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Bryan Baird Newsletter (2014/01/23): Seasonal Release: The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale

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Seasonal Release: The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

We are pleased, for the twelfth consecutive year, to announce the release of a now iconic Baird Beer winter seasonal: Carpenter’s Mikan Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Carpenter’s Mikan Ale (ABV 6%):

The mikans used in this brew are fresh, succulent, and local — harvested on the Heda land and by the hand of our carpenter friend, Nagakura-san. The Baird brewers hand-process the harvested mikans, shaving off the outer skin of the peel and pressing the juice. Both peel shavings and juice are added to the brew during wort production and before fermentation. The mikans serve to add depth and complexity to an already sumptuous ale; their role is to complement, not dominate.

Once again the character of this year’s version is marked most notably by the succulent aroma and piquant flavor of sweet-tart mikans and their wonderfully symbiotic interaction with our selected hop varieties (Summit, Citra, Centennial, Cascade).

The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale is available for immediate release in both kegs and bottles (360 ml). It begins pouring at our Baird Taproom pubs tonight (Thursday, January 23). If you visit our Fishmarket Taproom in the coming days, you likely will find the Carpenter perched on his counter stool sipping his namesake ale. Be sure to say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you.’

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Bryan Baird Newsletter (2014/01/16): Seasonal Release: Shikoku Wit

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Seasonal Release: Shikoku Wit

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Experimentation in brewing is one of the great joys, and perks, of being a craft brewer. Recently, it is the Belgian Witbier style that has captured my attention and become the focus of some of our experimental brewing. My keen interest in the style is an outgrowth of three facts: (1) our house Belgian ale yeast has a Witbier pedigree, (2) the key grain used to brew Witbier, raw wheat, we are able to source in Japan, and (3) I enjoy drinking the style.

Today we are pleased to release our most recent iteration on the Witbier style: Shikoku Wit.

Seasonal Baird Beer Release:
*Shikoku Wit (ABV 5%):

‘Wit’ means ‘white’ which characterizes the hazy milk-hued color of this wheat-brewed ale. 25% of our grist is raw wheat grown in Kagawa prefecture on the Japanese island of Shikoku. The proteins from the raw wheat interact with the unfiltered resident yeast to produce the milky white color. The wheat also contributes a wonderfully zesty and tangy flavor. Shikoku Wit is very lightly hopped, as Witbiers tend to be, just enough to promote a good flavor balance. Unlike most Witbiers of today, Shikoku Wit contains no spices or fruits. The bright fruity flavor is delivered as a courtesy byproduct of fermentation by our Belgian Witbier yeast.

Shikoku Wit is available for immediate release in both bottles (360 ml) and kegs. It begins pouring from all Baird Taproom taps tonight (Thursday, January 16).

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird Newsletter (2014/01/09): Winter Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

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Winter Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be an eventful year at Baird Brewing as we move into our new brewery home in Shuzenji later this spring. We also are undertaking major redesigns of our website, e-shop and newsletter. These changes will be unveiled also in the spring. One thing that won’t be changing is our classic winter seasonal ale: Dark Sky Imperial Stout.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Dark Sky Imperial Stout (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. 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 now pouring from the taps at each of our Baird Taproom pubs.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Bryan Baird Newsletter (2013/12/27): A Beery Good Start to the New Year: Hatsujozo 2014 India Pale Lager

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A Beery Good Start to the New Year: Hatsujozo 2014 India Pale Lager

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

It is a Baird Beer tradition to greet the dawn of each new year with a celebratory “First Brewed” (Hatsujozo) specialty beer. At the stroke of midnight on the evening of December 31, we — along with a host of other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan — pour this commemorative Hatsujozo and share it with our fellow beer enthusiasts in a toast to the New Year.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:

*Hatsujozo 2014 India Pale Lager (ABV 6.5%):

This year’s “First Brewed” is formulated as a hoppy India Pale Ale but fermented with a lager yeast, becoming an India Pale Lager. The grist bill combines floor-malted English Maris Otter and floor-malted Bohemian Pilsner malt in equal portions, and contains an additional dollop of German Munich malt. 65 IBUs of hops in the kettle (Millenium, Summit, GR Magnum, GR Cascade, Tettnanger) followed by a single round of dry-hopping in the conditioning tank with equal portions of all five hops leaves no doubt about the India Pale-nature of this brew. Fermentation with our house Lager yeast imparts a clean, round flavor characteristic of lager beers.

Hatsujozo 2014 India Pale Lager is available exclusively on draught (no bottles). Please join us at one of our Taproom pubs (Numazu Fishmarket, Nakameguro or Bashamichi) for fun and festive countdown parties on Tuesday, December 31. We will be pouring complimentary taster glasses of Hatsujozo India Pale Lager 2014 to all patrons for our New Year toast at midnight. Please note that our Harajuku Taproom will be closed New Year’s Eve.

We are now accepting orders from craft beer retailing pubs and restaurants in Japan for Hatsujozo 2014 India Pale Lager. Please contact the brewery office to reserve a keg and coordinate shipping arrangements.

Kampai to 2014!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/12/019): Holiday Season Special Releases: Jubilation Ale & Bakayaro! Ale

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Holiday Season Special Releases: Jubilation Ale & Bakayaro! Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Life is a fleeting thing. Each of us is here but a very short time. The older we get, the more clearly we comprehend this inexorable reality. And despite the sometimes awful travails and the always regular monotony of life, it remains a mysteriously beautiful thing. The end-of-the-year holiday season provides wonderful occasion for reflection and appreciation of the joy of living.

At Baird Brewing, 0ur appreciation of this joy is manifested in a celebratory holiday season ale we call Jubilation Ale.

Baird Beer Holiday Season Special Releases:
*Jubilation Ale (7%):

This malty rich, festively red-hued ale derives its special character largely from the addition of two wonderful local ingredients: (1) fully ripened Japanese figs (ichijiku) and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a local nikki tree. The full-bodied character combined with the attendant alcohol strength will warm the flesh just as it brings jubilation to the soul.

Jubilation Ale is available for immediate release in both kegs and bottles (360 ml). It begins pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Thursday, December 19).

If joyous celebration this holiday season is simply beyond your capacity, we fully understand. There is a Grinch in all of us and it needs recognition too. For the Grinch inside you, we proudly release Bakayaro! Ale.

*Bakayaro! Ale (8.5%):

This insolent, snotty and mean-spirited brew is pungently hoppy and wickedly strong. High in malt gravity (18.2 Plato), bitter in hoppiness (90 IBU), aggressive in aroma (double dry-hopping with five varieties: Sorachi Acd, Summit, Citra, Chinook, Centennial), Bakayaro! Ale just doesn’t give a rat’s ass. And this year, he is the confused and conflicted love-child of a multiple fermentation orgy between two different yeast strains — one Belgian and one Scottish. And you thought your life was crazy!

We invite you to visit a Baird Taproom this evening, have a pint and let those around know exactly how you feel — joyful or otherwise! Bakayaro! Ale is available for immediate release in both kegs and bottles (360 ml).

I am happy to report that we are making very good progress in the construction of our new brewery in Shuzenji. Our custom-designed German manufactured brewing equipment began arriving on site this past Monday and Hori-san and team are busy positioning it within the brewery even as I write. Please check out our photo gallery on Facebook from time to time for a visual update: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.733443336672214.1073741827.117149904968230&type=3&uploaded=6.

Lead brewer Chris will be updating the photo gallery more extensively later this weekend. If things continue on course, we expect to be brewing in the new facility sometime in April 2014. Our current brewery equipment will be relocated to Shuzenji and reinstalled there by the end of May 2014. The grand opening celebration likely will be held in June 2014.

Holiday Season Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/12/05): The Return of Double Piston Bock

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The Return of Double Piston Bock

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

I love the change of seasons as well as the change within seasons; change that is tangible really on a weekly basis. There is nothing in the beverage world that can mirror, embody, reflect both the dramatic changes of season and the subtle changes within season like Beer. I have said it a million times, but the truth of the statement rings louder and echoes further with each passing utterance: “Beer is the most varied and diverse beverage on earth!” Our poor friends at industrial breweries have completely missed the boat on this beautiful beer diversity thing. It almost seems unfair that us small guys, leading as we do with our unbreakable inner compass of beer passion and professional craftsmanship, should get to have all the fun. I’m not complaining, though. And today I get to share more of this gleeful fun with you.

New-Old Seasonal Baird Beer Release:
*Double Piston Bock (7.5%):

In Germany, its homeland, a Bock is first and foremost a strong lager beer. A regular Bock starts at a gravity not less than 16 Plato, a Dopplebock not less than 18 Plato. There is some controversy surrounding the origin of the name ‘Bock’, but I believe what I read in Michael Jackson’s “New World Guide to Beer” book: “The name most probably originates from that of the town of Einbeck … It seems likely that the identity of brews from this town was in time popularly abbreviated to ‘beck beer.’ Later, that contraction was corrupted into ‘bock’ in the Bavarian accent.” The city of Einbeck emerged in the Middle Ages as what seems to have been the world’s first great center of commercial brewing.

Double Piston Bock is our version of a classic Dopplebock. I brewed the first batches of it back in 2001 on our 30-liter Fishmarket Taproom nano-brewing system. The next time we brewed it wasn’t until 2007. The third time, always the charm, is now.

Double Piston Bock starts at a gravity of 18.5 Plato and finishes at 4.7. We have been lagering it in our cellar for 4-plus months. It is brewed with three German malts (Pilsner, Munich, Caraaroma) and two German hops (Tradition, Perle). Bitterness is calculated at 25 IBUs. The color is dark with amber highlights. It has a very rich start, a full rounded body with a sweet mouth-feel, and the finish is long and silky.

Double Piston Bock begins pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Thursday, December 6). I will be making a beeline to the Fishmarket Taproom this evening to enjoy a glass or two myself. Double Piston Bock also is available for immediate shipment to other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan. This year it is draught-only (no bottles).

If you make it to a Taproom tonight, may I suggest starting off the evening with a hand-pump pulled single-hopped English style Extra Special Bitter. In a follow-up to our single-hopped Fuggle ESB, tonight we are tapping East Kent Golding ESB (5.5%). East Kent Golding, historically, has been the signature hop in English brewing; ESB has been one of England’s signature beer styles. Two storied styles from two renowned beer cultures, only on tap at the Baird Taproom pubs.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/10/28): Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

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Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

We are pleased to release today the 12th anniversary edition of a deliciously down-to-earth autumn seasonal ale — Country Girl Kabocha Ale. The inspiration for Country Girl was my urbane yet wonderfully country-spirited mother, Sally Eshelman Baird. Fall was her favorite season and it is when my memories of her are most poignant.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Country Girl Kabocha Ale 2013 (ABV 6.5%):

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin-like squash the taste of which is elegantly sweet. This year’s kabocha was grown on our new brewery property in Shuzenji. We first cook it in order to gelatinize it, then we add it to our mash where the enzymes from the malt help to further break it down into simple fermentable sugars. Several characterful varieties of malted barley produce a hearty wort that when married to the kabocha yields a flavor partnership of great depth and balance. After fermentation, re-fermentation and conditioning, the result is an earthy, rustic beer that manages to deliver an extraordinarily sophisticated yet subtle complexity of flavor. It is, to many resident beer enthusiasts, the flavor of fall in Japan!

Country Girl is draught only this year. We will return to bottling it next year when we enjoy a larger kabocha harvest.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Shop with Intent by Debbie
BULA KANA in Fiji
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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/10/22): Baird-Shiga Kogen Hop Fest Collaboration Ale

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Baird-Shiga Kogen Hop Fest Collaboration Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Passion and authenticity are hallmark traits of craft brewing. So too is the spirit of friendly cooperation and genuine camaraderie among artisan brewers. This spirit has manifested itself of late in what has become known as ‘collaboration brewing’ — the joint effort between breweries of conceptualizing, formulating and then brewing an original beer together. We were honored to be able to collaborate with our brewer friends at Shiga Kogen recently in just such an endeavor.

We at Baird Brewing love the hop and we steadfastly have been committed to using it only in its most minimally processed whole flower form. Sato-san and his crew at Shiga Kogen have been pioneers in the revival of small-scale hop cultivation in Japan. Before this year’s hop harvest I suggested to Sato-san that we brew a beer together at the Baird Brewery in Numazu, the recipe for which would be designed based on the exclusive use of whole flower hops harvested at the Shiga Kogen hop yard in Nagano prefecture. He said ‘yes.’ Collaboration on!

The Shiga Kogen brewers were up at the crack of dawn on Saturday, August 24. They busied themselves picking hops in the pouring rain to drive to Numazu for immediate use that day in the Baird Brewery kettle and whirlpool tank. Freshly picked non-dried hops are called ‘wet’ hops and they must be used in very short order or they will begin to mold. Well, from Nagano hop yard to Shizuoka brew kettle, only 6-7 hours passed. We dumped roughly 12 kg of Shiga Kogen wet hops into our brew system — several times the normal usage of dried hops. We also added around 2 kg of dried Shiga Kogen hops from the previous harvest. Shinshuwase, a Japanese variety, was the main hop used. Two hops of mysterious origin, one thought to be of American pedigree and one European, also were put into action.

Sato-san and I designed Hop Fest Collaboration Ale with two things in mind — the hop harvest and the autumn season. The autumn season is reflected in Hop Fest’s deep mahogany color as well as its rich malty flavor. So as to leave the spotlight on hop character and malt flavor, we kept the wort gravity moderate at 12.45 Plato and the final alcohol content reasonable at 5.3%. As a fortuitous finish, we were able to harvest a bit of our own first-year hops (mostly from Shinshuwase and Cascade rhizomes gratefully received from Shiga Kogen), planted on our new brewery grounds in Shuzenji, and to add them as a dry-hop addition to the post-fermentation conditioning tank. Hop Fest Collaboration Ale is unfiltered, secondarily fermented in package and naturally carbonated. It is a delicious symbol of what people can achieve when working joyously together.

Hop Fest Collaboration Ale will be debuted at a kick-off party to be held at the Nakameguro Taproom this Thursday, October 24. Brewers from Baird and Shiga Kogen will lead an initial kanpai at 7:00 pm and be available to talk about the collaboration and field any of your questions. Shiga Kogen beer and hops will be the themes at the Nakameguro Taproom from Thursday through Sunday (November 27). In addition to Hop Fest Collaboration Ale, three other Shiga Kogen hop-harvest ales will be on tap: Miyama Blonde Harvest Brew, Harvest Saison, and “Even Prime” White IPA Harvest Brew. Baird will contribute to the hop theme with two small-batch German single-hop brews: Magnum Single-Hop Ale and Perle Single-Hop Ale.

Chef Joon is getting into the act too, featuring three unique dishes made in part with Nagano and Shizuoka ingredients: (1) Wild Boar and Yam Goulash with Malted Whole Wheat Bread (paired with Hop Fest Collaboration Ale), (2) Shio-ika and Kama-age Chirimen Pizza (paired with Miyama Blonde Harvest Brew, and (3) Homemade Deer Sausage with Soba Spaeztle (paired with Harvest Saison). The shio-ika and chirimen for the pizza are from Nagano and Shizuoka, respectively. The deer for the sausage is from our new brewery neighborhood in Izu, and the soba flour is from Nagano.

Please plan to join us at the Nakameguro Taproom this weekend and help us to make the celebration as collaborative (and fun) as was the brewing!

Hop Fest Collaboration Ale will also be served on draught, beginning Friday, October 25 at the following loyal and long-time customers of Baird and Shiga Kogen: Popeye, Good Beer Faucets, Finlaggan, Tir’na’nog, Four Hearts Cafe, Craft Beer Market Toranomon, Beer Yokota, Beer Bar Maru Maru, Bulldog, Grow Stock, Banji Kaicho, Vivo, Kamikaze, Craft Beer Base, Beer House Ken, Gold’n Bub, Okadaya, Towers and Craft Beer Bar. The bottle-conditioned version will be available in limited supply through our Japan network of Sakaya retailers also beginning Friday, October 25.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Shizuoka Beer Tasting: Baird Beer Brewery-Numazu Lager

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Baird Beer owned by Bryan Baird in Numazu City is not only a household name but a truly internationally-recognized brewery in spite of its relatively short history.
Living in Shizuoka Prefecture makes it easy to get their brews as more and more local sake shops are marketing them!

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We are also blessed with beautiful labels which are sale at a bigger size for the pleasure of collectors.
This particular label is an abstract rendition of Numazu City harbor!

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Product name: Baird Beer-Numazu Ale
Unfiltered
Ingredients: (German) malt, barley, sugars, hops, yeast
Volume: 360 ml
Alcohol: 5%
Process: Unfiltered. Double fermentation for natural bubbles. Live yeast

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Clarity: Slightly smoky but very clean aspect
Color: Orange, color deeper than usual lagers
Foam: Fairly long head. Light bubbles
Aroma: Bread, oranges
Taste: Well rounded, deep and rich attack.
Very clean impression.
Complex.
Bread, oranges.
Very refreshing though not a thirst-quenching beer.
Welcome acidity.
Pleasantly lingers for a while on a drier note with more oranges and hints of nuts and persimmon.
persimmon actually tends to take over the oranges on the second sip with more welcome acidity.

Overall: Very refreshing but deep beer.
Usually I conduct my beer tastings in the afternoons when my palate is not influenced by any food or else. This beer has the the gratifying quality of welcoming you with a nourishing feeling!
Accordingly I would advise all true beer lovers to drink it at ease to fully enjoy its rich and utterly rewarding taste.
Good, I should say great, beers should be drunk on their own and Bryan Baird is known all over the world for its sublime brews!

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/08/13): Celebrating Classic German Beer — Kellerhelles and Export Lager

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Celebrating Classic German Beer — Kellerhelles and Export Lager

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

We have said it many times — beer is the most varied and diverse beverage on earth. The proof, of course, is in the drinking. On the heels of last week’s release of two summer-harvest fruit fermented ales, we are pleased this week to release two classic styles of German lager — Kellerhelles and Export Lager.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Releases:
*Baird Kellerhelles (5.5%):

Bavaria is one of the great beer regions of the world. It is long reknowned for its dark lagers (dunkel) and wheat beers (wiessbier). Pale lagers (helles) are a somewhat more recent tradition, the first one having been brewed, it is thought, in Munich by the Spaten brewery in the 1890s. Today, the Helles Lager style is ubiquitous in the beer halls of Bavaria.

Baird Kellerhelles (’keller’ meaning ‘cellar’ and refering to beers that are not clarified or pasteurized) enjoys a wholesome bread-like malt flavor that is leavened perfectly by a delicately floral hop character. It would be hard to find a beverage that better refreshers and refurbishes the drinker on hot summer day.

Baird Export Lager (5.5%):

Bavaria is not the only region of Germany with a storied brewing tradition. The city of Dortmund in Westphalia has a brewing history dating back to the 13th century when it began supplying towns and cities in and about the region with a rich and full-bodied lager beer that become known as ‘Export Lager.’ Beer historian Michael Jackson describes Dortmunder export lager as “less fragrant than a true Pilsner, but still dry; firmer in its maltiness than a Munich lager; slightly stronger than either.”

Baird Export Lager takes its inspiration from this Dortmunder style, combining depth of flavor with a brisk and refreshing character. The high quality of our soft Numazu water I think really stands out in this well-rounded lager.

Kellerhelles and Export Lager are available for immediate release in Japan — both in kegs and bottles. They begin pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Tuesday, August 13).

Cheers!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/08/05): Two Summer Seasonal Releases: Japan Tale Ale & Asian Beauty Biwa Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Two Summer Seasonal Releases: Japan Tale Ale & Asian Beauty Biwa Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

One of the great gifts of the summer season surely is nature’s bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Two local fruits, harvested in early summer, are of particular appeal to us because of their usefulness as adjunct ingredients in beer: ume and biwa. Fresh, whole, non-processed fruit that is added to either wort or beer and then subject to the fermentation process can lend wonderfully bright, yet subtle and nuanced, flavors to the final brew.

We are thrilled to share our enthusiasm for this type of locally harvested, in-season fruit beer brewing with you through the release of two classic Baird Beer summer seasonals: Japan Tale Ale and Asian Beauty Biwa Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Japan Tale Ale 2013 (5.5%):

Brewed with a host of indigenous Japanese ingredients (un-malted wheat, korizato sugar, fresh ume plums and, of course, lovely soft Numazu water) Japan Tale Ale is lightly hopped, pleasantly tart and extremely refreshing. It’s hazy, milky-white color and snow-white foam collar are reminiscent of a Belgian witbier. It drinks, though, like a beer version of a well-made ume sour (a popular drink served in traditional Japanese pubs that is made with distilled shochu and plums and served carbonated on ice).

We are now accepting orders for Japan Tale Ale 2013. Shipments from the Numazu brewery will begin Tuesday, August 6. It will begin pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Monday, August 5). It is available in limited quantity in both kegs and bottles.

*Asian Beauty Biwa Ale 2013 (5.5%):

Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It is an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Ale is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and delicately firm — like a true Asian beauty!

We are now accepting orders for Asian Beauty Ale 2013. Shipments from the Numazu brewery will begin Tuesday, August 6. It will begin pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Wednesday, August 7). It is available in limited quantity in both kegs and bottles.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/07/19): Seasonal Release: Fish-Tap 13 Aroma Hop Ale; FT 13th Birthday Celebration

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Seasonal Release: Fish-Tap 13 Aroma Hop Ale; FT 13th Birthday Celebration

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

It is hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since Sayuri and I opened the doors of the Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on July 20, 2000. We had no Baird Beer on tap (our brewing license was yet to be granted), only Hoegaarden White and Guinness. We were excited and nervous, optimistic and fearful. The implications of pursuing a dream and not succeeding were too dark to fully contemplate. The first customers of the day were, to no one’s surprise, the carpenter, Nagakura-san, and his wife Shoko-chan. Their presence was both calming and reassuring. The first beer poured was Hoegaarden White; the first food delivered was Sayuri’s Parmesan chicken salad. We were officially in the restaurant and beer business!

The path to sustainable success though would prove long and arduous, more so than we ever imagined. While a deep passion for and conviction in the business helped to sustain us through the very lean early years, the real source of our fortitude was the extreme high quality of our small but loyal customer base. Our Taproom customers became our friends and cheerleaders and literally willed the business forward. Thank you for your long-time support and friendship. You are an integral part of the Baird Beer family.

In celebration of the Fishmarket Taproom’s thirteenth birthday we we have brewed a special beer — Fish-Tap 13 Aroma Hop Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Fish-Tap 13 Aroma Hop Ale (6.5%):

This quenching and stealthily strong golden ale is brewed exclusively with low- to medium-level alpha-acid hops that are known not for their bittering potential but rather for their aromatic quality. The six varieties used are US Cascade, NZ Motueka, English East Kent Golding, Slovenian Styrian Golding, German Spalter and Czechoslovakian Saaz. Calculated kettle IBUs from these aroma hop additions come to 40. Double dry-hopping in the post-fermentation conditioning tank, though, is what contributes the glorious bouquet — herbal, floral and just a touch earthy. The earthiness is enhanced by fermentation with our Belgian yeast strain, which leaves the beer bone-dry in the finish.

Fish-Tap 13 Aroma Hop Ale will begin pouring at all of our Taprooms on Saturday, July 20. It is available also for immediate shipment to Baird Beer supporting pubs and restaurants throughout Japan. This birthday beer is draught-only (no bottles — sorry!). Our brewery is small and, as always, quantities are limited. Orders will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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

Please join us this weekend in Numazu for a two-day birthday celebration. The festivities kick off at 11:00 am Saturday in the brewery parking lot with the tapping of the final keg of Morning Coffee Stout 2012. Barbecuing in the parking lot will begin at noon, at which time the Fishmarket Taproom will open its doors. The first brewery tour also will start at noon. Weekend party 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 Aroma Hop Ale
Phenomenal lineup of celebration food and BBQ delights (all priced at 500 yen)
We look forward to seeing you.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/07/12): Seasonal Release: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale

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Seasonal Release: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

That zesty Lemon Wit we recently released really hits the spot on these sultry summer days, doesn’t it? Well, so to does our fruited Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale which we are happy to release today.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2013 (ABV 5.5%):

A summer mikan (natsumikan) is a grapefruit-like citrus fruit that is tart and sweetly sour in flavor and wonderfully aromatic. The only fruit to make it through the doors of the Baird Brewery, of course, is fresh whole fruit recently plucked from the land. The natsumikan fruit we use is home-grown here in Shizuoka prefecture. The bounty of fruit is painstakingly hand-processed by the Baird Brewery team before its introduction into the brewhouse and then again in the cellar. You can taste the freshness and wholesomeness of the natsumikan fruit in each sip of this extraordinarily piquant brew.

The refreshing citrus character of Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is not supplied by fruit alone, however. The natsumikan fruit is complemented beautifully by deft additions of four citrusy-spicy American hop varieties: Summit, Simcoe, Citra and Centennial. Additions of wheat (malted and unmalted) to the grist helps to further accent the natural fruit character. The quenchingly brisk and tart result is summer paradise in a glass!

Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2013 is available in both kegs and bottles (360 ml) for immediate release.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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

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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!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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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
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/06/28): Seasonal Debuts: Kellerpils and Old Brown Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Seasonal Debuts: Kellerpils and Old Brown Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Germany and Belgium share at least two things in common: a border and world-renowned beer cultures. Yet their respective brewing traditions could hardly be more disparate. The Germans are methodical, scientific brewers who eschew any beer ingredient save four: malt, hops, water and yeast. The lagers and ales of Germany tend to be clean, round and highly drinkable. The Belgians also are traditional brewers but with a more open and intuitive approach, incorporating a wide range of ingredients including uncultured yeast and wild micro-flora. The ales of Belgium tend to be funky, complex and often refreshingly sour.

We are pleased today to release two new seasonal beers, one inspired by Germany (Kellerpils) and the other by Belgium (Old Brown Ale).

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Kellerpils (4.5%):

The term ‘Kellerbier’ translates literally to ‘cellar beer.’ It refers to a type of German beer that is not clarified or pasteurized and contains some of the original yeast of fermentation. This methodology, of course, is the one we use for all Baird Beer. Pilsner is the world’s most popular lager beer style, being crisply quenching and bracingly refreshing.

Baird Kellerpils is a simple brew comprised of two German malts (Pilsner and Sour) and four classic continental hops (Magnum, Spalter, Tettnanger, Saazer). The nose contains a pleasant hint of sulfur from the secondary lager yeast fermentation; the flavor is nutty and bready; the finish is dry with a balanced bitterness. This truly is an old school Pils. It is available in kegs only.

*Old Brown Ale (4.5%):

Belgian beer styles run a very large gamut and their definitions tend to be broad. A regular bruin (brown) ale would be darker than amber in color, less sour than a Flemish Brown Ale, and less strong than a classic Abbey/Trappist Dubbel.

Baird Old Brown Ale is brewed to moderate gravity, 12.8 Plato, and enjoys a typically eclectic Belgian grist bill which includes both malted and un-malted wheat as well as malted rye. Hop bittering is moderate at 22 IBUs while hop aroma is little to none. Fermented warm with a Belgian yeast strain, the flavor manages at once to be sweet and a touch tart. The overall character is perhaps best described as sessionably complex. Old Brown Ale is available in both kegs and bottles (360 ml).

Both beers begin pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Friday, June 28) and both are available for immediate release to craft beer retailing establishments throughout Japan.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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