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As the dust settles on this year’s Trans-Atlantic Rainbow Project, we find ourselves still on a high from the sheer success and how well it has been received.

At 10am on Saturday 19th the mixed boxes of the 7 collab beers were released for sale on Siren’s website and at various other outlets where they created such demand, never seen before in this project, liking it to a sell-out concert.

Each launch simultaneously opened their doors at 12pm, seeing beer fans travel from all over the country tempted not only by the 7 draught Rainbow beers but by rare keg offerings from each of the US breweries, many rarely, if ever, seen in the UK. Along with the outstanding beer range, each launch had various street food vendors and live music to further entertain the crowds.

As in previous years none of the breweries involved gave away what style of beer they had brewed until just before the launches (not even to each other) so this year saw, very on-trend, a dominance in sour style beers;

Red - Magic Rock Brewing / Cigar City - Cigarro Roja Mágica 6.5% red IPA
Orange - Buxton Brewery / Arizona Wilderness - Deep Rainbow Valley 8.5% soured orange juice saison aged on gorse flowers
Yellow - Partizan / Prairie - Real Time Saison 6.5% kaffir lime, lemongrass & grapefruit saison
Green - Hawkshead / Crooked Stave - Key Lime Tau (2π) 6.3% kettle-soured lactose infused golden ale
Blue- Siren Craft Brew / Surly Brewing Co - Blue Sky, Blue Sea 5% seaweed and cloudberry gose
Indigo - Beavertown / Dogfish Head - Ajna 4% oak barrel fermented wild ale
Violet - Wild Beer Co / Firestone Walker - Violet Underground 5% cross-Atlantic wild ale

We were blown away by the positivity around our Key Lime Tau (2π). Here are just some of the comments we received via Twitter;

Incredible aroma on the Key Lime Tau, absolutely ronsealed and disarmingly well balanced beer for 6.3% - Hop & Barley ‏@hopandbarley

The Key Lime Tau is like a cleansing lime kiss - Jeremy ‏@CraftbeerJeremy

Wow. Just wow - Ian Sargent ‏@sargentian

Well there’s now no doubt the Key Lime Tau takes the top rainbow ?? beer for me - Craig ‏@CAGarvie

Rainbow Project was absolutely outstanding! So many great beers. The Key Lime was bonkers! The Free Trade Inn ‏@TheFreeTradeInn

Key Lime Tau might be my favourite beer name ever. Appeals to my beer and math geek sides - Nathan Gaskin ‏@nathangaskin

Really good beer. Can we have more?! Ladies That Beer ‏@ladiesthatbeer

We would like to congratulate Ryan Witter and the collective of like-minded brewers on another year of amazing events and outstanding beers. We are very much looking forward to what is to come in 2016.


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