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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.
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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.”

 

Brewers from five West Michigan breweries have joined forces to create a beer and a band, and they’re going on tour to ring in Michigan Beer Month.

Catch them at various places around West Michigan from Wednesday, June 29-Sunday, July 3.

The event is called “Mashpaddle,” and it’s a celebration of West Michigan beer and collaboration.

Ten brewers—Steve Berthel, Jesse Jett, and Fred Bueltmann from New Holland Brewing; Melissa Brolick from Old Boy’s Brewhouse; Adam Engleman and Evan Keller from Lake Charlevoix Brewing; Tina Schuett from Rare Bird Brewpub; and Phil Thomson, Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt, and Dan Bouzis from Big Hart Brewing—teamed up to brew an IPA with all Michigan-grown ingredients.

Mashpaddle

Evan Keller, Dan Buozis, Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt, Phil Thomson, Fred Bueltmann, Steve Berthel, Adam Engleman

It includes a mix of caramel, vanilla, pale, and pilsner malts from Pilot Malt House, Motor City Malting, and Empire Malting. The brew’s cascade, centennial, chinook and crystal hops were grown in Empire, Michigan.

“It has lots of late hop additions to contribute to citrusy aromas,” said Bueltmann, New Holland Brewing’s Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle.

The culminating product is a bright, citrus-forward IPA that also bears the name Mashpaddle. It will be served at all participating locations.

A few members of the brew crew also happen to be musicians, so they’ve formed a band called Mashpaddle. The group includes three musicians from New Holland Brewing—Berthel on pedal steel, Jett on vocals, and Bueltmann on bass and sousaphone—as well as Lake Charlevoix’s Engleman on guitar.

“It’s really exciting to kind of combine passions,” Bueltmann said. “I think the idea that a group came together to make a beer and a band is really unique.”

The group will perform Jett’s original pieces along with a few “eclectic covers,” on a tour of participating breweries’ pub locations. They’ll perform between anchor sets with The Strapping Owls, a trio including Bueltmann as well as Larry Beers and Nicholas Barron. Attendees can expect “Americana roots and soul music,” Bueltmann said. In other words, good Fourth of July music.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for what we do and where we live,” Bueltmann said. “It’s a very feel-good event.”

See Mashpaddle and try the brew at one of the following dates and locations:

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Holland, MI — A tricked out beer trailer? An eight foot tall metal dragon that will be looming over you as you sip deliciousness? A crazy ambitious series from New Holland that provides 16 variations of Dragon’s Milk? Um, yes. Count me in New Holland Brewing. Your presence at the 11th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival is worth squealing with excitement about.

It’s no secret that Dragon’s Milk, a bourbon barrel aged stout, has stolen the hearts of many, and for good reason! It’s a solid, damn good product. So, how can New Holland Brewing up their game with the beer? By making it an “Unlimited Release” of course. The company has announced that, “We are all in on Dragon’s Milk this year and truly view it as an “Unlimited Release”. We strive to make it “unlimited” by being available year round (no easy feat), everywhere (working towards contiguous US), available to everyone (not just the “geeks”) and now with unlimited variants and flavor possibilities.”

New Holland BrewingBefore I go any further, let’s check out what exactly the selection from New Holland Brewing will be at Winter Beer Fest 2016…

Dragon’s Milk
Dragon’s Milk Coconut Rum Barrel
Dragon’s Milk Mexican Spice Cake
Dragon’s Milk Peanut Butter
Dragon’s Milk Mint Chocolate
Dragon’s Milk Maple Coffee
Dragon’s Milk Brandy Barrel Apple Pie
Dragon’s Milk Bacon
Dragon’s Milk Chocolate & Orange
Dragon’s Milk Sarsaparilla
Dragon’s Milk Black Cherry
Dragon’s Milk Hazelnut
Dragon’s Milk Vanilla Chai
2015 Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mash
2014 Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Raspberries
2015 Dragon’s Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies

I know I know. A pretty robust list, right? After taking a peek I had a few questions for Fred Bueltmann,  Vice President of Brand and Lifestyle and Partner of New Holland, and Joel Petersen, Vice President of Marketing of New Holland Brewing about these new brews.

AS: It appears that the Dragon’s Milk variants have several options that mesh together beer (of course) with other beverage types (root beer, apple pie brandy, etc). Have you found that creating these new flavor relationships resulted from organic curiosity in production or have you found that listening to and observing the consumer trends (Not Your Father’s Root Beer comes to mind immediately) inspired these variants? Or possibly both?

FB & JP: In this particular case, they were dreamed up by our team of brewers in a very explorative, freestyle manner. Creating variants for the festival, removes some of the common barriers that come with our normal obligation to volume, and commitment to recreate flavors consistently. In this instance, they were charged with creating fun, one-off flavors in small, festival-sized batches, that may never exist again.

AS: Which ingredient(s) in the group of Dragon’s Milk variants was the most difficult to brew with? Anything that gummed up or got stuck in the mash tun or proved to be too powerful of a flavor in too little quantities? Essentially, which variant provided the most challenging brewing experience?

FB & JP: Bacon and peanut butter are currently the big question marks in terms of methodology, as well as cleanup.

AS: Acquiring barrels is never easy nowadays. How do you stay ahead of the pack in terms of collecting barrels for flavor and aging, especially less common ones in the beer scene such as rum and brandy barrels?

FB & JP: We have been barrel-aging beer since 2001, so we have learned a lot and developed many relationships. We have a great relationship with our cooper, who also serves as a bourbon-barrel broker, and we project our needs well ahead of time.  Our barrel cellar also produces a large amount of second-use barrels, so the relationship is reciprocal at times.  Our barrel sourcing efforts are as important and serious to us as our grain and hops.  

AS: Speaking of rum and brandy, could you give us an idea of the flavor differences you noticed between using rum or using the brandy barrels for the Dragon’s Milk?

FB & JP: This is the first brandy barrel we’ve used for Dragon’s Milk, so time will tell.  Rum is made from molasses and cane sugar, and typically expresses the darker flavors of it’s distillate and sugars.  Caramel, molasses and toffee are common to the flavor profile, which is a delicious connection to the dark and roasty malts, as well as the vanilla component found in Dragon’s Milk.  We expect the barrel that held brandy, which is fruit-based distillate, to have more fruit-like sweetness and play a bit brighter, accenting more of the toasty notes from the oak.

AS: What was the method used for including the bacon characteristics in the beer? Allowing full pieces of cooked bacon to hang out in the fermentation tanks? Were they included during boiling? Or was it some sort of steeping method towards the end? I bet the facilities smelled amazing that day…

FB & JP: We are conditioning the beer with bacon, post-brew and post-barrel.  Finished Dragon’s Milk will be transferred to a tank where crispy cooked bacon will be added. This allows us to manage the ingredients well and gauge conditioning time. Bacon brings lots of flavor as well as mouthfeel, so this should be velvety smooth, with tremendous porcine flavors.

AS: What advice would you give enthusiasts out there who are looking to pair these new variants with food? There are numerous pairing options, but perhaps some stood out in particular during your trial period?

FB & JP: Our advice is always to Stop & Taste.  Trust your intuition and think about what flavor you’re picking up, more than any given technique.  Also, since these are Winter Beer Festival only, we suggest, they should be paired with giant turkey legs and whatever chocolate you can get your hands on while enjoying the fest.

AS: You’ve created a purpose-driven program for the Dragon’s Milk series. Allowing the beer to be available year round in all your distribution networks and launching the “Unlimited Release” idea is incredibly difficult and I think will be received very well by your fans. What is the most challenging aspect of this idea? Do you think it’ll push other breweries to attempt this line of thinking with their rare or specialty items?

FB & JP: Our decision to go year round several years ago has definitely changed the face and footprint of the brewery. The need for dedicated blending tanks, refrigerated barrel storage, re-orienting how our barrels are stored, projecting the cash flow for all of those barrels to hang out for three months and having a robust quality control program to make shelf-stable barrel-aged beer, are all challenges that have been discovered and met at one point or another. Who knows whether other breweries will follow suit, but you have to look at it two different ways. Making rare or specialty items more widely available is one thing, and it should be in concert with demand.  Dragon’s Milk has grown in response to our customers demonstrating that they want more and will buy more. The second point is that taking barrel aged beers to market has significant technical challenges to assure that the bottles will be shelf stable and will age gracefully. Once beer is in contact with wood, it has met potential souring and/or staling agents, and we go to great pains to protect our barrel aged beer from preventable negative consequences to that exposure. Both of these points should be considered before breweries expand specialty lines, and are challenges that may keep some rare or specialty beer closer to home and in more limited contexts and volume. 

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Photography: Steph Harding

 

 

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.

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There are plenty of ways to drink ourselves into the new year. A great number of us have the obvious answer of, “drink craft beer!” when embarking on this endeavor, but this time around we’d like to introduce some beer cocktail options instead. Using Michigan beer and cider of course!
beer cocktailsBlood-Orange Pomegranate Beer-mosa with Cheboygan Brewing Company’s Blood Orange Honey Wheat.
Ingredients (serves 10)
3 cups of Cheboygan Brewing Company’s Blood Orange Honey Wheat
3 cups chilled pomegranate juice
1 750-ml bottle chilled sparkling wine, such as Prosecco
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (for garnish)
Process
Pour the pomegranate juice into each champagne flute. Fill ⅓ of the glass.
Fill another ⅓ of the glass w/ Cheboygan Brewing Co’s Blood Orange Honey Wheat
Top the last ⅓ off with chilled sparkling wine
If desired, garnish with pomegranate seeds
 


Jolly Pumpkin’s La Roja Mulled Beer
Ingredients
1 750ml bottle of Jolly Pumpkin’s La Roja
2 cinnamon sticks
5-6 whole cloves
½ tsp. ginger root, coarsely grated
½ tsp. nutmeg, coarsely grated
5 pods cardamom, cracked
zest of half an orange or lemon
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup brandy
Process
Place all spices and citrus zest in a cheesecloth. Tie a knot to seal the cloth and place it in your mulling beer pot. Pour in all of the beer and add yourself some brandy. Simmer this on low heat for 30 minutes and stir occasionally, but don’t let it boil! You’ll risk cooking out the flavors. Once it’s been warmed, stir in sugar (or syrup or honey if you’re using that instead). Once the beverage is steaming lightly, it’s ready to serve. We prefer ours to be ladled out into mugs! It’s good to have lemon slices or sugar around so guests can adjust the sweetness and acidity of their mulled beer as needed.
 
beer cocktailsAtwater’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Stout Hot Coffee Cocktail
Ingredients
Cinnamon
Cayenne
Nutmeg
2 oz Espresso or plain hot coffee
2 oz Atwater’s Decadent Dark Chocolate OR Cranker’s Fifth Voyage Coconut Porter
1 ½ oz aged rum
¾ oz vanilla syrup
¾ oz heavy cream
Process
Combine all the ingredients, except for the heavy cream, coffee, and cinnamon, into a mixing glass. Stir with a bar spoon. Separately, place the hot espresso into your mug. After stirring, place all the combined ingredients into the mug on top of the hot coffee. Pour in the desired amount of heavy cream and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon on top.
 
beer cocktailsHoliday Grog with Blake’s El Chavo Cider.
Ingredients
2 oz dark rum
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 tsp brown sugar
4 oz Blake’s El Chavo Cider: can be hot or cold
Optional: orange and/or cinnamon stick
Process
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice (if serving cold). Stir with a bar spoon and pour into a mug (if hot) or any desired glassware (if cold). Garnish with orange slice and cinnamon stick.
 
beer cocktailsHot Buttered Beere (Adapted from a 1588 recipe) with New Holland’s Cabin Fever Brown Ale.
Ingredients
17 oz of New Holland’s Cabin Fever Brown Ale
.5 tsp ground Cloves
.5 tsp ground Cinnamon
.25 tsp ground Ginger
5 Egg Yolks
1 cup Brown Sugar (Demerara if possible)
12 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
Process
Add the Cabin Fever Brown Ale and the spices to a saucepan. Bring it all to a boil and then immediately turn it down to the lowest setting. Beat the eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Remove the beer from heat and whisk in the egg mixture. Return it all to a low heat. Whisk continuously over low heat until the whole mixture thickens slightly. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove it all from the heat and whisk in the butter quickly until a nice foam forms. Serve warm.
Thank you all for a wonderful year of beer! Enjoy yourselves along with these lovely concoctions.
Cheers and have a happy New Year!
Photo shoot location courtesy of the Downtown Market and Beverage Manager Jenney Grant.
Photography: Steph Harding