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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/08/24)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Two New Seasonal Releases

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As you know, fruited ales are close and dear to our brewing hearts despite the fact the fruit beers tend generally to be vapidly cloying and concocted with gimmickry foremost in mind. There is no gimmickry in the crafting of Baird fruited ales; we use only fresh, locally harvested fruit; we painstakingly process the fruit by hand; we subject the fruit to the fermentation process; and we weave the fruit into the matrix of the recipe so that it complements, rather than dominates, the beers other underlying flavors.

Today we are excited to release two fruited summer ales, one an annual mainstay (Asian Beauty Biwa Ale) and one a new creation (Biere du Biwa). These ales should be available at your favorite Baird Beer retailer beginning Wednesday, August 25.

Asian Beauty Biwa Ale 2010 (ABV 5.6%):
Biwa is “the small, yellow, edible, plum-like fruit of the loquat tree.” We had no idea what it was until our partner-friend-carpenter-farmer, Nagakura-san, brought some in several years ago for us to taste and then brew with. It is an extremely subtle fruit that harmonizes sweetness with tartness. Asian Beauty Biwa Ale is coyly fruity, spritely effervescent and yet delicately firm — like a true Asian Beauty!

Asian Beauty Biwa Ale 2010 is available both on draught and in bottles (633 ml) at Baird Beer retailers throughout Japan. Individual consumers also can purchase bottles direct from our brewery via our online E-Shop.

Biere du Biwa (ABV 5.7%):
Biere du Biwa is brewed with the same recipe and processing parameters as Asian Beauty with one major exception: We ferment it with a Belgian ale yeast rather than our house ale yeast. The resulting flavor difference from this single variable change is profound. If you ever wanted to isolate and discover the character that a Belgian yeast strain imparts to a beer, this is the chance.

Biere du Biwa feels tarter and drier on the palate than Asian Beauty. The phenolic character imparted by the yeast is strong and almost defining. After imbibing a glass, the overall impression is one of supreme refreshment.

Biere du Biwa is available on draught only at fine Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants throughout Japan.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/07/28)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Latest Seasonal Releases; Harajuku Taproom 1-Year Anniversary Party

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Our summer beat-the-heat beer parade continues with the release of two new seasonal brews: 10-Year Sour Fruit Ale and Export Lager.

New Seasonal Releases:
10-Year Sour Fruit Ale (ABV 5%): Continuing with our series of 10-year anniversary commemorative ales, we are releasing today an extraordinarily unique summer session beer. Mild in gravity and alcohol content, this snappy summer ale is infused with only one 15-IBU flavor addition of NZ Cascade hops. Its key attribute, a tartly sour fruitiness, stems from generous additions of fresh amanatsu citrus fruit (peels and juice) picked in the orchard of our Carpenter.
Export Lager (ABV 5.5%): Brewed in the tradition of Dortmund-style export lagers, Baird Export Lager combines depth of flavor with a brisk and refreshing character. Less fragrant in hop character but brawnier in malt body than a pilsner, Baird Export Lager is a supreme thirst quencher. Drink it side by side our Cool Breeze Pils and your tastebuds will experience a demonstration in subtle flavor differentiation that simply can’t be conveyed in words. Our soft Numazu water really stands out in this lager.
Both of these seasonal brews will be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) beginning Thursday, July 29. They can be enjoyed at one of our Taproom pubs or at one of the many fine establishments retailing Baird Beer in Japan. They also are available for purchase direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop.

Upcoming Events:
*Harajuku Taproom 1-Year Anniversary Party (Sat-Sun, August 7-8):

We opened the doors of our third Taproom pub, the Harajuku Taproom, last August in our first attempt to marry the culture of craft beer with traditional Japanese pub cuisine. Thanks to your enthusiastic support, the Harajuku Taproom enjoyed a very successful maiden year. The Harajuku Taproom will be throwing itself a birthday party on the weekend of August 7-8 (doors opening at noon each day). Highlights of the celebration include:

Numazu-priced Baird Beer (700 yen pints and 500 yen half-pints)
Debut of HT Anniversary Lager (Dekopon Bock)
A smorgasboard of tasty beer fare all for 500 yen or less (one-coin cuisine)
The Anniversary Lager, Dekopon Bock, is a traditional German-style Bock brewed with the unusual addition of fresh dekopon citrus fruit (peels and juice). It has been conditioning in kegs for several months and was absolutely delightful at packaging. Dekopon Bock will be available exclusively on draught only at the Harajuku Taproom.

Kindly mark your calendar and plan to help manager Naruoka-san and his terrific team celebrate their 1-year birthday in fantastic style.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/07/13)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Summer Seasonal Releases: Cool Breeze Pils & Tap 10 Anniversary Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The 10-year anniversary celebration of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom is just around the corner and we are gearing up for up with the release of a fantastic summer libation: Cool Breeze Pils 2010.

New Seasonal Beer Releases:
*Cool Breeze Pils 2010 (ABV 5.5%):

Brewed annually, Cool Breeze Pils is Bohemian in style, cleanly malty in body, coquettishly floral in aroma, and crisply dry in its snappy bitter finish. Cool Breeze Pils registers on the imbiber like a fresh ocean breeze does on the perspiring body of a mid-afternoon sunbather. Cool Breeze Pils is dry-hopped, unfiltered, and re-fermented and naturally carbonated in package where it has undergone an extended maturation. The result, we believe, pays handsome tribute to the glorious history of this storied lager beer style.

Cool Breeze Pils 2010 will be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) at Baird Beer retailing pubs, restaurants and liquor shops throughout Japan beginning Wednesday, July 14. Also, we have lagered a small number of bottles from both the 2008 and 2009 batches for the purpose of vertical taste comparison. These will be available for purchase on our website E-Shop.

*Tap 10 Anniversary Ale (ABV 7.5%):

We will be kicking off our Fishmarket Taproom 10-year anniversary festivities in Numazu this Saturday with the tapping of a special commemorative ale: Tap 10 Anniversary Ale. This is a sort of strong golden ale that carries a lovely hue of hazy orange produced by additions of both Japanese red sugar (akato) and the juice and peels of freshly picked local daidai citrus fruit. The beer’s strength is masked ominously, and beautifully, by a light body and snappy citrus character. This is about as potent as refreshment gets!

Tap 10 Anniversary Ale will also be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) at non-Taproom retailers of Baird Beer beginning Saturday, July 17. Consumers can purchase direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop.

Please plan to join us in Numazu for the weekend anniversary festivities. The celebration details are re-printed below:

Numazu Fishmarket Taproom 10-Year Anniversary Extravaganza (July 17 – 19, Sat-Mon):
Sayuri and I opened the doors of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on Saturday, July 20, 2000. This July, then, is our 10-year birthday and we intend to celebrate in vigorous style. Please plan to join us for the three-day holiday weekend of July 17-19 (Saturday – Monday). This 3-day anniversary celebration will feature the following (with the Fishmarket Taproom opening each of these days at noon sharp):

Debut Release of a special commemorative Baird Beer: Tap 10.
Delicious 1,500 yen all-you-can-eat Taproom buffet (Sat & Sun: noon – 9:00 pm; Mon: noon – 7:00 pm)
500 yen Baird Beer bura bura cups for all beer styles sold at each venue
Brewery BBQ & Open House (1:00 – 6:00 pm Sat & Sun at the brewery — 500 meters from the Taproom)
Taproom sidewalk BBQ (3:00 – 8:00 pm Sat & Sun; 1:00 – 5:00 pm Mon)
Guided Brewery tours on Monday (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Live Taproom music (Sat 8:00 – 10:00 pm; Mon 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Open Mic Night performances (Sun 8:00 – 10:00 pm)
As you can see, we will have beer and food available at three separate locations most of the time and thus there will always be a place to escape with your bura bura cup should the Taproom become a bit crowded. Numazu is at its best in the summer months. The surrounding beaches are lovely; fishing, hiking and other activities are aplenty; and fresh fish market sushi beckons. Most compelling of all, though, will be the extraordinary gathering of an eclectic mix of wonderful beer enthusiasts who have made the 10-year journey of the Fishmarket Taproom and Baird Beer possible.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
sake, shochu and sushi

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/07/06)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Debut – Baird 10-Year Summer Ale; Fishmarket Taproom 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The season of sweltering heat and prodigious perspiration has once again arrived. The best way we know to beat the heat is with a refreshing pint in a cool pub. We are busy providing both. The newest in our parade of quenching brews is Baird 10-Year Summer Ale.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Releases:
*Baird 10-Year Summer Ale (ABV 4.8%):

10 years in craft brewing is reason for celebration. Most commemorative or celebratory beers tend to be big, strong and heavy in character. This is not a requirement, however. What is important is character that is special and worthy of celebration. We deliver just that to you in this brisk and fragrant commemorative 10-year summer ale.

The starting gravity of Baird 10-Year Summer Ale is on the low side (11.7 P), its bittering units are moderate (25 IBU) and its alcohol strength mild (4.8%). The ale bursts forth from the pint glass, though, with a provocatively refreshing character. The gorgeously fragrant aroma is courtesy of dry-hopping with a combination of Styrian Golding and Santiam hops. A simple base-malt grist bill of Maris Otter, floor-malted pils and wheat (raw and malted) supply a bright and subtly tart flavor stage for the hop performance. No need to limit yourself to just one of this terrifically quenching session ale.

Baird 10-Year Summer Ale is available both on draught an in bottles (633 ml). We will be serving it in traditional Real Ale form from the hand pumps at our various Taproom pubs while supplies last.

Numazu Fishmarket Taproom 10-Year Anniversary Extravaganza (July 17 – 19, Sat-Mon):
Sayuri and I opened the doors of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on Saturday, July 20, 2000. This July, then, is our 10-year birthday and we intend to celebrate in vigorous style. Please plan to join us for the three-day holiday weekend of July 17-19 (Saturday – Monday). This 3-day anniversary celebration will feature the following (with the Fishmarket Taproom opening each of these days at noon sharp):

Debut Release of a special commemorative Baird Beer: Tap 10.
Delicious 1,500 yen all-you-can-eat Taproom buffet (Sat & Sun: noon – 9:00 pm; Mon: noon – 7:00 pm)
500 yen Baird Beer bura bura cups for all beer styles sold at each venue
Brewery BBQ & Open House (1:00 – 6:00 pm Sat & Sun at the brewery — 500 meters from the Taproom)
Taproom sidewalk BBQ (3:00 – 8:00 pm Sat & Sun; 1:00 – 5:00 pm Mon)
Guided Brewery tours on Monday (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Live Taproom music (Sat 8:00 – 10:00 pm; Mon 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Open Mic Night performances (Sun 8:00 – 10:00 pm)
As you can see, we will have beer and food available at three separate locations most of the time and thus there will always be a place to escape with your bura bura cup should the Taproom become a bit crowded. Numazu is at its best in the summer months. The surrounding beaches are lovely; fishing, hiking and other activities are aplenty; and fresh fish market sushi beckons. Most compelling of all, though, will be the extraordinary gathering of an eclectic mix of wonderful beer enthusiasts who have made the 10-year journey of the Fishmarket Taproom and Baird Beer possible.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
sake, shochu and sushi

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/06/24)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2010 Debut

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The onset of sultry summer weather is a call for refreshment. Baird Beer is responding with the release of Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2010.

*Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2010 (ABV 5.5%):

A summer mikan (natsumikan) is a grapefruit-like citrus fruit that is tart and sweetly sour in flavor and wonderfully aromatic. The only fruit to make it through the doors of the Baird Brewery, of course, is fresh whole fruit recently plucked from the land. Our summer mikans are Shizuoka-grown, right in the Heda orchard of our carpenter-partner-friend, Mitsuo Nagakura. The bounty of fruit is painstakingly hand-processed by the Baird Brewery team before its introduction into the brewhouse. The 2010 natsumikan harvest was particularly good and you can taste all of its glory in each sip of this extraordinarily zesty brew.

The refreshing citrus character of Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is not supplied by fruit alone. The natsumikans are complemented beautifully by deft additions of three citrusy American hop varieties: Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo. The quenchingly brisk and tart result is summer paradise in a glass!

Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale 2010 will be available on draught and in bottles (633 ml) beginning Friday, June 25. Individual consumers can purchase bottles direct from the brewery via our online E-Shop: http://bairdbeer.com/en/shop/.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
sake, shochu and sushi

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/06/16)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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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/.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
sake, shochu and sushi

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2010/06/11)

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Rainy Season Black Ale; World Cup Soccer; Fish Tap 10-Year Extravaganza

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

The 2010 rainy season is right upon us. Given the amount of rainy weather we experienced this spring, though — particularly in the early stages, I am not anticipating an overly downcast season. I am a brewer and not a weather forecaster, of course, and the rainy season means just one thing to me as a professional — the annual brewing and release of a very hoppy dark ale: Rainy Season Black Ale.

New Seasonal Baird Beer Releases:
*Rainy Season Black Ale 2010 (ABV 6.1%):

A torrential down-pouring of hops define this otherwise roasty, toasty, espresso-like powerful black ale. 55 BUs of clean American (Warrior, Magnum, Horizon, Glacier, Santiam) lupulin as well as dry-hopped character from the spicy-peppery combination of Glacier and Santiam coat the tongue with a resinous stickiness that is pungently pleasurable. This is the Baird Beer antidote to the rainy season funk.

Rainy Season Black Ale 2010 will be available in both draught and bottle (633 ml) form throughout Japan at pubs, restaurants and liquor shops that constitute our wonderful and growing network of Baird Beer retailers. Check out the expanding list of Baird Beer retailers on the retailer’s page of our website: http://bairdbeer.com/en/bairdbeer/retailers. Of course, Each of our own Taproom pubs will be pouring Rainy Season Black Ale also, and individual consumers can order online direct from the brewery via our website E-Shop: http://bairdbeer.com/en/shop/.

*Setting Sun ESB (ABV 5.2%):

In case of much sun and fair skies this rainy season, we have prepared a beery complement to that also in the form of and English-style Extra Special Bitter (ESB). We concoct this quintessentially English style ale, however, with our own irreverent twists: addition of German base malt (Munich), hopping with a combination of American (Cascade) and New Zealand (Hallertau Aroma) varieties, and fermentation with an American ale yeast. If you want to ponder a beautiful early summer sunset with contemplative bliss, this ale will get you there.

Setting Sun ESB will be pouring exclusively in Real Ale form from the hand pumps of our three Taproom pubs. Please stop in for a pint while quantities last.

World Cup Soccer Kicks Off at the Taproom Pubs:
The soccer World Cup is about to kick off and we will be showing games live and with sound at each of our Taproom pubs. Just as beer is best imbibed in a socially convivial setting, so too is soccer best viewed. Our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom will be staying open late to show 11:00 pm kick-off matches in their entirety. Please feel free to contact any one of our Taproom pubs regarding the World Cup viewing schedule or to make special group reservations and/or requests.

-Numazu Fishmarket Taproom: fishmarket-tap@bairdbeer.com

-Nakameguro Taproom: nakameguro-tap@bairdbeer.com

-Harajuku Taproom: harajuku-tap@bairdbeer.com

Numazu Fishmarket Taproom 10-Year Anniversary Extravaganza:
Sayuri and I opened the doors of our Numazu Fishmarket Taproom on Saturday, July 20, 2000. This July, then, is our 10-year birthday and we intend to celebrate in vigorous style. Please mark your calendar for the three-day holiday weekend of July 17-19 (Saturday – Monday). This 3-day anniversary celebration will feature the following (with the Fishmarket Taproom opening each of these days at noon sharp):

Debut Release of a special commemorative Baird Beer: Tap 10.
Delicious 1,500 yen all-you-can-eat Taproom buffet (Sat & Sun: noon – 9:00 pm; Mon: noon – 7:00 pm)
500 yen Baird Beer bura bura cups for all beer styles sold at each venue
Brewery BBQ & Open House (1:00 – 6:00 pm Sat & Sun at the brewery — 500 meters from the Taproom)
Taproom sidewalk BBQ (3:00 – 8:00 pm Sat & Sun; 1:00 – 5:00 pm Mon)
Guided Brewery tours on Monday (1:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Live Taproom music (Sat 9:00 – 11:00 pm; Mon 7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Open Mic Night performances (Sun 8:00 – 10:00 pm)
Numazu is at its best in the summer months. The surrounding beaches are lovely; fishing, hiking and other activities are aplenty; and fresh fish market sushi beckons. Most compelling of all, though, will be the extraordinary gathering of an eclectic mix of wonderful beer enthusiasts who have made the 10-year journey of the Fishmarket Taproom and Baird Beer possible. The Baird Beer won’t be bad either!

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE


The Japan Blog List

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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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Please check the new postings at:
sake, shochu and sushi

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日本語のブログ
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