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Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin 2008 #24

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As we move through autumn and approach winter, the beer calendar changes too. The season for stronger, more warming libations has arrived. The brewers at Baird Beer greet this annual northward movement up the hydrometer scale with great anticipation. Most of the Big Beers that will be released during this chilly season were brewed many months ago — during the blossoms of spring and the heat of summer — and have been conditioning and maturing slowly in our cellars. Today (Thursday, November 27) marks the 2008 debut of one such prized brew: West Coast Wheat Wine.

West Coast Wheat Wine 2008 (ABV 9.5%):

Wheat Wine is a beer style born on the U.S. West Coast in the 1980s. It has as its progenitor the English Barely Wine style. A Wheat Wine, generally, is characterized by a massively rich complexity and yet a piquant, almost refreshing effervescence. It is a style representative of the irreverent creativity and unrelenting passion that are the hallmarks of craft brewing on the West Coast of the United States. Baird West Coast Wheat Wine is crafted in annual homage to the skilled brewing artisans and fearless beer entrepreneurs who have pioneered craft brewing on America’s great West Coast!

This 2008 version of West Coast Wheat Wine is higher in starting gravity and thus stronger in alcohol content than ever before. The color is an extraordinarily deep hue of gold; the hop character is boldly West Coast American; the maltiness is lusciously lip-smacking; the finish is the ethereally hot one of alcohol. Overall, there is a piquancy in the depth of flavor that is most uncommon and supremely satisfying.

West Coast Wheat Wine is being served on draught at both of our Taprooms as well as at other Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants in Japan. Bottle-conditioned (360 ml) versions are being sold via our brewery website as well as through the fine network of Baird Beer retailing liquor stores in Japan.

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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