Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/06/17)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Seasonal Release: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2011

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

While the rainy season continues to be rainy, our beer thoughts have turned distinctly summer and sunny. Today we are pleased to announce the 2011 release of a special fruited summer seasonal brew: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2011 (ABV 5.5%):

A summer mikan (natsumikan)is a grapefruit-like citrus fruit that is tart and sweetly sour in flavor and wonderfully aromatic. The only fruit to make it through the doors of the Baird Brewery, of course, is fresh whole fruit recently plucked from the land. Our summer mikans are Shizuoka-grown, right in the Heda orchard of our carpenter-partner-friend, Mitsuo Nagakura. The bounty of fruit is painstakingly hand-processed by the Baird Brewery team before its introduction into the brewhouse and cellar. You can taste the glory of the freshness and wholesomeness of the natsumikan fruit in each sip of this extraordinarily zesty brew.

The refreshing citrus character of Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is not supplied by fruit alone, however. The natsumikansare complemented beautifully by deft additions of four citrusy-spicy American hop varieties: Citra, Centennial, Santiam and Ahtanum. The quenchingly brisk and tart result is summer paradise in a glass!

Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2010 will be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) beginning Saturday, June 18. Please visit a Taproom pub or local Baird Beer retailer while quantities last.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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