New Year, New Beer
2020 is here and we’re super excited for another big year of beer. If you missed the graphic, check it out in our 2019 summary blog, but hopefully you all enjoyed what we put out last year. One thing that was slightly missing was barrel aged beers, due to the hectic nature of installing a canning line. 2020 is the year we rectify that. Keep your eyes peeled for a new blog next week all about what’s happening in the barrel store.
Before that though, we’re kicking off the year in style with a new brew, an old favourite and the return of a new favourite.
Here we go.
As of next Monday, we have a brand new 4.2% Session IPA coming out in keg only. Refractions is punchy with flavour, packed full of hops and drinkable all day long. Aromas of mango and pineapple invite you in to this tropical treat which delivers juicy fruit notes and light citrus highlights in abundance. It’s refreshingly balanced, with a soft mouthfeel, delicate bitterness and a beautiful hazy pour in the glass.
We’re very excited for this one, and we can’t wait to get your feedback on it. Who knows what’s in store for this beer’s future?
Described by some on social media as “The best Siren release of 2017”, this unctuous collaboration IPA with Dry & Bitter is back. It’s had a major facelift, and will be available in 440ml cans and keg. If you missed out the first time, it’s a 7% IPA, which is one of most pillowy, smooth and creamy IPAs we’ve ever brewed. Plenty of rolled oats, flaked oats and milk sugar all work their magic to form something you’re not going to want to miss out on.
Hop wise, Ekuanot, Citra, Hallertau Blanc and Mandarina Bavaria come together like a string quartet to create aromas of tropical fruit and beautiful dank depth for days.
Seriously… my mouth is watering writing this thinking about it. But like you, I’ll have to wait until January 20th for general release, but it will be online for investors and mailing list subscribers the week before.
BIG RED MACHINE
This month, we also welcome back the 2nd rebrew of our Red IPA Liquid Mistress tribute, Big Red Machine. We were delighted with how it came out, and were delighted that it went down so well with all of you. You still get the malty biscuit base that Liquid Mistress was known for, but with a big bash of hops coming through as well. It’s a great beer for the season and the fresh batch will be available at the end of the month.
Talking of fresh brews, there’s an honourable mention for our 4.8% Gluten Free Session IPA, Futurist, which will be straight into keg and can this month as well.
You know the score, there’s a new 4% Hazy Pale Ale every two weeks. This month we see the returns of Suspended in Mandarina and Suspended in Chinook.
Mandarina hops are often known as the “Tangerine Machine”, unsurprising given their name and these flavours form the basis this brew. Aromas of sweet tangerine and dried citrus immediately draw you in and to taste expect sunshine tropicality in the form of orange and tangerine with pine notes, distinct freshness and a smooth mouthfeel.
Chinook Hops are one of our favourite go-tos, showing piney, citrus character straight from the West Coast. In support, the brew uses Amarillo and Ekuanot for a balanced, fruity background of orange and grapefruit flavours.
Mandarina is available to trade now, and Chinook is released on Monday 20th. Make sure to ask your favourite bar to get them in!
We’ll leave you with a few things in the brew plan, to pique your interest! Later in the month, we’ll be joined by our friends from SALT, here in Finchampstead. We’ll be brewing a big Baltic Porter, which will be set for release in mid to late February.
At the end of the month, an Azacca IPA hits the tanks, for a February release. IPA fans look out for that one because it’s going to be good!
Lastly, our annual Maiden blending day takes place at the end of the month… Maiden is coming!