Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Baird Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale (5.8% alcohol by volume) is a brawny brew in the depth and richness of its malt character. Here, it is a reflection of the heart and soul of the Big Red Machine battery ? Johnny Bench, George Foster and Tony Perez. The malt muscle, however, is balanced beautifully by a dexterously sprite hop character that mirrors the roles played by Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion and Ken Griffey in the Reds lineup. The color of the brew is firebrand red, much like the personality of the Big Red Machines' great leadoff hitter, Pete Rose. A richly complex aroma of ripe fruit and flowers in bloom gives way to equally rich and complex flavors of nuts, figs and honeyed malt. This amazing amalgam of flavor components is brought together to achieve a sublime unity of purpose by a crisply compelling, base-clearing type of finish. It's as if Big Red Machine manager, Sparky Anderson, were present in the conditioning tank cajoling and ultimately commanding the flavor team to come together !