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New Holland Brewing Company Farmhouse Hatter (365 Day 233)

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

New Holland Farmhouse Hatter

For the first Thursday for some time we had a gathering of more than just myself. Rich and Chuck came out of the woodwork to appreciate some fine American craft beer.

Started the evening off with what turned out to be beer number 233: Farmhouse Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company. Followed by Black Hatter, Rye Hatter, and Cascade Kriek Ale by Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub. All the beers were fantastic but we all agreed that Cascade Kriek is a really solid sour. It stole the evening.

Farmhouse Hatter takes the base beer and, based on the name, adds Belgian yeast if not more. The Belgian yeast adds a nice pepper and spice complexity to the beer without overwhelming. Hops are grapefruit citrus and pine with the grapefruit coming on strong on both the nose and mouth. Definitely a refreshing beer, suited well for this shitty hot weather we have had lately. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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New Holland Brewing Company Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale (365 Day 207)

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

New Holland Oak Aged Mad Hatter IPA

I originally purchased the four Mad Hatter beers from New Holland Brewing Company to share on a Thursday night with Rich, Chuck, and Steve. Unfortunately plans don’t always work out the way you plan. Thursday night beer night was cancelled last week because of prior engagements by most and next few weeks I am not going to be around. I am an old IPAaphobe: I don’t like old IPAs as the hops start to drop out.

Instead I started on the first with my wife: Oak Aged Mad Hatter India Pale Ale. The oak definitely comes out with this beer. The aroma and taste do not cheat. I don’t know how long the beer was aged on oak but the hop profile just happened to be very resinous, making me think that it had been there a while.

Oak Aged Mad Hatter was a good beginning to the set of four special releases. I look forward to the others. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 7.9

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New Holland Brewing Company Envious (365 Day 174)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

New Holland Envious

It is craft beer week in Chicago. To the uninitiated that means tons of great American craft beers will be on tap throughout the city at special events and tapping through next weekend. Unfortunately, I usually have to watch the event from the outside looking in as it is difficult for a guy with three young kids to go craft beer seeking on week nights, especially when I live a good hour or more from any of the events. Luckily for me the wife is really taking a liking to craft beer and she thought going to a tapping would be exciting.

When the first email came to me about noon in which she stated we need to go to something, I knew the game was on. Now it was just figuring out what worked best in our schedule. She quickly found that Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro! was tapping Envious by New Holland Brewing Company. She offered to pick me up from work, with the kids, and head up to the North side for dinner and a beer. How could I refuse?

Envious is an interesting beer. It second fermentation on Michigan pears then placed on oak and raspberries. Quite the mix. As the beer warms, beers are always too cold from the tap, the nuisances of raspberry and oak begin to play on the nose and palate, with the raspberry strong enough to be the focus but subtle enough to let other characteristics come through. The one thing that distracted was a dry vegetal aroma that lasted throughout the drink. I would probably rate this in the mid to high seven range. Enjoy!

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New Holland Brewing Company Imperial Hatter (365 Day 133)

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Brewing Company is one of the generous number of American craft breweries dotting the landscape in Michigan. The brew beer as well as distill. One of their newest items I have seen in the last year is a hoppy tequila.

I wasn’t after spirits with this one but their Imperial Hatter an American imperial IPA. Imperial Hatter has plenty of hops and hop bitterness to please any hop head. I guess my one complaint is the amount of unbalanced bitterness in the finish that lasts for a while. I have said it over and over again that I like some balance to my beers no matter how big or how outrageous they might become. A big beer the sake of being big and unruly is like the bully on the playground, except this bully take over your palate and taste buds with a vengeance, not giving them back for an hour or so.

Definitely worth trying, but be assured you won’t be tasting much thereafter. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 7, Look: 7, Drinkability: 7, Overall: 7.0

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New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole (365 Day 56)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
new holland brewing company pilgrim's dole

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole

New Holland Brewing Company isn’t too terribly far away over in south-western Michigan. I tried to tour the brewery a little over a year ago but wasn’t successful, so we ended up at the New Holland restaurant instead. Darn tasty.

In spite of the close proximity to me, I seem to overlook the American craft beer goodness that is New Holland. I have rated five of their flavors and would have to say that outside of Dragon’s Milk, I have found their beers to be very average at best. When there is so much American craft beer to conquer, why settle?

Last night was TNBC with one of the beers on hand being Pilgrim’s Dole. It was the second beer of the evening and I wanted to make sure that my official beer of the evening was something that I had early, took some notes, and wouldn’t get mixed up with the rest of the beers.

Pilgrim’s Dole is made with about 50% wheat and the bottle calls it a wheatwine over a barleywine. It pours a copper hue with little, white foam and a spotty lacing. The nose and taste are very similar: caramel, sweet, and wheat. The beer is thick with little to no carbonation. A nice beer that I would have again and wished I had more than my sampling amount on the evening. Enjoy!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan Travels

Monday, December 28th, 2009

grand rapids, michigan

Hard to believe it has been nearly a week since I have found time to write something here. Hopefully the next few days will be a flurry of posts with the highlight a vertical of Short’s Brewing Company beers.

The trip erupted from a brain storming that my wife and I had Christmas evening. Yes, the kids had all their toys and were happy, but getting out of the house for a day (at least what I was thinking) would be fun, especially since it centered around beer. She one upped me and said that we should spend the night in or near Grand Rapids, Michigan since there was several places in and around there that I had mentioned I wanted to visit. nike cortez femmes Reservations were quickly made for a hotel (under $65 total, damn thrifty wife) and breweries, brew pubs, and beer stores quickly scouted for address information.

new holland brewery brew pub and eatery

Early Friday we were off with our first destination set in the GPS to New Holland Brewing Company. I was looking forward to doing a brewery hop while attending the 2:30pm (local time) brewery tour. Of course things are never as they seem. As we meandered through an industrial park we found a sheet metal sided building with no name on it being pointed at by the GPS. Luckily the basketball hoop had a New Holland sticker on it or I would have no idea where I was at. The next thing we noticed: no cars. Yes, it had been snowing but not enough to keep everyone away!?! The “truck” entrance on the side of the building was open and a single man walked. He said that everyone decided to take off for the holidays. That is great but how about publishing it on your website and/or on your phone recording. Honestly, that pissed me off.

We then set the GPS for New Holland Restaurant which was only a few minutes away and located in downtown New Holland. This place is well worth the visit. The food, the service, and, of course, the beer are all top notch. The prices are better than you would expect. I even got a free Dragon’s Milk on tap as the bartender somehow screwed up and poured an extra. Oh darn.

founders brewing company

Next destination: Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids. I really enjoy their beers and this was probably the place that I was most excited about visiting. Unfortunately, everyone, outside of my wife, fell asleep on the ride over. 🙁 Oh well, I took an outside picture, went inside, checked out the bar (the place is really a bar as ordering of food after 3pm seems to only take place through a little hole in the wall into the kitchen), and looked in awe at their brewing equipment. You could only see the equipment through windows, as they don’t give tours, nike kobe 9 but they have a huge facility/capacity based on what I could see. The place was jumping midday Saturday, so I couldn’t chew the fat with anyone.

The short visit was over. I didn’t have a beer as I didn’t want to keep my wife sitting in the car doing nothing while I enjoyed one of my vices. Off to Hop Cat which was less than a mile away.

hop cat brewpub

Hop Cat is a cozy street corner bar and brew pub. It was sort of dark and my oldest and myself just walked in to check it out. It seemed like all eyes were on us when we walked in. No matter. The patronage seemed a little more upscale but that was based on a quick scan of the bar. We walked to the back of the beer pub to look at their brewery. Small. About the size a master bedroom. Once again, because of the amount of places I wanted to see, nothing more than the walk through.

scilianos beer store

Siciliano’s beer store was our next destination a beer store that I have read good things about. I was a little apprehensive as other stores that had come highly recommended have come up short, way short, in the past.

Holy Cow! This place was awesome. Not big but a great use of space. Very friendly and helpful staff walked me around and helped me pick out beers not distributed to Chicagoland. Each beer on the shelves and in the coolers are all individually labeled for sale. Yes, you do not have to buy a six pack of anything. Just pick the beers, pick up an empty sixer cardboard case, and start filling it up. What a great idea and well welcomed idea. I ended up getting some 20 different beers, as I picked up a couple of doubles for Rich.

We stopped at the Hideout Brewing Company but they were closed. No indication that they would be closed.

grand rapids brewingc ompany

Off to Grand Rapids Brewing Company for a pint and dinner. The nostalgia that they had all around the restaurant was pretty cool; dating back to the early 1900s. nike kobe 9 elite gs Unfortunately that’s where they goodness sort of ran out. My wife and I had a pint of their beer that was average at best. The food was the same. Nothing special, nothing horrible, it just didn’t make us say wow like New Holland’s food did. The prices were average all the way around but based on the quality, I guess you could say overpriced. Our waitress was nothing fantastic as she made the job seem more like a chore. I would stop again to give them another chance.

Grand Rapids and area has a great wealth of breweries, brew pubs, beer stores, and beer bars all seemingly worth the visit. All the places I visited, especially Founders, I would like to go back on an adult tour so that I could have a pint or three at each of the places. Enjoy!

Two Oktoberfests, Two Pumpkins, and One Curmudgeon

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Had to make up for taking last night off with an array of four seasonal beers and a Curmudgeon to keep me honest. 🙂 I am about half way through the beers from Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest festival.

founders brewing company curmudgeon

Curmudgeon by Founders Brewing Company is an Old Ale that has been aged in oak barrels. I had six of these before I could pull myself away from the glass long enough to review it. Molasses, grain, vanilla, and dark fruit are part of the complex aroma and taste of this beer that blend together nicely to make one fine drinking beer. Slight dryness and warmth that compliment this beer perfectly. I hope I can still get some more of this.

Ichabod by New Holland Brewing Company is a pumpkin beer. Ichabod is a quality offering that didn’t live up to the aroma in the taste. I thought the aroma was spot on and had me preparing for a great taste but I was let down when the beer was a little light and watery. If you prefer your pumpkins not as spiced up in the mouth, then this would be a really good beer. air max 90 femmes In spite of what I said, I would have this beer again.

new glarus brewing company staghorn octoberfest

Staghorn Oktoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company was next. I cant’ hide the fact that I am a fan of Glarus beers as I have been there twice this summer and tasted/reviewed at least 18 different styles. Staghorn delivers with spot on interpretation of the style. Great combination of malts and drinkability make it a winner in my book.

Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales found its way into my glass next. I felt the aroma was similar to Ichabod but where it left off, Punkin Ale delivers by carrying over the pleasant aroma into the taste. A well rounded and crisp offering.

The last beer of the day was Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest by Tyranena Brewing Company. To this point I have been a fan of Tyranena’s beers but this one just seemed a little lackluster and couldn’t find the style.

Order of preferences: Curmudgeon, Staghorn Oktoberfest, Punkin Ale. Ichabod, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest. Enjoy!

Wednesday, Time for Beer Store

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Two scores for the week: Ichabod by New Holland and Hop Whore by Tyranena

Two scores for the week: Ichabod by New Holland and Hop Whore by Tyranena

Oh, how I could barely wait for another Wednesday afternoon for my weekly beer store visit. I just had a big haul on Labor Day with a road trip up to Madison, WI and spent more than I anticipated (isn’t that the way it always ends up?). I knew I had to keep things to a minimum or I would hear it from the boss later at home.

With that in mind and all the new selections this week, match supreme txt femmes my mind started to race as my knees were week from brew overload, I had to choose something. I hate pressure. 🙂

So with little hesitation I selected Ichabod by New Holland Brewing Company and Hop Whore by Tyranena Brewing Company.

Strangely enough, before I went to the store, I was on New Holland’s website checking out their seasonal brews. I noticed Ichabod and wondered why it wasn’t on the final list for Two Beer Dudes Oktoberfest. I thought the name was more interesting than anything and a beer with a headless man riding a horse on the label; how could I pass it up?

Hop Whore was a pseudo throw in as I have heard it is a good beer and it is only a four pack. The bright yellow, cardboard case sticks out like a sore thumb. I wanted to make it feel loved and wanted, as well as equal out the load: one package in each hand.

So another beer for Oktoberfest and another big Imperial IPA for me. Enjoy!

Today’s Beer Store Visit

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
My only purchase from this week's beer store run: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon's Milk

My only purchase from this week's beer store run: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon's Milk

Beer stores visits make Wednesday’s go by fast. Today has been no different but I guess it has slowed down since the anticipation is building for a chance to start tasting tonights addition: New Holland Brewing Company Dragon’s Milk – Ale Aged In Oak Barrels.

There was plenty to choose from as my favorite air yeezy 2 femmes liquor store had received not only their usual Wednesday shipment but beers from a closed store in the south Chicago Loop. Of course I had to inquire if this meant doom for their location but Travis quickly calmed my nervousness.

I had three other beers besides Dragon’s Milk in my hand while we talked about everything they received this week and Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers. I finally caught of whiff of fiscal sobriety and put everything else back.

A successful trip on two accounts: got an outstanding beer and slowed drain on the pocket book. Look for the review coming soon. Enjoy!