Siren Craft Brew has earned a first medal at the World Beer Cup for its Odyssey 008, taking silver in the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category.

More than 8,000 entries from 66 countries competed at the ‘Olympics of Beer’, and Siren joined the category podium alongside California’s Bruery Terreux and Colorado’s Dry Dock Brewing Company.

Siren’s Andy Nowlan said: “We’re proud and humbled to have picked up our first ever World Beer Cup medal. Of the multitude of beer awards you can enter, this is the one!

“Our love of barrel ageing began on day one with Maiden and still epitomises what we’re about as a brewery today. This is amazing recognition for the dedicated team here at Siren, and especially so for our barrel manager, Steve Hoile.”

Siren wanted Odyssey 008 to be a blend inspired by dark Belgian wood-aged sour beers, and based on the character of a few unique and long-term aged beers in Siren’s barrel store.

Odyssey 008 consists of: red wine barrel-aged Liquid Mistress; white wine barrel-fermented Funky Feet; white wine barrel-aged Ratchet; red wine barrel-aged Maiden; red wine barrel-aged Broken Dream; red wine barrel aged smokey Jack Tarr; red wine barrel aged Acid Jam and fresh from the tank Calypso.

After blending the beer Siren returned 008 to red wine and bourbon barrels for another three months before a small addition of cherries and blackcurrant. The resulting beer has a gorgeous oak character with prominent red wine tannin influence, bramble & berries and a fruity acidity on the palate. Tasting also picked up floral notes, almonds, umami and a delicate funkiness.

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