BOTL Info

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 not accepting new members at this time.
For more information about our fine organization please email us at brewersonthelake@gmail.com
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 too.

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. 2 Christmas party, best of cellar and potluck lunch

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Holland Brewing Hiring For Bridge Street Facility

 New Holland Brewing is hiring 150 people for its new Grand Rapids-based 40,000 facility, titled the Knickerbocker.
 The facility, slated to open in September, is hoping to fill positions including sous chef, floor manager, beverage director and butcher, amongst others.
 New Holland will hold the first of five hiring events from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the "ROC" room, located at 601 First street NW in Grand Rapids. Interested applicants are encouraged to bring updated resumes with relevant work experience.
 The next two job fairs will take place on July 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, and July 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. Both will be at the ROC room.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Whirlpool's Vessi Does It All For The Homebrewer.

  engadget.comFerment, carbonate and serve your homebrew beers with the same appliance.

There's no denying the popularity of homebrewing beer among DIYers, and we've seen a number of devices that aim to make that process easier. The latest small appliance comes from a familiar name: Whirlpool. With the Vessi fermentor and tap system, the company says it is reducing the time it takes to make beer from a month down to seven days. Of course, that fermentation time depends on what style you're brewing, but for a 3.3% "light blonde ale," Whirlpool says that 7-day turnaround is possible. The Vessi looks to be about the size of a kegerator tap system, only this setup also includes those fermentation and carbonation components. A single-tank design is sealed and pressurized with temperature controls to ensure the process goes smoothly (in theory). Whirlpool says that this design reduces the risks of issues like contamination and oxidation that are common to homebrewing. It also skips the process of bottle conditioning by "retaining" the beer's carbonation throughout fermentation. ...more