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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,346
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review has two parts. The first is bad and the second is very good. This is a great example of a business working out a problem to everyones benefit. Stopped here for dinner and several beers. Tuesday night and very busy with a 30 wait for a table. Not a problem. the hostess seated us and we waited 20 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order. Another 10 for the order to arrive. Another 25 minutes before she returned to take our next order. Asked about bottles and were told that they don't serve the one I wanted. 10 minutes later the table next to us had one delivered to them. Asked again and was told the same thing, at which I pointed to the bottle on the table next to us. She walked away, and it was at this point I game unglued. I found the manager and explained the situation to him. He promptly sent a different waitress to our table and offered to pick up our bill. I declined the free offer and for the rest of the night we had the best service ever. The manager did the right thing and I will return anytime I'm in the area. Oh they make their own wine along with Gin, 3 types of Rum, vodka and tequilla. The food and selection were very good. This is a place worth driving out of your way for.
08-09-2011 02:44:11 |
More by jale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This place makes some good brews. I am not sure of the wine and liquor, so you'll have to seek other reviews for information pertaining to that. I started out with an IPA, which was delicious. We ordered side salads, a beer cheese dip, and chicken wings. The salads were generous and fresh, but the dip was kinda eh and the chicken wings were fatty and lacked flavor... tasted pretty processed (which they probably were). The pizza looked pretty good tho, next time I would order that.
I ordered the Dragon's Milk brew as a second beverage. Wow! very strong... tastes almost like you're drinking straight bourbon once it starts to set to room temp. I loved it at the first sip, but once it cooled I wasn't a fan.
Overall a nice place. I love to support Michigan companies, so I would definitely go back. Fabulous brews, decent food and a clean, well-kept, comfortable venue.
08-04-2011 14:31:11 |
More by funkyaudio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
When we were on our travels over to the alehouse. We got the addresses mixed up and traveled to their actual warehouse and when we went in, lucky for us the two brewmasters were there and asked us if we wanted a tour. They were two of the coolest dudes. Gave us a beer right away and took us on a whole tour of the brewery itself. To you I thank you tons! Cheers!
Once we left the actual brewerey, we traveled over to the alehouse and when we got there we went in for a pint and a sampler. The place was very nice, well spread out and very moderized. Loved the posters of each individual beer and their tap system had tons of great stuff hooked up on it. Loved each beer I had and was extremely glad that we got to see the alehouse as well as the brewery itself. Loved the experience. Cheers guys great job to you!!
07-26-2011 00:38:03 |
More by yankeej13
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went here after my tour at the brewery. First, the tour was amazing, it lasted over an hour with several tastings of high gravity beers.
We went to the brewpub about 230 on sat. afternoon. We had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. A server got us our beers soon thereafter. We had a sampler flight which included their kolsch, a smoked rye dopplebock, a saison and their IPA.
After 5 minutes or so, we got our beer. Honestly, most of them did not impress me. The Saison was quite good, but the IPA wasn't great. The smoked dopplebock was quite interesting though.
The food was quite good. I had an Italian sandwich piled high with meat and such.
I really like some of New Holland's beers, but many of them left me unimpressed. I would go back, particularly for the food and the many one-offs on the menu.
07-17-2011 12:49:10 |
More by ebby82
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Excellent selection of good to very good beers. They seem to have a decent number of seasonal choices during the winter months as that is when I have been (visiting family for holidays). The atmosphere is just right for a brewpub. The service was standard and it seems to stay busy however not sure if Holland has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. They have had so many different beers I wish I had taken better notes when trying them as I can not accurately review them now. Speaks to their selection.
06-30-2011 00:04:00 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere was the best part of this place. Maybe it's because this is my home town and it's right downtown. But they have exposed brick, it's located in an old hardware store, and some brewing equipment is out in the open.
The quality of the beers is good. I had quite a few while there. However, the selection is always lacking. The last times I visited were late December 2010 and late April 2011. Both times I was surprised and annoyed by their lack of selection. In December, they were out of the casked Mad Hatter, but they just put more Mad Hatter in the cask and pulled it right back out, leaving no taste and gaining $0.50 more per glass for them. They were also out of Night Tripper and Pilgrim's Dole. Then in April they didn't have anything on cask and they were out of Night Tripper and Black Tulip.
Overall, it's a great spot if they have all of the beers you want to drink on tap that day.
04-28-2011 13:22:06 |
More by Holland
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 4/9/11. First impression was positive - clean and bright with a lot of windows; hostess table staffed by very young but attentive and friendly folks. Plenty of room in this spacious place, and we were seated almost immediately at 5:00p on a Saturday.
Wait staff (Bri) was friendly - and patient while I pored over the house brew list. Food was the biggest surprise, and a pleasant one at that. The taco salad and Tarheel BBQ sandwich were unlike any other I've tried. The folks in the kitchen know what they're doing.
Only real drawback to the place was the noise level. The bar side was not full, but it was loud and conversations with my tablemates were not easy. But I'm getting to be an old dude who is starting to prefer speaking over shouting.
With a 1.5 hour drive ahead of me I chose the Paleooza over the higher gravity brewhouse-only offerings that were calling my name. Hope to return again, and early enough in the day that I can put a 1-2 hour buffer between me and the drive home so I can try more than just one - or at least a bigger one - during a visit.
04-13-2011 01:39:10 |
More by Another6Pack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The New Holland brewery is highly under rated. I guess they kind of live under the shadow of Founders and Bells, but their beer is right there with both.
Stopped by the Brew Pub on our way to Kalamazoo from the Traverse City area. The atmosphere is very good. Nice, clean, bright brew pub. I understand the dark brew pub theme, but I prefer windows and natural light. The beers were excellent, as expected. I had the Dragons Milk and The Poet and Emily had the Imperial Hatter and Pilgrims Dole. The pizza was solid and priced right. I have a lot of respect for the New Holland product, and try to support them as much as possible. Their spirits are wonderful as well. The Zeppelin Bend is a great youthful whiskey.
Stop by if you heading towards Bells or Founders, its not far out of the way.
Edit: Stopped by again on a recent visit down to the Holland area. The pub still does not disappoint. Now featuring some really nice hand crafted spirits and cocktails, as well as added taps, and quite a few beer engines. A nice treat. They have added a nice little retail area so you can fill up on your swag. Well worth the stop, always something special on tap.
03-04-2011 18:14:21 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was in Holland visiting a friend and he suggested we stop in. It was around 3pm on a Sunday in February.
A- Extremely quiet. The layout of the tables and bar was wide open in a pretty large room that could easily hold over 100 people. There were games going on TV and others enjoying drinks. Bartender kept to himself even after trying to prompt him with questions. Nice beer release posters. Could see this place being more enjoyable if it got packed, but it would take a lot of people to achieve.
Q- Nice overall. Clean and tidy. Bar was nice. Nothing else really to add.
S- Bartender knew about all the beers, even recommended one when pressed. Used the standard line that all the beers were top notch. Food came out after quite a wait, but beer was promptly served.
S- Nice array of NH beers. I had the Black Tulip, which I rarely see anywhere else. Also had the Charkoota Rye, a fall only release.
F- Had a nice standard pizza. Was a good value.
Overall, I will probably stop back in when visiting friends and during the Tulip festival. If you enjoy NH beer, it is a nice stop.
02-20-2011 19:59:53 |
More by betsona
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On a late spring day I stopped at New Holland. The place had a nice feel, much like the neighborhood around it: middle class and a working man's place.
The line up was good and had a few rarities, but nothing exclusive that I can remember. Service was good by didn't set itself apart from other breweries. Not sure if they served food there; didn't try any.
The flight I received while there was reasonable and I would most likely go back again, as they do have a very solid line up and some really good higher end beers in rotation.
01-13-2011 06:57:19 |
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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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