Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/08/29): Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Three Late Summer Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As we move into September, summer begins to fade into fall — though it certainly doesn’t feel like that yet. As an antidote to the lingering late-summer heat, we are happy to announce the immediate release of three thirst-quenching seasonal brews: Japan Tale Ale 2012, Baird Belgian Tripel, and Plum Session Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:

*Japan Tale Ale 2012 (ABV 5%):

Brewed with a host of indigenous Japanese ingredients (un-malted wheat, korizato sugar, fresh ume plums and, of course, lovely soft Numazu water) Japan Tale Ale is lightly hopped, pleasantly tart and extremely refreshing. It’s hazy, milky-white color and snow-white foam collar are reminiscent of a Belgian witbier. It drinks, though, like a beer version of a well-made ume sour (a popular drink served in traditional Japanese pubs that is made with distilled shochu and plums and served carbonated on ice).

Japan Tale Ale 2012 is now pouring from the taps of each of our Baird Beer Taproom pubs and will be available both on draught and in 360 ml bottles at Baird Beer retailing pubs and liquor shops throughout Japan.

*Baird Belgian Tripel (ABV 8.5%):

Belgian-style Tripels are stealthily potent golden ales — rich yet briskly refreshing — that originated in the historical context of monastic brewing in Belgium. The quintessential example of this style, and one of my favorite Belgian ales, is the iconic monastic beer, Westmalle Tripel.

The Baird take on this glorious style incorporates an all-base malt grist bill of floor-malted Maris Otter and Bohemian Pilsner as well as a blend Japan, German and English wheat. Kettle gravity is strengthened by a generous addition of Japanese sudakito and korizato sugars. The hopping rate is moderate (25 IBUs) and includes the floral-spicy varieties Sterling, Saaz and Styrian Golding. Fermentation is warm (24-25 C) and happily carried out by our Belgian witbier-derived yeast strain. Apparent Attenuation is high (88.5%) and thus the alcohol content is strong. As per our custom with high-alcohol beers, we krausen at packaging to produce a secondary fermentation and natural carbonation in keg or bottle.

Baird Belgian Tripel is draught only. It is pouring at our Taproom pubs beginning today and is available for immediate release to all fine beer establishments in Japan. Please contact Kojima-san to place an order.

*Plum Session Ale (ABV 4.1%):

What should a brewer do when unexpectedly receiving a bundle of perfectly ripe, freshly harvested local plums? After eating one or two, he should formulate a session-beer recipe that allows the softly sweet-tart essence of the plums free play; and then he should fire up the mash tun and get busy.

Our diligence in early July has yielded this wonderul late-August beer harvest. Come visit a Taproom today and help us to enjoy the fruit of this harvest. Plum Session Ale is being served as real ale on hand-pump and exclusively at our Baird Beer Taproom pubs.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan


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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!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
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