New Holland is Michigans third largest brewery, churning out 10,650 barrels in 2009. Business is good: in 2008 their barrel output totaled 9,335, and New Holland is on pace to once again experience a large amount of growth in 2010. New Holland brews at two locations: One is a large facility dedicated to brewing beer, while the other is a brewpub and also serves as New Hollands distillery.
New Hollands brewery is a very clean place, and has all the amenities one would look for in a craft brewery (including a glass of Mole Ocho or Cabin Fever during tours). New Hollands best seller is Mad Hatter IPA, but the beer that has exploded over the past couple years is Dragons Milk. This Imperial Stout is aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels at the brewery. Not only is this beer delicious, but it is only $7.99 for a bomber of it. You would be hard pressed to find any other bomber of a bourbon barrel aged beers under ten dollars. Dragons Milk is also now available in four packs at Binnys.
New Hollands Brewpub, a separate location from the brewery, is a very interesting place. Besides brewing special beer only found in the pub in a brew kettle located right next to the bar, New Holland uses this location to brew their spirits line. It was interesting to note that all the spirits made by New Holland pass through the same, relatively small still located for all to see in the brewpub. New Holland does have plans to acquire a brand new, bigger still in the future due to the increasing popularity of the following:
Dutchess Vodka: “A clean and crisp vodka distilled from organic wheat, Dutchess is an excellent companion to boundless ingredients.”
Dutchess Citrus Vodka: “A crisp spirit, with lively citrus notes infused from real fruit, Duthess Citrus brings fresh flavors to your glass.”
Kinckerbocker Gin: “A vibrant, aromatic gin, twice distilled and infused with flavors from more than a dozen herbs and spices. Generous amounts of juniper-berries contribute a bright citrus and evergreen body, bursting with flavor before a clean, dry finish.”
Hatter Royale Hopquila: “A fermented was of 100% barley is twice distilled, then stepped with centennial hops. The vivacious spirit features grain-centric body framed citrus laden hop character in the nose and finish.”
Huron White Rum: “A clean, bright rum with a delicate sweetness and hints of vanilla.”
Michigan Amber Rum: “Barrel aging in oak presents a caramel color and deep body. A rich, smooth marriage of molasses and oak.”
Superior Single- Barrel Rum: “Packaged from a single honey barrel, Freshwater Superior showcases barrel-aging in a robust, yet elegant presentation.”
New Holland is a unique brewery, in that it is also a distillery. They join a unique crowd in doing this, Anchor Brewing in California, and Rogue Brewing in Oregon are a few of the others. Do you enjoy New Holland more as a brewery or a distillery?