Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2011/09/06): Early Autumn Seasonal Releases

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Early Autumn Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Join me in celebration of the first sighting of sunshine in nearly five days here in Shizuoka. The air, too, seems crisper and less soaked with all that sticky humidity. Fall is in the air! It also is in the Baird Beer cellars. Today, we release from them three new seasonal brews, all with a distinctive fall weather flavor: Baird Export Lager, Baird Red Rye Lager and Baird Imperial Red Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Baird Export Lager (ABV 5.5%):

Brewed in the tradition of Dortmund-style export lagers, Baird Export Lager combines depth of flavor with a brisk and refreshing character. Less fragrant in hop character but brawnier in malt body than a pilsner, Baird Export Lager is a supreme thirst quencher. The high quality of our soft Numazu water really stands out in this well-rounded lager.

Baird Export Lager is available in limited quantity in kegs only.

*Baird Red Rye Lager (ABV 5.0%):

Generous additions to the grist of malted rye lend a distinctively autumn-red hue as well as spicy malt flavor to this sprite yet hardy lager beer. The hop character is not bashful either, demonstrating a clean, snappy complexity derived from separate additions of five American varieties (Columbus, Horizon, Perle, Glacier, Santiam).

Baird Red Rye Lager is available both in kegs and bottles (633 ml).

*Baird Imperial Red Ale (ABV 8.6%) (Real Ale on Hand-pump only):

Normally, our hand-pump dispensed real ale offerings focus on moderate- to low-gravity and alcohol content classic English styles. Baird Imperial Red Ale is an exception. The wort weighs in at an impressive 20.5 plato, aided by kettle additions of Japanese red sugar (akato). The alcohol content is a potent 8.6% by volume. And the hop character is boisterous: six varietal additions constituting 65 BUs of fragrant, flavorful bitterness. The breathing of the CO2 from the casks prior to hookup on the hand-pumps leads to a soft, almost chewy mouthfeel. A fruity succulence gives way in the finish to a warm, pleasurable alcohol burn — just enough to take the nip out of a chilly autumn evening.

Baird Imperial Red Ale is available on hand-pump only and exclusively at our Taproom pubs.


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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