Tate Modern welcomes back Siren Craft Brew this week (Thursday) for a special tap takeover at the Terrace Bar.
Siren will be showcasing a range of its brews, including Thousand Things IPA, a one-off collaboration brew with Tate Eats, in celebration of the EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain.
The Tate Eats team worked closely with Siren to brew a beer that would deepen the visitor experience of the exhibition, and provide a more immersive gallery experience. Responding to this, Siren designed a bright and modern beer, the flavours of which reflect the innovation and creativity that Tate, Siren and Van Gogh are known for.
Thousand Things IPA was particularly inspired by Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night, which is known for its bold colours and brushstrokes. The brew reflects the artist’s radical style by combining loud ingredients, such as toasted coconut, passion fruit and mango, to create a creamy, full-bodied beer, full of juicy fruit flavour. The tropical hops, like Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Chinook also contribute to this, while adding a delicate bitterness.
The beer gives visitors a taste of the exhibition through the incorporation of cypress wood, which is a nod to the cypress trees that feature heavily throughout Van Gogh’s work. The cypress wood in the beer augments the fruit-led aromas and tempers the lactose sweetness. In Starry Night, there is a looming cypress tree that is said to represent Van Gogh himself.
On the night, guests will be able to taste the Thousand Things IPA, as well as other beers from Siren’s portfolios, differing in brew styles and ABVs. The Terrace Bar will also be hosting meet the brewer sessions, and the Tate team will be around to chat more in depth about the collaboration process.
• More details and tickets via the Tate website