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New Holland Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 10,242
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
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Reviews by cagocubs:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A: The atmosphere of this place is exceptional in my eyes. A large brewery bar has plenty of areas for seating, including separate great rooms and an upstairs area. The bar is long where you can sit and get a beer. The taps are all decorated with the beers logo and easily identifiable.
S: The service was short when I went, but the bartender was hustling to a point where we didn't notice. He was serving food to all the tables and serving drinks, impressive.
S: With an extensive list of beers, this place will have everything you're looking for. They have exclusive NHB beers as well as all the keystone brews.
F: This was by far the most surprising part of this place. The food was excellent, like best place in the area good. I had the pizza and thought it was excellent.
If you are on 31 going up the lakeshore in Michigan, do yourself a favor and stop in. If you are even near G-Rapids you should make your way over, even with the other impressive breweries in the area.
04-13-2012 00:52:51 |
More by cagocubs
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Live in holland and frequent often good place to grab a beer and a pizza always seem to have something new on tap. New beer garden is freaking awesome as well. Very family friendly. Also very large so can usually get in and can handle large party's.
05-11-2013 22:39:44 |
More by olivermonster
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere: The brewpub is in downtown Holland and is pretty large compared to some of the others in the state I've visited. Copper brew kettle in the middle of the room with the bar on the right side (cool lighting of the mug club), large windows up front, and a beer patio in the back. Digital chalk board with the beers on it, with "old-school" chalk boards near the kettle letting you know what was in fermentation, and listing the spirits. Family friendly atmosphere.
Quality: To echo a previous reviewer, I've never been the biggest fan of their staple beers; however, I didn't have the same change-of-heart they did. I felt like the beers were all average to good with the exception of a couple. We tried a flight (6 beers, 4 oz pours) of the Imperial Hatter, Poet Oatmeal Stout, Smashley Pale Ale, Red Tulip, Ryeland Imperial IRA, and the Mad Hatter.
Service: We only got a flight. The waitress was helpful, but we didn't really ask many questions, so didn't ask much of her. For what she did though, she did perfectly fine.
Selection: They have a tiered system similar to some others (Founder's, Perrin). The tier 1 beers are all the beers they bottle and you can purchase anywhere (Mad Hatter, White Hatter, Cabin Fever, Monkey King, Sundog, the Poet). The tier two beers were the specialty ones and included the Smashley Pale Ale, Red Tulip, and a beer that was made in their brewery by someone who won a homebrew contest (Deadliest Catch Double Milk Stout - wish I had tried this). The last tier was the high gravity beers and others: Imperial Hatter, a barleywine, and something else. They also make their own spirits if you're into that. I wish there were just more options that weren't mass produced available at the brewery.
Food: Didn't try, but standard pub menu. The pizza the table next to us got looked very good though.
Value: Our 6 beer flight was $11.
Overall, a nice place to grab a good beer if you're in the area. The town struck me as a bit like Pleasantville. We were there during the annual Tulip Festival, so lots to see as we walked around town. About 15 min from the beach front.
05-11-2013 15:38:00 |
More by HarmonMW
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Overall I was very impressed with my visit to New Holland BC. I'll be honest, I have never been much of a fan of their beer when I have had it on draft or in bottle, but I was very surprised on my visit. Great location in the heart of downtown Holland, Michigan. They are also in the process of adding a beer garden onto the back of an already awesome pub. Tried 4 beers, and all were great, food was not bad either but nothing fantastic. Environment was very clean, and classy. Service was fine as well.
Only real complaint was, they were out of the beer I really wanted to try even though it was on their digital chalkboard beer list. (Bartender said she doesn't know how to update it). Then, I wanted to get a growler to go seems how I do not live in the area, but she said they were out of growlers too! To top it off, I was going to buy a shirt for my wife but the only one left was the display, and they wouldn't sell it.
I wouldn't hold that rant against them though, and if i was in the area I would definitely visit again.
04-21-2013 21:01:28 |
More by theecaleb
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Positioned on the corner of a really cute & popular downtown street filled w. restaurants, outfitters, and specialty shops. The brewpub's layout is well designed: open, well lit bar room & dining room, separated by the checkout register & hall of swag. Enjoyed a 6 selection sampler (the poet, monkey king, BA dragon's milk, night tripper, white hatter & a seasonal), an appetizer, and a pizza. Service was friendly & prompt even though it was a busy Friday night. Food was quality. Beers were solid/average w. the exception of BA dragon's milk & night tripper which were memorable.
04-06-2013 14:53:52 |
More by craft_shannie
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Got snowed in here last week so decided to stay in Holland.
Atmosphere is really warm and inviting. Brick walls, brewing equipment on display.A small mash tun and kettle directly to the end of the bar.
Beers on tap here that are only avaliable at the brewpub. The bartender was extremely friendly and great for samples and suggestions.
I tried all brewpub exclusives, MI nightmare-sour stout with excellent balance and body to match. The Saison was pretty good, nice, citrus notes, refeshing but nothing crazy. I also tried the Jasmine Pilsner, loads of jasmine intermingled with crisp biscuit really created a nice pilsner. I finished up with the Poet on cask-also excellent..well drawn cask ale and served at proper temp and carbonation levels.
..I cannot comment on the food as I opted to have liquid bread during the snow.
Prices were really nice. Living in Chicago, after moving from San Francisco may make all things seem cheap, but good draft pours for the value.
Great place, look forward to my next venture to see Grand Rapids, Bells, and Kuhnhenn.
02-19-2013 04:53:24 |
More by czfreeman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited in July of 2012 early in the afternoon. Great mix of tourists, after work drinkers, and beer lovers. Staff is very knowledgeable about their beers, of which there are a number on tap and have an extensive sampling option allowing you to try just about everything they have. Pretty darn good food as well.
Reasonably priced, lots of people but not too loud or crowded. Fun place with nice people all around, and absolutely wonderful beer (including a number of new/limited release/hard to find ones). Obviously.
Definitely a place I'll be heading back to!
11-12-2012 01:13:49 |
More by leprechaunandfatman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This brewery visit was sandwiched between Founders and Bell's. They do their samplers where you pick 6 from a menu and they will put the beers into a slot on the carousel. I had dinner here and it was good food that paired well with a couple of my beer choices.
New Holland has a lot of alcoholic beverages besides beer which a friendly native told me were also delicious but I have to take his word for it. The swag shop was open but small. They had beer available so I brought some harder to find varieties home with me. Prices in the shop were reasonable.
I spent a couple hours wandering Holland while sobering up and found the whole town to be quite attractive.
10-24-2012 02:38:40 |
More by RobWilson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ate lunch and had beers with a group of friends.
Great brewpub setup, with a bar room, a dining room, seperated by a merchandise room where you can buy to-go beer and swag.
Beer quality was excellent, as the group was beer lovers and was impressed by all the beer sampled. A nice wide variety of beer available, and handily split into flagship, high gravity, barrel aged, sours, etc. All styles well done.
Our server was friendly and offered suggestions. Food was very good, and prices were reasonable.
Definitely would recommend
06-18-2012 20:08:56 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Living in West Michigan, I am a Founders man through and through. Despite this fact, I thought I would check this place out also. Seating space being the only knock on Founders Brewing Company that I can think of, this was a welcome site and I LOVED the fact that they had a balcony! The problem was the beer itself... I have been spoiled for too long already by Founders flavorful repertoire! Compared to Founders, New Holland Brewing Company only holds a dim candle to it. New Holland beer is a bit week if you ask me, but if I am only reviewing the tap room itself, it is a STELLAR place to enjoy a microbrew and I recommend it to anyone. Stop by for a taste!
02-18-2012 02:53:37 |
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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI