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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,317
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I stopped in here last friday and bellied up the bar. Everything is super-duper-mondo-shiny-clean and it feels almost a bit touristy inside with an overload of gifty items and smiley happy servers. very open feel inside with a bar to the right and tables elsewhere...in the back there are some big fermenters and other brewpub display staples. Food was mildly overpriced i thought but very tasty and probably in line with the other restaurants around (speaking of, is Holland actually Yuppie-town, USA? I've never seen so many old guys with polos and sweaters tied around their waists). No complaints about the beer however. An extensive lineup of all of their regular offerings, most of their high gravity series, and a whole bunch more "specials," which included several of their "hatter" variations. I ordered the imperial hatter which was very good, and i wanted to try the Czarist and a couple of others but i was up there on business and got scared i'd be too blitzed to drive. Well, i can go back. Prices were 4-5 bucks a pint, which i think is too much for made-in-house stuff, but whatever. Bought a bottle of their Moxie 10th anniversary beer to take home ($12). Maybe i'll go back, maybe not. Not if Dark Horse, Founders or Bell's is closer though.
07-30-2007 17:27:10 |
More by aforbes10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
An attractive bright little restaurant, you come here for the beer. Just about everything is bottled, it is still nice to try new stuff, and fresh on tap. Service about average. Not a huge selection, no cask today, nor guest taps. A small patio outside. Some of their regular bottles on sale.A bit expensive. If you are in Holland, stop on bye.Just average brewpub overall. Not very far to drive to find placesthat have picked it up several steps. Always good to come back to classics, like the Pilgrims Dole.
08-07-2009 01:44:45 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to NHBC a few times before, but it's been a couple of years since my last visit and the brewpub has changed significantly. The brewpub is now divided into three sections, a "bar" area to the right, a seating area to the left and a fairly sizable merchandising section right smack in the middle of it all. There is also amble seating outside when the weather allows for it.
In revamping their brewpub, NHBC seems to have become more of a generic, all-inclusive restaurant. I was really surprised to see the amount of families, kids, and other people who were there, but were not otherwise drinking. My visit was on a Sunday evening and in our section of the restaurant, about half of the patrons were not imbibing, quite surprising given that the place brews their own beers and distills their own liquor.
There are amble selections of house beer available on tap and even some "vintage" beers available as well. During my visit, there were at least two beers for which appeared to be brewhouse specific. Beers are also for sale to go at ridiculously high prices.
Service was decent, about what I'd expect from any restaurant. Our server knew the menu and the beers and was generally friendly, but she also didn't go out of her way to make sure our glasses were filled or do anything that would have set her apart from any other server at any other restaurant.
Food was good, but, again, I can only say it was slightly better than the average restaurant. This isn't a criticism, rather that menu constitutes a fairly wide range of the classic American restaurant fair, which isn't surprising given the demographics of the place are more in tune with a restaurant than a brewpub. Unfortunately, between the atmosphere, the generic menu, and the heavy merchandising, NHBC has a somewhat commercial feel to it. It may be a great stop during a weekend trip to New Holland, but I couldn't see this being a place I'd want to hang out in on a regular basis
09-07-2011 01:09:08 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere: nice beer garden, spacious indoor area. so-so music selection. relaxed and comfortable but nothing above and beyond
Quality: I am not the biggest new holland beer fan but i feel everyone could find something to eat or drink that strikes their fancy.
Selection: in terms of beer i'd rate it more along the lines of average. most beer available here can be bought at a local store. good selection of cocktails and other distillery products
Food: good but not great. not a whole lot of sandwiches caught my eye. some stuff was killer, the calamari, but some was sub-par, black bean burger
Overall: cool place to check out. i'd like to try out there liquors next time though
07-15-2013 17:59:17 |
More by SportsandJorts
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went here after my tour at the brewery. First, the tour was amazing, it lasted over an hour with several tastings of high gravity beers.
We went to the brewpub about 230 on sat. afternoon. We had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. A server got us our beers soon thereafter. We had a sampler flight which included their kolsch, a smoked rye dopplebock, a saison and their IPA.
After 5 minutes or so, we got our beer. Honestly, most of them did not impress me. The Saison was quite good, but the IPA wasn't great. The smoked dopplebock was quite interesting though.
The food was quite good. I had an Italian sandwich piled high with meat and such.
I really like some of New Holland's beers, but many of them left me unimpressed. I would go back, particularly for the food and the many one-offs on the menu.
07-17-2011 12:49:10 |
More by ebby82
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The final stop of our Michigan beer tour. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010.
Atmosphere: Nice and caters to an upscale crowd, definitely bourgeois. Also, a lot of "green" folks were in there. Definitely cool, but it's not going to be a "corner bar" experience.
Quality: Quite nice -- a really wide selection of all NH beers, and I also really didn't know about the whiskey production there so that was really cool to learn about. I think NH products are pretty solid and well made, so I feel the quality was very good.
Service: Our bartender was pretty uneducated about beer in general, and didn't know much about anything about the NH products on tap. I really feel he was probably hired because he would like the kind of person one would expect to see behind the bar in an upscale establishment. Also, we had to listen to the waitresses complain about almost every customer they had. Honestly, I don't care to hear that - it's kind of your job.
Selection: As mentioned, there was a pretty vast array of good NH products on tap, and better yet, brewpub exclusives were available. I really enjoyed that aspect about this place and think some other places could take a note from NH.
Food: Really good pizza! Everything looked really good, but again, comes with an upscale twist (like, if you got a burger, it came out on fancier bread rather then a bun - totally to be expected though in a place that's going for that atmosphere).
Value: I really think we paid for what we got -- a good time in a nice bar drinking some good beers. I would definitely swing by again, but would rather find a different place to sit and have a different bartender.
06-20-2010 21:43:26 |
More by bamadog
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Live in holland and frequent often good place to grab a beer and a pizza always seem to have something new on tap. New beer garden is freaking awesome as well. Very family friendly. Also very large so can usually get in and can handle large party's.
05-11-2013 22:39:44 |
More by olivermonster
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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: 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
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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