Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2009/12/06)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The season for potent and warming beers designed for leisurely sipping is once again upon us. Baird Beer is kicking it off with the release of our 2009 version of West Coast Wheat Wine.

*West Coast Wheat Wine 2009 (ABV 9%):

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 and hearty complexity that is lightened and made a touch sprite through a predominantly wheat rather than barley malt base. 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 2009 version of West Coast Wheat Wine is a touch darker than previous due to additions of caramel wheat malt. A lusciously lip-smacking maltiness is complemented beautifully by a fruity West Coast American hop character. Three yeasts (Scottish, English and American) combine in three stages of fermentation to produce a piquancy in the depth of flavor that is most interesting and uncommon. Perhaps still a touch young, West Coast Wheat Wine 2009 promises to condition in the cellar quite well over time.

We now are pouring West Coast Wheat Wine from the taps of each or our Taproom pubs. It will be available on draught and in bottle-conditioned form (633 ml) from other Baird Beer retailers in Japan as early as Tuesday, December 8.

Another early winter seasonal treat that we have begun to pull in Real Ale form through the English hand-pumps at our three Taproom pubs is Inaka Smoked Porter.

*Inaka Smoked Porter (ABV 5.5%):

This soft and chewy robust porter is imbued with a magnificently balanced smoke character through additions of Bamberg smoked malt. U.S. Golding hops contribute a delicately earthy character. Fermentation with our Scottish Ale yeast accentuates the malty richness. This brainchild of our Lead Brewer, Chris Poel, is being poured exclusively at our Taproom pubs. Stop in for a pint or two while quantities last.


Bryan Baird
Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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