White Tips is back, Spring is official
For some, the start of Spring is marked by daffodils lining hedge rows, lambs in the fields, or the smell of freshly cut grass in the air. For us, it’s something altogether different...
It’s White Tips.
Spring starts when White Tips is here, and so with that… welcome to Spring!
For those who haven’t heard of this beer, it’s a 4.5% White Session IPA that began life back in Spring 2014. We wanted to create a Belgian Witbier, but combine the concept with aromatic hops and citrus zests to become a beast to itself.
We introduced a seasonal IPA series back in 2014, each offering something unique for different times of the year. In winter we had a Black IPA, 7 Seas, In Autumn, Ryesing Tides, a robust Rye IPA (that’s due a comeback, surely?), in Summer, Half Mast, a ‘Quarter IPA’ at 2.8%, and for Spring, White Tips.
Having experimented with Hefe yeast previously with Omnipollo in Näcken, we knew it could add incredible character to beers and contrary to tradition, also play very nicely with new world hops. To give it the freshness we were looking for, we went in at a session strength of 4.5% and a good helping of Orange, Lime and Grapefruit zest for some zing. White Tips was born.
It’s a beer that causes excitement within the Siren team, year in, year out. There’s not many of us without a healthy supply of White Tips in the fridge at any one time - it truly is a BBQ must have, and perfect for any warm spring or summer evening, especially enjoyed in good company!
White Tips on Cask
However, this year, the White Tips launch comes with something extra special… White Tips is back on cask!
White Tips has always been a great beer to enjoy on cask. That extra indulgent level of creamy mouthfeel adds to the delicate stone fruit and spicy notes you get from the Belgian yeast, and allows the hops and zest to sing. Cask can be a great format for yeast-driven flavours in general, and it’s no different here. The bitterness of the hops working with the vibrant citrus zest keeps things fresh and balanced, with no risk of it becoming cloying.
White Tips in situ at the George VI, Chiswick
Where better to showcase this than with the kings of cask themselves - Fuller’s. We consider Fuller’s a paragon of cask beer, so are delighted that they wanted to team up to bring back White Tips in cask after a three year hiatus.
At the time of writing, the pubs below will have fresh White Tips on cask available this weekend, but make sure you head down to our favourite London based Fuller’s site to check if it’s pouring soon - if not, have a word with them! ;)
The Astronomer - EC1 - https://goo.gl/maps/eCA8voEcatXxMjAH6
The George IV - Chiswick - https://g.page/the-george-iv?share
The King & Queen - Caterham on the Hill - https://goo.gl/maps/Nui3iqS5gYbbAJ9K9
The Antelope - Belgravia - https://goo.gl/maps/K81fC5ALUksDc8gH8
The King's Head - Earl's Court - https://goo.gl/maps/EDAkMd1k9CYg2FUG8
The Partridge - Bromley - https://g.page/PartridgePub?share
The Hereford Arms - South Kensington - https://goo.gl/maps/XCtLnFnRc4s3rnZj6
The Fox & Goose Hotel, Ealing - https://goo.gl/maps/ZUDgAxHU2uBrswig7
The White Buck - Burley - https://goo.gl/maps/76KYTEi3zcL2qNqX7
The Three Guineas - Reading - https://g.page/GuineasThree?share
The Hercules - Lambeth - https://goo.gl/maps/3uZDYvnkec2YKp3n8
"Cask has been such an important part of the British pub and was hugely missed over the last couple of years. The opportunity to have a unique and interesting beer like White Tips in cask was a very exciting prospect and one that we couldn't miss. It showcases a classic Belgian style in an inherently British pub format and provides a great opportunity to revive the category. We can't wait to share it with our lovely guests!"
Ben Bullman - George IV, Chiswick
Aside from the cask, White Tips is available now from the webshop, Tap Yard and good bars and pubs!
We mark the start of Spring with White Tips, our expression of a wit beer combined with IPA levels of hops. A traditional Belgian yeast works in harmony with orange, grapefruit and lime zest, plus a healthy hop dosing, to create a balanced Session IPA that is sure to pull you in wave after wave.Get Yours
- White Session IPA | 4.5%£3.70