It may have taken 139 years for Rainier Brewing to collaborate with another brewery but its first collaboration beer will put this longstanding Washington brewery back in the spotlight. To mark this milestone Rainier known for its iconic red “R” chose an up and coming brewery Reuben’s Brews that is also known for its red lowercase “r”.
Released earlier this month in time for Seattle Beer Week this new r&R Pils is a collaboration from Rainier and Reuben’s Brews that brings together the two breweries expertise in brewing. Rainier is well known for brewing easy drinking lagers and Reuben’s Brews knows a thing or two about hop forward beers. It also makes a fine pilsner with its Reuben’s Pilsner that we highly recommend seeking out.
“r&R Pils is the first collaboration beer for Rainier in its 139 year history,” said Michael Scott, Rainier Brand Manager in a statement. “Our partnership with one of Seattle’s most well-respected breweries, Reuben’s Brews, reaffirms our ongoing commitment to brewing beer here in Washington state.”
The idea for the collaboration beer was originally formed over a pint, said Adam Robbings, head brewer and co-founder of Reuben’s Brews in a statement. “Michael is a regular in our taproom, so when he asked us to partner on a special project for Seattle Beer Week, we didn’t hesitate. This collaboration stays true to the core beliefs of both of our breweries, and is a nice meld between our cultures and styles. For us, it’s humbling to be asked by an iconic brewery to do something like this.”
r&R Pils is available on draught and in 22-ounce bottles throughout Washington and Oregon while supplies last. This special collaboration brew is 6% ABV with 40 IBUs. Malts used include U.S. Pilsner, German Pilsner and Rye, and hops include Hallertau Tradition, Cashmere, Galaxy, and Azacca.
Look for other special beers coming from Rainier in the coming months as r&R Pils is just one of the special releases for Rainier this year.
When it comes to Reuben’s Brews this five-year-old Seattle based brewery is set to enter the Portland, Oregon craft beer market via Maletis Beverage in early June. You can also find Reuben’s other new collaboration beer, 3-Way IPA, hitting the marketplace right now. This annual IPA brewed by Fort George Brewery collaborated with Reuben’s and Great Notion Brewing from Portland, Oregon is a take on the trendy hazy IPAs that are gaining some attention these days.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.