Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin 2009 #16
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Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Today we celebrate the 2009 release of a Baird Beer summer seasonal classic: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale.

A summer mikan (“natsumikan”) is a grapefruit-like citrus fruit that is tart and sweetly sour in flavor and gloriously 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. Our summer mikans are Shizuoka-grown, right in the Heda orchard of our carpenter-partner-friend, Mitsuo Nagakura. The bounty of fruit is painstakingly hand-processed by the Baird Brewery team before its introduction both on the hot-side (during wort production) and the cold-side (right into the conditioning tank along with a dosage of dry hops).

Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2009 incorporates a wheat accented grist bill that compliments our workhouse malt — Crisp floor-malted Maris Otter. The hopping is all-citrus and all-American (Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo). The alcohol is moderately strong, around 5.5% ABV. The quenching result is summer paradise in a glass.

Draught Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is now available at the Fishmarket Taproom, the Nakameguro Taproom and fine Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants throughout Japan. Bottles (633 ml) too are available for purchase through Baird Beer retailing liquor shops and direct from the brewery.

Reminder:

Fishmarket Taproom 9-Year Anniversary Celebration (July 18 – 20):

We will be celebrating the 9-year birthday of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on the three-day holiday weekend of Saturday, July 18 through Monday, July 20. Highlights of the weekend festivities include:

*Baird Fruit & Beer Festival
*1,500 yen all-you-can-eat beer-inspired buffet (our new chef, Michiru, has hit the ground running and this promises to be an extraordinary treat)
*Baird brewery tours twice a day (2:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
*Outdoor yaki-tori grilling below the Taproom (everyday, 3:00 – 7:00 pm)
*Saturday evening live music
*Sunday evening magic show

Please mark your calendar and plan a festive summer trip to idyllic Numazu for what promises to be a great beer bonanza! More detailed beer and event information will be forthcoming very shortly.

Cheers,
Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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