New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Michigan
  • Distillery New Holland Artisan Spirits
  • Age NAS
  • Style Bourbon Whiskey
  • Maturation New American white oak and finished in ex-Beer barrels
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • sweet
  • beer
  • caramel
  • hops
  • roasted
  • floral
  • grain
  • oak
  • toasted

New Holland Artisan Spirits

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon (0.75l, 40%)
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Character Goatson
Let’s cut through all the lingo and rhetoric here and just say that Beer Barrel Bourbon is really good, really rich and surprisingly sweet and smooth. 
 
One might think that a company called "New Holland" might be in the New York area. After all, the Dutch settled New York City, calling it New Amsterdam for a century. But no… New Holland Brewing and Artisan Spirits is based in Holland, Michigan. So I guess it makes sense anyway.  
 
New Holland Brewing — and the more recent edition, New Holland Artisan Spirits — was founded in 1996 by two childhood friends: Jason Spaulding and Brett Vander Kamp. Perhaps not surprisingly, they started by brewing beer. Then they stated brewing a lot of it. Turns out, they were good at it and now they brew nearly 1 million barrels of beer per year across several varieties. In 2005 they expanded into Whiskey, Rum, and Gin, beginning sales of those products in 2008.
 
Let’s cut through all the lingo and rhetoric here and just say that Beer Barrel Bourbon is really good. For decades, beer makers have aged some of their craft beers and ales in ex-Bourbon barrels to give them extra flavor. The folks at New Holland Brewery did the same thing. Then they had an epiphany. They had just started producing Whiskey, and they were aging it in new American white oak like all the big Bourbon boys do, right? Then they were using those new ex-Bourbon barrels to flavor some of their beers. So what they started doing was flipping the process and aging both in new oak, then swapping. Now the beer is finishing in an ex-Bourbon cask and the Bourbon is finishing in an ex-beer cask. Get it?
 
The result is a very dark, exceptionally smooth Bourbon that is sweet and rich and a little bit hoppy, but not in a bad way. It is surprisingly smooth and sweet. Almost as if you are drinking an aperitif or … dessert Bourbon? Yes, let’s go with that. And if you add a little ice, the flavors and aromas open up and you even get a little floral scent in a dark, rich dram. 
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Michigan
  • Distillery New Holland Artisan Spirits
  • Age NAS
  • Style Bourbon Whiskey
  • Maturation New American white oak and finished in ex-Beer barrels
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Dark and coppery brown
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel and roasted grain
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Heavy, rich and smooth as cream.
 
Finish 
Sweet and rich all the way down.
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  • sweet
  • beer
  • caramel
  • hops
  • roasted
  • floral
  • grain
  • oak
  • toasted
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
The love of the home-brew brought Spaulding and Vander Kamp together in college. The goal? To create a uniquely Western Michigan Beer.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
The love of the home-brew brought Spaulding and Vander Kamp together in college. The goal? To create a uniquely Western Michigan Beer.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
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