Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/07/05): New Summer Seasonals; Fish-Tap Turning 13

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

New Summer Seasonals; Fish-Tap Turning 13

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Although the rainy season lingers here in Japan, the summer heat and humidity are not proving deferential — they have crashed the party. We greet these summer weather twins with the perfect beer antidote: Baird Lemon Wit.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Baird Lemon Wit (4.5%):

A ‘Witbier’ is a Belgian ale style whose hallmark ingredient is unmalted wheat. In addition to lending a light and wholesome taste character, unmalted wheat also contributes a hazy white color to the beer (’wit’ literally meaning ‘white’). Belgian-style witbiers also tend to be spiced, most commonly with curacao orange peel and coriander. The result is a sprite, quenching and playfully effervescent brew that is an ideal summer session ale.

Baird Lemon Wit is brewed in this Belgian tradition only with a local twist — we spice with Japanese sansho rather than coriander and use the peels (and juice) of locally grown lemons rather than curacao oranges. The unmalted wheat we use (as 25% of the grist) is grown domestically in Chiba prefecture. The taste? Bright and tart, crisp and refreshing.

Baird Lemon Wit is available both in kegs and bottles for immediate release. It begins pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Friday, July 5). Those visiting a Taproom pub this weekend will also be greeted by two other new and limited release (Taproom-only, draught-only) seasonal specials — Faded Glory Pale Mild (3.2%) and Shohei’s First (5.8%). The former is a classic English-style Mild pulled as you would expect in real ale fashion through our Taproom hand-pumps. Faded Glory is the ultimate session ale. The latter is the first go at a bit of recipe formulation by the newest member of our brewing team — Shohei Taguchi (formerly of Yoho Brewing in Nagano prefecture). Shohei’s First is a sort of hoppy Golden Ale that features Southern hemisphere (New Zealand) hops — Motueka, Wakatu, Nelson Sauvin and Cascade (dry-hopping with Motueka and Wakatu). It you happen across our lanky new brewer enjoying his namesake brew this weekend, give him a pat on the back and welcome him to the Baird Beer family.

Upcoming Taproom Event:
*Numazu Fishmarket Taproom 13-Year Birthday Celebration (Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21):

Sayuri and I first opened the doors of the Fishmarket Taproom on Saturday July 20, 2000. It is hard to believe that our baby is about to become a teenager! Despite her increasingly sassy impertinence, we still love her and will be celebrating her birthday next weekend. Celebration highlights include:

11:00 AM (Saturday 7/20) kick-off in the brewery parking lot with the tapping of Morning Coffee Stout 2013
Brewery parking lot BBQ (11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday; Noon – 5:00 PM Sunday)
Brewer-guided brewery tours at noon, 2:00 and 4:00 each day
Special tappings of various cellared brews (Daidai IPA, Carpenter’s Mikan Ale, Bakayaro!, Second Strike Apple Ale, Kiwi IPA, Saison Sayuri and more!)
Debut of Fish-Tap 13 Anniversary Ale
Phenomenal lineup of celebration food and BBQ delights
The doors of the Fishmarket Taproom will open each day at noon (food last order @ 22:00; drink last order @23:30). All beer and food items will be 500 yen (beers to be served in our take-out bura-bura cups). Kindly mark your calendar and plan to join us for what promises to be a most festive birthday celebration!


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan


Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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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