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, January 24, 2012

...and the list of new breweries grows.

 A baseball-themed microbrewery is on tap for a former fire house. Two childhood friends aim by May to open The Mitten Brewing Co. at 527 Leonard St. NW.
Plans for the craft brewery sports bar, what operators claim will be the first of its kind in Michigan, call for on-site brewing to serve a 1,200-square-foot tap room and pizzeria with seating for 65 people. Grand Rapids Planning Commission will consider a permit Thursday.
“Right now with Michigan sports doing well, it’s time for us to get in. We don’t want to wait any longer.”
Food offerings will feature gourmet pizza from executive chef Matt Lenkiewicz, who also is the chef at Grill One Eleven in Rockford. Pizza will be available for dine-in or carry out, and 6-packs of beer also will be sold for carry out.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The People of Michigan Craft Beer

A nice documentary by Alan Torres about the people of Michigan and craft beer. The Great Beer State

Thursday, January 19, 2012

America’s 100 best beer bars: 2012

 Pubs, dives, taverns, canteens, watering holes and holes-in-the-wall: Once again, we’ve surveyed the lay of the beer-bar land and found 100 one-off spots where there’s a barstool any beer lover can call home.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Help for those without brewing software

 Brewers Friend release of Brewing Tools. BF homebrew recipe calculator

Make a Beer Cocktail It’s pretty hard to justify taking a craft beer and using it for something other than pouring it into a pint glass and enjoying it how it was meant to be enjoyed, though there are some exceptions.  One such example is turning your brew into an even more alcoholic beverage.  So just in time for New Year’s Eve, here are a few cocktail recipes that feature craft beer as a major ingredient, allowing you to enjoy your beer with a bit of an extra kick.  Have a very Happy New Year from Brewing and Beer! (more )

 Everything Nice
4 oz Founders Porter
4 oz Bell's Amber
1 oz Ron Zacapa Aged Rum
1/2 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1/8 oz Allspice Dram
 Combine ingredients and stir. Serve in a tulip glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of allspice on the frothy head.

 Averna Stout Flip
2 oz Averna Amaro
1 oz New Holland Poet Stout
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 whole egg
grated nutmeg
 Combine Averna, Angostura, and egg in a shaker, add ice, and shake more than you think is enough. Double fine strain and top with Rogue Chocolate Stout. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg. - Jacob Grier, Metrovino, Portland, OR.

 Siete y Siete
1 oz Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila
1/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz agave nectar
8 oz of Brewery Vivant Farmhand Ale
 Shake Tequila, lime juice and agave nectar with ice, strain into a shot glass and serve side by side with Farmhand in a shaker pint. Drop the shot into the beer and drink in one smooth motion.

 Sour Punkin
4 oz  of your favorite pumpkin ale
2 oz  Jolly Pumpkin - Oro de Calabaza
 Blend beers and stir. Serve in a tulip or wine glass and garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.