Category Archives: Tasting

Origin & Siren Craft Brew team up

To make the most enticing, alluring and amazing flavours, we have to be absolutely on top of every ingredient and process that goes together in the art and science of brewing to hit the highest notes possible.  That is why, when deciding on a breakfast stout to star in our core range using any ordinary coffee was never going to be on the cards, it had to be someone or something special, possibly as crazy as us.

After much discussion with a number of Coffee companies, Origin Coffee from Helston in Cornwall were the ideal partner for us.  Their values mirror ours in that they are ridiculously passionate and excitable about their craft and they love to share their amazing knowledge of great coffee.  They regularly do extremely well in global Barista competitions and Dan, one of the Barista trainers, recently came 4th in the world, having won the UK round of World Coffee in Good Spirits.  This was a competition all about mixing amazing coffee with alcohol, ideal partners indeed.

Armed with a brief to take the roasty, sweet milk and chocolate flavours to another level, James from Origin spent the day talking about the options for getting the ideal brew to put in our beer, and then on to the exciting stuff – tasting!

Coffee_science

Like brewing the best beer – very precise

With a selection of Origin Coffees to go through, it became very clear early on from the aroma what the winner was.  But it was worth going through the list, measuring and testing precisely each batch of brewed coffee.

So Negelle Gorbitu (sounds like a character from Ghostbusters) was the head and shoulders winner.  This is a deeply complex coffee, fully washed and from Ethiopian heirloom trees.  (Often referred to as Heirloom as they are deemed to be from the oldest most original stock from which all other coffee trees are derived).  As a light floral coffee with Clementine, Peach & Jasmine aromas it works amazingly with Broken Dream layering the flavours perfectly without that coffee harshness found in some coffee beers.

We are really pleased to be working with such a passionate bunch of people and as their coffees are sourced in small batches only, Broken Dream will be a forever evolving piece of art, changing with the seasons.  If this means more coffee tasting sessions then that can only be a good thing.

 

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Tasting Night

The idea was very noble…. To get a group of foodies and beer lovers together to go through a bunch of  the best craft beer we could get hold of with short notice, and pull them all apart, what we liked, what we didnt and why!

The scene was set very nicely in the Malmaison Hotel in Reading with some great food and service, the requisite flavour wheel and bank notebooks.

Craft Beer Taste FlavourWheel

Beer Taste Flavour Wheel

After a brief introduction to the process of brewing from Darron Anley, we got straight into a little training on how to use the flavour wheel, a huge array of description words for tastes and aromas and then dived into the beers.

We had a great selection;

lagers from Camden, Brewdog and Meantime

Pale Ales from The Kernel, Camden, Rogue

IPA’s from everyone – Arbor Ales, Lovibonds, The Kernel, Rogue, Thornbridge, Brewdog to name a few

As well as an assortment of stouts, sour beers and even a cider (not sure how that got added to the list?- Oh yeah the brewer made it)

In all fairness the evening fell rather short of any high and mighty business ideas, but was a fantastic chance to mix with friends over some amazing IPA’s and other beers to highlight what we hope to bring to the table.

Somebody did write some notes though – We haven’t seen them since though.

flavour notes

Somebody did some work