Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/02/01): Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 Debut; Upcoming Events

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 Debut; Upcoming Events

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The hibernal rest is over. The big bear of the Baird Beer world, Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine, has forced its way out of our brewery cellars and has taken residence in the serving refrigerators of our various Taproom pubs. The pouring begins today (Wednesday, February 1).

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 (ABV 10.5%):

Brewed and packaged back in June 2011, Ganko Oyaji 2012 sports the same grist bill as previous versions, consisting of floor-malted Maris Otter and Bohemian Pils, as well as British crystal malt and 10% Japanese red (akato) sugar. Once again we increased our hop bittering slightly (up to 80 IBU from last year’s 75) and we changed our blend of hops, this year including Magnum, Galena, Nugget, Glacier and Santiam. Most importantly, though, we returned to full fermentation (primary and secondary) with our house Scottish ale yeast strain while also increasing the attenuative potential of our wort by both lowering mash temperature and lengthening mash duration. The result is a more highly attenuated, drier and stronger finished beer. Ganko Oyaji is an ideal after-dinner or before-bed restorative; it might even be delicious at breakfast too! It promises to condition nicely for months and years to come.

Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 is available for immediate shipment to Baird Beer retailers throughout Japan.

Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Superbowl Monday Live! at Fishmarket, Bashamichi and Nakameguro Taprooms:

Kick-off of the 2012 American football Superbowl happens at 8:30 am on Monday, February 6. We will be showing the game live at three of our Taprooms: Fishmarket, Bashamichi and Nakameguro. Doors will open at 8:00 am. Each Taproom will be serving a Superbowl buffet breakfast available to those who take the first meal of the day seriously. Additionally, and in commemoration of its maiden debut 10 years ago at our 2002 Superbowl party, we will be tapping this year’s Carpenter’s Mikan Ale. This is a morning event not to be missed, whether or not you happen to be a football fan. Please join us.

*Morning Coffee Stout Brunch at 11:00 am Saturday, February 11:

Speaking of morning events, for the first time, we will be celebrating the annual release of our Morning Coffee Stout with a Saturday morning brunch at each of our Taproom pubs. Doors will open, coffee stout will be pouring, pancakes will be flipping, jazz will be playing, and happy weekend morning revelry happening at 11:00 am sharp. More details on the brunch menus of each Taproom will be released shortly. In the meantime, mark your calendar!


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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