Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/01/10): Latest Seasonal Release; Upcoming Taproom Events


Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin

Latest Seasonal Release; Upcoming Taproom Events

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Happy New Year! 2012 promises to be an interesting one in Japan in the arena of craft beer. Over the past 18-24 months the door to the Japan craft beer market has been kicked open wider than ever before: the core enthusiast community has expanded, the periphery is becoming curious, and the pub/restaurant world has begun to broaden its drink menus to include a greater choice of characterful craft beer.

We would like to contribute additional momentum to this movement with today’s release of a fantastic seasonal India Pale Ale: Brewmaster’s Nightmare Rye IPA.

New Seasonal Beer Releases:
*Brewmaster’s Nightmare Rye IPA (ABV 6.5%):

We love the flavor of rye malt in beer. It lends a spicy, dry character that we find especially pleasing when combined with large doses of piquantly bitter and pungently aromatic hops. The problem with using significant portions of rye malt in the mash is that it tends to make the wort more viscous and gummy, thus rendering lautering (separation of liquid wort from particle grain material) slow and difficult. This year, with more ambition than prudence, we loaded up the mash tun with a grist containing 50% malted rye! A lauter that normally lasts 90 minutes ran 5 hours, with much stress, strain and underletting — just ask Chris! Was it worth it? Oh man!

Part of the 5-hour lauter nightmare was spent readying a massive quantity of five wonderful hop varieties (Columbus, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, NZ Cascade, Motueka) for multiple dosings in the kettle boil. Why not add more to the whirlpool also? And how about a post-primary fermentation double dosing of dry hops in the conditioning tank? Yes and yes!

Brewmaster’s Nightmare Rye IPA is draught-only. It begins pouring at our Taproom pubs today (Tuesday, January 10). It also will be served at other draught dispensing Baird Beer retailers throughout Japan. Come in and get a few pints while the gettin’ is good!

Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Bashamichi Taproom 1-Year Anniversary Celebration (Sat-Sun, January 14-15, noon-close):

We opened the doors of our Yokohama Bashamichi Taproom on Saturday, January 15, 2011. Fueled by the BBQ dreams and passions of our pitmaster/manager, Chuck Morrow, the Bashamichi Taproom enjoyed a smokin’ first year. To celebrate the one-year birthday, and to show our thanks to the loyal customers that have supported it, the Bashamichi Taproom will be hosting a 2-day weekend BBQ and Baird Beer blowout bash. Highlights include:

-500 yen BBQ plate specials: chicken plate w/ cole slaw, pork plate w/ cole slaw, brisket plate w/ cole slaw, BBQ sandwich

-500 yen Baird Beer: The entire lineup of Baird Beer will be poured in our 400 ml plastic bura-bura cups for 500 yen a pop. This includes our special BT anniversary ale: Black Smoke Stout.

-Live Texas Blues on Sunday afternoon: The Sparky Trio will be rockin’ the house with great Texas blues. They will perform four separate sets beginning at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 pm.

To facilitate smooth service, food and beverage will be cash-on only, no tabs or credit cards. Additional food and beer stations will be set up on the second floor for your convenience. Please join us for what promises to be a special celebration.

*Big Beer Winter Weekend @ Nakameguro Taproom (Fri-Sunday, January 20-22):

This year’s annual Big Beer Winter Weekend at the Nakameguro Taproom will be held Friday-Sunday, January 20-22. We will be pouring an amazing lineup of strong winter-warmer beers and serving them in conjunction with a special Otsumami menu. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for specific details which will be released very shortly.


Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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