Big Beery Advent Calendar - Beer 9: Siren Craft Brew Blue Sky Blue Sea Seaweed & Cloudberry Gose (Wokingham) 5%

Each night at 8pm, we'll post a blog about the day's hand-picked beer in our Big Beery Advent Calendar - why we love the brewery, why we've chosen the beer, why we think you'll love it too. Feel free to comment below or have your say on Twitter.

Siren says: “We drew Surly Brewing in this year’s International Rainbow Project with the colour assigned to us being blue. In the spirit of the transatlantic collaboration we’ve linked the two breweries by sea and sky; our British Isles surrounded by water and Minnesota admired for its skyscapes. Seaweed provides the ocean air and salty gose depth while cloudberries represent the skies above.”

We say: We reckon the Rainbow Project - created by former Siren head brewer Ryan Witter-Merithew - is just about the most exciting event on the UK brewing calendar. If you get the chance to make it to one of the launch day venues, such as Beavertown in London or Magic Rock up north, take it - it’s a great day out with great people and, most importantly, amazing beers. For the 2016 Project, seven UK breweries have been matched with seven New Zealand breweries, something we’re naturally looking forward to very much. But we digress…

We usually have at least 10 different beers from Siren as they make great beer and love pushing the boundaries - like Pokemon, we gotta drink them all. The beer you’re opening tonight is this year’s effort from Siren and Surly in the US, and it might just split opinion. Some will love its salty tartness (we do), others may need more persuading, and for some it might even be the first sour they’ve had. Never say we don't like to keep things interesting here at HB&B...