Tasting Notes – The Classics: Dragon’s Milk from New Holland Brewing Company

DragonsMilkCapFor this special edition of Tasting Notes, we take a moment to revisit and appreciate a true legend in the craft beer realm, Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout from New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan).

Introduced 18 years ago to be the modern-day equivalent of a “knight’s reward for slaying a dragon,” Dragon’s Milk is an Imperial Stout “with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath” sourced from time spent aging in Bourbon barrels. With just one sip of this “true legend,” it will become clear why New Holland always believed that Dragon’s Milk (11% ABV) would become “the finest liquid in [their] house.”

Dragon’s Milk is a Year-Round offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this iconic brew at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of New Holland’s distribution area.

Now that we are all a bit more familiar with the story behind the beer, let’s pop open a few bottles and slay a couple of dragons for the sake of these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout from New Holland Brewing Company

Appearance:  Dragon’s Milk pours an inky black in color and is capped with just over a finger of mocha colored foam.  When held to direct light, the extreme edges of the pour hint at dark brown tones but the darkness holds fast for the most part.  The beer is completely opaque, so there is really no visual indication of the carbonation level.  Head retention is good, slowly slipping down to a creamy ring at around the halfway mark of the experience. The foam attempts to leave spots of lace on the glass after each sip, but the beer coats the glass with an oily slick that forces any lace to retreat back down into the top cap.

Aroma:  The barrel character hits first with pronounced notes of bourbon-soaked grains, vanilla and wet wood/oak.  That grain character eventually emerges on the other side of the bourbon to offer tones of dark roast, toast, toffee, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A hint of dark fruit sneaks in at times to round everything out.

Taste: High quality dark chocolate (bittersweet), sweet cocoa, deeply roasted grains, and black coffee smoothly slide across the palate at the start of the sip. This sets the stage beautifully for the bourbon barrel’s notes of vanilla, oak, char, caramelized brown sugar and a hint of coconut.  Just like in the nose, a slight presence of dark fruit, riding an extra wave of sweet vanilla, turns up to close the profile.

Mouthfeel: Leaning a touch toward the medium side of full-bodied with a medium carbonation, Dragon’s Milk has a wonderfully silky weight to it while the carbonation keeps the experience smooth by lifting and carrying away any residual sweetness.  That sweetness is further tempered by a gentle bitterness sourced from the beer’s notes of roasted grains, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The 11% ABV is pleasantly present, supplying boozy notes and a gentle warmth that rises from the belly. Aftertaste is all bourbon soaked dark fruit and cocoa.

Final Thoughts:  There is absolutely no denying that Dragon’s Milk is a true classic in the world of craft beer.  From top to bottom, this brew is one of the lasting original examples capable of providing a template for the basic characteristics one should expect from a well-crafted and balanced Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout.  It has a solid Stout base that carries all the roasty, chocolaty goodness you could want while the Bourbon barrel is there to influence the experience – with deep notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon – in a way that complements rather than dominates. Although they both have an equal opportunity to show what they are all about, the base beer and barrel still come together to consistently provide a cohesive experience from sip to sip, pour to pour, bottle to bottle. 

This level of consistency and quality is what makes Dragon’s Milk the legend that it is. A legend that we should all experience and revisit from time to time so that we can appreciate the breweries and beers that risked everything and eventually went on to shape what we now know and love about craft beer.  It is part of American craft beer lore and should be respected as such.  Prost!

 

Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series Continues With Release of Oatmeal Cookie Variant

beer-dragonsmilk-oatmealcookie-12oz-bottleNew Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Oatmeal Cookie will enter distribution in October 2019.

Developed to capture the essence of “one of [New Holland’s] favorite treats,” Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Oatmeal Cookie (11% ABV) ages the brewery’s fan-favorite Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout on cinnamon, oats, brown sugar, raisins, and Madagascar vanilla extract.  This treatment produces “familiar flavors of a freshly baked oatmeal cookie” that pair beautifully “with the rich, warm bourbon notes of [the brewery’s] signature barrel-aged stout.”

Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Oatmeal Cookie will debut on September 27 with launch events at New Holland’s Grand Rapids and Holland Brewpub locations and full distribution is scheduled to follow in October.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of New Holland’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Oatmeal Cookie from New Holland Brewing Company

Release – Limited; October 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 30
Treatment – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout carefully aged with cinnamon, oats, brown sugar, raisins & Madagascar vanilla extract
Fun Fact – On the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series: “Our Dragon’s Milk Reserve series is the ultimate indulgence. Authentic ingredients, unique barrels, and our brewer’s creativity result in delicious brews that showcase the incredible versatility of Dragon’s Milk. Each entry into the Reserve series is carefully crafted to highlight the signature flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak in new and unique ways, becoming a legend all its own.”

Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://dragonsmilk.com/find-dragons-milk

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New Holland Brewing Co.’s Elusive Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash Set to Return

DragonsMilkTripleMash2New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will make a highly-anticipated return on April 27.

Last released in 2017, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash is a version of New Holland’s flagship Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has endured “three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year’s slumber in New Holland Spirits barrels.”  Weighing in at a staggering 17% ABV, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash offers its drinker “an intense malt character paired with warm, toasted flavor notes from its time in the wood.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to release Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash into the wild. Triple Mash takes what is already an amazing beer and really amplifies all those classic Dragon’s Milk flavors to the moon—the roasted malt, barrel sweetness and bourbon all shine through,” said Dominic Bergquist, Brand Manager. “Our brewers have outdone themselves with this brew.”

Release parties for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will take place at New Holland’s Grand Rapids and Holland pubs on Saturday, April 27.  While at these release parties, attendees can purchase Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($24.99 each | limit of one case per customer per day), on draft, and “as part of a special ‘Flight of the Dragon’ sampler that features Triple Mash along with Dragon’s Milk, Dragon’s Milk White and Dragon’s Milk: Brewer’s Select (2019)—which was aged in a first-use bourbon barrel and hand-selected from New Holland’s cellar just for this occasion.”  A limited amount of Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash – both on draft and in bottles – is expected to hit distribution in Michigan only shortly after the on-site release.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash from New Holland Brewing Company

Release – Limited; April 27, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 17%
IBU – 30
Treatment – A version of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has experienced three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year aging in New Holland Spirits barrels
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Michigan only

 

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/

New Holland Brewing Co. Launches Dragon’s Milk White in Cans

dragonsmilkwhiteNew Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has announced that Dragon’s Milk White, a Bourbon Barrel-aged White Stout, will officially join the Dragon’s Milk family in February.

Developed as “a nod to New Holland Brewing’s 20 years of barrel-aging expertise and commitment to innovation in the name of flavor”, Dragon’s Milk White is a “full flavored . . . hazy, golden” White Stout that offers “strong notes of vanilla, cocoa, coffee roast, and oak from its time in bourbon barrels.”  Despite its lighter appearance and ABV (6%), Dragon’s Milk White “promises to appeal to traditional stout drinkers as well as those who simply are looking for a well-crafted, full-flavored and accessible drinking experience.”

Speaking of accessibility, Dragon’s Milk White will be the first Dragon’s Milk family member available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  This new packaging format now makes it possible for the Dragon’s Milk experience to “be enjoyed in more places and on more occasions, giving fans even more opportunity to ‘share a legend.'”

“The white stout is an entirely new Dragon’s Milk experience, pulling many of the same awesome flavor notes that our fans have come to love in our original bourbon barrel-aged stout, but presenting them in a way that is completely unique,” said Dominic Bergquist, brand manager for Dragon’s Milk. “It’s not simply a visual play. The hazy golden color is really just the first cue that this beer is going to be unique, with the aromas and flavors that follow making it something we feel is truly special to behold.”

Dragon’s Milk White will officially debut in New Holland’s pubs in Grand Rapids and Holland, Michigan on February 8 and is scheduled to enter full distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of New Holland’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk White from New Holland Brewing Company 

Release – Year-Round, launching February 2019
Style – White Stout
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 35
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/beer-finder/

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 Gives Dragon’s Milk a New Look, Introduces Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Banana CoconutNew Holland Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has announced that it is officially unveiling the re-branding of its flagship Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout alongside the latest release from its Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series, Banana Coconut.

After 17 years of production, the legendary Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout will soon be hitting shelves with a “dramatic new look” that better represents its “creativity and artistry.”  This update will see the artwork shifting to “a premium all-black base, allowing the hallmark dragon emblem to serve as the visual focus in place of the brewery’s own logo.”  It will also feature “gradient dragon scales”, a visual accent that acts as a “nod to the stout’s name while mimicking the way foam dissipates in the glass when poured.”

This updated visual design will be displayed on Dragon’s Milk packaging, retail elements and branded merchandise.  If you would like to see more of this beer’s refreshed appearance, you should check out its dedicated website and Instagram account.

“Synonymous with its name, Dragon’s Milk has become its own legend and we’re proud of its heritage as the best liquid in our house,” said Brett VanderKamp, President of New Holland Brewing Company. “We are passionate about the stout’s full, warming and rich blend comprising roasted malt characteristics complemented by smooth vanilla and oak flavors. Our new packaging aims to celebrate the complexity of the beer while paying tribute to its bold, rich undertones.”

To add a little flair to the occasion, New Holland will celebrate the Dragon’s Milk re-brand by introducing the latest Limited Release variant to come out of its Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series, Banana Coconut.  Just as the name would lead you to believe, 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 will officially debut on September 15 at both New Holland Brewing Company brew pub locations and enter distribution shortly after that date.  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.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Banana Coconut from New Holland Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Dragon’s Milk Reserve, mid-September 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Malts – 2-row, Munich, Caramel, Flaked Barley, Chocolate, Black & Honey
Hops – Nugget & Brewer’s Gold
Added Ingredients – Banana, plantain & coconut 
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://newhollandbrew.com/beer-finder/

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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