Adam started homebrewing in 2010, and when we heard that homebrewers could pour at the semi-annual Phinney Neighborhood Association Beer Taste, we threw our names in the hat right away. Part of their selection process involved bringing beer in front of the “Beer Committee” for review. So with some trepidation we poured our beers at a committee member’s dining room table—not exactly the round one depicted—and were ultimately invited to serve at the festival.
With only one night to choose a “brewery” name before the menus went to print, we decided on Reuben’s Brews, after our oldest kiddo. And then we ended up winning the people’s choice award for our Roasted Rye IPA! When Adam received numerous emails from bars and restaurants requesting his beer, we felt the pull to take the plunge and sign a lease on our first commercial brewing space. Would Reuben’s Brews exist without the PNA? While there are many ways to get from point A to point B, we’re certainly grateful for all the times our journey has intersected with theirs over the years.