It’s Beer Barrel Bourbon, an artisan spirit from New Holland, our June Whiskey of the Month!
Many of us are more familiar with New Holland Brewing Company for the beers from their brewery, which opened in the late 1990s in Holland, Michigan. Big Jones has often served their Full Circle, and Mark enjoys the Mad Hatter India Pale Ale at home. Their Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout is absolutely worth a try if you can find it – this stout is aged in bourbon barrels, showing that whiskey barrels make great beer.
But New Holland also distills spirits, and one of their most unique whiskies is the Beer Barrel Bourbon, which takes the complementary approach to their stout. As New Holland says: beer barrels make remarkable whiskey.
Beer Barrel Bourbon is first aged in new American oak barrels. The bourbon is sourced at 110-115 proof, and aged in new American white oak barrels for several years. Then the aged bourbon is finished in second-use Dragon’s Milk beer barrels for 90 days. The beer-barrel aging lends biscuity notes and a smooth malt character to the robust whiskey tones of toffee and caramel.