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.
As 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.
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.
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.
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.
Shamelessly stealing a recipe from a great cooking with beer book and armed with a 250ml charge of still fermenting Liquid Mistress, I set about making a malty hoppy based pancake.
The results were amazing, great caramel sweetness from the malt shone through giving the pancakes a very rich feel. The bitterness from the hops was prominent and whipped cream (it was all I had) was not quite sweet enough to balance the hops, but a great vanilla ice cream would have done the trick.
Tell us your pancake and beer ideas and we can share them here.
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.
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
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.
A beautiful red IPA – smells amazing already without the dry hops
The brewery is getting pretty full too.