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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/03/09): Seasonal Release: Second Strike Apple Ale; Upcoming Taproom Event: Lucky 7 Stout Week

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Seasonal Release: Second Strike Apple Ale; Upcoming Taproom Event: Lucky 7 Stout Week

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

March is the month of dynamic transition from winter to spring. As brewers, we try to embody this change with equal dynamism in the lineup of beers which we release. Today we are tapping a seasonal beer whose beauty is fully intertwined with the bounty of nature: Second Strike Apple Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:

*Second Strike Apple Ale (ABV 5.5%): The concept, and the succulent Nagano prefecture apples, for this brisk and refreshing fruited ale, brewed for a third consecutive year, were provided by our friends at the Harajuku-based company Alias. This year we have lowered the wort strength considerably (from 13.6 to 11.9 plato) and lightened the hopping (25 to 15 IBUs) in order to accentuate more fully the wonderful flavor of the Nagano apples we use. We mashed long and low to achieve a very high fermentation attenuation (88.2%) and thus a dry, cider-like character. We fermented this year with our house Scottish ale yeast. The result is our best Second Strike Apple Ale to date.

Second Strike Apple Ale is on tap at each of our Taproom pubs and is available for immediate shipment (kegs and bottles) to Japan-based Baird Beer retailers.

Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Lucky 7 Stout Week @ Nakameguro Taproom (March 17 – March 23):

Each of the past several years we have used the Irish national holiday, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), as an excuse to celebrate the quintessential Irish ale style — Stout. Stout, of course, is a wonderful pitch-black ale that enjoys many stylistic manifestations. We serve up seven different interpretations of Stout during our week-long celebration which we call Lucky 7 Stout Week. This year we will be holding Lucky 7 Stout Week at our Nakameguro Taproom, kicking off at noon on Saturday, March 17 and running through Friday, March 23.

The Stout list this year is as follows:

Mama’s Milk Stout
Chocolate Wheat Stout
Smoke & Fire Stout (brewed with smoked base malt and Habanero peppers)
Midnight Oil Export Stout
Morning Coffee Stout
Belgian Chocolate Stout
Dark Sky Imperial Stout
Our wonderful year-round Dry Irish Stout, Shimaguni Stout, will round out the Baird Stout lineup. Additionally, we plan to serve a few specialty guest Stouts from other world craft beer brewers. We also will make St. Patrick’s Day the occasion to tap our yearly ‘real ale’ tribute to Irish beer culture: Luck of the Irish Red Ale.

We will be selling special Lucky 7 Stout drink cards throughout the week and purchasing customers who complete the card during the week will be eligible for a raffle of special Baird Beer prizes. The NT kitchen will be serving seven Irish specialty dishes all week to match the stouts. Please follow the Nakameguro Taproom blog for more Lucky 7 Stout Week details as event kickoff approaches.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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