Siren to open first Reading town centre site

By Gary Lloyd

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Siren calling: Darron Anley (centre) when Broken Dream breakfast stout won Champions Beer at the Great British Beer Festival in 2018
Siren calling: Darron Anley (centre) when Broken Dream breakfast stout won Champions Beer at the Great British Beer Festival in 2018

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Berkshire-based brewer Siren Craft Brew will open its first Reading town centre taproom and restaurant in May.

The site is set to open as the final phase of the residential building project Ebb & Flow completes in the Station Hill area.

The mixed-used Station Hill development, which is being delivered by a joint venture between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management, has announced that Siren Craft Brew will become its first tenant on opening.

Siren has signed a 15-year lease for the 3,800sq ft space on Friars Walk and will serve its ales, porters and lagers.

30 beer lines

With more than 30 lines of beer, including guest options from both local and international contributors, Siren aims to make Station Hill a destination for beer lovers while showcasing independent drinks producers of all kinds, including wines, cocktails and low and no options.

Siren Craft Brew founder Darron Anley said: “One of our all-time ambitions has been to open a flagship taproom in our home town of Reading, so it’s incredible to finally announce that we’re doing it.

“We’re committed to building something new and unique while supporting the great work that other like-minded independent businesses have been doing for many years.

“Station Hill is the right venue, in the right place, at the right time, and we align with its ambition to bring a diverse and exciting offering to the town centre.

“We cannot wait to be pouring brewery-fresh pints from the new site this spring.”

Local hero

Lincoln UK managing director Alex Aitchison added: “We are delighted to welcome Siren Craft Brew as one of our first amenity offers at Station Hill. Their commitment to Reading mirrors our own and we are delighted to support a local hero as they look to grow their presence across Reading and the UK.”

Siren has brewed and packed its beers in Finchampstead since 2013 and its beers include Lumina 4.2% ABV gluten-free session IPA, Soundwave 5.6% ABV IPA and Broken Dream 6.5% ABV stout, which was crowned CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain winner in 2018​.

Siren was launched with a team of three people and now has more than 60 employees, and brewed the equivalent of more than 4m pints in 2023.

It operates a taproom at the brewery and releases an experimental beer every week on average.

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