Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/02/16)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Seasonal Release: Morning Coffee Stout

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Are you a fan of rich, roasty and robust stouts? Do you love a fresh brewed morning coffee? The answer is yes for me on both counts.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Morning Coffee Stout 2011 (ABV 7%):

Each year at Baird Beer we combine our passion for stout with our love of coffee in the brewing of Morning Coffee Stout. This 2011 version is an export-style stout infused with freshly roasted (delivered still warm direct from the roaster of our friends at Arabica Coffee) Indonesian Royal Mandarin beans. We add these beans, after a very coarse grinding, directly to the stout in the conditioning tank in what amounts to a cold beer toddy extraction method. The result is a perfectly balanced flavor marriage between stout beer and java beans.

Morning Coffee Stout 2011 will be pouring from our Taproom taps, and those of other Baird Beer handling pubs and restaurants beginning Thursday, February 17. It also will be available in bottles (633 ml) direct from the brewery via our online E-shop as well as through the growing family of Baird Beer retailing liquor shops in Japan.

As is our proclivity as passionate brewers, we continue to experiment all the time with new beer styles and new recipes. A recent example of this experimentation is being released tomorrow (Feb. 17) as Real Ale dispensed from handpumps exclusively at our four Taproom pubs. We call it: Winter Session Ale.

*Winter Session Ale (ABV 5.3%):

“Session” ales, of course, are light, low-alcohol beers that still pack real flavor and lots of refreshment. Our winter version is, as you might expect, just a little stronger and more robust than normal. The grist consists almost entirely of European base malts while the hop bill is an interesting mix of clean American varieties (Horizon and Perle) and grassy, herbal, spicy European ones (Tradition, Hersbrucker and Styrian Golding). Pulled from our handpumps, the flavor is soft, aromatic and wholesomely refreshing. Stop in for a pint or two at one of our Taproom pubs while quantities last.

Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Barley Wine Beer School at the Nakameguro Taproom (Sat-Sun, Feb. 26-27):

This is another in our popular series of Nakameguro Taproom “beer school” seminars. This time round the thematic focus will be on the historical beer style known as Barley Wine. Baird brewers will team with our Nakameguro Taproom staff in presenting a Barley Wine style seminar that includes a vertical tasting of three different years of Baird Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine as well as samplings of several other brewery Barley Wines. Food pairings, tastings and explanations also will be part of the package.

The seminar will be held in two languages on two separate days (English language on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 3:00-5:00 pm; and Japanese language on Sunday, Feb. 27 from 1:00-3:00 pm). Cost per participant, including beer and food tastings, is 3,500 yen. Each seminar is limited to 30 participants and reservations are required. Please contact the Nakameguro Taproom directly for more information or to make reservations.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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