How would you like to wrap your lips around our delicious sausages?

15 07 2012

Baird Brewing will be holding the Fishmarket Taprooms 12th year anniversary celebrations this coming weekend  from July 20-22. This a massive weekend with great food and Baird Brewing’s finest beer. There will be brewery tours and a BBQ at the brewery.

Te brewery BBQ will be from 1:00-5 or 6:00pm and the taproom will be open from 1pm til midnight. All food and beer will be 500yen and you will be able to get a special 5,000yen card for the celebrations that will entitle you to 12 items plus a Baird Brewing Glass. Awesome deal.

Fishmarket Taproom manager ‘Cajun’ Chris and I have made some amazing sausages for the celebrations. You can taste our deliscious sausages from Saturday July 21. I’ll even be there behind the BBQ. Be sure to ask for my sausage.

Catch you there.

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Vinos Yamazaki – Numazu

9 07 2012

Vinos Yamazaki

 

One of the joys of Living in Numazu is that they have a Yamazaki Vinos. And one of the joys of the Yamazaki Vinos is the wine tasting.

The Vinos in Numazu is in a sneaky little spot on the basement of the イーラde (Iira-de) department store snuggled into a corner of the Yamazaka grocery store. The cellar-like subdued lighting and sanded pine timbered walls stenciled with the shop name to look as if it had been branded creates an oasis from the surrounding supermarket.

Getting a tasting is simple. Just rock on up to the counter and ask. There is a list of wines on display  on the shelves behind the service counter and a plaque showing prices for tastings, glasses and the whole bottle.

The wine list is carefully selected and only the better quality wines make it to the tasting list. Every time I have gone for a tasting there I have always experience quality. However, that quality doesn’t always come with a high price. The selection is expansive. Today’s selection varied from 150-1050 yen for a tasting or 350-2650yen a glass. Of course the more expensive wines are at the top end of the tasting cost and frequently retail for around 10,000yen a bottle and taste like you have just drunk unicorn milk.

From today’s tasting my hands down, pants off favourite was the Havens 2009 Chardonay Oakville from the Nappa Valley. This creamy Chardonnay was rich in vanilla with subtle notes of cinnamon and peach.  It combined perfectly with their European cheese platter from their fromagere in Shizuoka. There are a dozen other snacks on the menu to accompany your tasting. The tastings average around 600yen a plate.

The staff know their stuff too. While I was there I noted the staff guiding customers with their recommendations and offering wines in different styles and price ranges to satisfy them. However, I did make the mistake of commenting about one particularly good tasting only to have the wine seller animatedly tell me all about it. This would have been fascinating had I understood a word he had said.

Yamazaki Vinos is not exclusive to Numazu. It is actually part of a high end supermarket business with several chain stores. The prefecture capital, Shizuoka, has two Vinos that I have visited and also is home to the best fromagere I have found in Japan.

 

Hours (bar) – 11:00-21:00hrs(last order 20:30)

English menu – No sorry but its pretty easy to figure out. Just point and say tasting or glass.

 





Numazu – What’s On – May 2012

1 07 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for Mayl 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale is back in Baird Brewing’s Taproom again. This refreshing beer is an annual favourite. At 5.5% is is a Goldilocks beer for summer.

Outdoors – The Citizens Forest campsite will be ready at the start or July and will say open until August 30th

Concert – Chiiki FU-RE-A-I Concert – A concert will be held in Heda. Quartet – from 14:00 – July 7

Party – Baird Brewing’s Taproom will have its 12th Anniversary this month.  Everything is Y500 — beers (plastic cups) and food. Sat & Sun they will also have  a BBQ in the brewery parking lot, 1:00-5:00 or 6:00. The taproom anniversaries are huge fun for Numazu and not one to miss. Here is a quote from the Cajun himself Chris “Friday from 5pm begins the weekend specials with our 5000yen Drink/Food card.  We call it a Nonbe/Tabe-ken.  All Beer and Food will be 500yen for the weekend but the card will get you 12 items for the price of 10 and a free BB glass when you finish the card and present it to one of the staff.  Cards are valid only for the 12 Year Anniversary weekend.  Use them this weekend or lose them.” Sounds good to me.   July 20-22

DJ – Spazz if You Want Too will be back again at Speak Ez – July 6

Festival – Tanabata  Star Festival will coming up soon. In the Nakamise the whole mall will be decorated until July 7. Special performance of Yosakoi dancing on July 7

Activities – Yosakoi – one of the biggest events in Numazu teams of traditional dancers from around the country country compete. You can be one of the dancers. Information session from 19:30 July 13

Activities – Want to get involved in the Numazu Summer Festival this year. Become one of the Mikoshi (mobile shrine) carriers. You can make a booking by phone 055-931-1111 or 055-934-4716 by July 13

Festival – Heda port festival will be on this month. Shrines, fireworks and weird cardboard box races on the sea. Well worth a visit. From 13:00 – July 21

Festival – Numazu Summer Festival – The biggest even in Numazu all year. Stall, beer, drunken Mikoshi carriers, beer, fireworks, beer, yukatas, beer, dancers, beer – July 28 and 29

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Numazu- What’s On – June 2012

1 06 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for June 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Baird Brewing’s Fishmarket Taproom has two beers that came out at the end of this month as part of the May Hop Madness campaign – Triple-Dry Bohemian Pils (5.7%) and 4-S Belgian Blonde Ale (5.5%). I think I will check them out this Saturday night.

DJ – get down to the Spazz if You Want Too party at SpeakEZ. June 2

Event – Want to meet the glorious curves that is Miss Ose? Then Fresh OSE Diver’s Day is your day. She will be there, bikini clad, with her friends waiting for you… to help pick up rubbish along the shores of Ose. There is nothing hotter than picking up trash – especially coming into summer. Besides you will be helping to preserve the environment for future generations and … blah blah blah insert enviro-social conscience message here. There will be a Miss Ose contest and bingo. I hear that first prize is a night with Miss Ose herself – Thought I can’t verify this fact. Okay I made it up. 9:00-16:00 June 3

Concert – Summer Jazz Concert at San-Well Numazu – Free – 14:00-15:30 June 8

Exhibition – A exhibition of the movie “Otoko ha Tsuraiyo” and will be on display at the Senbon Mini Gallery this month. June 10

Exhibition – Pressed flower art work at the Senbon Mini gallery – June 12-14

Nature – The firefly’s will be out this month and they are not to miss. Join the group up in Ashitaka Park at the Youth House in Nature – 18:00-21:00 – June 16, 17

Culture – Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony will be held an the Numazu Imperial Villa again this month. 10:00-15:00, June 17

Show – Numazu Comedy Theatre will be hosting the 25th Vaudville in Town. admission 1600yen – starts at 14:00. June 17

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.





Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom presents- May Hop Madness Month

27 04 2012

Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom presents- May Hop Madness Month

Baird Beer has done it again. They have offered an event that I am compelled to tell you about immediately while my lunch goes cold (thanks) – May Hop Madness Month.

The crazy mofo’s at Baird Beer HQ have been slaving away in the beer mines to give you 15 glorious hop-forward beers for the month of May.

If that’s not enough for you to set up tent out the front of the Fishmarket taproom or any of the other Baird Beer Taprooms around Japan, the brewmaster Brian is offering up the 15 Hop beer challenge. If you are ready for the challenge get yourself a May Hop Madness Month card from any of the taprooms (it’s not a prepaid card) and every time you try a new May Hop Madness beer in the Month of May get it stamped.  If you can get all 15 beers then you will receive an exclusive Bard Beer logo glass.

While the names and details of all 15 beers are tightly under wraps, I did manage to offer my body to Chris, from the brewery, in exchange for some details of the first release of the beers (it’s okay he was surprisingly gentle):

(1) Teikoku IPL
(2) Daidai IPA
(3) 4-C Strong Pale Ale

Keep up to date on the next releases for May Hop Madness Month on the Baird Beer homepage.

 

Cheers,

Scott





Numazu – What’s On – May 2012

26 04 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for May 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom will be having May Hop Madness Month. They will be offering 15 amazing hop beers. If you want to take up the challenge then you can ask for a special May Hop Madness Month card (not the prepaid one) and take up the 15 beer challenge. If you can drink all 15 throughout the month and get a stamp for each then you will be rewarded with a  Baird Beer logo glass. Promotion last all through May and until the supply lasts so get in early. May.

Golden Week Beer – Baird Beer’s Fishmarket Taproom will be running longer times for your drinking convenience this Golden Week. Check out their details on their homepage. 12pm- 12am April 28,29, 30 : 5pm-12pm Wed May 2 : 12pm-12am May 3-6.

Concert – Senbon Plaza will be host to a koinobori concert – first in first served, capacity 230 – 13:30-15:30 May 3

Festival – Koinobori Festival -Yes the beautiful carp streamers will be flying again this year and the Minatoguchi Park (the one next to the View-O). There will be stalls, craft activities and stage shows. Check it out and round it off with a pint at the Fishmarket Taproom. 10:00-15:00 May 4 and 5.

Party – Open party in the park come along and make some friends, eat, drink and play frisbee. Free BYO everything. Senbon park 1pm-5pm May 5

Dance party – Spazz If You Want To live DJ night at SpeakEz. May 5.

Exhibit – The Numazu Imperial Villa will be celebrating Boy’s day with a Koinobori exhibit and traditional costume display. – Adults 100yen Children 50 yen. 9:00-16:30 until May 7

Exhibit – The Numazu Fine Art Association will be holding an exhibit this month on the 1st floor of the City Cultural Centre – 10:00-18:00(17:00 last day) May 7-13

Culture – Tea Party or perhaps a tea ceremony will be held at the Numazu Imperial Villa May 13

Sport – NICE will be hosting Tai Chi Classes at the city gym – 1,500yen fee – 19:15-20:45 – May 14, 21, 28 June 4

Dance – Salsa Night at SpeakEz. Get your Salsa on at this fun dance night with a lesson at the start and then open dance after. Entry fee appies. May 18

Festival Suisanmatsuri ( Fishery Products Festival)  celebrate the produce of the sea at this unusual festival at the Numazu Port. Don’t forget to see the seafood auction and unusual display of marine life. Great event. May 19

Live – Acousitc Night at SpeakEz – May 25.

Music – J-Pop night at SpeakEz – May 26


If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area or you need me to make any corrections feel free to post them in the comments below.

Scott





Numazu – What’s On – April 2012

31 03 2012

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for April 2012. If you like something click on the link for more details. If you have an event you want to add put it in the comments below.

Beer – Stout. No not the short rotund little man kind. I’m talking dark sexy beer you can chew on. Baird Beer have come up with two amazing stouts this month, Mama’s Milk Stout and Chocolate Wheat Stout. Both coming in at5% alcohol check out their details on their homepage.

Cherry Blossoms (hannabi) – The Numazu Council Newsletter has some great suggestions for Cherry Blossom viewing in the area for this month. Check out the link for tips.

Party – Baird Beer’s annual Cherry Blossom (Hannami) party will be held again this year. Now don’t panic. The crazy ass storm we are experiencing today the 31st of March should lift by nightfall offering clear skies for a great day tomorrow. The even will be on Minato Guchi Park near the View-O (about 100m from the Taproom). There is a 3,000yen all-you-can-drink and a plate of food and, beers will be 500yen (Or you can just go the food plate for 1,000yen and buy beers as you go). I will see you there. 1:00pm-4:00pm April 1

Festival – Ose Festival and Uchiura Fishing Port Festival. These two events run hand-in-hand. They celebrate the Fisherman and bestow good luck and protection on the fishing fleet. The event is a colourful display of fishing vessels and performances. You can get a boat from Numazu port or take a ride down there by bike (approx 1hr). Plenty of great fresh seafood. 7:30-14:30 at Ose Shrine and Uchiura Port. April 4

Cherry Blossom – Along route 1 the cheery blossoms come alive in Hara as they parallel the Numa River. Come along and enjoy the flowers and festivities. April 7

Party – SpeakEz’s Full Moon party will be howling on April 7.

Live – Takahara Pistol will be playing live at SpeakEz on April 13.

DJ – Spazz If You Want is back to pump the night away at Speak EZ on April 14.

Dance – Salsa Night as SpeakEz is always bliss on April 20.

Event – Amakusa Presents at SpeakEz on April 21.

Festival – Spring Festival at the Numazu Imperial Villa – includes market gardens, local produce, bonsai exhibit and more. 9:30 – 16:00 April 21-22

Dance – This just shows that I will put just any old shit in this guide. Square Dancing classes will be held in Numazu this month at the Daigo Chiku center. 19:00-20:00 April 21 and 28

DJ live – ‘Slow to speak’ Eclectic mix of house, techno, new wave and rock at Speak EZ. Free. 21:00-03:00, April 28

Bar – The Numazu Fishmarket Taproom will be extending it’s operating hours for Golden Week from 12:00-12:00 – 29-30 April

If you know of any other event going on this month in the Numazu area feel free to post them in the comments below.