BOTL is a club that was founded as a means for our members to educate themselves and others about brewing beer, ciders and meads. We are all in this hobby as like minded individuals that have a thirst for knowledge and an appetite for an enjoyable time. Most of us are from Holland, MI and the surrounding communities.
We are accepting new members at this time.
For more information about our fine organization please email us at
We meet on the second Thursday of each month at the New Holland Pub. Start time 7 PM.

Please bring 3 bottles of this month's style homebrew that you want to share, OR a different style of your homebrew.
When bringing your homebrew to share, please bring your recipe to tell everyone about your brew.

Styles of each month:
January – Barleywine, Winter Warmer, Strong Ales
February - Belgian/French Ales, Lambics and funky stuff
March – English Ales and Milds
April - Lagers, Kolsch and Hybrids and Alts
May –
Cider, Cysers, Perry and Meads
June - Pale Ale, IPA and Ryes
July – Ambers and Reds
August – Wheat, Wit, Weizens and Fruit Beers
September –
Scottish Ales and Browns
October – Oktoberfest, Pumpkin, and Spiced Beers
November – Stouts and Porters
December – Saturday, Dec. 8 Christmas party, best of cellar and potluck lunch

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BeerCloud Mobile App Launches BeerCloud Mobile App for Android
Powered by, BeerCloud is a revolutionary mobile app that helps you pair beer with food, track down your favorite beers in your neighborhood, and pull up a full description of any beer with a scan of its barcode. Whether you're a beer consumer who could use some guidance in making a well-educated purchase, a food lover who wants to discover new ways to enhance a meal with a suitable beer pairing, or a traveling beer enthusiast who wants to instantly map the closest stores, bars, and restaurants carrying one of your favorite beers, BeerCloud is the quintessential mobile beer app.The app was developed by Eric MacKay, Jingsheng Wang and Tom Byrne and right now is only available for Android phones. To download to an Android phone to to the App Market and search for "BeerCloud."
An iPhone version of BeerCloud is currently under development and, according to MacKay, should be available in the next 30 days. also hopes to have a web based version for all other mobile devices, including Blackberry, Palm and Windows Mobile OS devices by the end of 2009!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A unique beer from Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head Chicha (chee-chah) is most closely based upon Peruvian brewing traditions. With the most authentic interpretation possible: organic pink Peruvian pepper corns, yellow maize and organic Peruvian purple maize. They also use strawberries - a traditional chicha ingredient. The most exotic and unique component of this project, from the perspective of the American beer drinker, happens before the beer is even brewed. As per tradition, instead of germinating all of the grain to release the starches, the purple maize is milled, then moistened in the beermakers mouths and formed into small cakes which are flattened and laid out to dry before adding to the wort.
see Sam's video...

How many homebrewers want to replicate this recipe?? Mmmm maize.