Because my friend Jason can't walk two (long-strided) steps without tripping over a beer contact, I managed to finagle a tag-a-long to Baird Brewery in Numazu my first day in Japan.
We met with head brewer Chris Poel, who gave us a tour of the brewing facilities. Among the group, I was definitely the one who knew the least, so I tried to stay out of the way and just take photos.
Baird has four taprooms -- one in Numazu, two in Toyko, and one in Yokohama. After the tour, we went to the Numazu one to try the beers.
I had the Single-Take Session Ale, Red Rose Amber Ale, and Angry Boy Brown Ale; however, because at this point I had been awake for about 32 hours, I was so tired I can barely remember what the latter two beers tasted like. While chatting with Chris, I felt my face drop, which he also noticed. Despite my desire not to fall asleep on the couch (because, really, what Japanese business needs a gaijin crashed out in the corner?), I wound up napping for about an hour.
I did taste some of Rachel and Jason's selections, which included an IPA that I didn't hate. The session ale was super drinkable. I did feel terrible about not being entirely present for the taproom; Jason and I wound up going to the Harujuku taproom my second-to-last night in Japan so that I could try the brown ale again (it was delicious).