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The foeder-aged ale utilizes a technique that blends old and young into an ever-evolving beer

 

Holland, Mich.  — New Holland Brewing Company has announced the next member of the Dragon’s Milk family, Dragon’s Milk Solera, a 10% ABV foeder-aged ale that emphasizes the passage of time. By implementing a method where a flow of fresh beer influences the base solera, Dragon’s Milk Solera achieves a drinking experience that’s simultaneously consistent and ever-changing.

soleraThe 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.

“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.”

In a glass, Dragon’s Milk Solera presents a gorgeous mahogany hue. An oaky and subtly sweet nose draws the drinker in for a sip where beguiling flavors of caramel, toffee and fig coalesce into a beer best savored amongst good company. Crack open a couple with friends and watch the Dragon’s Milk legend unfold.

“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 be available year round in four-pack 12 oz bottles and on draft in select states beginning in August. A limited amount of this beer will be available for online pre-order starting at 11am on July 18. The release coincides with another New Holland brand, Hazy River, a one hundred percent Citra-hopped New England Style IPA with a huge citrus aroma and taste.

Pick up will take place at the Knickerbocker and New Holland production facility on Saturday, August 1 from 11-6pm. For more information on Dragon’s Milk Solera and the pre-order, please visit www.dragonsmilk.com.

 

About Dragon’s Milk

Throughout the ages, Dragon’s Milk has been a term used to describe potent ales and elixirs worthy of a celebration, a reward at the end of the journey. New Holland Brewing Co. is proud to continue that tradition today with the Dragon’s Milk family of brands. What began as a single barrel in the back of the brewhouse in 2001 has now become a line of legendary brews, including Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout, the #1 best selling stout in America. For more information, visit www.dragonsmilk.com or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

day of the dragon

New Holland Brewing reveals three Dragon’s Milk Reserve varieties for its first online beer release

 

Holland, Mich. — New Holland Brewing Company has announced the return of its beloved imperial stout, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash. Layers of chocolate, coffee and vanilla coalesce into a stout fit for Smaug himself, and at 17 percent ABV, this is a beast best savored. Triple Mash ages for one year in New Holland Spirits oak bourbon barrels, multiplying the Dragon’s Milk flavors to truly epic proportions.

In response to the pandemic, New Holland will implement its first ever online beer release, honoring Triple Mash with a virtual “Day of the Dragon.” While social distancing measures have transformed the way we connect with our favorite breweries, Dragon’s Milk Brand Manager Dominic Bergquist sees the bright side to this virtual release.

triple mash“Dragon’s Milk has always been about celebration and creating savored moments. The online release allows us to still get these awesome brews to our fans for them to enjoy at home and celebrate the arrival of summer, backyard bonfires and hopefully a s’more or two,” Bergquist said. “While we aren’t able to raise a glass together, this batch of Reserves is certainly worthy of a virtual ‘cheers.'”

Beer enthusiasts can place their orders on Saturday, May 16 beginning at 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. New Holland Mug Club members will receive an access code via email for early entrance, starting at 10:30 a.m. Drinkers can select their preferred location for pick up (Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids or Pub on 8th in Holland) which will begin starting on June 1st.

At $24.99 a 4-pack with a two case limit, payment will occur online at point of purchase followed by a confirmation email. Pick up of all orders begins Monday, June 1. Proxies will be allowed, but all individuals must present a copy of the order confirmation upon arrival at either New Holland Brewing location. Act fast, Triple Mash is only available for purchase on the order day only and it won’t see distribution outside of the pubs.

Two new Dragon’s Milk Reserve variants join Triple Mash for “Day of the Dragon”: Stroopwafel and Scotch Barrel Aged-Stout with Marshmallow & Dark Chocolate (2020 Reserve 2). The first finds inspiration from the classic Dutch cookie with rich caramel, vanilla, cinnamon and freshly roasted coffee beans. The second replicates campfire vibes.

“One of our favorite places to share a Dragon’s Milk is around the campfire, and this brew pays tribute to those legendary summer nights,” Bergquist said. “A blend of Highland and Speyside scotch barrels bring just a hint of peated smokiness that accentuates the roasted notes of our signature stout, while toasted marshmallow aroma and flavors set the stage for a rich, chocolatey finish.”

Both beers go online at the same time as Triple Mash for $17.99 a 4-pack with no limits. Stroopwafel will only be available at New Holland brewpubs while 2020 Reserve 2 will be distributed throughout the Dragon’s Milk footprint. Check out a limited amount of Dragon’s Milk merchandise on the web store too, including the 2020 edition of the Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash Teku glass for $15.

Production Manager Jason Salas expressed his pride in helping orchestrate this event. “We couldn’t be more excited about how these beers turned out,” Salas said. “It’s extremely difficult to produce just one Dragon’s Milk Reserve, but our brewing team rose to the challenge to bring all three of these to life.”

Let’s give this Dragon a warm welcome.

new hollandHolland, Mich. — New Holland Brewing will release a new addition to theirDragon’s Milk Reserve program in April. This time, brewers tried a classic flavor pairing on Dragon’s Milk’s bourbon barrel stout canvas: Cherry Chocolate.

The beer will be available in New Holland pubs starting April 13. It will hit store shelves and across their bar and restaurant distribution footprint on April 16. Consumers can look forward 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.”

For most breweries, a bourbon barrel stout clocking in at 11 percent ABV is a limited release. New Holland Brewing works hard to make Dragon’s Milk available year round. The Reserve series is a chance for brewers and consumers alike to see the favorite beer in a new light.

“I think Dragon’s Milk speaks for itself. It’s a strong beer that our customers love on its own,” said Petersen. “The Dragon’s Milk Reserve program gives us the platform to build on that strong base and create a variety of exciting new flavor experiences.”

“The Reserve series allows our brewers to express their creativity,” said New Holland Brewing President Brett VanderKamp. “We continue to be amazed at the ways Dragon’s Milk can play with different flavors.”

New Holland Brewing welcomes those interested in learning more about Dragon’s Milk or the process to attend a tour where Dragon’s Milk is being brewed and cellared.

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New Holland Brewing Co. announces the second Dragon’s Milk Reserve of 2017: Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake. This limited release variant of New Holland’s year-round, Bourbon Barrel Stout, hits shelves and taps beginning April 1, where New Holland is sold. This reserve blend is aged in bourbon barrels for three months, with toasted chiles, cocoa nibs, vanilla, and cinnamon added during aging.

dragons milk“We first brewed this variation for Michigan Brewers’ Guild Winter Beer Fest (WBF) in February of 2016,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland. “And it’s been a fan favorite ever since. People couldn’t get enough at that beer fest, at the handful of small events across the country in which we tested it, and again at this year’s WBF. It was time for this variant to own the spotlight.”

New Holland’s locations, Pub on 8th in Holland and The Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids, will host official release parties for Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice on Saturday, April 1. The beer will be on tap, available in special Dragon’s Milk flights, and available for purchase by the 4pack and case in the retail spaces. Doors open at 11am and the first 20 people in line will get a Dragon’s Milk swag bag.

“This variant is so simple,” says VP of Beer Marketing, Joel Petersen. “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.”

The third Dragon’s Milk Reserve variant is scheduled to release in July.

All Dragon’s Milk reserves will be released in limited quantities across the areas in which New Holland distributes. To find Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mexican Spice Cake in your area, use our Beer & Spirits Finder or ask your local retailer.

First released in 2001, Dragon’s Milk was one of the early bourbon barrel-aged stouts in the US. The barrel-aging scene has since exploded. 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 silver medal in the Brussels Beer Challenge. In 2015, New Holland renovated its production facility to expand its Dragon’s Milk cellar where more than 3,500 oak barrels can reside at one time.

 

 

HOLdragon's milkLAND, MI–New Holland Brewing Co. has taken its year-­round, bourbon barrel stout and infused it with flavors of Vanilla Chai for its first 2016 reserve batch.

This reserve blend is aged in bourbon barrels for three months, with the nuanced flavor of Vanilla Chai for a portion of that time.

“This reserve batch of Dragon’s Milk scored great marks when we quietly pub­ tested it this Fall,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland.

“The rich vanilla and chocolate notes of Dragon’s Milk with the layered flavor of Vanilla Chai – it’s so unique and so complementary.”
This reserve release kicks off a new release schedule for Dragon’s Milk Reserves. New Holland will release four variations quarterly in 2016, as opposed to all at once as was done in 2015.

As 2015 releases sold out in record time, the move to quarterly releases allows for more of each reserve to be brewed and offered.

The second quarter release will be Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Coffee and Chocolate. A crowd favorite from the 2015 release, this reserve will be back in larger quantities for those who didn’t get their fill.

More information on future reserve releases will be provided as 2016 unfolds. All reserves will be released through all locations in which New Holland distributes.

“These small runs of Dragon’s Milk are both to satisfy the creativity of our brewers, but also the palates of our fans” said VanderKamp.

Keep an eye out for special Dragon’s Milk surprises upcoming at the Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Fest and other festivals throughout the year.

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.”

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.”