New Holland Brewing Co. Releases Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus

DragonsMilkRaspHibiscusFruitNew Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus is rolling out now as the newest installment in the brewery’s fan-favorite Dragon’s Milk Reserve series.

Arriving as the latest innovative variant of the legendary Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout, Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus features a “refreshing blend of real raspberry & hibiscus.”  This added element of “fruity tartness . . . enhances the underlying flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt character.”  Weighing in at a monstrous 11% ABV, Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus promises to be “one of the most balanced and exciting entries in the Reserve series to date.”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus made its debut in late March 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout New Holland’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Raspberry Hibiscus from New Holland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Dragon’s Milk Reserve, launching late March 2019
Style – Imperial Stout 
ABV – 11%
Added Ingredients – Real raspberry & hibiscus 
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/beer-finder/

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New Holland Brewing Company Reveals 2019 Beer Release Calendar

newhollandpourshotAnother week of beer calendar madness continues and this time around we have the 2019 Beer Release Calendar from New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) for you.

As is the case with all release calendars around here, we have posted New Holland’s full 2019 Beer Release Calendar below for you look over at your leisure.  With that said, there are a few exciting details that we would like to gloss over before we turn you loose on that document.  Brevity is the goal, so let’s quickly get this out of the way:

  • A new Year-Round “brand extension” of Dragon’s Milk, “America’s #1 selling Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout”, will turn up in February.  This new member of the Dragon’s Milk family will be available in 12 oz. cans.  More details should surface in the near future.
  • The Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series will return in 2019 with four releases.  The first release in the series will be Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Orange Chocolate in January.
  • Introduced in 2018 as a Seasonal release, Passion Blaster – a Rose Ale with Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Apple Flavors – will return in April as a Year-Round offering.
  • New Holland plans to introduce Kombucha IPA in late February as a new Seasonal offering. This 5% ABV India Pale Ale “combines the refreshing fruit forward flavor of a Citra hopped IPA with the tartness and spiciness of a lemon and ginger Kombucha. As soon as the can is opened, consumers will be met with flavors of fresh ginger, tart acidity, tropical fruits and citrus.”
  • July will also see the release of a new Seasonal: Cerveza con Limón, a “light, crisp and refreshing” Mexican-style Lager featuring natural lemon and lime peel.
  • The brewery’s Sour Inc. Series will feature the following four offerings in 2019: Blue Sunday (January), a Gose with Concord Grapes (May), a White Sour Ale with Mango (September), and a Sour Stout with Plum (November).

Those are just a few of the highlights, but there is still a good amount of information left for you to discover on the calendar below.  Make sure to give it a good look so that you will be properly prepared for all the New Holland brews headed your way in 2019.  Prost!

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Tasting Notes: Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut from New Holland Brewing Company

DragonsMilkBananaPourFor this edition of Tasting Notes, we close out the week by sampling a new spin on an old classic: Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut from New Holland Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Earlier this month, New Holland Brewing Company unveiled a refreshed look for its fan-favorite Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout As one might expect, this re-brand also applies to the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series, a Limited Release line of Dragon’s Milk variants that feature complementary ingredients to “showcase the dimension of Dragon’s Milk“.  Surfacing as the first Reserve offering to wear the new look, Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut (11% ABV) takes the “traditional roasted, malty and smooth characteristics of Dragon’s Milk” and infuses it with “hints of real banana, plantain and coconut.”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut debuted in mid-September and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Holland’s distribution footprint.

With all that background information now out of the way, what you say we take this new Dragon’s Milk snifter out for a test drive and get into some Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut from New Holland Brewing Company

Appearance:   A gentle pour fills the glass with a deep, glossy black Imperial Stout wearing two fingers of creamy, brown sugar-colored foam that easily extends well above the brim.  When held to direct light, the darkness holds and the beer remains completely opaque.  The head shows decent retention, falling slowly down to a frothy half finger that lasts throughout the experience.  Each jostle of the glass traces a gorgeous line of lace, but the beer’s slick nature causes most of the foam to slide back down to reunite with the top cap.

Aroma:  The aromatics open with a big surge of banana in various forms: fresh banana, sweetened dried banana, banana ice cream, and banana candies (think Runts).  The character of the original Dragon’s Milk then rises to unleash notes bourbon, vanilla, and roasted grain.  The coconut is light, but it does lend a slight tropical note that pulls the banana to forefront once more.  This beer is incredibly banana-heavy in the aroma department and we ain’t mad at that.

Taste:  Banana takes the lead here as well by laying down sweet notes of fresh banana, banana candies, and earthy plantain.  The coconut is more confident as a flavor as it surfaces with the barrel character of the base beer.  Vanilla, bourbon, toasted coconut, and a gentle nuttiness collide with that substantial banana presence to create what can only be described as a boozy banana cream pie-like quality.  Just as you think this stout is getting too sweet, the heavily roasted grains finally slip through with notes of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee to offer just the right amount of balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Teetering a bit toward the medium side of full-bodied with a medium carbonation level, this big ol’ Imperial Stout drinks much lighter than one might expect from an 11% ABV brew.  It is mostly sweet on the palate, but it does not get anywhere near Pastry Stout levels of cloying.  This thing actually still has a bit of balance.  The previously mentioned ABV does creep up on you, settling into the throat with a gentle warmth.  The aftertaste is all banana and vanilla.

Final Thoughts: Full disclosure – Most of the participants on this tasting panel are longtime fans of the classic Dragon’s Milk.  Since that beer has been around for over 20 years and was one of the first easily obtainable Bourbon Barrel-aged Stouts on the market, it served as an introduction to barrel-aged beers for many of us.

That level of nostalgia had us going into this tasting of Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut thinking there is no way that it could be better than the original . . . but then we were reminded of the fact that the beers of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series are not meant to “improve” upon the original.  They are here to make you think about Dragon’s Milk in new and inventive ways, and Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut does just that by taking the Dragon’s Milk experience into the realm of dessert beers.  The sweetness of the banana and coconut tames the roasted and boozy character of the original, and then beautifully melds with those notes to create a sinfully decadent treat.  Every aspect of Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut – from the familiar notes of the base beer to the newly added banana and coconut – effortlessly finds a meaningful place and leaves you craving more the second your glass goes dry.

Sure, it is not better than the original Dragon’s Milk, but nothing is going to be.  That’s why it has been around for two decades and is still going strong.  Even with that being the case, it still does not take away from the fact that Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut is a damn tasty Imperial Stout that left each and every one of us thoroughly impressed. Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut proudly stands on its own while still respecting the beer that made its creation possible, and that’s always going to earn high marks from us.  Be sure to check out Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut before its limited-time run comes to an end.  Prost!

New Holland Brewing Releases Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Cherry Chocolate

DragonsMilkCC2New Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) has officially introduced Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Cherry Chocolate as the latest limited release variant of its fan-favorite Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout.

Arriving as another example of just how versatile New Holland’s flagship beer truly is, the latest Dragon’s Milk Reserve introduces the classic combination of cherry and chocolate to “Dragon’s Milk’s bourbon barrel stout canvas.” The resulting Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Cherry Chocolate (11% ABV) treats “consumers . . . to a rich stout that balances creamy chocolate flavors with a delightful cherry tartness.”

“Chocolate is a flavor that is already present in Dragon’s Milk when it comes out of the barrel, but we’re able to play that up and really bring out the wonderful chocolate smoothness. Obviously, that just couples extremely well with the cherry flavor,” said New Holland Vice President of Sales Joel Petersen. “That combination plays nicely against the backbone of this beer.”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Cherry Chocolate officially debuted at New Holland’s pubs on April 13 and entered distribution on April 16.  This Limited Release offering is available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of New Holland Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Cherry Chocolate from New Holland Brewing Co. 

Release – Limited/Dragon’s Milk Reserve, mid-April 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Malts – 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Crystal, Black, Chocolate Malt & Flaked Barley
Hops – Nugget & Brewer’s Gold
Added Ingredients – Chocolate & cherries
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles 
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/beer-finder/

New Holland Brewing Announces 2018 Beer Lineup

_MG_2214New Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) recently came forward to release the schedule for its 2018 Beer Lineup and officially announce the January launch of Tangerine Space Machine New England Style IPA.

As we tend to do with most brewery calendars, we have New Holland Brewing Co.’s full 2018 Beer Release Calendar available below so that you can look it over at your own pace.  Even with that being the case, we do have to quickly provide some details on the launch of Tangerine Space Machine New England Style IPA and few other exciting brews headed your way in 2018. Let’s go ahead and knock that out so we can turn you loose on the calendar:

  • Tangerine Space Machine New England Style IPA will arrive in January as New Holland’s first new beer of 2018 and latest addition to the brewery’s Core Lineup.  Brewed with Galaxy and Citra hops, Tangerine Space Machine (6.8% ABV, 40 IBUs) is “a fruit forward, hazy” New England-style India Pale Ale that will be available year-round in “limited quantities” of 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located “mainly in Michigan and Midwest states.” Launch events for Tangerine Space Machine will occur at both New Holland pubs, Pub on 8th (Holland, MI) and Knickerbocker (Grand Rapids, MI), in December 2017 and throughout the first three months of 2018.
  • March 2018 will see two new releases: Xtra Time and Passion BlasterXtra Time (4.4% ABV, 11 IBUs) is listed as an “American Session Beer” and will enter the lineup as new a year-round Core offering.  Arriving as a fresh Spring Seasonal, Passion Blaster (6% ABV, 15 IBUs) is a rosy Wheat Ale that showcases refreshing flavors of passion fruit, raspberry and apple.  Both of these brands will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft.
  • Many New Holland beers will transition to can packaging in 2018.  These offerings will include Hoptronix Double IPA, Tangerine Space Machine, Xtra Time, Lost Dune, and Taz IPA. Mad Hatter Midwest India Pale Ale will be offered in both can and bottle options.
  • The Dragon’s Milk Reserves Series will continue in 2018 with three releases. Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Salted Caramel will be the first to hit in January 2018, and the other two, yet-to-be-named offerings are scheduled to follow in May and September.
  • New Holland’s Sour Program will also return next year.  Not only will the fan-favorite Blue Sunday and Incorrigible Reserve be back, but there will also be two new sours – one being an unnamed cherry sour slated for release in October – arriving later in 2018.
  • Although the beers listed in the calendar are locked in for 2018, New Holland Brewing Co. “expects to maintain some flexibility in its lineup throughout the year, and consumers can expect a few surprises in 2018 that have yet to be announced.”

“New Holland is a brand that listens to its fans and is committed to pushing creativity within craft styles while also growing long time favorites,” says New Holland President and Founder, Brett VanderKamp. “Each brew is thoughtfully crafted and inspired by the stories around us. I think our 2018 lineup is exciting for both new and existing fans alike. We continue to build around Dragon’s Milk as our top brand while letting our brewers unleash their creativity.”

Alright, that should take care of everything that we needed to cover.  There are still a few more beers left to discover on the calendar below, so be sure to check it out so that you are fully prepared for another great year of beer from New Holland Brewing Co.  Prost!

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New Holland Brewing to Release Mexican Spice Cake as Next Dragon’s Milk Reserve

dmr4packNew Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) has announced that Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake will release on April 1.

Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake arrives as the latest variant of New Holland Brewing Co.’s wildly popular Dragon’s Milk, a Bourbon Barrel Stout “with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.”  To create this variation, the base beer for Dragon’s Milk is aged for three months in Bourbon barrels with toasted chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and cinnamon.  This allows the beer’s chocolate character to be “enhanced by the soft chili heat and mellowed out by the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon.”

“We first brewed this variation for Michigan Brewers’ Guild Winter Beer Fest (WBF) in February of 2016,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland. “And it’s been a fan favorite ever since. People couldn’t get enough at that beer fest, at the handful of small events across the country in which we tested it, and again at this year’s WBF. It was time for this variant to own the spotlight.”

The New Holland Brewing Co. brewpubs will host release parties for Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake on April 1, and the beer will then enter distribution shortly thereafter.  This limited release will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft in Alabama, Michigan, and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution network.  All previous Dragon’s Milk Reserve releases have disappeared with a quickness, and Mexican Spice Cake should be no different.  Keep that in mind and secure your stash when you stumble across it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake from New Holland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Dragon’s Milk Reserve, April 1, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Treatment – Aged for three months in Bourbon barrels with toasted chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla & cinnamon
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – Caramel, vanilla ice cream, chili con carne 

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Three Variants of Dragon’s Milk Released by New Holland Brewing

dmr_vc_4pkside_2016-232x300New Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) recently announced that three very enticing variations of their wildly popular Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout are headed out to distribution this month.

The long-lasting success of year-round Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout has led the good folks at New Holland Brewing to explore new treatments for this fan-favorite offering.  Building upon the previous releases that established the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series earlier this year, the brewery has announced the release of the following three variants headed out to market this October:

  • Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Vanilla Chai, Stout Aged in Oak with Vanilla Chai Spices – Combines robust malt character with the luxurious nuance of sweet Chai. Aged in white-oak bourbon barrels, Vanilla Chai Dragon’s Milk is a concert of luscious flavors.  ABV – 11%  IBUs – 30
  • Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel Stout – Coconut complements the roasted chocolate flavor of Dragon’s Milk, coaxing flavors that are reminiscent of lazy summer days. Rum barrels add a tropical character.  ABV – 11%  IBUs – 30
  • Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Brewer’s Select – A very limited batch of Dragon’s Milk created using hand-picked barrels directly from distillers that retain more-than-usual bourbon character and carry that forward into the beer. A special treat for bourbon lovers and those looking for a little “heat” in their beer.  ABV – 12%  IBUs – 30

“It’s a great time to be a Dragon’s Milk fan, that’s for sure. Vanilla Chai and Coconut Rum Barrel are varieties that were favorites in 2016 and we brought them back, en masse,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland.  

“Brewer’s Select is a batch of Dragon’s Milk we created using barrels handpicked direct from distilleries, by our brewers,” continues VanderKamp, “The barrels chosen are ones that retained more-than-usual barrel character and carry that forward into the beer. This variation is a special treat for bourbon lovers and those looking for a more flavor in their beer.”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Vanilla Chai and Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel Stout are available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Brewer’s Select will be available exclusively on draft.  All three variants have shipped out from New Holland’s production facility and will be hitting shelves and taps as limited offerings available in Alabama and throughout the brewery’s full distribution footprint.  Take notice that all three of these beers are extremely limited, so be sure to get yourself a taste whenever you happen upon them.  Prost!

Vital Information for the original Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout from New Holland Brewing Co.

Availability – Year-round
Style – Bourbon Barrel Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 31
Malt – 2 row, Munich, Caramel, Crystal, Black, Chocolate Malt & Flaked Barley
Hops – Glacier & Nugget
First Brewed – 2001
Full Brewery Description – A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/finder/