Reuben’s, Chuckanut, and six sheep: a new collaboration beer



Reuben’s Brews and Chuckanut Brewery collaborate on 6:1 New Zealand Pilsner

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Reuben’s Brews set out at the beginning of the year to brew a series of collaboration beers. The latest installment in the series is now available. Last Saturday at the brewery’s Lager Fest, Reuben’s Brews introduced 6:1 New Zealand Pilsner, a beer brewed in collaboration with Chuckanut Brewery.

Get it on tap and in cans at the Reuben’s Brews Taproom in Ballard or look for it wherever you find great beer around the region. The beer’s name, 6:1 New Zealand Pilsner, refers to the fact that in New Zealand there are six sheep for every one human.

“Given our fondness for brewing a breadth of beer styles, we couldn’t create an anniversary series without including a lager,” said a statement from Reuben’s Brews. “And who better to collaborate with than our friends at Chuckanut Brewery in the Skagit Valley?” 


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“We collaborated with them (Chuckanut Brewery) on a Pale Ale back in 2018 when they invited us to Beer Prom, and our anniversary series was the perfect excuse to have a lot of fun teaming up for another brew day.” 

“When we put our heads together to develop a recipe, we landed on a New Zealand-style Pilsner hopped with Nelson Sauvin and Nectaron, two southern hemisphere varieties known for their intense aromas of wine grapes and tropical fruit,” said the statement. “A bit of flaked rice in the mash lightened up the body, ultimately producing a beer that’s bright, biscuity, and well suited for summer.”


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The collaboration brings together two of the PNW’s most-accomplished breweries. Few breweries have earned so many accolades or scored as many medals as either Reuben’s Brews or Chuckanut Brewery. The former has received countless awards for a breadth of styles ranging from IPA to Barleywine. The latter is recognized as one of the most highly decorated lager-focused breweries in the nation.

For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.


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