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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/03/09): A Season for Stout

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A Season for Stout

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Stouts are top-fermented ales that are black in color. While the captivating mystery of Stout is tied to its midnight hue, the opaque darkness of the style also tends to camouflage the diversity of flavor inherent in it. This is a shame because all black beers most definitely are not the same. For me personally, exploration of the flavor diversity inherent in the Stout category has been a joyful road of discovery. Today, I would like to share some of that joy in the form of two special seasonal sweet stouts that we are releasing: Mama’s Milk Stout and Chocolate Wheat Stout.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Mama’s Milk Stout (5%):

Milk Stout is a stout of moderate gravity and alcohol that is brewed with a portion of milk sugar (lactose). This lactose is not fermentable by brewer’s yeast and thus remains in the beer after fermentation, contributing to the body and mouthfeel of the beer. Milk Stout was once thought to be a beer good for nursing mothers. The flavor is certainly one that makes the imbiber feel wholesomely nourished.

Mama’s Milk Stout is available on both draught and in bottles (630 ml).

*Chocolate Wheat Stout (5%):

This is another version of a sweet stout (i.e. a low-attenuated stout that is rich and full in body and mouthfeel). Normally, stouts derive their color and roasty character primarily from roast barely and/or black patent malt. This stout is brewed with a single specialty malt from Germany: chocolate wheat. Chocolate malt is less heavily roasted and charred than roast barely or black patent malt, while wheat tends to be lighter, tangier, and rounder in flavor than barley.

Chocolate Wheat Stout is available on draught only.

These unique seasonal stouts begin pouring today from the taps of our Taproom pubs. They will be available at other fine Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan beginning Wednesday, March 28.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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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
HOMEPAGE

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India
Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London
Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

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