Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
The year-end holiday season is upon us. While 2009 has proved a difficult year economically in Japan and around the world, the blessings of life remain numerous and they deserve recognition and celebration. At Baird Brewing, we eulogize these blessings in liquid form each December with the release of Jubilation Ale.
Jubilation Ale (ABV 7%):
This malty rich, festively red-hued ale derives its special character from the addition of two wonderful local ingredients: (1) fully ripened figs candied in Japanese red sugar and (2) cinnamon twigs culled from a Japanese 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 on draught at our Taproom pubs and other specialty beer retailing bars and restaurants in Japan beginning Thursday, December 17. The bottle-conditioned version (633 ml) also is available for purchase from Baird Beer retailing liquor shops in Japan beginning the same day.
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 of you, we proudly release Bakayaro! Ale.
Bakayaro! Ale (ABV 8%):
This insolent, snotty and mean-spirited brew is pungently hoppy and wickedly strong. High in malt gravity (1.080), bitter in hoppiness (90 IBU), aggressive in aroma (double dry-hopping with Centennial), Bakayaro! Ale just doesn’t give a rat’s ass. We invite you to come in, have a pint and let those around know exactly how you feel.
Bakayaro! Ale is draught only. It will be pouring from the taps of pubs and restaurants everywhere beginning Friday, December 18. Lead Brewer Chris Poel, Bakayaro! Ale’s father, will be kicking off the mean season in person at the Harajuku Taproom on Friday evening. Please show up and tell him to piss off!
Finally, I would like to publicly announce that the long tenure at Baird Brewing of our current Nakameguro Taproom manager, Yokota-chan, is coming to an end this month. Yoko-chan is the first individual that Sayuri and I hired to join us in full-time work at our company. He started at the Fishmarket Taproom back in 2004 and in his almost six years with us has brought great dedication, honesty and professionalism to the task. He will be sorely missed. He is moving on to start his own restaurant business and Shizuoka and we wish him the very best.
Sayuri and I will be at the Nakameguro Taproom this Friday evening participating in a send-off party for our departing manager. Please plan on stopping in and saluting Yoko-chan for his many year’s of dedicated service.
Baird Brewing Company
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