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

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Michigan homebrew bill passes

Michigan homebrew bill passes Michigan State House, moves on to state senate.
LANSING — A bill that would allow homebrew to be served in licensed Michigan brewpubs and restaurants passed the Michigan State House of Representatives Thursday.

 House Bill 4061 passed by a vote of 105 to 5, according to the Brewers Association.
The bill, which would allow homebrewed beer to be served for competitions and club meetings, will now go to the Michigan State Senate, where it has been assigned to the Regulatory Reform Committee.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Michigan Beer Cellar to start bottling

 While making a name for themselves in the increasingly competitive craft beer market that is West Michigan, Michigan Beer Cellar is deciding to take their art a step further. The Sparta based brewery already distributes kegs of their brew to approx. 15 pubs across the area. Now they're looking to expand on that by distributing their brew in bottle form. Upon label approval and bottling line installation, they're looking to start with 4 different brews.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Short's Brewing Co. has an app

By Josh Smith Are you planning a special event and need some help figuring out how much beer to plan for?Well, the good folks at Short's Brewing Co. have created a very handy tool for just that kind of brainteaser.Their new app - beer-calculator - will help you calculate how much beer you need based on the total number of guests, percentage of guests who drink beer, and the number of drinks per person.Their Beer Ordering Calculator will advise you how many 1/2 barrels, 1/4 barrels, 1/6 barrels, or 12 oz. cases you should plan for.For example, say you are throwing a bash and invite say, 50 of your best friends. If you assume half of them drink beer and each drinks two, you should be able to getaway with:

• 0.40 1/2 barrels
• 0.81 1/4 barrels
• 1.21 1/6 barrels
or 1.56 cases (24 - 12 oz. bottles)
It's probably best to round up or even pad it a little (good craft beer tends to runs out fast). I also briefly tested this on my smartphone and it worked pretty well with my browser — in case you need to recalculate on the fly.