Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/01/11): Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Happy New Year! We welcomed the dawn of 2013 with a lovely Imperial Pilsner (Hatsujozo 2013); we continue in the same celebratory mood with today’s release of another boldly characterful brew: Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2013.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2013 (9%):

This foreboding stout is a beer lover’s winter dream. It is pitch-black in color, unctuous in body, elusively complex in flavor, warming in alcohol and piquantly hoppy. This 2013 version is different from previous primarily in two respects: (1) more crystal malt in the grist and less kokuto sugar (lowering the attenuation somewhat, beefing up the body and contributing flavor notes of toffee and caramel), and (2) a totally revamped hop regime in which stars two of our favorite New Zealand hops — Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade. The hop character is brisker and brighter than was the case when we hopped primarily with floral and earthy European varieties. As with all our big beers, we krausen at packaging to produce a secondary fermentation, natural carbonation and continued flavor evolution in bottle or keg. If you want to take the nip out of winter, this is your brew!

Dark Sky Imperial Stout is available for immediate release both in kegs and bottles (360 ml) and is pouring from the taps of each of our Baird Beer Taproom pubs. And by stopping into a Taproom, you will be in for an additional beer treat — fresh casks of a special small-batch real ale pulled through our handpumps which features exclusive hopping with Cascade (and some Magnum) hops grown organically in the home garden of our draught beer manager, Chris Madere. Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale (ABV 4.9%) is a light and fragrant session ale brewed with just base malt (barley and wheat), Chris’ Japan garden hops, and soft Numazu water. Simple is often best! Come and taste for yourself.


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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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