Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/05/27)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

First-Time Seasonal Release: Double-Dry Belgian Imperial IPA

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Beer is a beverage of almost infinite diversity. No one relishes and celebrates this diversity with more enthusiasm than we, the brewers of Baird Beer. In addition to brewing ten year-round styles of Baird Beer, we busy ourselves with the crafting of several dozens of seasonal specialty brews each year. The newest one on the release docket is a debut beer: Double-Dry Belgian Imperial IPA.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Double-Dry Belgian Imperial IPA (ABV 8.5%):

There was a time, before the dawn of the American craft beer revolution, when pursuing the combination of powerful hopping and Belgian-yeast fermentation would never have been considered by a brewer. That time is no more. Today, high-hopped, Belgian-yeast fermented IPAs are enjoying a season in the sun. Well, the Baird Beer brewers are hitting the beach and joining the party with our own interpretation of this oxymoronic style.

Double-Dry Belgian Imperial IPA derives its name from (a) a double dosing of dry-hops, (b) double (actually triple) fermentation with two different yeast strains — one being our house Belgian ale yeast, and (c) imperial-level rates of hops (100 IBUs in the kettle), gravity (17.8 Plato), and alcohol (8.5% by volume).

This is a brashly bitter, twistedly dry and unapologetically alcoholic brew. It is the sort of offspring you might expect from an orgiastic mating among bottles of Orval, Duvel and Stone Ruination. Thirty percent of the fermentables are provided by Japanese korizato sugar rather than malt, leading to higher alcohol and lighter body. The hops, including those used in dry-hopping, are a combination of American (Warrior, Columbus, Horizon) and European (German Hersbrucker and Slovenian Styrian Golding) varieties. The fermentation is threefold: stage one with our Belgian yeast, stage two with the addition of our Scotch Ale yeast, and stage three in package where the two strains continue the party together.

The party, of course, is still not over. Now you, too, are cordially invited. Stop by a Taproom beginning Friday, May 27 and partake in a glass of the festivities. You can visit a Baird Beer retailing pub or restaurant in your area over the weekend and also check in on the party. For you homebodies, just dial up a bottle order on our E-shop.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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