There are a number of foreigner-owned or -operated breweries in Japan. Baird is one that has been around for a while and well worth a mention here. First, there is this wonderfully rich Suruga Bay Imperial IPA. This might even be called a “traditional method” brew, because like those high-rollers in Champagne, the people at Baird do a second fermentation in the bottle. The finished product is unfiltered, malty—they use British malt—with some mango on the nose, hints of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuits, and even Nutella on the palate, and a nice abv of 8.5%. Second, Baird is more than a brewery. It runs a campground at its factory in the Shuzenji area of Izu City, which entitles those rusticating on its property to one free beer per person per night. Makes camping sound good to us!
The website for Baird Brewery is as follows: https://bairdbeer.com/
Information on the camping site can be found here: https://camp.bairdbeer.com/
We bought the beer at the Seijo Ishii supermarket chain in Tokyo. You can also have Baird Beer at official Baird taprooms in various parts of Tokyo. Check out the official website above for details.
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