Sunday, July 18, 2021

Siren Rock taps craft beer with character in Rockwall

All images © Brian Brown/Beer in Big D.

Reaching the culmination of a four-year journey to fruition, Siren Rock Brewing Co. is open and now pouring its brand of "handcrafted beer" with "irresistible character" in Rockwall.

Founded by Cory and Eva Cannon, Siren Rock is described as a destination brewery, and its 13,000- square foot facility comes across as exactly such a thing. Considering the structure alone, the brewery's eye-catching exterior appears like a landmark of libations set against the backdrop of the city's historic downtown district.

Taproom seating options include stools at the bar, community tables, and cozy corner setups.

Within the grounds, all elements of the brewery have an expansive feel. Whether you choose to hang out inside the taproom, or in one of two outdoor beer gardens, you get the impression there's more than enough room to move around. Plus, there's an attention to detail throughout, with each public area being well-appointed and accommodating for patrons of all types.

Design detail also enters into the presentation of Siren Rock's beer portfolio, where the "character" aspect of the company's tagline is something to be taken literally. Identified as individual characters, each beer at Siren Rock has a personality, as evidenced by the imagery and naming of selections like The Prima Diva (American blonde ale), The Divine Monk (Belgian witbier) and, yes, even The Gentle Lover (peach double IPA).

Front-and-back beer gardens at Siren Rock feature shaded tables, cornhole boards and more.

Personally, I had full pours of The Fiery Rebel, a red rye ale, and The Magnetic Muse, a chocolate milk stout. If these and tasters of the house IPAs are any indication, visitors can expect to enjoy a range of well-crafted and approachable beers suitable for any season.

On that note, Siren Rock's full core lineup will eventually consist of 12 beers. Recipes are the realm of Hayes Cooper (formerly of Hofbräuhaus Chicago), Siren Rock's head brewer and vice president of production. Standards are brewed by Cooper on a 30-barrel system supplied by ABE Beverage Equipment, while taproom-only beers will emerge from a small-batch, three-barrel setup.

Left: A full pour of The Fiery Rebel, an "outlandishly malty" red rye ale.
Right: Stylistic options at Siren Rock include beers with American, Belgian and German influence.

As for other amenities, hard seltzers are being served for non-beer drinkers, with mojito lime, fruit punch, and pineapple mango among flavors available to sip on in Siren Rock's taproom. A full kitchen exists onsite as well, with culinary offerings being added daily.

All of this and more can be experienced at Siren Rock as the company operates on a soft basis with hours from 3-10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, and 12-10 p.m. on Friday-Sunday. An official grand opening event is also in the works, with festivities set to take place on Saturday, July 31.

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