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We Love The Hope in Carshalton

So Rowan was one of the first guys to contact us – we think it was through James Brodies giving him the low down on this cool new brewery to open- thanks James, but Rowan has been a great customer for us since we started and is a downright decent chap.

Hope Carshalton

So we are very pleased to announce that we will be heading down to The Hope in Carshalton on the 21st June and have a few beers in tow to delight anyone coming along.  Here is a sneak peek

Cask : Usual motley crew with the added bonus of Sweet Dream – our NEW Chocolate Milk stout thats as big on chocolate & Vanilla as Broken Dream is on Coffee.

Also Half Mast our 2.8% Session IPA will be making its debut – this is a high flavour hop bomb that belies its strength, come along and we might tell some secrets.

But here are the real beauties:

Bourbon Barrel Broken Dream : Only the second one to be racked & it is AMAZING!  How do you follow that – well that is a surprise.

On KEG Rowan will be serving Sound Wave and we will talk through the differences on cask and Keg which should be a fascinating chat.

Limoncello IPA will be the final beer to round off the night and this 9% IPA designed to mimic Limoncello with a sour mash and added lactose will surely divide the room with its detesters and lovers.  This is a Siren, Mikeller, Hill Farmstead collaboration and it stretches the idea of what beer can be.

We hope to see you there

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Barrels, barrels and more barrels

So what brewer isn’t running some sort of Barrel Aging program. “Program” that sounds very officious and serious, and rather like something dreamt up by a marketing team. Thats not what we do at Siren, we do what excites us and we think that certain beers and certain barrels can add a huge amount of flavour and fun to a beer.

We just want to make exciting and interesting beers, we also happen to have a bit of space (now that we have taken the unit next to us) and feel that there are so many possibilities for flavour exploration that barrels can offer us.

So far, we have our Anniversary beer, slumbering in several different barrels all waiting for a bit of mixology and a year to pass.

We also have Broken Dream sitting in a bourbon barrel – man that has a huge vanilla hit, along with Liquid Mistress and Broken dream in two very high quality red wine barrels at the moment.

ImageAs of next week our newly brewed Golden Barley wine will start its extended sleep in some rather large Grand Marnier barrels. All of which have an amazing aroma before we have put anything in them.

We are hoping to put up our proper web site in the next couple of weeks and if you like your beers to be aged then keep an eye out for our barrel section to see what we have on and are planning. Even better, have any ideas that you would really like to see us try, let us know.


Thanks For A Great Launch

Saturday the 9th of March was a great day for Siren Craft Brew.  It was the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and hard work.

To be able to launch across all 4 Craft Beer Co venues was testament to a lot of courage from Martin Hayes and gave us a great platform to show what we can do.

Nice Pump Clips

Nice Pump Clips

On balance each of our beers pretty much hit where we would have expected for batch 1 on a new system, and bar carbonation issues tasted fantastic.  A few process changes mean that we already have a fuller brighter flavour developing in batch 2 for Sound Wave and Undercurrent.

Broken Dreams and Undercurrent

But this blog is a thank you.  Firstly to all our families that have helped support us to get to this point, all the people who have helped get the brewery up and running, Voyage Design who have worked tirelessly on the marketing side of things, but as importantly the customers who turned up in blind faith over the weekend to try our beers.

The day started well with my Dad queuing outside Clerkenwell to be duly served the first glass of Siren, with our local Camra SE Berkshire group not far behind.  The pump clips looked fantastic, even though we didn’t have anything for the keg lines – the standard pump clips held up for the day.  It was great to mingle with everyone, listening to feedback and getting input on the beers.  On the whole it seemed there wasn’t a clear winner in that for some people Undercurrent was their choice as it is extremely drinkable and full of flavour, Sound Wave had her champions, but Liquid Mistress and Broken Dream seemed to be the two that had most people talking.

For me, one of my highlights of the day was standing next to someone at the bar who didn’t know I was with the brewery, take his first sip of Liquid Mistress and show to Chris the barman how impressed he was before walking off to enjoy his pint slowly.

So after such a great launch now follows the hard work – maintenance of consistency and quality whilst looking to improve the beers any way we can while maintaining their original character.  Obviously we already have many new projects in the pipeline and bottling shouldn’t be too far away, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

THANKS!! – looking forward to the ride.

Pump Clip


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.

 


The Extra’s – Our Launch news for the 9th

As we are getting ready for our launch across all of  The Craft Beer Co venues on the 9th March, we asked the bar managers if they wanted to add their own little touch of flair to one of our beers.

So here is the run down of what you can get and where.

In Islington we are aiming to bring you in from the cold with the addition of vanilla & smoked chili to Broken Dream, our Breakfast Stout.

Brighton have decided that Rum Soaked Oak Chips are the flavour to enhance our Breakfast Stout.

Clerkenwell have gone their separate way with adding Tequila soaked oak chips to Sound Wave IPA.

They will all go on the bar on the 9th and won’t be around for long.

We are really looking forward to our launch and finally getting our beers to you.


Hot News Siren Launch at Craft Beer Co announced

Block out the 9th march in your diary. We are extremely excited to be launching all four of our core beers in all Craft Beer Co locations on the same day.

Sound Wave, Liquid Mistress, Broken Dream and Undercurrent will all be available in cask and keg format alongside each other. For even more amazing choice each bar manager will come down Us to choose a beer to make into their own. This should make for a great pub crawl to try each one across London before they run out.

Whether you are into super hoppy IPA’s, amazing roasty stouts, caramel reds (with loads of hops) or a balanced Pale there will be something calling your name.

We will be heading over to base ourselves in Clerkenwell from 12:00 to chat and answer any questions and are really looking forward to seeing you there.


3 Brews In!

After more than a year and a half in planning, lots of stress with planners, lease issues and countless other things, Siren finally kicked off our first brew on Thursday. As a big 10% barley wine it had a fairly straight forward malt bill compared to some of our other beers but its own challenges in getting it spot on.  Whilst we had a few issues on brew day, which is to be expected on brand new kit, the beer sitting in the tank getting the full love treatment from the yeast is amazing.

Anniversary_Ale

Great colour

The first few tastes are exactly what we hoped for and with our plans for the beer for the next year, by the time it is bottled it will be stunning. Following on from this we kicked off Broken Dream and Liquid Mistress.  Broken Dream has a huge and complex malt bill and the brewhouse was filled with amazing aromas of raisins, chocolate and coffee and was absolutely black through the site glass

Broken Dream

Extremely black

Liquid Mistress had an equally complex malt bill, but with a huge hop addition throughout the boil and promises to be a very beautiful beer which will have no trouble living up to her naughty name.

Liquid Mistress

A beautiful red IPA – smells amazing already without the dry hops

Siren

Kegs

The brewery is getting pretty full too.Image