Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/10/15)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Small-Batch Seasonal Releases; Upcoming Taproom Events; Taproom in Yokohama?

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Fall is in full swing and the Baird Brewery is busy crafting flavorful brews at what is for us an unprecedented pace. Many of these beers are small-batch (brewed on our 250-liter system), draught-only experiments that we release only at our Taproom pubs. Stop in at one of our three Taproom locations to get a taste of what I am talking about.

New Taproom-only Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:

White Rose Brown Ale (ABV 4.5%): In the Wars of the Roses, the white rose represented the House of York in the north while the red rose symbolized the House of Lanchester in the south. White Rose Brown Ale is a Northern English style Brown Ale, moderate in gravity and alcohol but rich in texture and malt flavor. We are serving it in Real Ale fashion via our English hand-pumps.
New Zealand Hallertau Aroma Single Hop Ale (ABV 4.7%): This brisk andbright Golden Ale is hopped exclusively with the New Zealand variety Hallertau Aroma. If you desire to explore the bitter, aroma and flavor character of this lovely New Zealand variety, this is your brew!
Baird Pacific Porter (ABV 7.5%): This is our version of the Baltic Porter style: a strong, dark beer fermented with a lager yeast that has enjoyed historical popularity in Baltic region countries. Baird Pacific Porter enjoys a layered complexity of flavor (dark chocolate, pit fruit, licorice, brown sugar, etc.) and a very stealthy alcohol wallop. Imbibe with caution!
All of these terrific new experimental brews can be enjoyed at one of our three Taproom pubs in the coming days and weeks.

Upcoming Taproom Events:

We have a couple of interesting upcoming events at our Nakameguro Taproom. Please mark your calendar and plan on attending.

*2nd Annual Nakameguro Taproom Booktoberfest (Thursday, October 21). This is a charity event held in cooperation with the Beers for Books organization ( to raise money for the Room to Read charity which purchases and distributes books to poverty-stricken children in developing countries. This is a terrific opportunity to contribute to a great cause while enjoying a great time.

*”Falling for Brew!” seminar and tasting which focuses on fall-season beers and autumn food accompaniments. The Japanese language seminar and tasting will take place on Saturday, November 13 (3:00 pm start). The English language version will be the following day, Sunday, November 14 (3:00 pm start). Tickets cost 3,200 yen and seating is limited. Please contact the Nakameguro Taproom directly about attending (; 03-5768-3025).

A Taproom in Yokohama — Is the scuttlebut true?

Yes it is. We are thrilled to announce that we have found a wonderful location in Kannai, right off Bashamichi, very near the Kannai, Sakuragicho and Bashamichi train stations. The Bashamichi Taproom will be a genuine American-style barbecue restaurant and, of course, craft beer oasis. The manager and pitmaster will be the most experienced and skilled barbecue man in all of Japan, Mr. Chuck Morrow. The opening date is planned for Saturday, January 15.

We still are on the lookout for excellent and passionate individuals to round out our Bashamichi Taproom staff. If you are a serious candidate, drop us a line directly at:


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

The Japan Blog List

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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