|Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:
Thank you for your support in 2004. We relish the opportunity ahead in 2005 to continue to work to further earn your loyalty and patronage.
Today, Saturday January 15, marks the Taproom debut of a never-before produced Baird Big Beer Series Seasonal brew — Ganko Oyaji no Barley Wine. Barley Wine is the King of the beer world. Its production requires more ingredients, longer maturation time and supreme patience and persistence on the part of the brewer. The result is a beer of immense complexity and depth and great alcohol potency. Brewers brew a Barley Wine for the love of the craft and for their own professional satisfaction. It is a beer that would make any ’stubborn old man’ proud and will, we think, put a smile on the face of you, the beer enthusiast.
Baird ‘Stubborn Old Man’ Barley Wine has a simple malt profile (pale ale, caramel, and a touch of roast barley) so as to not cloud the inherent complexity of a beer of this strength. The original gravity weighs in at a whopping 25.6 degree plato and with a robust apparent attenuation of 80%, the alcohol percentage by volume registers at approximately 10.8%. A hop profile combining American and British varieties in the range of 75 IBUs provides a sublime foil to the huge malty base.
In the glass, Baird Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine presents itself in amber-brown shades. The nose is pungent with estery notes of pit fruit and the ethereal aroma of alcohol. In the mouth, your taste buds will be assaulted, ever so pleasantly, with the unforgettable combination of vinous acridity and honeyed-malt sweetness. The finish is clean and warmly dry leaving you, believe it or not, secretly harboring desires for another. Go ahead! We at The Taproom won’t tell!
Come join us today at The Taproom for a glass, or two, of this festive winter libation.
Baird Brewing Company & Fishmarket Taproom