Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/10/12: Fall Seasonal Releases: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Fall Seasonal Releases: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

I am excited to announce today’s release of two debut seasonal brews: Biere du Japon and 08 Hop Harvest Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Biere du Japon (4.7%):

One of the prominent beer styles associated with Belgian brewing culture is Witbier, or white beer. Hoegaarden White is the quintessential modern version of the style. Witbiers are moderate gravity beers brewed with generous additions of unmalted wheat and more often than not spiced, most generally with coriander and orange peel. When brewed artfully they are sprite and extremely quenching beers.

Baird Biere du Japon is our Japanese take on this classic Belgian beer style. We mash with an ample quantity of domestic unmalted wheat combined with wheat, rye and pilsner malt. We only lightly hop the kettle boil with 15 IBUs of two varieties: Vanguard and Sterling. Following fermentation with our Belgian witbier yeast strain, we add the indigenous magic — lightly crushed sansho seeds and cut whole New Summer Orange fruit from nearby Izu.

The result is a wonderfully delicate, nuanced flavor that is supremely refreshing. Stop in to a Taproom pub for a taste today. Biere du Japon is available in both kegs and bottles.

*08 Hop Harvest Ale (5.5%):

2008 was the year of the dreaded hop shortage. Hop prices went through the roof but most brewers were happy just to obtain a sufficient supply. We were down to our last supplies of a few varieties from this most notorious hop harvest crop and our idea was to concoct a final hop taste of 2008.

08 Hop Harvest Ale is a malty brown ale with a brisk hop punch. We combine four American hop varieties from the 2008 harvest to achieve this punch: Perle, Glacier, Vanguard, Sterling. Generous additions of Caramel and Chocolate malt round out the flavor imparting toasted and roasted notes.

08 Hop Harvest Ale is draught only. It can be enjoyed at any one of our Taproom pubs as well as at other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan.

Upcoming Beer Events:
*Killer B Party (October 27, 4-8 PM):

Our friends at Nagano Trading are proudly sponsoring their second annual Killer B Party at the YC&AC in Yokohama. The Animal House of Japan beer parties proudly features Beer (20 serve-yourself taps featuring Nagano Trading imports from the U.S., Baird Beer, Brimmer Beer and others), Bowling (don’t go up against Andrew after he has had a couple!), Buffet (always a wonderful spread) and more.

Email reservations can be made at: Location directions can be found at:


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
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