Beer and oyster shells have been hanging out together for hundreds of years, with oyster shells providing a source of calcium carbonate for adjusting brewing water chemistry. Somewhere along the way, the entire oyster — shell, meat and brine — ended up in the kettle, and thus “oyster stout” was born. Our “black ale with bivalves” is a collaboration with Drayton Harbor Oyster Company, whose oyster beds lie just 2 miles directly west of the brewery. A subtle, underlying, caramel wave carries a slight brininess all the way to the roasty shores of barley town. In the fall and winter, major low tides occur at night, leaving our local oyster farmers to brave the “Dark Harbor” to work the tide flats and harvest their bounty.