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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was the second stop on my second annual Michigan Holiday Brewery Tour.
The atmosphere is very pleasing with restaurant style dining as well as a bar area. A small shop area was located in the front of the building. An operating small-batch brewing system open to public view is a nice touch. The brewmaster was in the process of mashing a Vienna lager while we were there and lovely spent grain aroma filled the bar.
The bartender was eager to make our acquaintance and pour our samples. Samplers came in a neatly packed round 6 slot holder. The Poet Stout, Dragon's Milk, Charkoota Rye, Kourage Hoppy Brown, Cask Hatter, and an ESB. The Dragon's Milk is a wonderfully complex strong ale with lovely notes of chocolate, oak and fruit. The one letdown was the Rye as the smoke character was absolutely overwhelming making it undrinkable to this enthusiast. The bartender graciously offered a replacement.
A BBQ chicken pizza was ordered and was quite good and not terribly priced at 16.99 for a large.
The New Holland Brewery Taproom is a model of what brewery taprooms should be. Great beer, good food and friendly people. No more is necessary.
12-29-2009 04:50:28 |
More by BehindtheFinBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located on a trendy, thriving stretch of cobblestone sidewalk road in Holland, MI, home of Hope College which is not only a block away from the brewery but clearly has a significant presence in this otherwise small town. Modernly updated businesses and buildings grace the streets of Holland which function as a kind of an outdoor mall. There are clothing stores, a few coffee shops and restaurants and then the sublime New Holland Brewing Company. Situated on the corner of a street it is clear to me that it is the jewel of this small town. A waiting list awaited while other businesses were not full.
Atmosphere. I do not know how it could be better. A modern, clean atmosphere greeted us with mostly hard wood features, brick and stucco walls and a nice chalkboard above the bar with the current tap list (18 different beers in all!) as well as the hard liquor that they serve (there were 6 listed tonight). All staff wore New Holland shirts and there is a significant "gift shop" near the front of the restaurant which carry all of those and more. I appreciated the availability of pint glasses, gift baskets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, posters, coasters, tulip glasses and many other products that can temp any collector of such items. 5.0
Quality: Partly due to the atmosphere, partly due to the selection of beers but mostly due to the high level perceived by me at this place, I think that the quality is high. 4.5
Service: Good. Our waitress brought me the wrong beer initially but recognized the mistake and corrected it later. She was responsive and helpful. 3.5
Food: Very good. Sundog chili was appropriately spicy and very good indeed. My wife had a basic salad that was very good, pizza was very nicely prepared and I had a Brewpub salad which was very good indeed as well. 4.5
Based on a visit there 10 16 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory. When I had my first few New Holland beers a few years ago I checked out the brewery listing here on BA and since then always thought how cool it would be to go there. Continued information gathering, learning and that early dream became a reality, motivated by the proximity of so many other great Beer Advocate places in the area. So it was with that spirit in mind that my wife and I arrived in Holland in mid October to see for ourselves.
Atmosphere First a word about the community of Holland: I felt so comfortable to walk the streets of Holland and to see the small campus of Hope College. It is hard to put into words but it was like a perfect little town with big city tastes. I recommend that everyone reading this visit the town as well as the brewery. OK, back to the brewery. The atmosphere of New Holland, like the surrounding community, is very comfortable. Seating for probably 500 on hard oversized wooded chairs and benches with tables to match, the bar is on the right as you enter, the greeter immediately in front, some seating behind the greeter, on the left a small gift shop area and in the distance more seating both up and down stairs. There may have been an area for live music as you head to the back on the first floor too but they were setting up that day for a band inside the restaurant, bar area. Anyway, current beers on tap listed on a chalkboard and fridges stocked with NH beers for sale ($8 for a bomber). 4.5
Quality Good. Everything presented in proper glassware, many of them with the NH logo.
Service Just fine. Our waitress was young (likely a college student) but as knowledgeable as she had to be about the available beers. She was timely and kind. 3.0
Selection Well if you like American Craft beers then you would have to say that the selection was at least good. In addition to many of their standard lineup they had a few pub exclusives including an Imperial Ichabod Ale. I am still the only one here on BA (as of this posting) to review it. 4.5
Food Just fine. We had a full dinner there and I recall a very good salad and some other rather typical brew pub fare but, as stated, it was just fine. 3.5
11-25-2009 06:33:39 |
More by adamette
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in downtown Holland, Michigan, it was a pleasure to finally visit the New Holland Brew Co. They are located in an old JCPenney building, so says a plaque on the outside of the building. The interior had a fancy ceiling of old, with newer heating ducts, and some unique compressed wood was used to wall-in their booths. We went at noon on a Saturday, and it wasn't busy at all. They had a thorough selection of their beers on tap, with something on cask as well, but not much that wasn't already bottled in some fashion. I had a Golden Cap Saison, and we enjoyed a pair of appetizers. The prices were reasonable, the waitress we had was very knowledgeable, and overall it was a good pub experience.
We also drove north a few minutes to the actual brewery for the tour, and it was excellent - I was especially pleased to receive a cup of on-tap beer - I chose the Imperial Hatter - to enjoy during the tour. The guide knew his stuff and casually interacted with us, and we felt free to explore the facility (within reason, of course). At the end we got samples of three of their beers, and a pint glass to take home - well, well worth the $5 cost.
10-19-2009 02:45:15 |
More by MDekker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
There was a great selection of beers on tap! The food items were tasty and there was a huge variety of food available! My husband had a calzone he raved about and I had a fresh hummus platter. We had a few pints of beer and tried out the sampler flight as well. The service was superb. We had a long conversation with the brewer and he shared lots of details on each beer and had some super helpful tips to help our homebrews out. He also suggested other breweries to visit in Michigan. The restaurant was clean and airy and had plenty of seating. The location is easy to find and Holland is a cute town. Really a wonderful stop, we'll be back!
09-22-2009 01:25:10 |
More by Reneejane
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
An attractive bright little restaurant, you come here for the beer. Just about everything is bottled, it is still nice to try new stuff, and fresh on tap. Service about average. Not a huge selection, no cask today, nor guest taps. A small patio outside. Some of their regular bottles on sale.A bit expensive. If you are in Holland, stop on bye.Just average brewpub overall. Not very far to drive to find placesthat have picked it up several steps. Always good to come back to classics, like the Pilgrims Dole.
08-07-2009 01:44:45 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went on a Sunday with the family during vacation.
Simple brewpub/bar decor. Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about, but functional.
Quality was great. Beers were fresh, food was very tasty.
Service was some of the best I've experienced. The waitress was knowledgeable of the menu and beers and could provide details and recommendations that had meaning.
I absolutely loved the beer selection. They had they usual range plus high gravity beers. My favorite was the library series, different interpretations of the Mad Hatter IPA - as a ryePA, a lager, a dark IPA, farmhouse IPA, cask (nice wood notes), imperial IPA, simply fantastic. I really like brewers that experiment with their mainstays and take risks. All the beers were first rate.
Food was outstanding as well. Pesto pizza and club sandwich were our choices of the day, and both were fantastic. Menu options make it hard to make a decision on your first visit.
Picked up a growler and some swag for the ride home from vacation. Luckily, they are not too far from my usual business trips, so I'll be back for a refill.
07-10-2009 01:14:42 |
More by JamnesCameron
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally made it into the Brewpub, last time I tried they were closed due to a power outage.
The place was very cool inside a good mix of old and new and tons of space inside.
Food and beer was very good they had a great selection of summer beers and of the High Gravity series. I was very happy with some Night Tripper and Black Hatter (Pure Greatness). I had a pizza fro lunch which was as good as the beer.
They had a ton of choices from their beer, liquor, and two ciders. There was something fro everyone.
06-28-2009 21:53:20 |
More by Roeters
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
New Holland was the last place we visited on our min- Michigan Brewery Tour. I was surprised at how nice the restaurant was! It seemed hipster-chic, and I felt somewhat underdressed. Good thing we went on Thursday night, as I'm sure Saturday is dressy!
I had the Sundog Amber Ale, which was quite satisfying after a long day in the car. Most everyone got the Dragon's Milk, which I tried and was even more delicious at the brewery! They had several high-gravity beers on tap, which I don't know if you can buy them anywhere, or if it is on-site only.
We were disappointed that they did not have enough Dragon's Milk shirts to fit our entire group, but I'm sure it is a best-seller. They were very nice, telling us to call them directly instead of going through the online store, as all merchandise is shipped directly from there.
Our waitress was great- very knowledgeable about food and beer, as some in the group had a hard time choosing what to eat and drink. She was very good-natured with our group, since some of us didn't have to drive and this being our third brewery of the day, felt pretty good.
My only regret is not going in the fall, when their Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is out, as it is one of my favorites. I got a shirt as a consolation prize, and maybe we'll do a fall tour in Michigan, and swing by just for me!
05-01-2009 16:09:20 |
More by BeerGirl80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was my wife's and I first stop on a Michigan Brewery tour. The interior had a standard but well done brew pub feel.
We arrived early, just after open so service was a touch slow. Our waitress was on top of things, but I think the bar tender was still prepping for the day and that slowed our beer order. The place was empty but quickly filled with a local lunch crowd.
Food was standard brew pub grub which is fine with me. Our pizza was great and made with fresh ingredients
Selection was decent. They had most of their regulars and two or three brew pub only offerings. I ordered a sample platter. Night Tripper and Pilgrims Dole on tap were fantastic.
Thier location, on the main drag in small town touristy Holland Michigan, and great brews make NHBC a worthwhile stop
04-16-2009 11:23:42 |
More by moshea
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
New Holland Brewery lies in the heart of downtown Holland. This brewpub is bigger than most. The bar looked like it could seat an entire football team. We were seated at the back of the main room behind the brewing equipment.
The menu consisted of the standard brewpub fare and what New Holland lists as "stroms". The stroms are essentially calzones using a touch of spent grain in the dough. My strom was delicious, and huge. I probably could have devoured the whole thing, but it was big enough to feed two. My traveling companions opted for burgers which were served with a choice of chips, potato salad or macaroni salad instead of the usual fries. Both burgers were said to be tasty and so was the potato salad.
New Holland's beer selection was mostly their standard lineup. They also had a seasonal on this visit, and do some other pub-only batches. The beer lineup is augmented with a few vintage New Holland beers like Dragon's Milk. NH also features it's own distilled liquors.
This is the type of brewpub you can take your mom to. The food is tasty, the beers good, and they have other drink choices for your friends who don't love beer the way you do.
03-24-2009 00:39:36 |
More by frazbri
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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