At Aslan we have only done a few collaborations in our tenure. Mainly because we have been so wrapped up in what we are doing. Almost equally, however, we have chosen to be very selective in collaborating. The camaraderie within the brewing industry is one of the focal points and without a doubt a cornerstone of craft beer. Brewing with another brewery can, and should be, a very personal thing. I can count the number of collaborations we have done in three years on one hand. In the last month, though, we have worked with two breweries and a close neighbor, all within the span of 10 days. It was quite a whirlwind.
The first collab brew of this three part series happened on Monday the 19th of June, with Adam Robbings from Reuben's Brews (reubensbrews.com). Adam is the co-founder and Head Brewer at Reuben's and is seriously one of the nicest people you will meet (a sentiment echoed throughout the industry). I’ll admit that my personal relationship with Adam was fairly limited, prior to our brewday. My brother, Boe, and him were the ones who struck up the conversation that led to our collab. This particular beer was made specifically for Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. This festival is held in Seattle on August 19th and features pairs of Washington based breweries who brew a beer together. The beer that we made is an IPA that I’m really excited about. I won’t go too far into detail on the recipe, but I can say that it is one of the best IPA’s that we have made, to date. We have respected Reuben's Brews for a long time, so it was a fun opportunity to work with them on a style both breweries enjoy.