New review of the Taphouse: the taphouse is what I guess would have been the reception area for their office/industrial space. Perhaps need to make the door more obvious as I thought it may just be a fire exit. Walked in to find some sort of live blog interview taking place. Later three guys who must work on the industrial estate came in. Interestingly the guy being interviewed explained that they ran it so people could have beer and not for any particular profit. Decent sized area with black benches and long tables. 8 Siren beers on - the very chatty barman explained that they avoid having core beers to have a more interesting array. All their available bottles on in a large fridge to the rear, plus three Elusive bottles. Today a Naparbeer colab, only available from them. Barman was extremely friendly, talking to me and the other guys at length. Sounds like it gets more busy on a Saturday but having only just opened they are expectng the word to get around. A bit of a gem at the back of an industrial estate. Soft drinks available. Food limited to crisps and what looked like jerky. Will be back, probably of an evening - using taxi or bus, the one drawback being the location.
This is mailorder review. I had been meaning to visit, however as there is no taproom anymore thought I’d just save time and order over the net. Could drive there in about 25 min and pick up but was happy to pay £6 for the convenience. Very prompt dispatch. Arrived within two days (may have been next day but sent it to the office so was in the postroom for a few days). Selection is limited to their beers but you of course get limited editions (I got a left over box of the Rainbow Project 2016 beers). Would order from again the next time they have a few specials I want. I guess also cheaper than in shops.
Not the easiest place to reach by public transport, usually involves a taxi from Wokingham Railway Station - although the brewery have laid on minibuses for some events previously.
This review is from a couple of events held at the brewery over the past two or three years. I think the new tap room is imminent. The events I’ve been to have been well organised, with a good atmosphere and friendly service.
NOTE: the Tap Room is currently closed due to expansion of the brewery. Bottle sales are still available.
This place is very much a working brewery with a few tables and benches to allow visitors to take refreshment from the bar while watching the whole place operate. At quiet times the "barman" is more likely to be out the back stacking pallets than waiting behind the bar, so service is rather relaxed. A pleasant place to sit and watch the day go by, with an excellent beer to hand.
Came to the brewery during the 2015 Session & Sour Fest. It was a fun event, well organised and and fairly efficient despite having considerable crowds. During the festival, the beer selection was fantastic.
If you’re visiting during normal operations (i.e. not during a special event) then the experience would be drastically different, although a visit would still be worthwhile. You can typically get all the flagship beers, in addition to seasonals and special release bottles. The value is pretty good. The staff is friendly. The brewery itself isn’t particularly attractive given its industrial estate location; but it gets the job done. To reach the brewery from the nearest train station (Wokingham) you would likely need to take a cab (c. £12). Certainly worth a visit for a festival or if you happen to be traveling through the area.
Visited 11/07/15 for Siren Session Sour Fest. The brewery’s located in a pretty typical industrial park about 15 minutes from Wokingham. The event was pretty well organised. Gaining entry was a breeze. The bars were logically laid out and easy to navigate. Plenty of places for attendees to congregate and drink were provided. Prices for half pint pours were very generous. A large bottle selection complemented the 30ish beers on tap. Overall, one of the better brewery festivals I’ve attended.
Visited for the Maiden 2015 Festival of Wood which celebrated Siren’s second anniversary so I can’t comment on what it’s like at normal times but the festival was a great event; to be recommended. I was quite surprised how large the brewery is. Apparently it’s now open every day except Sunday and there’s a small, basic bar fronted with slices of barrels just within one of the doors. It’s a bit of a trek from civilisation - too far to walk and a 10-15 minute taxi ride from Wokingham station. There were 7 seater minibuses laid on by Siren for festival goers, which worked quite well on the way there (I was on my ownsome at the back of the queue so I jumped at the chance of a single seat that was going spare). On the way back there was a long wait and when we got to the front of the queue it transpired that the minibus that turned up next wasn’t paid for by Siren so it cost us £2.50 each. I mention this not as a gripe (I think it was a bargain!) but just to give an idea of how much a taxi might set you back - perhaps c.£10-£15 if it were a normal taxi.
(Visited 7 March 2015).
A little hard to find but finnaly did it. Tap room is located in an industrial magazine. There’re lots of barrels used to aging but especially to make a decor in craft-streem brewery style. Basic wooden tabels and benches inside but unfortunattely extremally cold in january. About 4-5 taps with core products and one brilliant sour Imperial IPA. Great quality of beers indeed.
A 10 minute taxi ride from.Wokingham Stn finds you in this small.industrial park. Inside the brewery, everything changes. Massive racks of wooden barrels dominate and bring an air of seriousness and intent. Lots of benches and tables to sit at (well.there was for the special event I.went to). Service is friendly but the tap pours a bit on the slow side for various reasons that are not the staffs fault. The Scotch egg I had here was lovely. Naturally a good selection of Siren bottles. All in all with cracking Siren beers here, well worth the trip.
Fin (1245) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 29, 2013
I visited here on 20th November returning an empty cask. Siren had yet to open the tap room however Ryan gave me a viewing and it was clear that this place was very, very close to opening. The brewery and tap are situated as many modern micro breweries are now, I.e. on a trading estate. I am not that familiar with Finchampstead or the immediate environment but Colin’s explanation of how to get there is almost certainly extremely accurate, I came via Windsor & Eton brewery and was heading on to Henley Community Hospital afterwards so I wasn’t really stopping to take much notice of the scenery or surroundings. I didn’t try anything at the brewery or tap room, however I did buy quite a few bottles incl: core range plus a number of the Impy Stouts. The tap room was rectangular in shape and bordered down one side by a large quantity of huge wooden casks. There were no tables, chairs, leaners or stools when I went so I am unsure how it finally looks. We will have to take the camper down there sometime soon and I understand an Indian takeaway is setting up on the same estate. Whilst I was able to buy beers here (bottled) and therefore I have considered value, selection, service etc on a brewery visit and a tap room viewing please note I do need to review again now all is up and running.