Tag Archives: Stout

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.

Bottling

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.

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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.

 


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