Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/01/23): Cold Winter Season Refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Cold Winter Season Refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

All of the hullabaloo in the winter beer season is paid to the potent lagers and warming ales of the beer world. That is all well and good, but there remains a place for heartily refreshing brews even at the height of the winter chill. We are proud to release today two such examples of thirst-quenching winter beer refreshment: Teutonic Ale and Winter Wit.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Teutonic Ale (6%):

This is a fiercely flavorful ale brewed exclusively with German malt (Pilsner and Munich) and German hops (Magnum, Tradition, Spalter, Tettnanger, Hersbrucker). It is bold in its malt makeup and unabashed in its hop character. It is a beer imbued with the strong and courageous spirit of the ancient Germanic people, the Teutons. Prost!

*Winter Wit (6.2%):

Witbier is a Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with a high proportion of un-malted wheat from which it derives a whitish color. Typically it is a light, tart, crisp and refreshing ale of low-alcohol strength. Baird Winter Wit is a heartier (15.4 plato) and stronger (6.2% abv) cold-season take on this classic Belgian beer style.

Our grist is a blend of un-malted and malted wheat, Pilsner and floor-malted Maris Otter, with touchesof carahell (adding body and color). The hopping is light and performed with a combination of New Zealand (Wakatu), Czech (Saaz), Slovenian (Styrian Golding) and German (Tradition) varieties. A modest addition of local Kinkan fruit imbues the beer with that quintessentially Belgian je ne sais quois character. The magic occurs when this ingredient combination is then fermented with our Belgian yeast strain.

The result is a pleasantly tart and spicy, sprightly carbonated ale with a hazy golden hue upon which sits a billowing head of virgin-white foam. The warmth comes in the finish, just enough to furbish without interfering with the refreshment. Winter has never tasted so glorious!

Both Winter Wit and Teutonic Ale are available for immediate release in kegs as well as bottles (360 ml).


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

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