Rainbow Project 2016
The Rainbow Project was created in 2013 by Siren Craft Brewing. In the first year, 7 UK breweries were each given a colour of the rainbow and had to come up with a beer based on the colour they were allocated.
In 2014, it happened again. Only this time, 7 UK breweries were paired with 7 European breweries to collaborate on a beer themed on the colour they were assigned. The same thing happened again in 2015 but the Europeans were replaced with Americans and this year it's the turn of 7 breweries from New Zealand to dream up the colourful concoctions with 7 UK counterparts.
The case of beer retails at £35 and comes with a bottle of each beer, tasting notes and a Rainbow Project glass. I managed to snag one from Honest Brew - shout out to them for being mega helpful and efficient in refunding me after I accidentally ordered two boxes after getting over excited at the checkout page and jabbing the order button like a fat handed twat.
Read on for information on each collaboration (taken direct from the booklet), my expectations from each beer and the reality after I've drank each bottle. It'll be a bit like that scene in 500 Days of Summer. Except with beer. And less crushing. (Hopefully.)
In Roy G. Biv's order:
Looking back over the ratings I gave these beers it looks like I didn't really enjoy this box but don't let the ratings fool you - I really enjoyed getting to try a wide range of styles over the last year. I think some of the sours would probably rate higher if I had them now due to my sour appreciation increasing. The Rainbow Project 2017 launches in little over a weeks time of writing this summary and I'll definitely be putting an order in to see what colourful collaborations come out this year!