Maiden is an American Barley Wine which was the first beer ever brewed at Siren, and continues to be the first beer they brew every new year. This fresh batch is then blended with previous years batches that have spent years ageing in different barrels. However, due to the nature of barrel-ageing beers, each vintage features a different blend. This years was 20% fresh Maiden, with Armagnac, Banyuls, Heaven Hill, Red Wine and Rum barrels all playing a role, whilst last years featured 50% fresh Maiden and no Red Wine in site! Each years it the same beer, but is always different.
The second of Siren’s epic barrel-ageing projects, Odyssey is their beer series which really lets them experiment and get creative with what is possible. There is no defined “style” with this range of beers with each one being a unique blend of their barrel-aged and clean beers. Their first was a huge Russian Imperial Stout aged in 3 different barrels and then blended with their Red IPA, Liquid Mistress, to provide a touch of brightness. Since then this series has offered us Scotch Ales, Flemish Reds and Wild Ales, all blended from a variety of beers to produce one which is more than the sum of its parts.
Calypso • Liquid Mistress • Soundwave • Undercurrent • Yu Lu
Pompelmocello • Ryesing Tides
Proteus Vol 4 • Primal Cut • Amigos Brittanicos • Agua De Sapo • American Oak Brown • Five Alarm • Broken Dream (Bourbon Coffee)
Bourbon Milkshake • Acid Jam • Maiden 2016
KEGS AND GROWLERS
To Be Announced!
A siren’s song is supposed to lure sailors in and wreck their ships on the islands they inhabit. These beers are definitely tempting, although the worst that will befall you when you give into temptation is a possible hangover the next day if you fall in too deep. Just to whet all of your appetites and get you excited for the upcoming beers, we thought we’d give you a quick run down of some of the beers we’re particularly excited to have in our shops from these guys.
Having spoken about it earlier, we’re champing at the bit to get our hands on Maiden 2016. Below is another photo they posted on their Twitter feed of them inviting down Wild Beer Co and several other people to sample all the different barrels this Barley Wine has been aged in before deciding on the final blending ratio. These beers are incredibly special, so grab some to drink now and some to squirrel away, because this will age wonderfully!
The other two beers that have come out of their barrel-ageing program that we’re looking forward to are their Acid Jam and Bourbon Milkshake. The first is a 7.0% ABV barrel-aged blended sour, whilst the later is a blend of five different barrel-aged Imperial Stouts. There’s no way they won’t be incredible!
So, we’ve got all this delicious beer – what’s the plan? On Thursday, all the kegs lines will be taken over by Siren and the fridges re-arranged to feature all of their beers. All you need to do is rock up, sample everything that’s on offer and take away your favourites (we promise you, you’ll find plenty to love!).
Siren are a brewery who constantly delight us with their bizarre, inventive and consistent creations. We’ve been huge fans since they opened and we’re delighted to be able to showcase them in our stores.