Siren Craft Brew
About Siren Craft Brew
Who doesn’t like a good story? These folks are sound spinners of quality yarns when it comes to their beers, basing each one around mysterious sirens, luring and teasing the thirsty drinker with names such as Undercurrent, Soundwave, Liquid Mistress and Broken Dream. Siren’s aim is to draw you into their world where the qualities of beer can be approached with just as much care and appreciation as wine, inviting you to act on your curiosity and explore the diverse landscape that is craft beer. Personally, we’re big fans of their philosophy to carefully think through every stage of the process, and that their beer ‘…will be ready when it’s ready, not because it needs to get out the door.’
Siren love brewing dark beers, so the winter season is a perfect excuse to work on some new warming recipes. They cold steeped this porter the night before brew day, providing a gorgeous chocolatey base before even getting started. It’s the perfect companion to an atmospheric stormy night.
Siren played with an experimental sequence of hazy, hoppy, draught-only pale ales, naming them, “Suspended in….” This IPA is based on everything they’ve loved from the series. Flaked oats and flaked rye build up the body, and they’re bringing all the juice with copious amounts of Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Mandarina hops. A stellar brew.
Shattered Dream is the imperial version of Siren’s favourite breakfast stout – Broken Dream. Even more unctuous than the original, they’ve amped up the flavours to deliver sweet biscuit, dark chocolate and deep roasted coffee notes. This special edition contains cacao nibs, salt and speciality malts for a salted caramel undertone.
Siren’s take on an old fashioned. A Barley wine aged for 12 months in Bourbon barrels. During the year’s ageing, Old Fashioned picks up a well-rounded bourbon profile, with some vanilla and caramel sweetness. Siren suggest a classic zest to serve, Bitters optional!
Inspiration for this collab with Swedish brewery Dugges is an old Gothenburg porter – this recipe is loosely based on historical malt bills. There’s also a modern touch, with peated malt hints and alcohol backbone to layer the roasty flavours. In Scandi folklore, Draugen is the ghost of a sailor, now linked with anything dark or mysterious about the sea.
Siren brewed this beer with the sole aim of ageing it in bourbon barrels. The inspiration was all about tamarind – an ingredient revered for the sweet and sour depth it can add, and it offered an amazing fruity aroma almost immediately. In folklore, tamarind trees are said to harbour ghosts. Sheltered Spirit has serenely matured into something very special.
Alan from Hair of the Dog brewery in Portland, Oregon, is one of Siren’s brewing heroes, so they were very excited when he came over to brew with them. This is a British rendition of one of his most famous beers, ‘Fred’, originally brewed in honour of Fred Eckhart – a craft beer journalist. Made with aromatic and rye malts, it’s an 11% ABV strong blonde ale.
Hoppy Pils – Collaboration with Modern Times Brewing. With Modern Times over in the UK for festival season, Siren couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sneak a brew in! Metafiction uses a healthy proportion of both malted wheat and wheat flakes, along with Loral, Ella and Mandarina Bavaria hops – all finished with a touch of lime zest for an extra spark!
Sweet vanilla goodness of classic cookie dough, with chocolate chips for good measure and rum barrel aged coffee adds some nuttiness. Brewed for Collabfest 2017 with BrewDog Clerkenwell.
Yu Lu is an intricate beer with layers of flavour that remain distinctive, yet work in perfect harmony. The name alludes to the mystical history of the humble tea leaf, which delivers subtle bergamot orange and lemon notes here, accentuated by the addition of lemon zest. The delicate hop high notes will leave your taste buds sparkling.
Wild berries and tropical fruits collide inside a tidal wave before the earthy rye rolls in to cover everything that was there before it. Fruity, punchy and dry.
Siren created a beer with flavour, balance and body at only 2.8%. Heavily hopped but with low bitterness, this beer pops with notes of mango and grapefruit and is the perfect summer brew.
The driest of Sirens regulars, Soundwave smacks you about with intense grapefruit, peach and mango hop flavours before leading into a lengthy, dry and resinous finish. The kind of beer you’d wanna suck down while chowing on a tasty salt beef sandwich or a citrusy stir-fry.
If you’re after brews of a somewhat spicy, nutty nature, Undercurrent will take your senses for a spin with aromas of both leading into citrus floral hops. This dark golden pale goes down real smooth with flavours matching the aromas while adding a bit of lychee and passionfruit.