Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting and brewing with La Sirène brewery in Melbourne, Australia! We brewed two beers together -- a 100% spontaneously fermented beer with aged hops from the northern and southern hemispheres, and a hoppy farmhouse beer with cultures from Jester King, La Sirène and Wildlife Bakery.
We first met Costa Nikias, the co-founder of La Sirène, back in 2015 when we participated in the Great Australian Beer Spectapular. Our philosophical connection to Costa and La Sirène was apparent from the start and a friendship quickly developed. Costa came to Jester King during the spring of 2016 to brew Song of Binding -- a beer inoculated in our coolship, pitched with our mixed culture, then aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels as a nod to Costa’s winemaking background. After brewing Song of Binding, we told Costa that one day we’d return to Australia to brew with him, and that time finally arrived last week.
La Sirène is a brewery that focuses on wild and spontaneous fermentation. They’re a modern pioneer of this approach in Australia, having started about eight years ago. Every wild ale they make spends primary fermentation in an open-top oak puncheon or stainless steel tank, where the beer is in contact with airborne cultures.