Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/06/06): Three Single-Hop Seasonal Releases

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Three Single-Hop Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Hops are the spice of beer; they provide the bitter balance to the malt sweetness and infuse the brew with varying attributes of flavor and aroma. There are many varieties of hop, all imparting different character notes. Hops sharing the same name and genetic lineage often manifest characteristics dramatically different from their brethren grown in other regions of the world. Hops are, in a word, fascinating.

The best way to understand the comprehensive character of an individual hop variety is to brew a beer exclusively with that hop. This is called single-hop brewing. We have been busy single-hop brewing over the past several months and are happy to begin releasing some of these experiments. Up today: (1) Sorachi Ace Single-Hop Ale, (2) Santiam Single-Hop Ale, and (3) Northern Brewer Single-Hop Ale. All three of these varieties were grown in the United States. The recipes for these beers are identical, except of course for the hop variety. Calculated IBUs stand at 30. All are dry-hopped.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Releases:
*Sorachi Ace Single-Hop Ale (5%):

Sorachi Ace is a hop variety apparently from China but then shipped to and grown in Japan where it became known as a Japanese hop. It’s pedigree is a cross between Brewer’s Gold and Saazer. The Sorachi Ace we are using was grown in the United States. We have never seen, used nor tasted Sorachi Ace grown in Japan. This is our first experience with it period. It is noted for a lemon-like character. Alpha acid content for the 2012 crop is 15.3%. What do you think?

*Santiam Single-Hop Ale (5%):

This hop was released in the U.S. in 1997 and is a cross between Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittlefruh. It thus is noted for it’s ‘noble’ aroma, often described as spicy and floral. Santiam is one of the key hops in our year-round Single-Take Session Ale. Alpha acid content for this 2011 crop sample is 9.2%. How do your tastebuds respond?

*Northern Brewer Single-Hop Ale (5%):

Originally bred in England in 1934 from a Canterbury Golding female hop and a male hop known as OB21. It is held as a quintessentially ‘dual-purpose’ hop: equally good for its bittering potential and its aromatics. We are using the U.S. grown version here. We first got to know this hop as a signature hop in the Anchor Steam beer. Alpha acid content for this 2012 crop is 9.4%. We used to use Northern Brewer way back and featured it in our Bay Steam beer (a forerunner to Red Rose Amber Ale) — remember that? This is our first go with it in several years. What say you?

All three of these single-hop ales begin pouring tonight at our Taproom pubs. They also are available for immediate release to Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants in Japan. Please note, these are small-batch brews, keg only (no bottles), and thus very limited in supply. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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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