Castilian Lemon Honey Cheesecake by Siren Craft Brew
Sour IPA, 6.2%
Castilian lemon juice and zest combine with a trio of lemony new world hops in this dessert-inspired IPA.
The live tasting of this beer was on 8th October 2020 #BeerBods
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After selling his IT business, Darron Anley headed to the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego to gather inspiration and to start assembling a team for a very different kind of British brewery. Whilst he was in the States, Darron met the charismatic brewer, Ryan Witter-Mathew. The pair joined forces to launch Siren on an innocuous-looking industrial estate in Finchampstead (it’s near Reading) the following year.
They launched with a core range that included Undercurrent (Oatmeal Pale), Soundwave (West Coast IPA), Liquid Mistress (Red IPA) and Broken Dream (Coffee Breakfast Stout); all beers that took the UK craft beer scene by storm. That same year they also set out their stall as barrel-ageing pioneers, dabbling with some experimental and special beers that played a large part in them being announced as England's Best New Brewery and The Second Best New Brewery in the World by ratebeer.com just one year after launching. The year after that they somehow went one better by being named as the Best Brewery in England by the same website which uses ratings by drinkers to dish out the awards.
Witter-Merithew returned to the states in 2016 and was replaced by Siren legend Kyle Larsen formerly of Double Mountain Brewery in Oregon. After nearly 3 years at the helm and multiple awards, including Supreme Champion Beer of Britain for Broken Dream in 2018, Kyle also moved back across the pond. Head brewing duties are now in the safe hands of Sean Knight, the brains behind tonight’s BeerBods Plus offering, Castillian Lemon and Honey Cheesecake.
“Castilian lemon juice and zest combine with a trio of lemony new world hops in this dessert inspired IPA. Our citrus symphony layers upon a beautiful biscuity base, with drizzles of indulgent honey sweetness and a sprinkling of sea salt. The beer has a refreshing sourness and drinks with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.”
It’s beers like this that keep Siren at the top of the craft beer game in the UK. Long may it continue.