed to be a lot of new patrons discovering this place for the first time.

Q: Everything we had was pretty solid; ranging from average to very good. I gave them a bump in the score because I truly enjoyed my Imperial Rye IPA.

S: No issues. Most of them are within earshot if you need to ask a question but they are also pretty reserved. Not bad in any way and rather talkative once you get them going.

S: 12 to 15 house beers!? Pretty amazing for a small space and to be so new to the scene. I believe the server told me that had a 5bbl system on site and another 10bbl system across the way. Selection ranged from Imperials IPAs, to Robust Porters to a belgian Pale

F: Pretzels.

If I were in Ballard I would make two places my local, frequent stops: Noble Fir and Reubens.

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Reuben's Brews in Seattle, WA
93 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.