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

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Oh Thank Heaven!!

7-Eleven Inc. is set to roll out "Game Day," as its own private-label beer. After introducing Yosemite Road proprietary wine to enthusiastic reviews last year, the world's leading convenience retailer thinks it has another winner with Game Day, a new store-brand premium lager beer.

Comparable in taste and quality to the top-selling national brand beers, Game Day is available in two varieties – Light and Ice – and two package sizes – 24-ounce singles and a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans.
Suggested retail price is between $6.99 and $8.99 for a 12-pack, and $1.49 and $1.89 for a single. Prices vary based on distribution costs and state and local alcohol beverage taxes.
"American beer drinkers are seeking great-tasting beer at an affordable price," said Dan Skinner, 7-Eleven® category manager for alcohol beverages. "Even more so in this tough economy, they're looking for value and ways to make their dollar go further. Game Day satisfied two of a beer drinker's interests by offering a premium lager beer at a below-premium price."

Monday, April 12, 2010

Award for the the 2010 World Beer Cup

2010 World Beer Cup® is Largest Commercial Competition Ever

BOULDER, Colo.• April 10, 2010—Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup—the world's largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan.
 This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories. The entries in each category were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards. Judges presented a total of 268 awards.
 The 2010 World Beer Cup eclipsed the record of the Brewers Association's own Great American Beer Festival (GABF) to become the largest commercial competition ever. There were 3,308 entries judged in the 2009 GABF, compared to the 2010 World Beer Cup's 3,330 entries judged.
 "Brewers from around the globe participate in the World Beer Cup to win recognition for their creativity and brewing ability," said Charlie Papazian, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "For a brewer, a World Beer Cup gold award allows them to say that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world."
2010 winners list

Below are the Michigan winners, the category and the total number of entries submitted.

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer or Chocolate Beer (109 entries)
Bronze: Black Licorice Lager, Short’s Brewing Co., Bellaire

Category 42: Belgian-and French-Style Ale (57 entries)
Silver: Saison du Bastone, Bastone Brewery, Royal Oak

Category 61: Robust Porter (64 entries)
Silver: Founders Porter, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

Category 62: Sweet Stout (25 entries)
Silver: Cream Stout, Redwood Brewing Co., Flint

Category 66: Old Ale (15 entries)
Gold: Fourth Dementia Olde Ale, Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Warren

Category 67: Strong Ale (26 entries)
Silver: Dirty Bastard, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

Category 70: German-Style Brown Ale/Düsseldorf (26 entries)
Silver: The Detroit Dwarf, The Detroit Beer Co., Detroit

Category 82: American-Style India Pale Ale (104 entries)
Gold: Norm’s Raggedy-Ass IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham

Category 82: American-Style India Pale Ale (104 entries)
Silver: Centennial IPA, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids

Category 83: Imperial India Pale Ale (69 entries)
Silver: Bonnie’s Raggedy-Ass Imperial IPA, Big Rock Chop House & Brewery, Birmingham

Category 89: American-Style Imperial Stout (37 entries)
Bronze: Imperial Stout, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids