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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,244
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh, New Holland. I spent my college days in Holland. Those were pretty fun times and I recently stopped in to the brewery to see how it was doing. It is the same, which is both good and bad. Mostly just mediocre.
The place looks the same. Roomy, with tables and booths in the middle of the restaurant. There is a deck out back where people do sit, but mostly just go out to smoke at since you can't smoke inside. The servers and bartenders are mostly young, college-age people who are friendly. There is a separate game room with pool, video games and shuffleboard. This room has a separate mini bar that is sometimes up and running and sometimes not attended. The only thing that is different is that there is a bunch of merchandise hanging up in the front. It's a pretty obnoxious touch actually. Probably to tempt drunk college kids into buying something.
The beer is New Holland, clearly. Do you like New Holland. I kind of of do. Usually they have a couple of specialty beers. In fact, one of these was the Farmhouse Hatter which was the best NH beer I've had (speaking of which, I wonder if there are any reviews on this site). I took a growler of it out to my friend's cottage.
I'm not a big fan of any of NH regular brews (any of which you can have at the brewery - seasonals Poet and Zoomer are the best they have), so forgive me if I am not overly enthused about the quality and selection, which is fine if you like New Holland beer a lot.
I think of NH as more a restaurant than a brewery, sadly. It isn't open late (closes at 12) and I don't remember that ever being the place to really hang out and drink even when I was in college. Still, the food is quite good even if the menu is mostly typical food with a kind of West Michigan hippie spin to it. The tree hugger is a fantastic sandwich!
I should also mention that NH Brewery also offers their own wine and distilled spirits. This means that they have sort of a "we have something for everyone" selection. Some may find this admirable but I personally like my brewpub experience to be all about the beer.
If you are going to go, you might as well go on Wednesday since it is stein night (4 bucks to fill up a stein - which you must bring yourself).
03-11-2009 20:39:26 |
More by Gigantis
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Was impressed by the size of the building and the amount of people in the building. We were told 30 minutes for a table. We looked around the store and picked out a few things we were going table on our way out. We noticed a lot of empty tables and the hostess did not seem that worried about seating any of the tables. We counted ten empty tables that were clean with a full lobby of people. We found seats at the bar. it took about ten minutes for anyone to acknowledge us and another ten minutes before we had the menus to select beers for our flights. Thirty minutes later we had beer. We were impressed with any of the 10 beers we tried. In fact, we left some of our glasses with beer. They all seemed to taste the same. The worst was Monkey King....left a horrible taste in my mouth. The bartenders ignored us the whole time and never asked if we wanted to try something else. We had to flag someone down to get our bill and then literally push the bill in front of someone so that we could leave. They had 3 bartenders serving a whole restaurant and bar area. They were so understaffed and all had the personalities of a door knob. I have never left a brewery without a growler to take home until last night. And needless to say we did to make our store purchases. This place is all a bunch of hype and not worth the time or money. I will stay in GR.
06-29-2013 13:05:36 |
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