Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/12/09)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Seasonal Releases: West Coast Wheat Wine and More!

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The cool weather and short days provide the perfect season for the enjoyment of hearty, warming and complex ales of potency. We are pleased to greet the season with the release of our 2010 version of West Coast Wheat Wine. To make this year’s release extra special, we are unveiling new brand artwork for West Coast Wheat Wine crafted for us by our friend and immensely talented artist, Ms. Eiko Nishida.

Wheat Wine is a beer style born on the U.S. West Coast in the 1980s, thought to have been originally brewed at the Rubicon brewery-pub in Sacramento, California. It has as its progenitor the British Barely Wine style. A Wheat Wine, generally, is characterized by a rich and hearty complexity that is lightened and made a touch sprite by a predominantly wheat, rather than barley, malt base. It is a style representative of the irreverent creativity and unrelenting passion that are 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 2010 version of West Coast Wheat Wine contains no character malt whatsoever and thus appears in a wonderfully hazy hue of sunset gold. The flavor is characterized by a deep, layered wheat malt complexity that is complemented beautifully by a cleanly bitter hop character (exclusive use of U.S. West Coast hops: Magnum, Horizon, Perle, Sterling). Two yeasts (American and Scottish) combine in two stages of fermentation to add further flavor complexity and to produce a piquant all-natural carbonation.

West Coast Wheat Wine will be available at various of our Taproom pubs and at other Baird Beer retailing pubs and liquor shops beginning Friday, December 10. Bottles (633 ml) can be purchased by individual consumers direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop.

Other New Seasonal Beers on Tap:
We also have just released two new small-batch ales which are pouring as Real Ale from the hand-pumps of our three Taproom pubs: Queen & Country Pale Ale and Wheaty Stout.

*Queen & Country Pale Ale (ABV 5%):

This British-style Pale Ale is a deep golden-amber color, exhibits a pleasant caramel-like sweetness in the mouth and finishes with a burst of herbal hop flavor. The dry-hop aroma (NZ Hallertau Aroma and Slovenian Styrian Golding) is grassy, herbal and just a touch spicy.

*Wheaty Stout (ABV 6%):

Midnight black in color and pouring with a massively dense tan-brown head, this hoppy stout (50 BUs of a combination of Warrior, Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo) is surprisingly light in body due to ample additions of an unique blend of wheat malts (British base wheat, carawheat, chocolate wheat, and un-malted roasted wheat). If you enjoy stouts and porters, this is a must try.

Please visit one of our Taproom pubs soon for a tasting of these splendid real ales.

Holiday Season Cheers!


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
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