New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Solera will join its Year-Round lineup of Dragon’s Milk offerings in August 2020.
Developed to be a Dragon’s Milk brew that is “representative of both the journey and the reward, and how both can evolve into something unexpected over time,” Dragon’s Milk Solera is an American Strong Ale that has been “aged in a series of American oak foeders using a blending technique known as solera.” Filled with “nuanced flavors of caramel, toffee and fig,” Dragon’s Milk Solera (10% ABV) is a “legendary ale [that will] continue to evolve with each pull from the foeders, becoming more complex over time.”
“We plan to label each batch with the pull number so drinkers can join us on the journey,” Brand Manager Dominic Berquist said. “The aging and blending brings our brewers and cellarman a new set of challenges, but they have more than risen to the occasion and we’re very excited by the results.”
“We’ve researched the history and lore behind the term ‘Dragon’s Milk’ and have actually found references to it as early as the mid-1500s in England,” Bergquist said. “Dragon’s Milk was used to describe a wide variety of potent ales and elixirs that were worthy of celebration, and Solera absolutely lives up to that expectation. It’s an exciting new chapter in the legend of Dragon’s Milk and we can’t wait for our fans to try this brew.”
Dragon’s Milk Solera will officially release at New Holland Brewing Company’s Holland and Grand Rapids locations on August 1 (pre-order for that release date will begin on July 18), and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan and in other select markets located within New Holland’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Solera from New Holland Brewing Company
Release – Year-Round; launching August 1, 2020
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 10%
Treatment – “Aged in a series of American oak foeders using a blending technique known as solera”
Fun Fact – “The solera aging method could best be described as fractional blending. Beginning with a master batch, New Holland ages Dragon’s Milk Solera in massive oak foeders and gradually pulls down the line until reaching the final foeder, blending a pool of beer from different generations. The beer’s average age will increase before hitting an eventual equilibrium, becoming more layered and complex. Each pull from the solera will contain a small bit of the original batch, allowing Dragon’s Milk fans to follow this beer as it evolves.”
Recommended Glassware – Stemless snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://dragonsmilk.com/find-dragons-milk