HOLLAND — New Holland Brewing Co. has announced it will distribute two reserve batches of its popular Dragon’s Milk bourbon barrel stout.
The first release, Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chiles, is set to ship from production this week, and will be available in stores soon thereafter. This reserve blend is aged with chili de arbol peppers in bourbon barrels for three months.
“This reserve batch of Dragon’s Milk was a brew we first brought to festivals and eventually to the Great American Beer Festival, where it won Silver in the Experimental category,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland. “Our festival fans might remember it as ‘Smaug’s Breath’ but in market you’ll see it as Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies, even though it’s essentially the same recipe.”
In late fall, the second offering will be released — Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Raspberries. Using the tartness of raspberries against the rich, deep vanilla notes of the stout, this is a different slant on the brew.
“The raspberry Reserve is equally amazing,” says VanderKamp. “It will definitely appeal to those who love that tangy tartness of raspberries and those who are a little scared of the chilies,” he laughs.
Once a single-batch annual release, Dragon’s Milk has become New Holland’s largest selling year-round beer, gaining accolades and recognition internationally, including a recent silver medal in the 2013 Brussels Beer Challenge.
In 2011, New Holland renovated its production facility to expand its Dragon’s Milk cellar where more than 2,000 oak barrels can reside at one time.
“We’re excited about these two limited-release offerings,” says VanderKamp. “It has been important to us to offer Dragon’s Milk year round. Even though it is a time- and labor-intensive brew, we feel like it needs to be a flavor profile available to our fans whenever they want it — for those big and small celebrations in life. But we’re also looking forward to offering these two fun, smaller runs of the Dragon’s Milk Reserve. We believe they will make our fans proud and encourage them to stop and enjoy the moment.”