Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
Today we are releasing for sale throughout Japan one of our annually crafted seasonal stouts: Midnight Oil Export Stout.
Midnight Oil Foreign Export Stout 2009 (ABV 6.3%):
Export stouts generally are rich and roasty in flavor, moderately high in alcoholic strength, and sporting some noticeable hop character (normally registering in terms of bitterness and flavor). Baird Midnight Oil Export Stout enjoys a complexly layered roasted malt character (in addition to roasted barely we add three roasted malts to the grist — chocolate, chocolate wheat and black) and a firm, straightforward hop flavor (bittering and flavor additions of Nugget and Fuggle, respectively). The color is midnight oil black, the mouthfeel is oily and unctuous. This stout will pick up your spirits amidst this dreary end to winter in Japan. In addition to the draught version, bottles (633 ml) also are available for purchase.
We also are pleased to release, today, two small-batch ales made for dispense as ‘real ale’ via the handpumps at our two Taproom pubs: Luck of the Irish Red Ale & Mama’s Milk Stout.
Luck of the Irish Red Ale (ABV 5.0%):
This is a toasty, biscuity red ale laced with subtly sweet notes of caramel. It is brewed in the Irish tradition: i.e. it is malty, moderate in alcohol, and quietly nuanced in hop character. The softness and roundness of this ale is enhanced by the low-carbonation, cellar-temperature dispense via handpumps.
Mama’s Milk Stout (ABV 4.4%):
Milk stouts get their name from additions of lactose either during kettle boil or at packaging or both. They fall under the general category of ‘sweet stouts,’ which tend to be characterized by dextrin-rich wort that is fermented to low attenuation and thus is moderate in alcoholic strength, rich in flavor and robust in mouthfeel. Mama’s Milk Stout is all of these things.
Both of these ‘real ales’ are available on handpump only at the Fishmarket and Nakameguro Taprooms.
Finally, please mark your calendar for our upcoming annual Lucky Seven Stout Week (Monday, March 16 – Sunday March, 22). This year the event will be held simultaneously at both the Fishmarket and Nakameguro Taprooms. The event coincides every year with St. Patrick’s Day (an Irish holiday celebrated on March 17), and gives us an excuse to celebrate a beer style category long associated with Ireland: Stout. In addition to our year-round Shimaguni Stout (which, stylistically, resembles an Irish dry stout), we will be dispensing seven special seasonal stouts:
(1) Midnight Oil Export Stout
(2) Mama’s Milk Stout
(3) Chocolate Malt Stout
(4) Great American Stout
(5) Morning Coffee Stout
(6) Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2009
(7) Barrel-Aged Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2008
Special food, stout cards and an end-of-the week raffle will all be part of the package. More details will be forthcoming shortly.
Baird Brewing Company