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Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin 2008 #21

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Germany is a great Mecca of beer culture in the world. Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German beer culture held in Munich around this time. This year, Baird Brewing will be participating in that
celebration by hosting our own Oktoberfest event at the Nakameguro Taproom beginning Friday, October 3 and running through Monday, October 13.

This 10-day celebration will feature a special line-up of German-style beers which include:

*Old World Kolsch
*New World Alt
*Smoke Dark Lager
*Braumeister’s Bock
*Imperial Pils
*Export Lager

Also, the Nakameguro Taproom kitchen will be offering a special selection of German-inspired Beer cuisine designed to further enhance the German-style beer experience. Please plan on stopping in the Nakameguro Taproom and joining us for the revelry.

Today, the Baird Brewery is releasing for general sale three new fall seasonals: Old World Kolsch, New World Alt and Bull Run Ale.

(1) Old World Kolsch (ABV: 5.2%):

In the annals of German beer history, Kolsch actually is a relatively “new world” style at a mere two centuries old. It is a pale, dry, assertively hopped golden ale know as the “beer of Cologne.” A fruity-winy bouquet is one of its hallmarks. Baird Old World Kolsch is brewed with German Pilsner and Wheat malts, as well as English Maris Otter, and hopped with American Magnum and Sterling varieties. The appearance is highlighted by a gorgeously full head of long-lasting white foam and a slightly hazy white-gold color. The aroma is zesty and lemon-like. The flavor is dry and quenching with a hint of bitter hop fruit.

(2) New World Alt (ABV 5.2%):

“Alt” in German means “old” and when used in connection with beer the implication is that the beer is of a type that pre-dates the pale, bottom-fermented styles most commonly found in Germany today. “Alt” as a beer style in and of itself generally refers to amber-colored top-fermented ales associated with the city of Dusseldorf and its environs. A typical Altbier is light to medium in body and sports lots of hop character. Baird New World Alt is brewed with German Pils and Vienna base malts while deriving its copper color and body from additions of both Caramunich and Caraaroma malts. 40 BUs of Horizon, Perle and Vanguard hops punctuate the flavor experience from start to finish.

These most definitely are not the typical Alt and Kolsch versions available at other breweries in Japan. We believe the German beer gods are smiling contentedly at the Baird interpretation. What say you?

Both beers will be pouring from the taps of the Fishmarket and Nakameguro Taprooms, as well as at other Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants throughout Japan, beginning Friday, October 3. Bottle-conditioned versions (360 ml bottles) also are available for sale direct from the brewery via our online estore and through our fine network of Baird Beer retailing liquor shops in Japan.

(3) Bull Run Ale (ABV 5.5%):

This is a fantastically smooth, balanced but hearty American-style Red Ale. The rich malt character and lovely red hue make this a perfect autumn season libation. The snappy hop character (Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, Ahtanum), though, makes it a very satisfying thirst quencher too.

Bull Run Ale is available on draught only at the Nakameguro Taproom. A limited supply of 633 ml bottles also are available for purchase from the brewery and through Baird Beer retailing liquor store in Japan.


Bryan Baird
Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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We are in the middle of the fig season!
As Shizuoka is a mjor grower of this great fruit, one can expect all kinds of preparations!
Did you know that figs are great as vegetables starters, chilled, peeled and cut in thick slices with plenty of “goma tare/sesame sauce”? my new vegan friends, Miss V’s and Julie would love to try them!

So Le Cafe-Labo in Shizuoka City put this new creation, “Tarte aux Figues/Fig Tart” in its display cases yesterday. I did not hesitate as my private students have this very sweet tooth that helps me so much with my postings!

The basic pastry is “pate sablee” layered with a mixture of pate sablee and green pistachio paste (directly imported from France). Home-made fig jam has been spread over the pistachio pastry to preserve its identity. Quartered figs (with their skins!) were then assembled over the tart and subsequently lightly “brulees”.

The balance is perfect and the tart does make quite a bite to enjoy. Even a big eater like Foodhoe should feel satisfied!

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