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Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin 2008 #26

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The parade of big winter beers continues with the release on Tuesday, December 23 of an annual Baird Strong Ale Series seasonal: Yabai-Yabai! Strong Scotch Ale.

Yabai-Yabai! Strong Scotch Ale (ABV 7.3%):

Scotland, an historically important center of beer brewing, has a cool climate that favors cultivation of the hardy barley plant. Scottish Ales, thus, tend to feature the rich and robust flavor of malted barley in the flavor profile. Moreover, relatively cool ale fermentation temperatures contribute to brews that are not highly attenuated — i.e. they remain rich in residual sugars and thus round and full-bodied. Strong type Scottish Ales often have been considered “a kind of liquid porridge.”

Baird Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale is, in a word, rich! It is liquid opulence that verges on decadence. The color is a deep mahogany and the head is dense, creamy and tan. The warming effect begins in the nose, with the wafting of soft fruit esters and warm fusel alcohols. As the aroma dovetails into the flavor, notes of molasses, caramel apples, rum cake and maple syrup perform a holiday festival on the palate. Just as a chewy malt sweetness blankets the mouth, it is pealed back by the ethereal pull of a vinous character reminiscent of port or sherry. One hearty pint is enough to take the bite out of the winter chill. Two pints will leave you toastily, and blissfully, warm. Three pints and…. YABAI!

Yabai-Yabai! Strong Scotch Ale will be pouring from the taps of the Fishmarket and Nakameguro Taprooms beginning at noon on the Emperor’s birthday (Tuesday, December 23). This day is a Japan national holiday so plan to come join us for a few pints and some great holiday cuisine. Yabai-Yabai! also will be served on draught at select Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants throughout Japan. Bottle versions (633 ml) are available for purchase through the family of Baird Beer retailing liquor stores in Japan and direct from our website estore.

Remainder: Tuesday, December 23 kicks of a three-day Christmas celebration hosted at our Fishmarket Taproom. Pints of Jubilation Ale (both the 2007 and 2008 versions) will be sold for 500 yen and a special Christmas food menu will be offered. Christmas music and DVDs will be played throughout and small gifts offered to the young ones so bring your kids and enjoy a wonderful family outing.

The Nakameguro Taproom is hosting a Christmas Eve celebration on Wednesday, December 24 that includes a special Christmas food menu as well as 500 yen pints for the lonely and forlorn who find themselves visiting solo.

Stop in and enjoy the Christmas revelry with us at one of our two Taproom locations.

Happy Holidays!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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