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.
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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 12, 2015

Apps for Craft Beer Lovers

apps-craft-beer   6 apps for craft beer lovers.

Untappd – It’s the Facebook of the beer drinking world. (It’s also the Twitter and FourSquare of the beer drinking world, but Facebook is the best comparison. ) Rather than posting pictures of your cat or quizzes determining where your soul is from, you check in with what you’re drinking – and connected friends can toast (aka like) it and leave comments.
The app also recommends other beers based on the style you’re enjoying and lets you find nearby establishments that serve craft beer. It most importantly serves as a beer journal, letting you keep track of what you like and don’t like – which is becoming more important as the options available to craft beer lovers expand dramatically (and it becomes a bit harder to remember which ones are good and which are just so-so).
(Available on iOS and Android)

Brewery Passport – In a new town for a day or two and want to seek out the local micro and nanobreweries? Brewery Passport lets you know how close they are. It’s a fairly barebones app, but it lets you know who’s nearby and offers links to their Website and Facebook page, letting you take a look at what they’re pouring before you venture out and connect with the brewery. There’s also a journal function, letting you note your favorite beers by style at each establishment.
(Available in iOS and Android)

Next Glass – You really enjoyed your last beer, but you’re either out of that brand or want to try something different. Next Glass scans the label (not the UPC code) of your bottle or can and makes recommendations for other varieties you might enjoy – and does so with a remarkable accuracy. Over time, the app learns your taste preferences – and can build a taste profile, letting it make even more accurate suggestions.
(Available on iOS and Android)

TapHunter – On the hunt for a rare whale beer? Get alerts when it goes on tap at your local watering hole with this app. TapHunter tracks when kegs are, well, tapped and can also offer personalized recommendations. The hiccup here is that the app relies on bar, restaurant, growler filler stations and other beer-related businesses to sign up with the service, so if your usual haunts don’t do so, it may not be useful for you.
(Available on iOS and Android)

iBrewMaster 2 – If you’re a home brewer, this is an absolutely essential tool. The app comes with more than 600 pre-installed recipes – and the ability to share and read recipes from other home brewers. It will guide you through the entire process of making your own beer – and provide estimates on things like alcohol content and calories. Loaded with tools and calculators, it will also help you find suppliers and let you keep a schedule of what you’re brewing at any given time.
(Available on iOS. Android version forthcoming)

Pivo – Visiting another country and forgot to bone up on key phrases? The Pivo app lets you order a beer in 59 different languages – even including phonetic pronunciations. Sure, you could just mime the gesture, or point at the tap. And “beer” is one of those words that’s generally understood in any bar in the world, but why label yourself as a tourist quite so obviously? (Plus, being able to ask for a beer in Gaelic or Serbian is a cool party trick.)