Siren also fostered a sense of community and collaboration, with former head brewer Ryan Witter-Merithew bringing together breweries from across the UK to make beers based on the colours of the rainbow. This grew and grew, seeing collaborations become international and exposing enthusiasts to many great brewers from across the Atlantic, across continental Europe and over in New Zealand.
You can't underestimate the impact Siren have had over the years.
Add to this that they are now hosting the venture of "Siren In...", as a Committee we've decided to have a bit of introspection and dwell on past fond memories drinking Siren beers.
A beer I'd love Siren to do again, sticking with their barley wines i'd have to say Old Fashioned, hopefully some is already in Barrels resting. I can only hope.
The beer's subsequent success is by no means surprising, and I hope that many folks around the country are now enjoying a similar experience with it!
The most memorable and clear memory was back in 2018. I was asked to pick a beer from the ‘ageing box’ to share; I set my eyes on the the Speyside barrel aged Broken Dream. I can’t remember if it was 2-3 years aged, but either way it really opened my eyes to how sometimes ageing beer can really add to the flavour.
We ended up staying much, much later than we planned. Probably had one or two more beers than planned, because Santo and sunshine - why not? We certainly had a brilliant time and really can't wait to go back down again.
Bones of a Sailor (pt III) was one of those beers that I wasn't really expecting to be as good as it was. I bought two bottles in a now sadly departed craft beer venue in Liverpool, one to sample myself and the other a gift for my old man for Christmas. I wish I'd found another beer to give him for Christmas - does that make me a terrible person?
The barrel-age from Sherry barrels, the generously tart but balanced punch of raspberries and the chocolate and vanilla notes all harmoniously bathed my senses and caused an ache as 330ml, simply was not enough.
I have had many excellent Siren Craft beers and enjoyed the Tap Yard, but trying that beer tops the lot.
Make it again, guys!