Are you familiar with 1001 Bottles? It’s a project that Sheryl and I started, and we are drinking 1001 bottles of beer… on purpose! It’s an excuse to drink, if nothing else. Anyway, one of the sponsors of the project is The Beer Sellar, and we actually drink from there most Monday nights. We are there at 9:00 PM each Monday (barring any other prior engagements). While there we drink a beer, throw back a few pints, and just chat with friends who want to drink with us. (Pints are on special for $3 on Monday nights.)
A few weeks ago, the New Holland Brewing Company had a beer tapping at The Beer Sellar. They tapped four new brews, including the following:
- Mad Hatter India Pale Ale
- Beerhive Tripel
- Dragon’s Milk Ale
- Imperial Hatter India Pale Ale
Until last night I had only had the Mad Hatter… but I tried the Imperial Hatter and was blown away. It’s amazing. It takes the IPA to a whole new level… the aftertaste is killer. (The Mad Hatter is the only one that is $3 on Monday nights. The other beers are actually $6.50 a pint.)
On the bar were stacks of information cards about each beer. Here is what the folks over at New Holland had to say about these brews.
Mad Hatter India Pale Ale
Mad Hatter is an IPA that explodes with hop flavors. Dry-hopping provides a distinctive and floral hop aroma, while the lively and hoppy body is subtly balanced with delicious malt notes. Hatter’s hop character makes it a great fir for spicy dishes, bitter greens and beef.
Imperial Hatter India Pale Ale
Assertive dry-hopping provides an aromatic telltale nose, indicative of the robust, bitter symphony to follow. Bold hop character with lively grapefruit and citrus notes. Pair this beer with spicy heat, citrus, and aged blue cheese.
This ale is brewed with honey and ginger. It’s a part of the High Gravity Series from New Holland Brewery. Little John’s local bees create a wildflower-honey, which lends a sweet, earthy complexity to this traditional style beer. A snap of ginger provides a refreshing finish. Pair this beer with fresh veggies, soft-ripened cheese, fruit of late summer, custards and biscuits.
Dragon’s Milk Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
This beer is also a part of the High Gravity Series from New Holland Brewing. This is a barrel-aged ale with a soft and rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive and hauntingly remarkable, Dragon’s Milk warming complexity pairs well with smoked meats and cheeses, red meat, or a nice cigar. (This beer is huge with an ABV of 9%.)
Like I said, these beers are now all on tap at The Beer Sellar. I am pretty much impressed with every beer that New Holland releases, and these beers are no different. I will be ordering a pint of each one of these over the next few weeks. I just have to try them all since I am going to write about them!
Bottoms up, people. Let’s drink!