Zamamiro! Ale 2010
Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
We originally brewed Zamamiro! Ale back in April, 2008 to commemorate our 1000th batch of Baird Beer. When we started Baird Brewing back in 2000, the prevailing “wisdom” in the ji-biiru sector generally ran against us. Very few industry players embraced the idea of highly characterful beer brewed in limitless diversity on a minuscule scale and then dispensed with as much care and attention to detail (appropriate temperatures and carbonation levels, etc.) as was devoted to brewhouse activity. Fortunately for us, though, Japan was home to a strong cadre of sensitive, open-minded and discerning drinkers who steadfastly supported passionate beer artisans like ourselves. To those who didn’t get it, and perhaps still don’t, we say once again, good naturedly: Zamamiro! (loosely translated as, “Hey, I told you so!”).
We have decided to brew Zamamiro! Ale as an annually released seasonal beer. Today we unveil the 2010 version.
*Zamamiro! Ale 2010 (ABV 8%):
The concept here is a strong, golden ale that enjoys a clean, crisp and easy smoothness while still packing a powerful flavor and alcohol punch. The brewing inspiration is very Belgian — we use only base malts and raw wheat; we jack up the gravity with lots of sudakito sugar; we keep the bittering units at a reasonable level (35); and we accentuate aroma by dry-hopping with spicy, herbal hop varieties (CZ Saaz and US Glacier). The one thing Belgian we don’t do is ferment with a phenolic-character Belgain yeast strain (we use our main house ale strain). The result, we think, is a beer that combines supreme drinkability with quiet audacity.
Zamamiro! Ale 2010 will be available at Baird Beer retailing pubs and liquor shops (draught and 633 ml bottles) throughout Japan beginning Thursday, June 17. Individual consumers may also purchase bottles direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop: http://bairdbeer.com/en/shop/.
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