Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/07/14)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Seasonal Release: Old World Kolsch; Fish-Tap 11 Year Anniversary

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Need respite from the scorching summer heat? Enjoyment of a cool and refreshing beer is your best bet. Today we are releasing a fantastically effective heat-beating brew: Old World Kolsch.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Old World Kolsch (ABV 5%):

In the annals of German beer history, Kolsch actually is a relatively “new world” style at a mere two centuries old. It is a pale, dry, assertively hopped golden ale know as the “beer of Cologne.” A fruity-winy bouquet is one of its hallmarks. Baird Old World Kolsch is brewed with Bohemian Pilsner and German Wheat malts, as well as English Maris Otter, and hopped with a combination of German Tradition, Czech Saaz and American Sterling varieties. The appearance is highlighted by a gorgeously full head of long-lasting white foam and a slightly hazy white-gold color. The aroma is zesty and lemon-like. The flavor is dry and quenching with a hint of bitter hop fruit.

Old World Kolsch begins pouring from our Taproom taps today, Thursday, July 14. It will be available on draught at other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan beginning Friday, July 15. A very limited number of bottles (633 ml) will be available too.

Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Fishmarket Taproom 11-Year Anniversary Celebration (Sat-Mon, July 16 – 18):

It truly is hard to believe that it has been eleven years since Sayuri and I opened the doors of the Numazu Fishmarket Taproom for business. It is a fact, though. Michiru, Chris and the staff are planning a special 3-day birthday celebration to commemorate. If you haven’t made it out to see us in Numazu recently, or maybe never have been at all, this is a great opportunity to visit. Weekend celebration highlights include:

*All-you-can-eat buffet (including items from the outside grill) @ 1,500 yen per person (orders stop @ 8:00 pm)

*All Baird Beer @ 500 yen (in plastic bura-bura cups; kindly keep your cup for re-use)

*Debut Release of Hop Havoc 11-Year Anniversary Ale (this celebration ale is hopped massively, like Suruga Bay, but with a much lower starting gravity and alcohol content)

*Tapping of a single cask of barrel-aged Second Strike Apple Ale (Monday, July 18 — limit one glass per patron)

*Various live music and magician performances

*Brewer-conducted Baird Brewery tours (1:00 and 4:00 pm on Sat-Sun; 1:00 pm on Mon — tours depart from the Fishmarket Taproom)

Doors open each day, including Monday (which is a Japan national holiday), at noon. Reservations are not required; thirst for good beer, appetite for excellent food, and sociable disposition are required.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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