Astoria, Oregon has a new brewery. Reach Break Brewing becomes the 5th brewery in the old coastal city best known for Fort George Brewery. What sets Reach Break apart from the hop bombs and big stouts of Fort George and the classic styles of Buoy Beer Co. are the new brewery’s emphasis on developing a wild yeast and bacteria slanted barrel program producing sours and farmhouse-inspired ales. Reach Break won’t forget clean beers like IPA and stout, both of which are represented now at the small taproom only a block from Fort George.
Reach Break Brewing’s location really is outstanding. Taking over and renovating an old indoor garden grow operation that was likely once an auto station, it has a good-sized parking lot, roll-up doors, and a drive-in basement large enough to hold hundreds of barrels at cellar temp. Reach Break’s proximity to Fort George is a great bonus, plus it has a hard cidery opening next door in the same building. Just across the street is North Coast Distilling’s facility and tasting room. Reach Break’s parking lot will also be built out for outdoor seating and a beer garden boxed in by food carts.
Reach Break owners/brewer Jared Allison (left) and Josh Allison (right)
Founded by Josh Allison, Jared Allison and Finn Parker, Reach Break Brewing is a 7 barrel brewhouse with eyes to expand soon into a 15 barrel. Josh and Jared Allison will handle the brewing side of the operation. Both have homebrewing backgrounds, with Jared also having worked at De Garde Brewing, and Josh is a biologist who completed the Craft Brewing Business program at Portland State. Finn Parker will manage the taproom and do distribution; he came from some time as the taproom manager at Fieldwork Brewing in Berkeley, California.
Reach Break soft opened three weeks ago with limited weekend hours. Not willing to rush out the time intensive sour, barrel-aged, and wild program, the crew has brewed up two different versions of a stout, an IPA, and a session IPA. They won’t be producing only farmhouse beers, but also plan to have a strong Northeastern/New England-style IPA program, and the current “Amoeba” session IPA is in this vein.
“Jared has been working on some great east coast-style IPAs and we are really excited about what he has in store for us,” says Josh Allison. Reach Break has a small but larger than nano-sided 7bbl brewhouse. “The nice thing about a 7bbl system, is that it allows us a lot of flexibility to do a lot of different beers. We can prop up our own yeast, if need be, and really have fun with things.” Under a loading dock beneath the brewery a hidden cellar offers room for untold treasures. In addition to closed off passages to the tunnel system behind Old Astoria, you can envision a wild barrel program hundreds of casks deep when they eventually fill it out.
Reach Break has just announced a reserve cellar club like membership they call the Whale Pod, you can sign-up now for $155. Read about it here https://squareup.com/store/reach-break-brewing
Drop into Reach Break Brewing now to try some of their clean beers and they hopefully will have an early bretted saison in time for the Portland Farmhouse & Wild Ale Festival. For now. Reach Break has only weekend hours, Saturday Noon – 8pm and Sunday Noon – 6pm. The intimate tasting room fills growlers and crowlers.
Reach Break Brewing
1343 Duane St