Baird Brewery in Shuzenji
Baird Beer combine Shuzenji’s natural bounty and crystal clear water to brew some of the finest amber beverages and craft beers in the east – and now Baird Beer is fast becoming a flagship for the emerging Japan craft beer scene around the world.
Nestled amongst the farms and rivers of Shuzenji you can find Baird Brewery’s fantastic brewery and tap house. Completed in 2014, it’s difficult to find a better place to sample some of the front runners in Japan’s blossoming craft beer industry.
A family company, born from a deep passion for beer and a great reverence for brewing history, tradition and culture. Baird Beer truly lives by their motto, “Celebrating Beer”. Bryan and Sayuri Baird’s desire to break free and make beer the way they like it all started in 1997 when they quit their jobs and moved to California to attend brewing school. From humble beginnings, based out of their first Taproom in the Numazu fish market, they are still going strong today, and Baird beer has spread to eight locations, including a state of the art brewery in Shuzenji and a tap room in Los Angeles, California.
They say there are six fundamental elements that form the core of Baird Beer. Bryan Baird likes to compare these elements to a strand of rope, each intertwined to give their beer and brewery strength.
Today, Baird Beer brews an astounding twelve delicious year round beers, ranging from largers and IPA’s, to ales and stouts. On top of this great variety, they are always trying to expand and think of new elements to add to the beer scene. With this in mind they always have a range of seasonal beers and collaboration beers on the go.
Baird Beer in a Nutshell
8 locations through Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Hakuba, and California
12 year round beers with many seasonal beers also available
Most popular beer is their “Rising Sun Pale Ale”
Started in Eastern Shizuoka in 1997 and still based in Shizuoka and going strong
A selection of Baird Brewery awards:
- Nide Cream Ale (Bronze)
- Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale (Bronze)
- Numazu Lager (Gold)
- Saison Sayuri (Gold)
- Country Girl Kabocha Ale (Gold)
- 2008 World Beer Cup
- 2010 World Beer Cup