Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
Today marks the 9th annual release of the first fruited ale ever brewed by Baird Beer: The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale.
The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale 2010 (ABV 6.6%):
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 at different stages of production. The mikans serve to add depth and complexity to an already sumptuous ale; their role is to complement, not dominate.
In addition to mikans, the 2010 Carpenter’s Mikan Ale incorporates a grain bill including Maris Otter pale ale malt, wheat malt, unmalted wheat, carapils malt and Japanese sudakito sugar. The hopping schedule features cirtrusy Centennial, Cascade and NZ Cascade varieties including dry-hop additions. The combination of mikans and citrus hops provide an exquisitely complex yet balanced fruit character. This year, for the first time, we fermented with our American ale yeast which makes the overall character somewhat crisper and more sprite.
The Carpenter’s Mikan Ale is available both on draught and in bottles (633 ml) at fine Baird Beer retailers throughout Japan. It also can be purchased direct from the brewery (beginning Monday, Feb. 11) via our new online E-shop at http://www.bairdbeer.com.
Speaking of fruited ales, I need to mention Second Strike Apple Ale which is being poured exclusively on draught at our Harajuku Taproom. This brisk and refreshing ale is a collaborative project with the local Harajuku company Alias. The concept and the fresh Nagano prefecture apples were provided by Alias’ own Tajima-san. Stop in for a pint while quantities last.
Nakameguro Taproom 2010 Big Beer Winter Week (Feb. 11 – Feb. 19):
Each winter we use our Taproom as a venue for a week-long celebration of strong and fortifying beers. We call this celebration Big Beer Winter Week. During this week, a collection of strong ales and lagers will be served simultaneously and paired with cuisine designed to complement these robust and warming libations. The Nakameguro Taproom will play host to this year’s Big Beer Winter Week which will kick-off at noon on Thursday, February 11 (Japan national holiday). We are partnering with American craft beer importer Nagano Trading on this year’s event and thus will be offering a full range of American big beers in addition to Baird Beer. The Big Beers on tap will include:
(a) American beers from Nagano Trading (Pint 1,100 yen; Half 800 yen):
Oak-aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Great Divide)
Old Ruffian Barley Wine (Great Divide)
Stone 13th Anniversary Ale (Stone)
Old Man Winter Ale (Southern Tier)
Victory at Sea Imperial Coffee Porter (Ballast Point)
Palate Wrecker Double IPA (Greenflash)
Imperial Smoked Brown Ale (Coronado)
(b) Baird Big Beers (Pint 1,000 yen; Half 700 yen):
Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2008
Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2009
Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2010
West Coast Wheat Wine 2008
West Coast Wheat Wine 2009
Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2008
Imperial Belgian Red Ale
Obatarian Strong English Ale
We have a second round of different American Big Beers ready to go as the first round sells out. Additionally, other strong Baird Beers such as Hatsujozo 2010 Belgian Black Ale, Suruga Bay Imperial IPA and Okini Old Ale will be available.
We will be selling Nakameguro Taproom Big Beer Winter Week drink cards in both pint and half-pint versions. These are pre-paid cards with 10 punches in them (5 for American Big Beers and 5 for Baird Big Beers). The cards are valid for the duration of the event (Feb. 11 through Feb. 19). The cost of the cards are: 10,000 yen (pint card) and 7,000 yen (half), respectively. Upon completion of the card, the cardholder will receive a free American style logo pint glass (compliments of Nagano Trading). Also, we will be awarding free American beer T-shirts to the first ten customers ordering beer on opening day (Thursday, Feb. 11). We open at noon that day so have your beer game-day faces ready at an early hour!
Finally, you will want to bring your appetites as well. Ishikawa-san and the kitchen staff are designing a terrific Big Beer-inpsired event food menu designed to complement and enhance this amazing selection of strong ales.
We look forward to seeing you at Nakameguro.
Baird Brewing Company
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