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, August 25, 2010

Michigan breweries make list of fastest-growing U.S. companies

 Two Michigan craft breweries have been really pumping out the beer in recent years.
Shorts Brewing Co. and New Holland Brewing Co. were both recognized by Inc. Magazine on its 2010 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private U.S. companies.
 Shorts ranked No. 720 on the list. The Bellaire, Mich.-based brewer has grown its revenue over the past three years by 422 percent, according to the magazine. In 2009, its revenue was $2.4 million. It was also the highest ranked brewery on the list. Here's how the magazine describes the company:
"Shorts Brewing produces lagers and ales, often with unusual ingredients, such as its Goober Oatmeal Stout, which has a handful of peanuts in every glass. The company is focused on quality and experimentation, often representing its state in national competitions. One of Michigan's largest breweries, Shorts has a production facility in Elk Rapids and a pub and brewery in Bellaire."
 That's nice recognition for the company behind such delicious brews as Noble Chaos and Huma-Lupa-Licious.
 Holland, Mich.-based New Holland makes the 2010 list at No. 2,418, with three-year revenue growth of 101 percent. The brewer and distiller had 2009 revenue of $5.6 million, according to the magazine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Eastown eyesore to turn into laid-back brewpub

The "solid bones" of a musty old Eastown liquor store will be transformed into a bustling brewpub by spring if a local development firm has its way.  Harmony Brewing Co. is the latest in a string of projects by Bear Manor Properties in Grand Rapids, but it's the first in which the company will redevelop the building and operate the business inside.  Heather Van Dyke and her brothers Jackson and Barry Van Dyke said they plan to invest more than $300,000 to create a laid-back atmosphere inside the old Jack's Liquor, 1551 Lake Drive SE, by late spring or early summer of 2011. "We don't want it to feel like a bar or a pub," Barry Van Dyke said. "We want it to feel more like a cafe."
As a brewpub, Harmony will offer a full menu of cocktails and wines and sells its beers in jugs (growlers) and six packs for takeout. It will not be able to distribute its beers to other retailers and bars through a wholesaler like a microbrewery.
"We can respond to the tastes of the neighborhood and match its idiosyncrasies," Heather Van Dyke said.
"We'll also take inspiration from different seasons," Jackson Van Dyke added. "We want our food and beer to be relevant to the season."
The brothers, who have been home brewing for about 10 years, said they will manage the brewing portion of the business. They plan to hire an experienced restaurant manager to operate the rest of the business.
The project, which still requires approval from the City and state Liquor Control commissions, did not get off the ground without some resistance from nearby residents who expressed concerns about noise, traffic and odors.
The Van Dykes said they have met with some of the opponents and have tried to address some concerns. They abandoned plans for a rooftop deck and agreed to close the small outdoor seating area by 10 p.m.
"The whole thing was built with cinder blocks," Barry Van Dyke said, showing off a basement area that will be home to a 3.5-barrel brewing system. "It's a stout building, so it allows us to do a lot with it." The brewpub, which is being designed by Grand Rapids' Lott3Metz Architecture, is expected to seat about 80 people.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Drinkin brews 'n watchin some vids

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