Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
The greater Tokyo area has always constituted the primary market for Baird Beer. In fact, even though our brewery and first Taproom business (Fishmarket Taproom) were started and are based in Numazu, Shizuoka, it would be no exaggeration to state that we survived our first decade because of the fan base in Tokyo.
It was four years ago this month that we finally brought our Taproom concept to where the action was — Tokyo. We opened the Nakameguro Taproom on May 10, 2008. We will be celebrating the 4-year anniversary of our Nakameguro Taproom beginning this Thursday, May 10.
Upcoming Taproom Events:
*Nakameguro Taproom 4-Year Anniversary Celebration (Thurs-Sun, May 10-14):
This 4th birthday party promises to be a culinary, as well as beer, treat as new head chef Joon and his kitchen staff are planning a special menu of French brasserie style dishes. Menu highlights include: Quiche with homemade smoked bacon and cheddar cheese; “Palourdes Sayuri” with Frites (Saison Sayuri steamed clams with fries); and Morning Coffee Stout Float with Maris Otter Tuile. (Go to the Nakameguro Taproom blog for a complete menu listing: http://bairdbeer.com/ja/blog_nakameguro/). For those of you who have not been by to meet and taste the wonderful food of Chef Joon, this is a golden opportunity.
Of course no Taproom birthday celebration would be complete without a special commemorative batch of Baird Beer. This year, our brewers are honoring the Nakameguro Taproom with NT-4 Belgian Real Red Ale. This spicy and fruity Belgian-yeast fermented red ale (ABV 6.6%) is to be served de-gassed as ‘real ale’ dispensed through an English hand-pump — a first for us with a Belgian yeast beer. NT-4 Belgian Real Red Ale will be tapped at the opening of business on Thursday, May 10.
May 10 also happens to be the birthday of my partner and wife, Sayuri, and she and I will be celebrating at the Nakameguro Taproom with the sneak-preview release of Saison Sayuri 2012. Please plan to join us for what promises to be a deliciously fun celebration.
New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Saison Sayuri 2012 (ABV 6%):
Saison is an idiosyncratic Belgian-style beer of moderate strength that tends to be spicy and highly refreshing. Sayuri, of course, is my wife and partner and matron saint of Baird Beer. Saison Sayuriis my annual birthday tribute to this lovely woman. The 2012 version is brewed with small spice-like additions of the peels and fresh juice of local aoshima mikan fruit from the local orchard of our carpenter and friend, Nagakura-san. The result is a piquantly quenching brew that still manages a great, albeit understated, depth of character.
Saison Sayuri will be available both in kegs and bottles (630 ml) at Baird Beer retailing pubs, restaurants and liquor stores beginning Friday, May 11.
*Continental IPA (ABV 6.7%):
This is our first go at an India Pale Ale brewed entirely with continental European malt and hops — malt being German and Slovenian, hops being all German (70 BUs in the kettle and whirlpool; double dry-hopping with a combination of Tradition, Spalter, Tettnanger, and Hersbrucker). The character is wonderfully herbal and floral.
Continental IPA is part of our May Hop Madness Month event which is ongoing at all of our Taproom pubs. It will be available both on draught and in bottles (630 ml) at other Baird Beer retailing pubs, restaurants and liquor stores beginning Friday, May 11.