Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/11/15): Annual Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Annual Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

For many Japan craft beer enthusiasts, an annual autumn rite of passage is the release of a deliciously down-to-earth Baird Beer: Country Girl Kabocha Ale. Country Girl marks her 11th annual debut on Friday, November 16. This beer is inspired by and brewed for my urbane yet wonderfully country-spirited mother, Sally Eshelman Baird.

*Country Girl Kabocha Ale 2012 (ABV 6.5%):

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin-like squash the taste of which is elegantly sweet. The kabocha we use is grown in the Heda garden of our carpenter-partner-friend, Nagakura-san. We first cook it in order to gelatinize it, then we add it to our mash where the enzymes from the malt help to further break it down into simple fermentable sugars. Several characterful varieties of malted barley produce a hearty wort that when married to the kabocha yields a flavor partnership of great depth and balance. After fermentation, re-fermentation and conditioning, the result is an earthy, rustic beer that manages to deliver an extraordinarily sophisticated yet subtle complexity of flavor. It is, to many resident beer enthusiasts, the flavor of fall in Japan!

Country Girl Kabocha Ale 2012 begins pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs on Friday, November 16. It will debut at other fine Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants in Japan on Saturday, November 17. Bottles (360 ml) can be purchased direct from our brewery E-shop and through the family of Baird Beer retailing liquor shops in Japan.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan


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Must-see tasting websites:

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-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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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