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American Gastronomy: Hot Dog at Aoi Beer Stand in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Easy-going and friendly
Facilities: Very clean overall. Beautiful washroom inside Den Bulding.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Craft beers only!

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Yesterday, after a long and hot work day I decided to start the night with a couple of craft beers at Aoi Beer Stand in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.

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But all that had made me hungry. too!

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I took the opportunity to have a go at the hit dog announced on the menu blackboard!

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The hot dog!
Actually I could have called Heisse Hund as the onions had been replaced with sauerkraut heated with sausage!
A great combination as the fried sauerkraut will have lost just enough of its water!

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Now the large (for a hot dog!) sausage is a real beauty!
Naoki Mando order them at a local delicatessen. Not only they are big, but they have a great crunchy bite (not the cheap soft canned kind!) and a very deep and complex taste!
Th bread on the hand is exactly like the traditional hot dogs found in the US!

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With the right amount of ketchup and soft mustard, a full satisfying and yummy meal!

AOI BEER STAND
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
Tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/09/20): Fall Seasonal Release — Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Fall Seasonal Release — Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

As is most often the case, summer in Japan gets blown out and autumn ushered in by the winds of a tempestuous typhoon. We are welcoming fall with today’s release of a beer that has become synonymous with the fall season: Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale (ABV 7.5%):

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 glass is enough to take the bite out of the evening autumn chill. Two glasses will leave you toasty and blissfully warm. Three glasses and …. YABAI!

Yabai-Yabai begins pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (September 20) and is available in both kegs and bottles for immediate release to Baird Beer retailers throughout Japan.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/09/12): Baird Beer Seasonal Release: Kellerbock

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Baird Beer Seasonal Release: Kellerbock

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

There is enough diversity inherent in the flavor of beer for a brewer to be able, theoretically, to brew and release a different and distinctive beer every day of the year. Beer truly is the gift that never stops giving. Today’s beer gift is Baird Kellerbock.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Baird Kellerbock (6.5%):

Bock is a strong, malt-centric lager of German origin. Bock beers have historically been associated with special occasions — religious festivals and whatnot. They also enjoy a long history of being brewed and consumed by Bavarian monks as a source of nutrition during times of fasting.

Baird Kellerbock is an unfiltered and secondarily fermented version of this old German style. It is chestnut-brown in color, richly luxuriant in texture, and hugely malty in flavor. It is a beautiful beer to imbibe in this season of dropping temperatures and shortening days.

Baird Kellerbock is available for immediate release in kegs only (no bottles). It begins pouring from the taps of our Taproom pubs tonight (Thursday, September 12).

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Beer: Naoki Mando and Aoi Beer Brewery in Shizuoka City!

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Naoki Mando/満藤直樹さん!

As I mentioned in my first report of the newest standing bar in Shizuoka City, namely Aoi Beer Stand, his owner, Naoki Mando/満藤直樹さん, will open the newest beer brewery/microbrewery in Shizuoka Prefecture, the 11th, by April 2014!

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First of all, why the name “Aoi”?
Well, the address is Aoi Ku, and “Aoi/葵” means “Hollyhock” in Japanese, whose leaves are represented on the family crest of Tokugawa Ieyasu who retired to shizuoka City, then Sumpu, at the beginning of the 16th Century!

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The ever-changing craft beer menu at Aoi Beer Stand!

Naoki Mando founded BECK Co. Ltd. 4 years ago which firts included Mando Bar, Growstock Bar, Cherry Beans (sold since then) before opening Aoi Beer Stand in July this year.
Everything but the final estate agency contracts to be signed has been made ready.
The experienced brew master. mr. Kouichi Taka, from Ibaraki Prefecture, has been recruited from NEST BEER Co.
Aoi Beer craft beers will be served at the tap at Aoi Beer Stand, Mando, Growstock and in other establishments and marketed in and outside town.

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Hansharo Porter from Kuraya-Nagasawa Brewery in Izu Peninsula!

Naoki will continue offering other craft beers from the Prefecture on a collaboration basis while serving at least 4 of his beers on the tap.
Among the regular and seasonal/limited beers he plans to offer next year one will have the pleasure to taste white beer, IPA pale ale and a novelty, kikuimo Beer!
Kikuimo/菊芋/is Jerusalem artichoke in English or Topinambour in French.
The concept is not only new but so interesting because kikuimo has been confirmed as natural medicinal plant effective for treating diabetes!
Which means that Diabetics will have a beer to enjoy at last!

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Baird Beer Rising Sun!

Considering that craft beer breweries in our Prefecture are concentrated in the eastern and western part, having a new brewery right in the middle in Shizuoka City will at last fill a space for the pleasure of all true beer lovers!

Soon, as the sites have seen quite a few changes during the past year I will report anew on Mando, Growstock and the Oktober Fest events held there!

NAOKI MANDO
BECK Co. Ltd., Growstock, Mando, Aoi Beer
420-0031 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Gofuku-Cho, 2-4-6, Mori Bldg., 1F
Tel. & fax: 054-221-5103
Mobile: 090-3350-6208

AOI BEER STAND
420-0847 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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-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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Beer Standing Bar: Aoi Beer Stand in Shizuoka City!

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Baird Beer Rising Sun!

Service: Easy-going and smiling. Very hospitable and friendly
Facilities: Very clean overall. Washroom inside Den Bldg, extremely clean and modern
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive (but craft beer is never cheap!)
Strong points: All micro brewery craft beers!

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After the recent complete overhaul of Den Building in Aoi Ku a few minutes walk form Shizuoka JR Station North exit, the large street and its pavements were also remade and now we find ourselves with a new space downtown which is slowly starting to attract a new crowd.

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The latest addition is a minuscule standing bar called Aoi Beer Stand which opened on the 1st of July!
It is the last addition to Beck Co. Ltd which already owns Mando and Growstock bar/restaurants in Shizuoka City.
To start with the opening hours are a bit unusual: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm every day!

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The name Aoi is fairly easy to explain as this bar is located in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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But there is another reason. Mr. Mando, who I should interview soon, is planning to start a brewery of the same name in the very city of Shizuoka! I know where but as this is still confidential you will have to wait until next year for more information! Just know it will become the 11th craft beer brewery/microbrewery in the Prefecture! Whereas the average number of microbreweries in Japan is 5~6 per Prefecture, Shizuoka Prefecture is simply becoming a major area!

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Ever-smiling Ryousuke Ono/大野良輔さん is looking after the place in day time whereas Mr. Mando take things in charge in the evenings.

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Now, they serve only craft beer and absolutely nothing else!
For the moment they serve 6 craft beer from all over Japan (changing regularly), including 2 from Shizuoka prefecture.
When the new brewery starts they will probably serve only Shizuoka craft beer!
Note that the prices are for large glasses. Add 200 yen for a pint-sized glass.

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Although the place can sit 6 people on high stool, the moment you have reached 7 guests the stools are pushed under the bar counter and you drink standing on some crowded nights patrons can be seen drinking standing on the pavement!

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The door inside on the left does not lead to a washroom (which is located inside Den Building) but a minuscule cellar for the beer kegs as all beers are served draught!

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The two Shizuoka craft beers presently on offer are from Baird Beer Co. in Numazu City!

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Baird Beer Red Rose Amber Ale!

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There is some food available though, but the accent is definitely on the beer!

Will come back with another interview of the owner and of his projects soon!

AOI BEER STAND
420-0847 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den bill, 1F
tel.: 054-260-5203
Opening hours: 11:00~23:00
Credit cards OK

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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/09/04): Baird Beer Seasonal Release — Wheat King Wit

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Baird Beer Seasonal Release — Wheat King Wit

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Ingredient experimentation in brewing is one of the key elements to innovation and flavor improvement. Brewing single-hop beers that share an identical recipe and differ only in hop variety is one way that we experiment with ingredients to understand particular flavor contributions. Fermenting a regular year-round beer with a different yeast strain than usual is another way we conduct this experimentation. Today we are happy to share with you the results of one of the latter experiments: Wheat King Wit.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Wheat King Wit (ABV 4%):

Wheat King Ale, of course, is one of our current ten year-round beers. It is a beer designed to highlight the crisp, wholesome, bread-like characteristics imparted by wheat as opposed to barley, which normally dominates a recipes’ grist bill. Wheat King Ale is fermented with our house ale yeast, which is a very flavor-neutral strain (i.e. it ferments clean without imparting distinctly noticeable flavor attributes of its own).

Wheat King Wit, as the name implies, is our Wheat King Ale recipe fermented with a Belgian witbier yeast strain (the same one we use to ferment Single-Take Session Ale). Witbier yeast strains tend to impart distinctive fruit and phenolic flavors in the course of fermentation. Our witbier strain is more restrained than some, but the flavor difference between Wheat King Ale and Wheat King Wit is clear and interesting.

We are now accepting orders for Wheat King Wit. It is keg-only and will begin pouring from our Taproom taps tonight (Wednesday, September 4). By all means, avail yourself of this valuable beer tasting 101 flavor comparison opportunity — Wheat King Wit beside Wheat King Ale. Can you taste the difference? What is your preference?

And we have a special late-summer beer treat for our Taproom patrons — Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale (4.5%). Draught beer manager Chris Madere’s home hop garden has just been through its third harvest, and as is often the case in hop growing, the third year is the charm. Chris’ 2013 organically grown Cascade hops were his best and most plentiful to date. We loaded about 500 grams of them in our 250 liter kettle in three different additions. We dosed another 400 grams in the conditioning tank in an aroma-imparting dry-hop addition. The base beer is a light golden ale of moderate starting gravity (11.7 Plato).

Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale is available exclusively at Baird Taproom pubs and begins its run through our British real ale hand pumps tonight. Enjoy, and drink one to Chris!

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City