Brewery launches Dutch-inspired menu for Tulip Time

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Dutch meatballs, also known as bitterballen. Courtesy Big Lake Brewing

A downtown Holland brewery is aligning its menu to the city’s Dutch heritage.

Big Lake Brewing, at 13 W. Seventh St. in downtown Holland, said Tuesday, May 10, it is launching a Dutch-inspired menu to give Tulip Time festivalgoers “the full experience” of Holland’s heritage.

“We’re embracing our community’s proud roots, and Holland residents and visitors finally have a go-to restaurant for Dutch-inspired food,” said Jeffrey Genova, general manager at Big Lake Brewing. “We all love devouring corn dogs and elephant ears, but now Tulip Time goers can embrace Dutch dishes such as bitterballen (Dutch meatballs), Dutch stamppot (smoked sausages and potatoes smashed with sauerkraut) and kibbeling (fish and chips) — a fan favorite during Lent.”

Big Lake Brewing also is offering elevated options of its normal pub fare, such as pear and prosciutto flatbread, ribeye steak, catch of the day and fettuccine pesto.

“We often update our menu seasonally, but never to this scale,” said Big Lake Brewing Chef Jeremy Snider. “We wanted to advance our menu, offering options to all, by taking our loved dishes like pizza and using the same dough, but cooking it on both sides, creating upscale flatbreads. We’re also offering a wider range of healthier options, such as smoked chicken, that can be added to many of our new dishes, like the mixed berries and goat cheese salad.”

Not everything on the menu is changing. Customers still can expect Big Lake’s best-selling items, such as a side of tops and the crispy chicken sandwich. There might be some minor updates as the seasons change, but the new updates will comprise Big Lake’s main menu, the brewery said.

“We’re excited and eagerly preparing as much as possible as we gratefully welcome our favorite regulars and new visitors during Tulip Time,” Genova said. “We thank all our generous customers in advance for their patience as we welcome larger crowds (that) are enthusiastic to celebrate everything we love about our hometown.”

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