Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/11/14): New Seasonal Release: Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

New Seasonal Release: Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As we move deep into the autumn season and inch closer to winter a brisk nip in the air has arrived. To the beer enthusiast, this is the signal to break out the heavy hitting, higher alcohol brews from the cellar. We are doing just that with today’s release of a supremely complex and quietly potent Belgian-style ale: Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale (ABV 8.5%):

If the genius of British brewing is full flavor in low-alcohol session-able ales, the brilliance of Belgian brewing lies in powerful high-alcohol beers that manage yet to be bright and effervescent. This is exactly what Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale manages to be. It is sprightly potent.

One key to achieving strength in beer without heaviness is to substitute a portion of the malt grist with a highly ferment-able sugar. This is precisely what we have done with Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale — adding Japanese akato (red) sugar to our kettle boil in place of 15% of the mash malt. A small portion of rye malt in the grist serves to accentuate the spicy character imparted by fermentation with our Belgian yeast strain. The hopping is bold and complex — we combine six varieties (Galena, Citra, Wakatu, Tradition, East Kent Golding, Fuggle) in the kettle and re-introduce all of them to the beer post fermentation in a dry-hopping addition.

Momiji Imperial Belgian Red Ale is dangerously quaffable, but we recommend a sipping and savoring approach. It is draught-only (no bottles) and available for immediate shipment from our Numazu brewery. It begins pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Thursday, November 14).

Tonight also marks the Taproom debut of a special single-hop hand-pump real ale: Fuggle ESB (5.5%). Fuggle, of course, is one of the two classic and storied English aroma hops (the other being Kent Golding). What better way to feature it than in a classically brewed English-style Extra Special Bitter. Fuggle ESB is available exclusively at our Taproom pubs.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan


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