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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,312
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.
My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. Im an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.
I've been a fan of New Hollad since I saw Pale a Pa Looza on the shelves of my local good beer stores in Cincinnati. I was totally bumed when the bartender informed me they stopped brewing it. This was the only let down of my visit. Wow, downtown Holland sets the bar on tourist destinations. Since it was snowing like crazy, I felt I was in a world-class ski resort that was empty. I'm sure it's totally different in the summer during the tulip festival.
The bottom line is this is the typle of place I'd open if I opened a brewpub. Amazing old space very well done. I had a pizza with barley on it and it was exceptional. The only drawback was the limited number of beers on tap. Aside from all their bottled beer, they had 4 high gravities and two seasonals. The Cszar (russian imperial stout was excellent).
I'm high on this place because of the amazing space, qualty (but small selection) of beers, and overall vibe. My visit was late Monday evening during a snowstorm.
02-07-2007 03:29:18 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
New Holland is one of my favorite brewers in Michigan and I finally had a chance to visit the brewpub.
It was too funny. I drive up from Indiana and run into some beer fans I met last weekend at The Livery in Benton Harbor. It is a small world.
The interior is very nicely done. The top of the walls are partially plastered over exposed red brick, giving it an antique and rustic look. Crown molding and hardwood floors are also nice accents. The bar is large and made of stone.
The beers I know and love were on tap as well as a selection of the fall/winter seasonal selections.
The Poet on nitro-tap was simply a creamy bit of heaven. The food I tried was very good, I went with one of their Mushroom Swiss burgers and the kettle chips. The menu has way more than just burgers, too.
The atmosphere is open and airy. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The selection is what you expect from a brewer of this caliber and the beers themselves are world class.
You would be hard pressed to not enjoy a visit to this quaint small town and to this brewpub in particular. It is definitely well worth the trip.
I was there early in the afternoon before their Halloween party. The staff was wearing plaid cowboy shirts and cowboy hats. The bar area was done up in a western theme with cheesy plastic wagon wheels and cattle skulls hung from the walls. I regret not being able to stay for the party.
10-29-2006 11:01:22 |
More by EvilKeith
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been a native of the Holland/Zeeland area all my life and the edition of a brewery in Holland was a nice touch and downtown location is nice. Menu is good and has good selection. Most the beers are worth the try....for me the dark beers (dragon's milk, blue goat, nitro stout, poet, imperial stout) and a few others are excellent. The beer quantity has gotten better....but for a while it was very limited. Nice smoke free environment and staff is nice! One thing I do not like is the whole "mason jar" idea. If I get a quality beer, or any beer, lets have it in a real pint glass!!! or a even a stein! even a goblet for crying out loud. A mason jar is not taken as seriously....to me at lea
Alright place overall!
10-03-2006 23:27:13 |
More by Magpie14
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A really clean, vibrant, nice place to grab a beer in Holland. Decor is a bit designer/industrial but still comfortable. The bar's a bit too high, though! Staff was pretty quick and courteous. My wife and I had the nacho bean dip which was very good. Of course the star of the show was the beer. Most of which is oddly served in mason jars. The big stuff is served in chalises, though. The Dragon's Milk was very tasty and the doppelbock was amazingly good. I'd recommend stopping by if you're ever in the area. Or even if you're not.
08-20-2006 15:53:13 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was visiting a friend in Grand Rapids and, after recommending the Dragon's Milk, he took me here to check the place out. The food was good; various single-serving pizzas and a couple other things. The place was a little noisy, but not overbearingly so. The atmosphere overall was that of a standard college town restaurant (despite Holland, MI not quite being one, to my knowledge). We got samplers of most of the things they had on tap, and everything stood up well. All 12 beers we tried were very smooth, clear-tasting and drinkable; this place is definitely quality. The Dragon's Milk definitely did not disappoint, and The Poet and the Black Tulip were also quite good. I didn't find one i didn't like, though as with Bell's and their Oberon Ale, the flagship beer here (Mad Hatter IPA) is far from my favorite. Highly recommended microbrewery and pub.
07-18-2006 15:24:32 |
More by se7enchurches
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoyed visiting the New Holland brewery. They had six different "hatter" version for their Hatter project plus a few other pub exclusive brews and seasonals that aren't our where I live.
This place is big. A small game room a large upstairs area, cool little back porch area, and a souvenir area in the front of the store. But the thing that I really liked was the "wine cooler" behind the bar that carried a select few Library collection beers of which I bought two. I wish I would have bought all four now.
The service was good but I didn't think the bartender and waitress' had as much knowledge about the beers as they should considering this is the place that brews it.
When one day I return to the Grand Rapids/Holland area I will definitely spend some more time at this brewery. The best selection of pub exclusives on my recent adventure by far.
Food isn't shabby either.
07-11-2006 17:33:35 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A large corner restaurant with big lettering, it is really hard to miss. Great atmosphere, plenty of tables and bar space. They had almost their entire selection of beers on tap including a few limited release and a few experiements. They had some still on tap from their Mad Hatter Days where they brewed a slew of different kinds of Mad Hatter. I tried a sampler that was good, along with samplers of all the limited Mad Hatters. Interesting brews. We ordered their pizza which was really good, a bit small, but very tasty. We had very friendly service that even gave a few complimentary samplers. I would suggest dropping by if you are in Michigan, it is worth the trip.
06-17-2006 23:03:12 |
More by wingman14
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped by here for lunch after leaving Founders on a Friday. Very comfortable atmosphere which was more modern and a bit trendy. We pulled up to the bar which was lined with many shelves full of there mug club mason jars. There was a good amount of people there having lunch. Opposite the bar was a big game room with arcade games as well as some bar games. There was also a third smaller room between the 2 lined with some comfortable looking couches. It was a very well put together place with a great feel to it. I could see myself being a regular if I lived in the area. The bartender was prompt and quick with the service and refill. She wasnt to chatty though as she seemed busy doing other things. We ordered a primo pesto pizza to split and it was excellent. The menu said weve blended Belgian barley malt used in making our beer into the crust which was cool. They had about 12 beers on tap with all the regulars plus Dragons Milk, Phi, Pilgrims Dole, the new Doppelbock, Oak Aged Mad Hatter and a few others for a nice variety. The IPA and Dragons Milk were great and all others we tasted were solid as well. We grabbed some bottles and a t shirt on the way out. A great all around brewpub.
05-08-2006 19:23:19 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Had a chance to stop in on 4/29/06.
The atmosphere was very comfortable. The place has high, tin ceilings and was nicely decorated. I felt like I was walking into someplace familar.
The quality of the beers was very good. Sadly, thinking I wasn't going to make it there, I had already eaten and I didn't get to try their food (which I had heard was outstanding).
The service was outstanding. Each and every bartender who served me was very attentive and took time to chat.
The selection of their beers was very nice with all of the bottled varieties represented as well as a couple of brewery-only offerings.
This is a place I would love to return to and hope I am in the area again so I can give it another try.
I very much enjoyed this experience.
05-02-2006 00:07:00 |
More by nflmvp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We must have come on the wrong day. The atmosphere of this place is good, don't get me wrong. The lights above the bar are very unique. They have a pretty impressive mug club. The staff very friendly, but the beer quantity was very lacking. I almost felt like I was in a Bennigan's that served good beer. Most of the really good beers were out. Their food is very tasty however, but my intent was to try various beers and I didn't get that chance. Like I said, I must have come on the wrong weekend.
11-21-2005 18:56:03 |
More by yock
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