Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

2010 Release: Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale!

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The wait is over. Today we are releasing from our cellars the 2010 version of Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale! You should be able to find pints on draught at your favorite Baird Beer drinking establishment beginning Saturday, November 6. Bottles (633 ml) too are available through our network of Baird Beer retailing liquor stores in Japan as well as direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop:

New Seasonal Beer Releases:
*Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale 2010 (ABV 7.2%):

Scotland, an historically important center of beer brewing, has a cool climate that favors cultivation of the hardy barley plant. Scottish Ales, thus, tend to feature the rich and robust flavor of malted barley. Baird Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale is, in a word, opulent! The color is a deep mahogany brown and the head is dense, creamy and tan. The aroma is one of soft fruit esters and warm fusel alcohols. The body is chewy and the flavor exhibits notes of molasses, caramel apples, rum cake and pit fruit. One hearty pint is enough to take the bite out of the late autumn chill. Two pints will leave you toasty, and blissfully, warm. Three pints and…. YABAI!

If one version of Strong Scotch Ale is not enough for you, stop into one of our Taproom pubs for a second, handpump-dispensed version called: Fat Old Hound Scotch Ale (ABV 7%). This small-batch brew is available in very limited quantities exclusively at our Taproom pubs.

Upcoming Events at our Nakameguro Taproom:
*”Falling for Brew!” Beer School seminar and tasting which focuses on fall-season beers and autumn food accompaniments. The featured beer pairings are as follows:

Baird Fest Lager & Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager
Baird Counry Girl Kabocha Ale & Southern Tier Pumking Ale
Baird Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale & Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale
Baird Bakayaro! Ale and Stone Arrogant Bastard
Our chef, Ishikawa-san, has been busy over the past several weeks crafting a fall food menu to accompany this spectacular lineup of autumn ales & lagers. I won’t spoil the food surprise here, but I can promise that participants are in for a real treat. For those participants not fully satiated, and for all those unable to attend because of a time conflict, we will be following the Beer School event with a sneak-preview tasting of genuine American barbecue from the smoking pit of our soon-to-be Bashamichi Taproom Pit Master, Chuck Morrow.

The Japanese language seminar and tasting will take place on Saturday, November 13 (3:00 pm start). The English language version will be the following day, Sunday, November 14 (3:00 pm start). Tickets cost 3,200 yen and seating is limited. Please contact the Nakameguro Taproom directly about attending (; 03-5768-3025). Space is still available but it is filling up fast!

*Homebrew & BBQ Celebration: The Pale Ale Category of this year’s Japan Wan Cup homebrew competition was sponsored by Baird Beer. As part of this sponsorship arrangement, we agree to brew the gold-medal winning recipe at our brewery together with the champion homebrewer. This year, two champion Pale Ales were selected. We have brewed one of these already: Mr. Hitoshi Tanka’s GIN’s #76 Pale Ale. Tanaka-san will be making the debut tapping of this gorgeous American-style Pale Ale at the Nakameguro Taproom at noon, Sunday, November 28. Brewing staff from Baird Beer also will be in attendance to talk and drink beer with homebrewers and non-brewing enthusiasts alike. Bashamichi Taproom Pit Master, Chuck Morrow, will be smoking up low and slow a terrific arrangement of genuine American BBQ for the event. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

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