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The brewery has partnered with three outfitters to celebrate the milestone anniversary

Holland, Mich.  — New Holland Brewing Company has partnered with REI Co-op, Merrell and Woosah Outfitters to celebrate 100 years of Michigan State Parks. Together, the partners have crafted a special beer and will host a series of events to benefit the state’s scenic parks.

“This partnership with Michigan State Parks is our way of showcasing the natural beauty that our state has to offer and the amazing parks that allow people to access these beautiful places,” said New Holland Brewing Company Brand Manager Adam Dickerson.

Nearly 100 years ago, the Michigan State Parks Commission was established to acquire natural lands for use as public parks. This year, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating those 100 years by highlighting the history of the parks and encouraging the public to support their future.

“The centennial is an opportunity to look back and give forward; to celebrate the 100 years of memories made in state parks, but also to engage and empower the next generation of state park enthusiasts to take action and ownership for the next 100 years,” said Ron Olson, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division for the Michigan DNR.

New Holland Brewing Company partnered with REI and Woosah Outfitters to create a special beer for the occasion.

Lake and Trail Lager is a copper lager, perfect for drinking after a day of hiking Michigan’s scenic state park trails. It will be released in six packs of cans and distributed only in Michigan. This beer will support Michigan State Parks and the centennial anniversary.

Woosah Outfitters Founder and Owner Erica Lang designed the Lake and Trail Lager cans. Using her signature woodcut technique, she drew inspiration from spending time in Michigan’s great outdoors.

“I wanted to capture some of the magic and bliss I feel hiking on Michigan trails—like catching the sunrise and sunset, feeling so small surrounded by the towering rows of pines and of course that big view of the lake,” Lang said. “The scene I carved combines all of these feelings into one beautiful trail.”

A release party for the beer will take place on June 29 at Woosah’s outdoor garden space and coffee shop, Outside Coffee Co. Woosah will be unveiling new gear in the shop and offering free beer outdoors with live music performances throughout the evening.

A series of hike and beer dinners to benefit Michigan State Parks will feature New Holland beers paired with a three-course meal. The “Trail to Table” dinners will take place at Leelanau State Park in Northport on July 27, P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon on July 28 and Island Lake State Recreation Area in Brighton on September 21.

The P.J. Hoffmaster “Trail to Table” event will be women only, in celebration of Genevieve Gillette, the “First Lady” of Michigan State Parks. Funds from this event will benefit the Gillette Nature Center.

“Genevieve Gillette was a pivotal leader in the early days of the state park system, and she is the namesake of the nature center for which we are raising funds,” Dickerson said. “We also wanted to provide an environment that is welcoming and comfortable for women craft beer drinkers, when so many other beer events tend to be very male oriented.”

new hollandNew Holland has partnered with REI and Merrell to provide added experiences to the “Trail to Table” events. Attendees will start the day with Merrell shoe demos and an approximately two-hour guided hike sure to provide scenic views of some of Michigan’s most beautiful landscapes. Following the hike, guests will have opportunities to connect with local REI experts, play yard games and enjoy the park before partaking in a beer dinner. The beer dinner will be set within the park and will feature a three-course meal with New Holland beer pairings. Each attendee will receive a complimentary REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack, courtesy of REI. Tickets are available online for $75 each and are capped at 75 tickets per event.

“As we open our new store in Grand Rapids, we are thrilled to support Michigan State Parks and the outdoor places that make this region special,” said Jessica Ganss, REI Grand Rapids store manager. “Our state parks provide some of the best opportunities to hike, camp and paddle, and this investment will help ensure they remain accessible for the next 100 years.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the “Trail to Table” events will benefit the hosting parks.

“From helping to generate funding for a track chair at Island Lake, to raising money for new, accessible playgrounds at Leelanau State Park, this partnership is helping state parks be relevant to everyone who visits and values them,” Olson said.

Helping to fund initiatives like these is a key reason New Holland has brought these partners together.

“We want to encourage others to give back to Michigan State Parks,” Dickerson said. “The events are the perfect way to financially support the state parks while participating in an amazing experience that will be sure to live on as a great memory for those who attend.”

Learn more about the partnership and purchase tickets for the “Trail to Table” events on New Holland’s website.

Lake and Trail Lager Release Party

Celebrate the release of the Lake and Trail Lager brewed in collaboration with REI and Woosah Outfitters to support Michigan State Parks. Enjoy free beer and catch live music outdoors, and check out new Woosah gear in the shop.

When: June 29, 2019

Where: Outside Coffee Co. at Woosah Outfitters, 738 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Trail to Table Beer Dinners

Join New Holland, Merrell, REI and Michigan State Parks to hike the trails at one of Michigan’s beautiful state parks, and then refuel with a three-course meal paired with New Holland beers. Things will kick off with a shoe demo from Merrell, followed by a hike through the hosting park. Attendees will receive a complimentary REI Co-op Flash 22 Pack, courtesy of REI. Tickets are available for purchase online for $75 each, with a 75 ticket cap for each event.

  • Leelanau State Park, Northport, MI
    July 27, 2019

  • P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon, MI (women only)
    July 28, 2019

  • Island Lake State Park, Brighton MI
    September 21, 2019

 

 

Holland, Mich. — New Holland Brewing Company will celebrate its 21st anniversary, as well as its beloved family of IPAs, with the annual Hatter Days party from Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10.

This year, the celebration will take place throughout the entire weekend inside the the brewery’s Pub on 8th and its back patio.

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Attendees can look forward to live music from local performers, activities for all ages and special food features. And of course, a selection of New Holland’s Hatter IPAs will be available on tap, including Mad Hatter, Berry Hatter and Black Hatter.

“The Mad Hatter is turning 21,” said New Holland Brewing Company General Manager Shawna Hood. “We’ll be toasting to that and celebrating the New Holland fans whose support makes this all possible.”

The festivities kick off with the annual golf outing on Friday, June 8 at Ravines Golf Club in Saugatuck, Michigan. Live music starts in the Pub on 8th’s back patio at 5pm with the Moonrays, and Nashon Holloway will take the stage inside the pub at 10pm. A silent disco—where people will dance together to music playing through individual wireless headphones—will also start at 10pm that evening.

Saturday starts with a bloody mary bar featuring New Holland’s own spirits at 11am and gives way to a day filled with live music acts. Catch the likes of Coty Bouchard, Delilah DeWylde, Rachel Curtis and Rusty’s Big Ass Band inside the pub or in the back patio. At midnight, there will be a toast honoring the Mad Hatter’s 21st birthday.

Sunday will offer a variety of family friendly activities, including a cookie decorating workshop with Rachel from OoKalooKa Cookies. There will also be a bloody mary bar and live performances from Vinylicious and Kelli Boes.

All ages are welcome to attend, and there will be no cover charge.

 

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HOLLAND, MI  — New Holland Brewing announced today the appointment of Tom Stryker as Director of Brewery Operations/Beer Unit. With more than 400 employees and product sales in 38 states and four countries, New Holland’s leadership is expanding to grow expertise in the areas of sales leadership development, strategy and long-term planning. Stryker, 50, joined New Holland 10 months ago to help lead the company’s integration and implementation of new products.  He will now take a leadership position in brewery operations.

Stryker, a Hope College graduate, brings an extensive business integration background to New Holland. He is a former Vice President of Business Development for Blue Medora, a Michigan software firm.  Prior to Blue Medora, Tom provided strategic leadership on a consultative basis as a principal of the Stryker Group. He has also held leadership positions at Johnson Controls and Plascore.

“Investing in strategic planning and operational performance is key for our future,” said Brett VanderKamp, President of New Holland Brewing. “Tom will bring some depth in long-term thinking as we continue to add new products and markets.” VanderKamp is looking forward to this positive new addition to his team.  “Tom’s years of high-level strategic planning will also help provide direction for our brewery team as we continue to see significant growth,” said VanderKamp.

In 2015, New Holland’s production facility underwent substantial development including the tripling of their brewing capacity through additional indoor and outdoor fermentation, new keg line, expansion of the Dragon’s Milk cellar, additional refrigerated warehouse space, a new wash and column still, new shipping docks, and increased manpower, among other enhancements.  

Stryker will provide both day-to-day and long-term leadership to the brewery production team, while also working closely with internal and external sales teams. He will continue to report directly to VanderKamp, making for a smooth transition.

 

HOLLAND, Mich., — In celebration of its 20th anniversary, New Holland Brewing Company (NHB) will release six throwback beers, an assortment of fan and brewer favorites from the past 20 years. The special edition release will be available during NHB’s annual Hatter Days Street Party on June 10. The limited release throwback beers will be offered in six packs at New Holland’s Pub on 8th in Holland and at The Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids, beginning June 10.

“We are thrilled to include throwback beers as part of our 20th anniversary celebration,” says New Holland President Brett VanderKamp. “We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two decades by bringing back some of our favorite brews. It’s a special time for us, and we’re excited to revel in the nostalgia of this milestone with the community at what will be our most dynamic Hatter Days Street Party yet.”

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The throwback beer lineup includes:

Kourage First brewed in 1997, this brown ale was originally named “Dutch Kourage.” It is a dark, aggressively hopped brown ale with robust malt flavor and hints of chocolate.

Zoomer Wit This wheat ale was first brewed 1998 with orange, spices and American-grown wheat. Its subtle hints of citrus fruit made Zoomer a summer-time favorite.

Y2K Hailing from the year 1999, Y2K is a barleywine-style ale with deep mahogany hues. It is rich in body and contains notes of caramel and raisin.

Green Hornet Green Hornet also comes from 1999. It is an American-style pale ale that is golden in color. The beer is bright and crisp with just enough hop character, complemented by a sweet malt finish.

Jubilee Jubilee was first brewed in 1999 and harmoniously blends fruit and fermentation character into a delicious, balanced sip.

Blue Goat First brewed 2006, this doppelbock beer is chestnut in color with a nutty malt profile from its Munich malt. It has a muted hop presence and caramelized body to culminate a dry finish.

These limited release throwback brews will be available at throwback pricing. Preorder for the throwback beers will be available for members of New Holland’s Fairbanks Society (mug club) May 30 through June 6 at New Holland Brewing’s Sidecar storefront, located at the Pub on 8th.

In addition to the throwback brews, Hatter Days will feature a portfolio of Hatter family brews on tap including, Tasmanian Hatter (Galaxy IPA), White Hatter (Belgian-style White Pale Ale) and the beer that started it all, Mad Hatter IPA.

The event remains a free, family-friendly occasion. All ages are welcome to enjoy a BBQ cookout, live music from local and national acts and all-day acts from Daredevil Circus from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hatter Days will continue with an afterparty inside the Pub until 1 a.m.

hatter days

The live music lineup includes:

  • 4:00 p.m. – The Ragbirds
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mucca Pazza
  • 7:30 p.m. – Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
  • 9:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • 11:00 p.m. – Street Party ends and afterparty begins at the Pub with music from Rusty’s Big Ass Band & Silent Disco
  • DJ Dr. Joel between sets

New Holland Brewing is proud to partner with Kids’ Food Basket for Hatter Days this year. Guests who bring items from the Kids’ Food Basket Wish List to street party will be entered to win one of many raffle prizes, including a private beer and spirits paired dinner for 10.

ALL AGES WELCOME • FREE ADMISSION

 

HOLLAND, Mich., — In celebration of its 20th anniversary, New Holland Brewing Company (NHB) will release six throwback beers, an assortment of fan and brewer favorites from the past 20 years. The special edition release will be available during NHB’s annual Hatter Days Street Party on June 10. The limited release throwback beers will be offered in six packs at New Holland’s Pub on 8th in Holland and at The Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids, beginning June 10.
“We are thrilled to include throwback beers as part of our 20th anniversary celebration,” says New Holland President Brett VanderKamp. “We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two decades by bringing back some of our favorite brews. It’s a special time for us, and we’re excited to revel in the nostalgia of this milestone with the community at what will be our most dynamic Hatter Days Street Party yet.”
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The throwback beer lineup includes:
Kourage First brewed in 1997, this brown ale was originally named “Dutch Kourage.” It is a dark, aggressively hopped brown ale with robust malt flavor and hints of chocolate.
Zoomer Wit This wheat ale was first brewed 1998 with orange, spices and American-grown wheat. Its subtle hints of citrus fruit made Zoomer a summer-time favorite.
Y2K Hailing from the year 1999, Y2K is a barleywine-style ale with deep mahogany hues. It is rich in body and contains notes of caramel and raisin.
Green Hornet Green Hornet also comes from 1999. It is an American-style pale ale that is golden in color. The beer is bright and crisp with just enough hop character, complemented by a sweet malt finish.
Jubilee Jubilee was first brewed in 1999 and harmoniously blends fruit and fermentation character into a delicious, balanced sip.
Blue Goat First brewed 2006, this doppelbock beer is chestnut in color with a nutty malt profile from its Munich malt. It has a muted hop presence and caramelized body to culminate a dry finish.
These limited release throwback brews will be available at throwback pricing. Preorder for the throwback beers will be available for members of New Holland’s Fairbanks Society (mug club) May 30 through June 6 at New Holland Brewing’s Sidecar storefront, located at the Pub on 8th.
In addition to the throwback brews, Hatter Days will feature a portfolio of Hatter family brews on tap including, Tasmanian Hatter (Galaxy IPA), White Hatter (Belgian-style White Pale Ale) and the beer that started it all, Mad Hatter IPA.
The event remains a free, family-friendly occasion. All ages are welcome to enjoy a BBQ cookout, live music from local and national acts and all-day acts from Daredevil Circus from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hatter Days will continue with an afterparty inside the Pub until 1 a.m.
hatter days
The live music lineup includes:

  • 4:00 p.m. – The Ragbirds
  • 5:30 p.m. – Mucca Pazza
  • 7:30 p.m. – Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers
  • 9:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • 11:00 p.m. – Street Party ends and afterparty begins at the Pub with music from Rusty’s Big Ass Band & Silent Disco
  • DJ Dr. Joel between sets

New Holland Brewing is proud to partner with Kids’ Food Basket for Hatter Days this year. Guests who bring items from the Kids’ Food Basket Wish List to street party will be entered to win one of many raffle prizes, including a private beer and spirits paired dinner for 10.
ALL AGES WELCOME • FREE ADMISSION
 

Long-time beer and spirits professional Fred Bueltmann is taking a sabbatical this spring from his role at New Holland Brewing Company to pursue a passion project. Taking time off from his role as an owner and VP, Brand and Lifestyle, Bueltmann is diving headfirst into an immersive project to further understand and explain the cultural shift and craft renaissance our country has witnessed over the last thirty years.  Together with artist and photographer Kyle Bice, the two are traversing the country to visit makers of all kinds, across many product categories, in search of stories that will reveal deeper truths in This Craft Nation.

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The stories will come to life across several channels, including podcast episodes, blog posts and magazine articles, eventually culminating in Bueltmann’s second book, This Craft Nation. “I felt increasingly allied and aware of my philosophy around the connected lifestyle, after writing and publishing Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy (2013),” Bueltmann states.  “Themes like mindfulness and collaboration grew in strength and clarity through speaking projects that followed, including at TedX and other industry keynotes.  I’m inspired to help people increase their awareness and understanding around this cultural shift, which is so much more than a sales trend. I want to invite everyone to connect more deeply with whatever interests them, wherever they are in the world.”

A freelance artist and a graduate of the American Academy of Art, Kyle will document the characters met along the way through photography and his unique style of portraits, in which he uses beer as paint. “I look forward to setting off on an adventure to record these stories with mediums old and new, to share with the world the depth, richness, and resurgence of tradition in the craft renaissance,” states Bice.

craft nationThe pair have an ambitious, twenty-plus city tour ahead, circling the country from coast to coast, intersecting with the American Distillers Institute’s annual conference (Baltimore, MD), The Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference (Washington DC), and GonzoFest (Louisville, KY), an annual gathering celebrating another writer and artist duo, Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman – a pairing well known for their colorful tales from the road.

“This movement is bigger than beer, bigger than food and drink,” Bueltmann states.  “American craftspeople and artists have forged this bewildering shift, integrating old-school techniques with modern technologies, reviving traditions once on the verge of extinction.  It has inspired a massive change in how and what we value as consumers, and I’m looking forward to exploring it fully”

Fred and Kyle depart on April 2nd, 2017. To keep up with their journey, visit their website or follow @ThisCraftNation on social media.

 

Who is This Craft Nation?

Fred Bueltmann: aka The Beervangelist, is part owner of New Holland Brewing Company, where he serves as Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle.  He is a nationally recognized expert on pairing beer and food, and a Certified Cicerone®. Bueltmann is past president of the Michigan Brewers Guild and recipient of their prestigious “Tom Burns Award” recognizing the pioneering spirit of the “Great Beer State.” Fred serves as a judge for the Brewer’s Association’s Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.  His first book, “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a seasonal tome on pairing, cooking and hosting with craft beer, and was recognized as an Indie Book Award finalist.  Fred hosts and produces New Holland’s “Stop & Taste Conversations” podcast, and speaks to audiences large and small around the country, which has included serving as 2013 Keynote Speaker for the Michigan Restaurant Association and speaking at TedX Macatawa in 2015. @Beervangelist

Kyle Bice is a Chicago based freelance artist, specializing in illustration and fine art.  A 2002 graduate of the American Academy of Art with a BFA in painting, Kyle regularly freelances for New Holland Brewing and is the lead artist for The Monster Weekly, a blog that promotes childhood literacy.  He is the author and illustrator of A Book of Dwarves and launched beerportraits.com, a site devoted to art and interesting interviews about people in and around the world of craft beer as well as a travel blog focusing on Kyle’s adventures as a painter with a unique medium. Kyle’s eye for composition and broad range of styles and mediums, including photography, give him the ability to adapt and capture the essence of what’s around him. @BeerPortraits

 

 

New Holland Brewing, set to celebrate their 20th anniversary, announces today its 2017 brewing calendar and new additions to its year-round lineup. 2017 will focus on expanding distribution of New Holland Brewing’s core beer lineup including Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout, Mad Hatter Midwest IPA, The Poet Oatmeal Stout, and Hoptronix Double IPA, while bringing fresh, new core items to market and continuing to build on an already strong Dragon’s Milk Reserve program.

“As we sneak up on 20 years in the craft brewing business, it’s hard not to sit back and reflect for a minute or two. It’s a worthwhile endeavor to look back at where you started, what you learned and who joined you on the adventure,” said Brett VanderKamp, Co-founder and President. “That includes reflecting on our beers too, we’re looking closely at the brands where we want to accomplish more vs. where we want to try something new.”

The New Holland Brewing lineup is focused on five categories, listed here with notable highlights:

  • Core:
    • Here, you will find the addition of Hoptronix Double IPA and Lost Dune Golden Ale. Released in 2016 as a Summer Seasonal, Lost Dune struck a cord with consumers thanks to its subtle blueberry and coriander flavors that reflect the beauty of Michigan’s gorgeous Left Coast.
  • Seasonal
    • Tasmanian Hatter, a galaxy-hopped IPA and recent member of the Hatter Family of beers will distribute as a Summer Seasonal with placements from May – July. New Holland will also introduce a 5th Seasonal, a Belgian Dubbel out Oct – Nov, set to feature cranberry notes.
  • Dragon’s Milk Reserves
    • Released quarterly, four Dragon’s Milk Reserves will follow the footsteps of 2016 releases. These variants pair the flavors and complexity of Dragon’s Milk with complementary, new flavor combinations or barrel-aging techniques. New Holland’s first quarter Reserve, releasing in January, will be Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Triple Mash, known for it’s intense flavor and ABV.
  • Sour
    • The sour lineup kicks off in January with our classic sour ale, Blue Sunday. This year’s iteration of Incorrigible Reserve will feature Mango & Pineapple.
  • Limited
    • A new limited beer, a honey porter in style, will be presented in September.

“On the whole, we are looking to 2017 as a renewed commitment to fresh, innovative ideas, while using our twenty years of experience to make smart decisions and brew killer beers,” VanderKamp continued. “Two decades of beer is pretty special and we’re excited for our offerings, both new and old.”

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New Holland Brewing

New Holland Brewing Company announced on December 15 that they are entering into a “long-term partnership agreement” with Pabst Brewing Company that will “focus on the national distribution and sales of New Holland’s full portfolio of beer.” Effective first quarter 2017, Pabst will manage New Holland’s wholesale network to help New Holland “accelerate growth and drive success at the shelf.” This rather unprecedented relationship, of course, prompted interest and questions.

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Brett VanderKamp and Fred Bueltmann

Brett VanderKamp, founder and president of New Holland, is transparent about the decision, explaining why he believes New Holland and Pabst are good for each other. After a proven track record of 20 years, New Holland is a “well groomed and well healed” brewery of modest size that has the white space to grow at a pace appropriate for an opportunity for Pabst to acclimate into the American craft beer segment. “From a portfolio perspective, this partnership adds a well-rounded value for them,” VanderKamp stated.

Currently, New Holland is distributed in 34 states. Although achieving presence in all 50 is certainly not beyond possibility, it’s not part of the 2017 strategy with Pabst. VanderKamp’s immediate goal is to broaden and deepen their exposure in their present markets, as well as consider their potential to expand into additional select states as it makes sense.

What does Pabst bring to the table? An entire sales organization, which includes a robust national sales team to manage the distributor. Pabst has the mobility to operate across their geography with precision all the way down to shelf. VanderKamp values the reach that Pabst has—allowing them to have significant conversations with key people in different regions that New Holland hasn’t had the human resources to tackle.

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Before deciding to commit to Pabst, VanderKamp admitted that in some cases, reviewing proposals from other potential partners included ownership percentages exchanging hands. In order to protect themselves, VanderKamp said he and his team created “guardrails around what was really important to us and the New Holland brand.” Pabst will be financially incentivized for their efforts, but New Holland retains sole ownership, and does not relinquish any equity to Pabst.

For VanderKamp, the intangibles of a partnership like this are just as important as the financial bottom line. “We quickly aligned on what matters in both of our organizations. With Pabst, We’re a cultural fit, a trust fit, and a value fit.” To honor the integrity of New Holland’s mission and vision, to continue to grow the company, and take their brands across the country, sharing the New Holland story, VanderKamp felt compelled to go with his gut.

“At the end of the day,” VanderKamp revealed, “I had to simply decide if I liked the guys [at Pabst].” When asked if he thought he could sit across the table and have a beer with Pabst chairman Eugene Kashper and the rest of the Pabst team, and actually enjoy it, VanderKamp laughed, and replied, “Yeah. I could have many.”

When addressing the public’s perception that a move like this could mean backlash for New Holland, VanderKamp acknowledged the risk, but dismissed any threat that could be associated with Pabst, particularly “when you compare them to the most notable behemoth that’s out there right now.” VanderKamp admires the role Kashper has played in this partnership. “Eugene is an entrepreneur through and through. He was intimate in this deal, very hands on, and is incredibly approachable. From a leadership standpoint, working alongside Pabst is really not that scary at all.” From a social or consumer standpoint, it’s PBR—a domestic that indexes incredibly successfully against craft beer. And, as VanderKamp playfully jabbed, “…probably also in your fridge at home right now, too.”