If you go back and read my post, Hunting Season, you’ll see that I’ve been looking for the Pilgrim’s Dole for a little while. I wouldn’t say I had given up hope in catching this beer, but I had relaxed on the ferocity of my search. I love it when things are just meant to be.
Last night, Alex (Mr. Gus Bus) let me know that New Holland was to have a rep at River City Drafthouse and that I should come up and enjoy a beer during his trivia. Tuesday nights are normally my knit night and I try not to miss knit night. It was tempting because… you know… New Holland. Although, I’m not fond of a crowded bar, and RCD on Tuesday nights are packed. I decided that I’d rather go to knit night.
That’s when he dropped the bomb on me. “Oh!” I hear from the other room. “Looks like they are going to have the Pilgrim’s Dole.”
I was well on my way of figuring out how I was going to get there after my planned knit night. None of my friends were headed in that general direction so I figured its not that far from our house, I’ll just bike it.
Which is exactly what I did. After my fiber spinning was done I used a different type of spinning to travel to RCD. Even from the outside I could tell the place was packed. I had just ridden up hills, around pot holes, and through some not so friendly traffic. I was hot, sweaty, and very thirsty. I clambered through the crowded room over to the bar, looked up at the draft list and sighed in relief. They hadn’t sold out just yet. I ordered my Pilgrim’s Dole (and a water) and made my way back through the crowded room up to my wonderful fiance.
Pilgrim’s Dole by New Holland Brewing Company
New Holland describes this beer:
A barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character.
It is 12% ABV and is classified as a Wheatwine.
Amber’s Review (4.5/5):
I sat down in the chair up on the stage where Alex sets himself up for trivia. I drank about half of the water then turned to the beer. That first sip was heaven.
This beer has a wonderful dense rich flavor. Sweet and wheat with a nice clean finish. It wasn’t overwhelming like some barleywines get, but it was still complex enough to keep my attention. I knew I should have been sipping this beer, but I just couldn’t help myself. I knew it was high gravity, but it didn’t taste like it. Pilgrim’s Dole is a well brewed beer.
This is my new favorite barleywine, even if it isn’t technically a barleywine. Overall the Pilgrim’s Dole was well worth the pilgrimage.