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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tuesday Tasting: Four Beers from New Holland

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we sample four beers from a great Michigan craft brewery.

A few weeks back Joel Armato, who handles sales for New Holland Brewing along the east coast, hosted a tasting for members of the Charlotte Beer Club featuring four brews from the company. New Holland has been making beer since 1997 and they added a distillery to the mix in 2005. The range of solid beers -- from a kolsch to an oatmeal stout -- flowing from New Holland is a pretty impressive display of brewing flexibility.

Full Circle Kolsch-Style Beer: This beer poured yellow and slightly cloudy. It had a relatively thin head, with a nice hop tang to the background of the brew. Good refreshing flavor overall.

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale: Amber color, with a thin head. Upfront flavors of nutmeg with a slight hint of cinnamon at the end. Good balance for a spiced seasonal beer.

The Poet Oatmeal Stout: Black, brown color with a nice roasted character. There is a touch of cocoa to the rich flavor and hints of grain that linger. Great brew for a Michigan winter.

Dragon's Milk Ale: Aged in oak barrels, this is a thick and flavorful brew. There is a mix of vanilla and port qualities to the liquid. It weighs in at 8.5 percent alcohol by volume, so the bomber bottle is perfect for sharing.

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