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.