Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Recap of New Holland Brewing Co. 2012 Golden Cap Release

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Recap of New Holland Brewing Company 2012 Golden Cap Release

On Friday April 6, the New Holland Brewpub celebrated the 2012 Golden Cap Release with the Hawaiian-themed event "Freaky at the Tiki," featuring live music, food, and drink specials. Golden Cap is the a summer seasonal Saison Ale of over 6% ABV brewed with spelt and should be easy to find available in 6-packs in addition to on tap at the pub. The pub also features great food at reasonable prices including soups, salads, sandwiches and gourmet style pizzas.
The festivities began at 5 PM featuring the pop/rock of Formerly Hip with a variety of classic and current tunes. The event was open to the public but also included a Mug Club members only celebration featuring rotating $1.00 drafts, raffle prizes, and dinner specials. I tried the Mahi Mahi fish tacos with mango rice which had just the right amount of kick for my tastes. Besides the Golden Cap, I also enjoyed the Pear Hard Cider. Other specials included the Freaky Fruit Bowls and the Rum Punch featuring New Holland's own Artisan Spirits brand Rum. For those attending later, the band Hey Marco! took over around 10 PM for night duties with original sets spanning many musical styles.

New Holland's 15-year anniversary is coming up in June. The brewery hopes to celebrate this years "Hatter Days," in style by taking the festivities including food, music, and art to the streets of downtown Holland pending the approval of the Holland city council. The Mad Hatter Days "All Big Hole Golf Outing" at the Ravines Golf Club will also be open for registrations soon.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.