Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/01/11)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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2011 Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout; Bashamichi Taproom Opening January 15

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Do you need help taking the bite out of the winter chill? We have just the beer antidote for you: Dark Sky Imperial Stout.

New Seasonal Beer Release:
*Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2011 (ABV 8%):

This foreboding stout is a beer lover’s winter dream come true. It is pitch-black in color, unctuous in body, elusively complex in flavor, warming in alcohol and piquantly hoppy. This 2011 version marks a return to our house Scottish ale yeast (from last year’s experiment with a British ale yeast). We also have increased the hop IBUs from previous (65 to 75) and added, for the first time, ample quantities of roasted wheat, which increases body but also lends a nice sprite and tangy character to the flavor.

Fortunately, we remembered to keg a good quantity of this year’s batch so draught Dark Sky Imerial Stout is back. Our Taproom pubs and other Baird Beer retailing pubs/restaurants will begin pouring draught Dark Sky on Friday, January 14. It also will be released in bottles (633 ml) on that same day. Individual consumers can purchase bottles direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop.

Other News:
*Bashamichi Taproom Opens its Doors Saturday, January 15 at Noon:

Yes, the wait is almost over. Our newest Taproom, the Bashamichi Taproom in Yokohama, opens for business at noon on Saturday, January 15. The Bashamichi Taproom is our first pub to focus on authentic American BBQ (i.e. meat smoked and cooked low and slow over a wood fire). This match between barbecue and Baird Beer is, in a word, profound! Stop in and see for yourself.

In addition to serving fresh cuts of Pit Master Chuck’s glorious BBQ (brisekt, ribs, pulled pork …), we will be pouring a tremendous lineup of Baird Beer including some new offerings such as Bashamichi Ale (peat-smoked brown ale), Port City Pils and Bashamichi Celebration Ale (rye-accented IPA).

We look forward to welcoming you to the Bashamichi Taproom on Saturday. Bashamichi Taproom operating hours will be as follows:

-Weekdays (5:00 pm -Midnight), Weekends & National Holidays (Noon – Midnight)

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Shizuoka Products from the Producer to the Gastronomic Table: SPICE in Mishima City

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Great use of local products. Vegetables extensively used.

More and more restaurants in the whole of Shizuoka Prefecture are not only conscious of good food and health but actively promote local products. You do not have to be pretentious about it, but just show your love for good food and health!

SPICE in the City of Mishima is such an establishement which opened only a few years ago and has acquired a fame spreading well over the cities boundaries. After all it’s on the other side of our large Prefecture!

The place will fill very quickly at lunch and dinner. Either you come ealry or reserve!
The staff are all young local people who know farmers in Mishma and West Hakone, a region famed for its vegetables all year round.
They also the merit to organize parties with great hors d’oeuvres/starters to please vegetarians and omnivore alike!

Last week we manged to grab a table for lunch on our way to Izu Peninsula and ordered the set menu for 2011 yen (because it was the beginning of 2011 year!).
It comprised the the hors d’oeuvres tray above with beautiful local vegetables,

a choice of pasta dishes: I chose (above) the vegetables and parmegiano cheese one,

and the Missus chose the Mushrooms pasta in sea urchin sauce.

The set menu also included the dessert of the day, raspberry panacotta, coffee 8or tea) with a real fresh cream pot (a luxury in Japan) and cane sugar!

Extremely great value!
Another must druring my next visit to dear Mishima City!

SPICE
Shizuoka ken, Mishima Shi, Hon Cho, 7-30
Tel.: 055-981-8889
Business hours: 11:30~14:30, 18:00~22:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Lunch sets: 1.050~1890 yen
Special Chef’s Lunch: 2,625 yen
Dinner: Vegetables dinner: 2,280 yen
A la carte: 420~1,890 yen
Parties on reservation

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Today’s Lunch Box/Bento (’11/1): First Bento of the Year!

Today’s bento was not only the frist one of the year, but it could have been called the “’11/1/11” Bento too for being the 11th of January 2011!

Once again, the Missus made a good use of what she could find inside the fridge:
She steamed the rice with sakura ebi/桜海老/cherry shrimps (they are found only in Shizuoka Prefecture!) she later mixed with some sesame seeds. She seasoned the whole with home-pickled wasabi stems (from Izu Peninsula).

As usual, plenty of colors with the main dish!

Carrot tagliatelle, black beans and celery leaves salad with home-pickled violet daikon and more lettuce.

As for the meat she prepared slices of pistachio soft ham in tonkatsu style! A little lemon, a great trick!

For dessert, a home-made compote of apples and kiwi fruit!

Simple and healthy, and delicious!

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French Cuisine: Shizuoka Products at Pissenlit (end of 2010)

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products. Organic vegetables extensively used.
no-smoking-logoentirely non-smoking!

Pheasant/Kiji/雉 rasied by Mr. Horiuchi/堀内 in Enshyu/遠州 and organic vegetables by Mr. Hirooka/広岡 in Mishima City/三島市

Mr. Touru Arima/有馬亨 has written his name all over the Prefecture for his extensive use of Shizuoka products. I have already introduced him many a time, so I will keep things easy this time as I intend only to publish and comment on photographs I took recently at his famed restaurant, Pisssenlit in Shizuoka City!

Here is the other side of the top picture showing the organic vegetables grown by mr. Hirooka In Mishima City.
The sauce is basically a cognac brandy cream sauce. The flesh of the pheasant was so tender and superlative!

This three-colored vegetable terrine was made with organic carrots and spinach and non-organic mushrooms, all from Shizuoka Prefecture!
Healthy and so tasty!

Anago/Conger Eel/穴子 terrine.
The conger eel are from Shizuoka Prefecture as well the the lettuce and tomatoes. The whole terrine was wrapped into Italian pancetta bacon. A east and West marriage?

Ezo Shika/Venison from Hokkaido/エゾ鹿 in wine sauce and organic vegetables.
Although the succulent Ezo Shika/venison was from the island of Hokkaido and the was was mainly made with red wine from France, the vegetables are all organic vegetables by Mr. Hirooka in Mishima City!

For a better view of the organic vegetables!

Usuiton Pork/湧水豚 from Fujinomiya City/富士宮市 roasted in Dijon Mustard with Cheese and organic vegetables.
Shizuoka Prefecture is becoming famous for some truly extravagant pork. I already have tasted at least 3 kinds of prime pork produced in the Prefecture!

Organic vegetables Pasta!
Although Mr. Arima’s cuisine is basically French, this Italian-inpsired pasta in cream sauce with a host of beautiful organic vegetables has become a specialty of his!

Don’t worry, this is far from being the end!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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