Monday, December 30, 2013

Big Lake Brewing is Holland's Newest Brewery

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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One of Michigan’s largest producing breweries, New Holland Brewing Co, had its humble beginnings over 15 years ago literally operating out of garage in a small industrial section outside of the downtown area.
A few other breweries have come and gone over the years but just in the last year Holland has joined with other communities as part of the huge brewing renaissance currently seeing an unprecedented amount of new breweries opening across the nation. Only less than one year ago saw the opening of Our Brewing literally doors down from New Holland’s downtown brewpub, and July 2013 marks the opening of Holland’s newest Big Lake Brewing.

Big Lake Brewing is located in a strip mall approximately 3 miles northwest  from the downtown area. Food is readily available from any of the restaurants in close proximity. In fact, Thai Palace Restaurant and Turk’s Inn are the  immediate neighbors of the brewery with one restaurant on each side of the location. So if looking for something more than bar snacks i.e. pretzels and beer for sustenance, feel free to grab some takeout or have a Peppino’s pizza delivered when visiting.

Hard Ciders, traditional style beers, and fruit flavored wines are currently available on tap. I went with a flight and tried examples of each. The beers ranged from a wheat beer to an IPA to dark beers. My favorite was the Chinook Strong Ale at 8+ % ABV but both the apple and white cranberry flavored wines also impressed me.

Locating in a strip mall created some licensing challenges for owners Greg Mackellar, Travis Prueter, and Nic Winsemius whose common engineering backgrounds bring a level of technical expertise to the beverages produced.  After the Grand Opening weekend proved successful, the brewery quickly has expanded the initial weekend-only hours to include weekday evenings, currently open Wednesday through Sundays including noon openings on Saturday and Sunday. Currently taps to look out for include the Citra Wheat, Leroy Brown, and Locked out Pale, as well as a Blueberry Pinot Noir with Ryecoe Rye IPA coming soon. Growlers are now available and the Mug Club is currently open for membership also, just stop in and ask for details!

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.