Monthly Archives: May 2013

Brew Beer At Home? Live In Sweden? Join In!


We are really excited to be part of this celebration of Swedens huge tradition of amazing home brewers.

Teaming up with Omnipollo, the winner will fly over to the UK to brew with us.

We have kept it simple – here are the rules

Brew Great Beer – no style guidelines – Send 3 bottles (inc Recipe) to Omnipollo AB, Tjärhovsgatan 6, 116 21 Stockholm by Wednesday the 31st of July 2013.

Clearly state who the brewer is & contact details, be above 20 & from Sweden.

Beers to be judged by Henok, Karl, Ryan & Darron – and their decision is final.

The winner will get to fly to the UK to brew with Ryan at our brewery.


If you are a homebrewer in the UK, and would like to see a UK rerun of this later in the year – let us know.


Our First New Special

Its nearly summer – honest!!  Its time to start breaking out the refreshing brews, and we have just launched a repeat of a Hill Farmstead, Mikkeller collaboration with Siren which fits the bill.

Limoncello IPA is a slightly tart very citrusy IPA designed to mimic limoncello.  Using Wheat, Pilnser & oats with a 24 hour sour mash, buckets of lemon zest and juice and a small amount of lactose to provide some sweetness and creaminess, to provide the IPA tag, it is hoped heavily with Simcoe, Citra and Sorachi Ace, with further lashings in dry hops.

This is a beer that divides its drinkers.  You will either love it or hate it, no in between.  It will be limited release and also only available on keg as this is a beer that really wants the carbonation that you just can’t get in cask.

We love it, expect it to start hitting the bars soon.

Copenhagen Beer Festival

Copenhagen Beer Festival

We were very privileged to have been invited to the Copenhagen Beer Festival, which just into its second year is already famous for its amazing array of breweries, bringing together the best from around the world including Brasil & China.  The challenge for us – we were two months old – how to bring 9 different amazing beers.  Our solution was to bring cask which gave us the opportunity to try some experiments in a one off way.

before the storm

before the storm

Some of which worked extremely well, our gin spiced IPA was already working its way into a development stage, but now is firmly planted as something to do.  The Red Rind IPA was also excellent, and the Limoncello was superb, although it definitely needed to be cooler and have carbonation, a proper keg beer.

In fact there were a few people who didn’t get the british cask thing and asked us why we were serving warm flat beer, and to be fair once you have had your palette hammered by hoppy zingy cold beers with bubbles, you are going to struggle to appreciate a cask beer.  But all said and done the majority loved the beers as they were and could appreciate the experimentation that Cask could offer.


There were so many highlights to mention including the foodincluding Johns Hot Dogs, Uneka Cheese and the Chili guys were amazing.  The after party was superb and Copenhagen is such a great city.  If its not on your list of festivals to do – put it on now, you won’t be disappointed.  Some of the beers to be had were unbelievable including Firestone Walkers Parabola and Anniversary Ale and a great selection of Sours, Barley Wines 

Take a look at this video to from Evening Brews

Who Is The Pest?.

The brewing industry seems to throw up all sorts of interesting opportunities.  Probably one of the more unusual opportunities happened a few months ago when we were approached by the Nordic Food Labs who were running an event on exploring the deliciousness of insects.  They asked if we could make a beer that would be steeped in some form of insects and Koji.  We weren’t about to turn them down, what an interesting opportunity.

Whos the pest

We duly received some Koji (being a byproduct of a rice fungus that is used heavily in Sake and soy sauce production) in the post to taste, and then ascertain what style of beer would work well with it.  The insects were to be either Meal Worms or Crickets and both have a different flavour profile, but we had to choose the style of beer before we would know which insect it was to  be.  We decided on an oatmeal stout at 5.6% as the base beer as the Koji imparted flavours that work well with a stout amongst them coffee.

A couple of days before we were due to brew the beer our package arrive and once we got through all the packaging and dry ice we found our bag of meal worms to add to the beer.


We broke out the homebrew gear as this was only a 50l brew, and we planned to use the wort from and imperial stout we were brewing and then adding more water to hit the gravity target.  This was also the first Siren Craft Brew beers to hit bottles as Nordic wanted to serve the beers in 750ml bottles on each table.

Wormhole Bottles

The beer was well received and both nights were a great success.  Its worth taking a look at Nordic Food Labs blog on the event, its an interesting read.