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The Michigan distillery announces plans to expand with new tasting room in scenic Lake Michigan town

 

SAUGATUCK, MICH. — New Holland Spirits has announced it is starting the construction of a new tasting room at 201 Culver Street in the heart of Saugatuck, Michigan. Pending regulatory approvals, the new location is scheduled to open in time for the July 4th celebration downtown.

“New Holland is thrilled to open up our first spirits-focused tasting room in Saugatuck.” said David White, Vice President of Retail Operations and Partner. “As neighbors along the lakeshore, we appreciate the unique atmosphere of Michigan’s coastal communities as destinations for great food and drinks. We can’t wait to become a part of Saugatuck’s vibrant downtown.”

The new tasting room is located across the street from Bowdie’s Chophouse and around the corner from The Butler restaurant. Its prime location in walkable downtown Saugatuck will make it an ideal destination for happy hour cocktails or an after-dinner nightcap.

new holland spiritsGuests will be able to taste and purchase New Holland’s award-winning spirits, including Knickerbocker Gin, Beer Barrel Bourbon and Lake Life Vodka, at the new location. The new space will serve some of New Holland’s most popular cocktails, as well as wine and cider. Select cocktails and limited run spirits will be available on draft. The tasting room will offer some light food options in the form of appetizers brought in from New Holland’s Pub on 8th in Holland, Michigan, including their Famous Beer Cheese and Crackers, Woodsman Platter, Spice Roasted Nuts and Hummus Platter.

Seating for 30 will be available indoors, and there will be 12 seats on the outdoor patio. The new space will be available to book for private events and parties for up to 35 people.

Visitors to the tasting room will be able to take home New Holland spirits in a variety of bottle sizes. Merchandise and cocktail bar essentials will also be available for sale in the retail space, making it a must-stop for the traveler in need of supplies.

New Holland Spirits has been creating fine craft spirits since 2005. The new tasting room in the popular lakeshore vacation destination allows the distillery to expand its footprint and reach a new audience.

“We are very excited to bring our own artistic expressions of craft spirits to Saugatuck’s vibrant art community. Our storefront at 201 Culver Street is easily accessible by car or by boat, and we will provide guests with a wide variety of bottles to go, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of wine and cider,” said Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland.

Saugatuck, Mich. — The Mitten Brewing Company is bringing its signature craft beer and pizza to a third Michigan town: Saugatuck.

The brewery’s new location at 329 Water Street will open on Friday, June 8. It’s located across the street from The Mermaid Bar and Grill, Coppercraft Distillery, Ridge Cider and just a few doors down from Coral Gables.

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The small building is a pre-Civil War home that had been converted to a commercial space.

“We seem to have an affinity for choosing old buildings at the Mitten,” said The Mitten Brewing Co-Owner Chris Andrus. The Mitten’s original location is in an historic Grand Rapids firehouse.

Like The Mitten’s original location, the new space required some rebuilding—much of which Andrus and Co-Owner Max Trierweiler did themselves.

The new space will seat 80 patrons: 36 indoors and 44 outside on the covered patio and in the lawn on picnic tables Andrus and Trierweiler built.

Andrus and Trierweiler built the new bar from 1840s-era lumber—from back when Saugatuck was a lumber town and port. The wood was a gift from Saugatuck Brewing Company Founder and Former Saugatuck Mayor Barry Johnson, who Andrus said is a friend and mentor to The Mitten.

“That bar is pretty much the centerpiece of the building,” Andrus said. “It’s a neat piece from the former mayor of Saugatuck himself. We’re really excited to have that.”

In addition to a pub and restaurant, the space will host a small brewhouse that will focus on sour beer production. Apparel made by The Mitten State will also be available for purchase on site.

Adding another location was a natural next step for The Mitten Brewing Company, Andrus said.

“We’ve spent the last 5 years making our brand as strong as possible, and we’ve been reinvesting in our processes and our people,” Andrus said. “What we do best, in my opinion, is our taproom experience and the way our staff interacts with our guests. We wanted to bring that to a new place. Saugatuck was a natural fit.”

Andrus and Trierweiler hired 21 local residents to run the Saugatuck location.

 

7.9% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Dark brown with garnet highlights, beige and foamy head.
Aroma: Hazelnutty sweet malt, barely perceptible hop presence.
Taste: Plum, date, raisin and toasted bread flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied, creamy, smooth, well carbonated.

A by-the-book doppelbock, Dead Goat uses all traditional ingredients: German malts, hops (Tettnanger and Northern Brewer) and ale yeast combine into a rich, malty beer worthy of spring — and your taste buds.

5.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: This stout pours with a fluffy off white head, which dissapates into thin lacing. The overall tone is dark brown with amber hints.
Aroma: Roasted, burnt smells dominate with a slight vanilla scent.
Taste: Subtle transition of tastes occur throughout each sip. Milk-like qualities are apparent with a roasted and slightly sweet flavoring. The sweetness is mostly vanilla and cream (gives it a cream and sugar in your coffee feel).
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with creaminess.

This is another well-balanced brew from Saugatuck. It throws back to classic, true stout style without forgetting flavor. Stout Abides Porter is not overly toasty, nor too sweet (just a slight hint). This meets all the standards of a stout while not being boring. I am once again impressed with the attention to detail by Saugatuck Brewing Company.

TRAVERSE CITY — During a time of the year when Michiganders are tiring of the snow, Timber Ridge’s Suds & Snow brought excitement back to the season.

The seventh annual event was held Saturday, which paired favorite winter activities with microbrews and served as a fundraiser for Children and Family Services.

Upon entering the festival, I was greeted by a fun, casual atmosphere. In the main part of the event, attendees were able to sample beers from Bell’s, Saugatuck and Greenbush breweries. I sampled Saugatuck’s Bonfire Brown, an American Brown Ale that is intended to remind you of a campfire with friends and family. It had a nutty flavor with notes of chocolate and had a slightly smoky finish. Indeed, it paired perfectly with the bonfire right across from their booth.

Food was also available in the main part of the event. Travino’s, Schelde’s and Red Mesa Grill were on site to offer small plates.

After enjoying a great brew, many people ventured down the snowshoe trail or played a few rounds of disc golf. New this year, a three-hole disc golf course was donated by Carly’s Playground (Mt. Holiday). Tilley’s Party Store also donated discs for the event.

If you ventured down the snowshoe trail, you ended up at the infamous trail station, where the atmosphere seemed to be more young and carefree. This is where most people seemed to stay, enjoying brews from Short’s, Right Brain and Schmohz breweries. There was also live music from a variety of favored local musicians.

It has been quite a snowy winter in Northern Michigan, and Suds & Snow utilized that in the best way they could. Most breweries, including Short’s, served over snow bars instead of tables.

“This is great. We didn’t have to bring ice with us this year,” said a volunteer from Short’s Brewery, which created the most elaborate setup for the event. Short’s also had two snow sculptures and a large tap setup.

I sampled Short’s Bloody Beer, which is brewed with Roma tomatoes. Not a big fan of Bloody Marys, I have been hesitant to sample the beer previously. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It had a strong tomato taste, but it was not overwhelming. It was lighter beer with a robust flavor and a hint of peppercorns at the finish.

I was also able to sample the Bone Crusher Stout from Schmohz Brewery. It has an intimidating name, but was one of the smoothest stouts I have tried. With a smooth chocolate flavor, it finishes with a nice balanced malt taste.

“This is a great event. And it’s in such a great place,” said a volunteer with Schmohz.

It was my first time attending Suds & Snow, and I have to agree. Timber Ridge Resort hosts a variety of great events throughout the year, and this has become my one of my favorites.

TRAVERSE CITY — During a time of the year when Michiganders are tiring of the snow, Timber Ridge’s Suds & Snow brought excitement back to the season.
The seventh annual event was held Saturday, which paired favorite winter activities with microbrews and served as a fundraiser for Children and Family Services.
Upon entering the festival, I was greeted by a fun, casual atmosphere. In the main part of the event, attendees were able to sample beers from Bell’s, Saugatuck and Greenbush breweries. I sampled Saugatuck’s Bonfire Brown, an American Brown Ale that is intended to remind you of a campfire with friends and family. It had a nutty flavor with notes of chocolate and had a slightly smoky finish. Indeed, it paired perfectly with the bonfire right across from their booth.
Food was also available in the main part of the event. Travino’s, Schelde’s and Red Mesa Grill were on site to offer small plates.
After enjoying a great brew, many people ventured down the snowshoe trail or played a few rounds of disc golf. New this year, a three-hole disc golf course was donated by Carly’s Playground (Mt. Holiday). Tilley’s Party Store also donated discs for the event.
If you ventured down the snowshoe trail, you ended up at the infamous trail station, where the atmosphere seemed to be more young and carefree. This is where most people seemed to stay, enjoying brews from Short’s, Right Brain and Schmohz breweries. There was also live music from a variety of favored local musicians.
It has been quite a snowy winter in Northern Michigan, and Suds & Snow utilized that in the best way they could. Most breweries, including Short’s, served over snow bars instead of tables.
“This is great. We didn’t have to bring ice with us this year,” said a volunteer from Short’s Brewery, which created the most elaborate setup for the event. Short’s also had two snow sculptures and a large tap setup.
I sampled Short’s Bloody Beer, which is brewed with Roma tomatoes. Not a big fan of Bloody Marys, I have been hesitant to sample the beer previously. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It had a strong tomato taste, but it was not overwhelming. It was lighter beer with a robust flavor and a hint of peppercorns at the finish.
I was also able to sample the Bone Crusher Stout from Schmohz Brewery. It has an intimidating name, but was one of the smoothest stouts I have tried. With a smooth chocolate flavor, it finishes with a nice balanced malt taste.
“This is a great event. And it’s in such a great place,” said a volunteer with Schmohz.
It was my first time attending Suds & Snow, and I have to agree. Timber Ridge Resort hosts a variety of great events throughout the year, and this has become my one of my favorites.

8% ABV, Bottle

Appearance: Caramel brown with a small head.
Aroma: Berries with some caramel and yeast.
Taste: Hoppy with some fruit, caramel, sugar and a bit of nut.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Saugatuck’s recent addition to the bottle market, Hop-Scotch Ale, is a sugary, fruity, nutty brew that screams flavor mixed with hops. The brew is a bit earthy as well. Overall this is an interesting take on the style, with the addition of some extra sweetness from the fruity-like qualities.

4.9% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Clear gold with a small head.
Aroma: Hoppy and earthy.
Taste: Hops, with a bit of sweetness, bread and some spice.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Saugatuck’s recent bottle release, Pathfinder Pale Ale, is a smooth, light pale ale with hints of sweetness throughout. While hops are certainly present in the nose and taste, the sweetness, coupled with bread and spice flavors, balance out the brew quite well.