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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Day 14 Drink: New Holland Dragon's Milk Oak Aged

New Holland Brewing from Michigan is one of a core of Midwest brewers that make some truly remarkable beers. The brewery started operations in 1996 and expanded to a larger second location ten years later. They also operate a quality micro-distillery.

Brewery rep and good guy Joel Armato brought a couple of hard to find New Holland brews to the Flying Saucer in Charlotte this evening. While I enjoyed the Oak Aged Mad Hatter IPA (aged on Woodford Reserve barrels) a truly fabulous draught Dragon's Milk Ale Oak Aged really made the evening. This 10 percent alcohol by volume strong ale is aged on Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Rich and round, with a ton of malty backbone. Jet black with just an off-white ring for a head. Vanilla flavor notes, followed by a silky malted chocolate milk shake base, and plenty of depth. Very rewarding.

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