There's gold at the end of the Rainbow...
First and foremost this week, we want to thank every single person who came to the last Rainbow Project launch party here at Siren. It was our 3rd major event of the year here at the brewery and it was a blast. Looking at the feedback, everyone enjoyed it as much as we did; the amount of beer we got through was testament to that! Luckily for us all, the rain held off until the Sunday, we were even graced with a perfectly fitting end to what has been a truly wonderful project over the last 5 years.
We'll be back with a full report on Rainbow Project, but for now we wanted to switch the focus to our last ever Rainbow Project beer, Equilibrium. It was difficult to keep this beer under wraps, because as soon as we'd transferred it from barrel to bottle we wanted to shout about it. As this was a 'Violet' beer, we brewed a red-inspired, warm-pitched, red wine barrel fermented saison. This brew was then blended with our American Dry-Hopped Lager, SANTO, which itself is a development of our 'Blue' Rainbow Project from previous years. We continued the red vs blue theme into the bottle design, with a fire and water design meeting at the violet middle ground. Equilibrium is as at home enjoyed on a warm summer's day as it would be on a cold winter's evening. It's refreshing with a flavour-packed character from across the spectrum, while crucially, being a complex but incredibly easy drinking saison.
Cradle of Culture
Here at Siren, however, we don't rest on our laurels, there's always work to be done. And at the end of the rainbow, there's a pot of gold. Well, tanks full of liquid gold. Indeed, at the time of writing, a post-LCBF collaboration, a Sour DIPA brewed with our friends from Florida, Civil Society, is on the bottling line and ready to be freshly shipped out to bars, pubs, bottle shops and your fridges at home all across the country. If you've not yet heard of Civil Society, check them out! Cradle of Culture has the most hops we've ever put in a beer. I'll repeat that for those at the back. The most hops we've ever put in a beer. We wanted to take the idea of Juicy and combine that with sourness; we don't mess around. Hops wise, there's an all-star line up of Amarillo, Mosaic, Simcoe, more Mosaic, Ekuanot Cryo Pellets, Citra Cyro Pellets, more Simcoe, Wolf, more Ekuanot Cryo Pellets and then some more of everything (plus a bit more). You get the idea, it's loaded with hops. On the nose this gives us pineapple, tropical fruits, grapefruit and dankness. All of this continues as you drink, with masses of fresh citrus, zests and explosive tart fruitiness. A big full mouthfeel, slight sweetness and the underlying sourness offsets those massive hops flavours perfectly. This is an 8.5% drink that is dangerously crushable. Cradle of Culture is in bottles on our web shop and available on Keg & in Bottles in our Tap Yard, pubs, bars & bottle shops now. Make sure you ask your local landlord to get some in... this is one you don't want to miss. Enjoy the beers and make sure you keep sending us your feedback via Twitter or Facebook!