Way back in December, Carmen, Sam, and Jonah traveled up the coast to Astoria, OR to visit our good friend Josh Allison at Reach Break Brewing. Together, they brewed Josh’s annually released Symbiosis Fig Stout Sour. Shortly after, Josh came down to Coos Bay to help us brew our version of the Symbiosis Fig Stout. Check out our previous blog post about this very special collaboration beer!
So, why are we blogging about this beer now, over half a year after we brewed it and after ours is already gone? Well, it’s because Reach Break’s Sour Symbiosis has only just been released! We will be serving Reach Break’s Sour Symbiosis at both locations. Supply is limited so get it while you can! Are Sours not your thing? We will also be putting a never-before-released Barrel-Aged Symbiosis on tap as well, so you’ll be able to try both renditions of the Symbiosis side by side!
Compared to our 7 Devils Symbiosis, which is a more traditional ale, Reach Break puts their own spin on the Symbiosis by souring it! A wild farmhouse-style ferment by a special mixed culture native to Astoria is left to age on sliced black figs for several months. The result is a decadent stout, similar to our Symbiosis, with an added complexity from the souring process. Delicious notes of cocoa and honey are layered within a complimentary Brett presence that buzzes across the top of the rich stout body and culminates in a bright, spritzy finish. Enjoy this special variation within the Symbiosis family of beers!