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
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.
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.
Apart from the hordes of family, friends, inquisitive neighbours and suppliers we had our first visitors over the last few days.
It was good to meet our local CAMRA branch who are very pleased to have a brewery in their area and also pleased that we will be producing cask as well as keg.
Our other guests were Martin and Peter, the guys responsible for Craft and Cask Pub and Kitchen. Without saying too much at the moment, we are both very excited to be putting some interesting stuff together.
Keep your eyes out for our launch web site for exciting updates.
After more than a year and a half in the planning, its really starting to shape up and look like a brewery. And its been a very busy week.
The first two of our Five fermenters are in place, with the cooling system pretty much all plumbed in. It’s great to be able to buy british and the guys at Malrex who fabricated the tanks have been hard at it all week plumbing in the pipework for the brewery.
Alongside getting the chiller, cooling system, fermenters, alcohol license, office space and steam boiler up and running we have also been hard at work in other areas also.
We hope to have a mini launch web site up and running by the end of next week, so you can all see a bit of info about our first four beers get a sneek peek at our marketing.
We are working hard to brew this coming week with a view to trying to get all 4 of our first 4 beers ready for the 2nd week of February, the recipes are all decided, ingredients all bought, just a few last little things to get sorted and we can crack on.
Takes a lot of planning, effort and finding out about stuff you don’t yet know. This journey has taken longer than we would have liked, but we are getting there.
In January 2013 we are 95% sure we will be firing up the steam boiler to brew our first batch of beers ready to hit the unsuspecting public in February. What are we aiming for? Nothing less than spectacular!!
The UK is getting the bug for “craft” beer in a big way. When this project started there was 1 great company in Scotland producing beers that we felt were amazing and Brewdog are now joined by the likes of Magic Rock, The Kernel, Brodies and Thornbridge to name a few that have been pushing and tweaking boundaries in the world of craft beer. Siren Craft Brew is all about taking what we like about bold and uncompromising beer and adding our own touch of magic to it.
Over the next couple of months we hope to share with you here (this is a temporary home) and on twitter @sirencraftbrew the progress we are making in getting the brewery built, how our tasting nights have been going and how we hope to get amazing beers to you all.