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, July 27, 2010

No B word in Michigan

  Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Beer writes "The good folks in Michigan just rejected our label submission for Bitches Brew. That's the beer we are doing with Sony to celebrate the 40th anniversary if the eponymous Miles Davis album (it'll be out towards the end of August). Apparently, they don't like the word 'bitches.' My wife Mariah says they are a bunch of #*&!?$&!*bags for denying us, but that seems harsh to me. Calling an office full of state officials a bunch of "sailing canvasbags" is just crazy talk, I think (although I'm betting they can sell the album there!)."
I bet everyone is glad our state officials know what is best for us!

B - B - Q

 Here's a little help for summer grilling.
Beer- BBQ Sauce
recipe type: BBQ, mops and marinades

 2 green jalapenos, seeded and diced
 2 tablespoons garlic, peeled and chopped
 1 small onion, peeled and chopped (about 1/2 cup)
 3 canned chipotle chiles in adobo
 1 tablespoon canola oil
 1 cup IPA or hoppy amber ale
 1 cup crushed tomatoes
 1 teaspoon dried oregano
 2 tablespoons unhopped barley malt extract
 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Saute jalapenos, garlic, onion and chipotle chiles in a nonstick skillet with the canola oil, until onions are soft. Season with salt, if desired. Scrape into blender, add, ale, tomatoes, oregano, malt extract and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings and use as a BBQ sauce during the last 15 minutes of cooking, or serve at the table with grilled meats.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

No beer here

 Home brew clubs in Oregon are no longer allowed to have home brew at their meetings! Public beer and wine competitions, like those commonly held at the state and county fairs are now considered illegal too.  The clubs can live on, but they have to be ‘dry’. Takes all the fun out of it, and the chance to learn and share about brewing (which is the whole point). The Oregon law had been on the books for 30 years, but it was not enforced or interpreted in this way until now.
 The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Department of Justice have decided to shut down beer and wine competitions, and remove home brew from home brew clubs. Excerpt from the law: ‘No person shall brew, ferment, distill, blend or rectify any alcoholic liquor unless licensed so to do by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. However, the Liquor Control Act does not apply to the making or keeping of naturally fermented wines and fruit juices or beer in the home, for home consumption and not for sale.’”
 The problem with the competitions and home brew clubs is, the home brew is taken out of the home, and then consumed by the ‘public’. Sounds down right naughty doesn’t it?? People, sharing home brew and discussing it?? Under the law, even though the home brew is not sold, it is still illegal to have members of the ‘public’ drink the home made alcoholic beverages. Judges are considered members of the public under the new interpretation as well.
 This means it is illegal to drink home brew anywhere in Oregon, except at home.
In order to get home brew clubs, and beer/wine competitions going again, the state legislature would have to amend the law. Oregon has some pretty big budget items to address this year, so we can only hope for the best.
Interestingly enough, competitions for canned preserves, pies, etc are still legal at fairs. It is the mystique of alcohol that causes all the trouble for brewers and vintners. If the argument is for public safety, there are more dangerous strains of diseases in improperly canned foods than in a bad batch of home brew.
For the clubs in Portland, Oregon that are impacted, I predict new brewing clubs will be formed just over the river in Vancouver, Washington!
For more details, go to: