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 26, 2012

GR's First Collabrative Beer!

 While hanging out at The Hideout doing what brewers do together, the guys in the Grand Rapids Society of Brewers decided some kind of substantial response was needed to mark the city’s new crown as ‘Beer City USA.’
What could they do to ensure the honor doesn’t just pass the city by?
“We wanted to come up with something we could do to celebrate it,” said Wob Wanhatalo, head brewer at The Hideout Brewing Co.
“We figured, there hasn’t been a collaborative effort on a beer in Grand Rapids before, why don’t we do that?”
The fruit, or pale ale of their labor, will hit tap handles all over Grand Rapids on Sunday, July 1 when the 10 different West Michigan breweries that collaborated on the project will unveil the "Beer City Pale Ale" at their respective establishments.
Wanhatalo wrote the recipe for the amply hopped, red pale ale, brewed with cascade and nugget hops from the Michigan Hops Alliance. Each brewery brought a unique touch to the beer in secondary fermentation, resulting in subtle differences.
“There will be style flourishes, but for the most part it’s the same celebration ale,” said Barry Van Dyke of Harmony Brewing Co. in Eastown

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

10 Best Vacation Cities for Beer Lovers

Beer drinkers shouldn't limit craft beer to part of their vacation. With enough planning, those IPAs, Hefeweizens and Russian Imperial Stouts can be their vacation.  10-best-vacation-cities-for-beer-lovers

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Brewing Water

   Water, we take it for granted yet it is the most important ingredient for brewing. Here is a nice water calculator for adjusting your water to the beer style you want to brew. You will need to know your water's profile first, which can be obtained from city offices or by sending a water sample to be tested. ezwatercalculator
 This is a good forum to help you along. HBT EZwater