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Baird Wheat King Wit 
Posted: 26 March 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Baird Wheat King Wit from Japan It would be easy to say Baird, as an American, brews beers that aren't Japanese in the least, but much like any other American craft beer. Baird seems ready to tackle the objectors by incorporating Japanese elements into his brews. Baird's Wheat King Wit (labeled as Wheat King Ale on older bottles) is probably not a good example of Baird's Japaneseness. It's a Belgian wheat-style beer in the style of a Hoegaarden, fruity, like other Belgian wheats. At these prices and with Baird's Belgian wheat not all that easy to source, I'll probably be sticking with Hoegaarden.     
Avg price/liter: USD 16.80   ABV %: 4.2  Type: Belgian Wheat   
       


Baird Beer isn't your typical craft brewery story. You've heard those before.  Beer lover Joe starts homebrewing.  His friends love his brew.  He starts making more and tries selling a few bottles.  Demand grows.  He opens up a pub, then a real brewery.  Ten years later, he's worth over $100m.       

American Bryan Baird attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  Evidently, Baird was in love with Japan well before he graduated, and upon commencement, he took a salaryman job in Japan.  Deregulation took place in the beer markets, and the Japanese craft brewing revolution took off thereafter..  Baird, sick of his salaryman job and a dabbler in home brewing, decided to open up a craft brewery in Japan which has grown by leaps and bounds since.  Doubtful, however, he's worth $100m yet.      

It would be easy to say Baird, as an American, brews beers that aren't Japanese in the least, but much like any other American craft beer. Baird may speak Japanese, be married to a Japanese, and love sitting down to a Japanese meal, but that doesn't make him Japanese.  Baird seems ready to tackle the objectors by incorporating Japanese elements into his brews.         

Baird's Wheat King Wit (labeled as Wheat King Ale on older bottles) is probably not a good example of Baird's Japaneseness. It's a Belgian wheat-style beer in the style of a Hoegaarden, fruity, like other Belgian wheats. Baird's difference: the fruitiness and spiciness come from the wheat and the yeast, not the addition of fruits or spices. I can't say if that's a good or bad thing. If the beer tastes good, do I care if the goodness came from additional ingredients as long as those ingredients aren't pigs' testicles and snake urine?       

Baird's Wheat King Wit is a tasty treat and superior to Hoegaarden, but at these prices and with Baird's Belgian wheat not all that easy to source, I'll probably be sticking with Hoegaarden.         

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