Sunday, February 26, 2012

New Holland Brewing Captures a National Grand Champion in the United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC)

Written by  Barb Starr
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New Holland Brewing Captures a National Grand Champion in the United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC)

New Holland’s Pilgrim’s Dole, a wheatwine aged in bourbon barrels, which previously aged Dragon’s Milk, was recently named “National Grand Champion” for the barleywine category in the USBTC’s Winter Session. Their Cabin Fever was also winner of the “Best Brown Ale” in the Midwest and Rockies Division.
The USBTC is unique in its regional approach. Separate field trials are conducted for beers from six different regions of the country: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast, Midwest, Rocky Mountain/Southwest, Northwest/Pacific, and California.  The field trials first determine regional winners in each category.  The top beers are then pitted against each other in order to name a national grand champion.  The USBTC is held each year in two separate sessions, one in July (for spring/summer beers) and one in December (for fall/winter beers). The USBTC awards medals in twenty-two categories over two sessions, Winter and Summer.


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Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character. It would be an excellent accent to nutty dishes, fruit crisps or creme brulee.

During the 14th century, the term “Pilgrim’s Dole” described the rations of bread and ale given to nourish wayfarers on their holy pilgrimage. At New Holland, Pilgrim’s Dole is brewed for the cultural explorer of today. It is a rewarding discovery on the road to enlightenment. Whether in a snifter or from your rucksack, Pilgrim’s Dole will enhance any experience and is certain to incite wanderlust and to fuel adventure.

25° Plato, Alc. 11.4% by Vol.


Cabin Fever is a brown ale, robust in character yet smooth in delivery; a comforting companion for long, mind-bending winters. Its rye, roast and raisin notes play off a subtle caramel sweetness and culminate in a dry finish. Excellent with roasts, stews, caramelized onions and snowfall.

16° Plato, Alc. 6% by Vol.


About New Holland Brewing

Established in 1996, NHBC has grown from a scrappy two-man start-up to a thriving regional microbrewery, recognized for its creativity and artistry. All of New Holland’s beer is brewed in Holland, Michigan at one of two locations. Brands brewed for distribution, including Mad Hatter IPA and Dragon’s Milk barrel-aged stout, are brewed, cellared and packaged at the production facility, opened in October of 2006, replacing the original headquarters. The Production Facility is also home to a 600 gallon, prohibition-era still, which provides the distribution capacity for the company’s spirit portfolio which includes Knickerbocker gin, Hatter Royale Hopquila, Michigan rum and Zeppelin Bend whiskey.

Beer and spirits are also created in New Holland’s pub in downtown Holland. The pub is a 300-seat restaurant; open seven days a week and features a comfortable setting intended to provide a place of community for all who visit. The beers and spirits made here are typically special treats that rarely see their way outside of the friendly confines of the pub.


In 2011, New Holland brewed and shipped just over 16,000 barrels of beer across 13 states (a barrel = 31 gallons) and shipped several thousand cases of spirits to more than six Midwestern states.


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