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Campfire beer. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve S’mores is coming soon

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve S'mores

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve S’mores is coming to the coveted “Reserve” series in the near future.

By now, the Holland, Michigan based brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, is pretty iconic. For years, New Holland has been releasing a year-round imperial stout, which has garnered a bit of a cult following. For many, a barrel-aged imperial stout knows no season.

Rewarding that love of big stouts, the brewery created the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series, a special series that takes Dragon’s Milk to new heights. Entries into the series include the ridiculously tasty Coconut Rum, Vanilla Chai, and hitting shelves now – Mexican Spice Cake. Soon, your campfires can be enhanced by S’mores Dragon’s Milk Reserve.

This future 11% alcohol by volume imperial stout boasts hints of toasted marshmallow and graham cracker (plus, it’s aged in bourbon).

Hints of toasted marshmallow and graham cracker compliment the chocolate character of Dragon’s Milk, giving this Reserve a flavor reminiscent of campfires and summer nights.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve S’mores will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draft. The brewery has not yet announced this release.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Marshmallow, Graham Cracker. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: TBA

11% ABV

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New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake debuts in special series

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake join the special “Reserve” series of beers starting in April.

This series is centered around the brewery’s Dragon’s Milk, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. You might see the subtitle “Unlimited Release,” as it’s year-round.

The Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series is known for different spins on the brewery’s barrel-aged imperial stout, like Rum Barrel Coconut, Vanilla Chai Spice, and a high alcohol by volume Triple Mashed. Soon, look for New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake will join the coveted lineup.

The “Mexican Cake” flavor has become a popular one in beer, combining flavors of cinnamon, chilis and vanilla. New Holland aged this beer for 3 months  in bourbon barrels, with toasted chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon. A real popular beer every time It has been offered.

“The chocolate character in Dragon’s Milk is enhanced by the soft chili heat and mellowed out by the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon. It’s simply delicious and continues to show how well Dragon’s Milk can play with new flavors..” – Joel Petersen, VP of Beer Marketing

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time, starting April 1st.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Chilis, Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: 4/1/17

11% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Holland Brewing

The 17% beast, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple Mashed

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed, by far the strongest Dragon’s Milk the Michigan brewery’s arsenal, is out of the barrel this month.

Hot water through one bed of grain just isn’t enough for this creature. New Holland performs three separate mashes (all of equal volume and composition) in order to achieve a high starting gravity. Very little lautering (process where the mash is separated into the clear liquid wort and residual grain) is done so as not to dilute the wort too much. After all you need all that fermentable sugar. During fermentation, New Holland adds a little extra sugar in order to hit 17% alcohol by volume. That’s a full 6% higher than the regular year-round Dragon’s Milk. Yeah, it’s big.

The fermented beer was then aged in New Holland Spirits whiskey barrels.

Intense malt character is paired with compelling whiskey character and the toasted notes of American white oak. Robust, yet balanced, an experience all its own.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mashed is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for limited time starting this week.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Lastest Return: Early January, 2017

17% ABV

Due to the high ABV of this beer, it is not legal to sell in every state in New Holland’s distribution.

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You want this. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel bottle

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is the newest variant on the brewery’s popular Dragon’s Milk Imperial Stout.

Backstory for those that aren’t familiar – New Holland has created an interesting in-house cycle for for this year-round barrel-aged stout. New Holland also creates their own whiskey in house. The whiskey leaves the barrel, Dragon’s Milk goes in, ages, and is blended. In some instances, bourbon is aged in the barrels that had the imperial stout, creating New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon.

Throw some of that idea out. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is coming in October.

This edition finds the imperial stout aged in rum barrels, with coconut. Think of it like the “Dragon” took a tropical vacation.

Taste. 

There is no other way to put this. Holy sh!t this beer is good. Coconut, rum and chocolate are the key players here. But really though, it’s all about the coconut. There are so many “whales” running around out there that have coconut that beer nerds will fight over. This coconut rum spin on Dragon’s Milk is hitting your shelves now. Don’t pass it up because it’s not rare enough. We’re talking rum barrel aged coconut imperial stout here. Drink this beer. You’ll be glad you did.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Coconut Rum Barrel is hitting shelves now, in 12 ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Coconut. Barrel Aged. Rum.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

11% ABV

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Retro & Dank: New Holland Hoptronix

New Holland Hoptronix

New Holland Hoptronix is hitting shelves nationwide. Let’s get retro, shall we?

Michigan based New Holland Brewing has a small obsession with hops, as evidenced by the Mad Hatter Series. Those down-the-rabbit-hole line of IPAs are unique and fantastic, but this new imperial IPA just didn’t fit the lineup. This one pushes the boundaries a bit. Just like Atari did when the game system debuted.

Test batches of New Holland Hoptronix were very well received, prompting the brewery to make it year-round in 2017. The imperial iPA is brewed with Mosaic hops that make this beer citrus forward.

“We brought our hop game to the next level using huge amounts of Mosaic hops to tickle the tongue with bitter flavors and then delight the drinker with a clean, balanced finish. This beer will surprise you and leave you wanting more.” – Joel Petersen, New Holland VP of  Marketing

You’ll find New Holland Hoptronix trickling into stores and bars across the brewery’s footprint this month.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: November, 2016

9% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Holland Brewing, Seasonal Return

One of the best variants: New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai returns

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai returns to shelves once again in October, 2016. Part of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series.

The Michigan based brewery started releasing variants of their wildly popular year-round imperial stout in 2015. Editions include Raspberries, Chocolate & Coffee, & Toasted Chilies. One of the best they’ve ever done?  New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai.

Chai is the imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for three months, with vanilla chai spice. We throw the term “boozy dessert” around frequently here. You will find it in this variant of Dragon’s Milk. The beer is layered in creamy chocolate, with vanilla from both the bourbon and vanilla chai. Clay Cooper, the brewery’s national sales director, mentions mixing with New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale, saying: “It’s pretty damn delish.”

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Reserve Vanilla Chai can be found again in 12 ounce bottles starting in October, 2016.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Vanilla Chai Spice. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Hops: Glacier, Nugget
Malts: 2 Row, Munich, Caramel, Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Flaked Barley

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal release
Latest Return: October 2016

11% ABV, 31 IBUs

Image: Beer Street Journal 

Posted in Distribution Expansion, New Holland Brewing

New Holland adds Alabama

New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI) has announced the addition of Alabama to their distribution network.

The brewery has signed a deal with Birmingham based Supreme Beverage in order to handle distribution.
“There is a strong an vibrant craft scene in Alabama and we’re excited to share our products with the passionate and dedicated people there,” stated Brett VanderKamp, President & Founder.

The brewery will launch Mad Hatter IPA, Dragon’s Milk (Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout) to start. More brands will follow in 2016.

Recently, New Holland announced new Dragon’s Milk variant with Raspberry & Lemon for the summer.