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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bell's Two-Hearted Ale

Zymurgy readers poll: Bell's Two-Hearted Ale is the second best beer in the United States.

Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association, released the results of its annual poll of "Best Commercial Beer in America" and Kalamazoo's Bell's Brewery Inc.'s Two-Hearted Ale came in second.  Two-Hearted, an IPA, finished behind Pliny the Elder, a double IPA from the Russian River Brewing Co., of Santa Rosa, Calif. Pliny the Elder also won last year.  About 22,000 readers of Zymurgy from around the world voted in the survey, which is in its eighth year. Votes were tallied for 1,192 different beers from 450 different breweries.  Also making the list was the Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing Company, of Grand Rapids. It tied for 25th.  Bell's was ranked as the seventh best brewery, jumping ahead of the Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams). Founders came in 22nd.  In terms of best portfolio, Bell's was tied for fifth, behind the Boston Beer Co.; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Rogue Ales and New Belgium Brewing Co.  In the Spirit of Homebrew category, one recognizing the smaller producing breweries, Dexter's Jolly Pumpkin Ales tied for third.

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