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The period between September and ski season is a weird time for skiers who also enthusiastically drink beer. It’s pre-season fitness time, so trail runs, bike rides, and gym sessions are all in order. But it’s also important to have something special for the celebration of the beginning of the season.
New Holland Brewing Co., a Michigan-based brewery that has strong ties to sliding on snow, has two perfect beer options to complement your preseason training, as well as an ale that’ll whip you into shape for the best après of your life.
Lightpoint is New Holland’s “Functional White Ale,” a great beer for replenishment after a preseason workout. It’s brewed with coconut water, raw honey, and orange peel, and weighs in with only 86 calories and a light 3.7-percent ABV. In other words, it’s not full of boozy calories that will immediately invalidate an hour-long workout.
But what’s most important is that Lightpoint is delicious. It has a full-bodied flavor profile that tastes better than mass-produced white beers. The orange notes are strong and complement the beer very well without requiring an orange-slice garnish. But, if you’re hip, adding some orange juice to make a Beer-mosa would also make this a worthy post-morning-workout brunch treat.
New Holland Lightpoint Functional White Ale Notes
- Beer Style: White Ale
- Special Ingredients: Coconut water, raw honey, orange peel
- Tasting Notes: Orange, Citrus, Sweet Wheat
- Goes Well With: Getting ready for ski season, orange juice, brunch, Friday work lunch
- ABV: 3.7% IBU: 15
- More info: NewHollandBrew.com
While Lighthouse is a worthy, easy-to-drink option that’s great for ski movie premieres and après-ski all-season-long, it’s important to have a special brew to really celebrate the beginning of ski season. And New Holland has just the ticket. Dragon’s Milk is the brewery’s signature bourbon barrel-aged stout. It’s rich with classic stout flavors—including chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla—well-complemented by notes of oak and bourbon. With a heavy 11-percent ABV and robust flavor, it’s not quite “functional” like Lighthouse, but a great way to welcome the beginning of winter.
In fact, the term Dragon’s Milk was commonly used throughout history to describe ales, elixirs, and potions that are consumed to celebrate the end of a big journey. And, considering the long, hot summer journey North American skiers are working their way through to get to the sweet, cold, refreshing winter snow, Dragon’s Milk might be the ultimate autumn and early-winter beer for skiers everywhere this year.
Maybe it’s even worth trying now, too. After all, it’s been a long, hot August, and we’re just about to the end. Which also means we’re that much closer to ski season.
New Holland Dragon’s Milk Notes
- Beer Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
- Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Pour-Over Coffee, Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon
- Pairs well with: Celebrating the end of summer, nighttime campfires, these recipes, chocolate desserts
- ABV: 11% IBUs: 35
- More Info: DragonsMilk.com
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