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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,295
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Large and brightly lit establishment right on the main street of town. Frankly the town of New Holland creeps me out. There nothing bad about the town and thats my issue with it. Its like a bizzaro world where no one locks up their bikes or cars and everyone smiles 24 hours a day. Maybe I just happened to be there on a particularly weird day, but it was a bit odd thats all. In any case, the brewpub has a clean bright interior especially on this sunny afternoon. The place is somewhat restaurant oriented which is kind of a turn off for me. Lots of tables and families. Rather commercial. However there was a great selection of tap, maybe 20. A bit on the expensive side however, the premium sampler cost me $12. The most expensive of the 13 breweries I visited during our tour of the Midwest. I still enjoyed my couple hours there, even though I didn't get to try the food there seemed to be a ton of people eating so it had to be pretty good. My biggest, and really only major complaint was the god-awful music. Give it a try. The place may not be my favorite but they have some awesome beers, and that really all its about.
07-30-2007 18:30:18 |
More by letsgopens
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
New Holland actually surprised me, I generally go to local breweries expecting a tap room with a touch of food on the side at best, but New Holland is clearly more of a brew pub. The main building has a few huge rooms, one with the bar, with glassware on display. That room also has quite a lot of seating. A smaller side room is next to that, with a couple of couches and a table or two for large parties. Then there is a game room with bar classics available.
Service was quite good though, it was what I would consider standard solid restaurant service, food was brought quickly, beers were rapidly refilled, and our server was friendly. I had no complaints.
The selection was very nice, and easily one of the most diverse in the area in terms of number of taps. Almost all of their regular brews were available, as well as all of the high gravity beers, and a few other special offerings. They had beer menus all set up which explained each beer as well, I really have a hard time knocking them there. FWIW, the food selection was also pretty good.
Price, well, the only real knock on the place. I would say the beer was priced high but fair for micro beers. I think I am a bit put off by the price mainly because I don't think their beers stack up well to the best in West Michigan (i.e.: Founders, Bells) but their prices are in that range. Food is quite pricy, but I imagine the location (downtown Holland, business central) has a lot to do with that.
The bottom line: not a bad place to go. I prefer a bit more of a tap room style atmosphere, but I can't knock the staff, or the selection.
02-11-2007 15:13:30 |
More by CortexBomb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
The atmosphere was very cool, with live music and a very casual setting (some pretty amusing artwork as well...). The biggest drawback I saw to it was that it seemed like the only thing going in that part of town so it was very crowded and it took a good 45-60 minutes to actually get a table by which time I was already feeling a good buzz after passing the time at the bar. I don't live locally to the area so I can only judge the food on what we had that night but it seemed above-average for a brewery and the beer selection and quality was very good. I definitely will stop back the next time we're up that way!
05-10-2004 17:55:22 |
More by mikes2923
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ok, my last visit to the actual brewery was in the summer of 2007, so please don't hang the messenger.
The place is situated in beautiful downtown Holland. We walked through the place from the back, and it was packed. We luckily got a seat out front on the sidewalk seating they have.
We went on a Wednesday, and it was $4 Stein night. Where you bring in a stein or mug of any size and they'll fill 'er up for $4. Not bad! I had their Zoomer and SunDog Amber. Very good beers for the price.
The service was iffy, but that's probably due to the crowd and us being outside. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
I did have some food. I had the Calzzone, which was quite tasty!! My friends got a pizza which also tasted very good. Portions are HUGE and price is not unreasonable.
I'd recommend stopping by if you're on the WM lakeshore.
01-23-2009 00:52:08 |
More by Pedro07
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On the way back from KBS Day 2013, we took a slightly different route home to stop by New Holland.
The Atmosphere is nice inside. They reside in downtown Holland, MI, and it reminds me a bit of Arcadia in that the location is large and resembles more of a Rock Bottom type atmosphere than your typical smallish brewpub.
The Quality was good. I haven't had anything from New Holland that has really stood out to me, but they make quality beer.
The Service was what you'd expect. Friendly, helpful, and prompt with bringing orders to your table.
The Selection is solid, and what sets them apart a bit is the fact that they distill their own liquor as well, so you can try some of that as well, plus you can bring a few bottles home.
They have a Food menu, but I didn't try anything as I wasn't hungry. If I stop in here again, I'll make sure to order something as it looked pretty good.
Overall it was definitely a positive experience, but since nothing they brew really stands out to me, I wouldn't be motivated to specifically make a trip here. However, since it's on the way to/from Founders for me, I'm sure I'll stop in again.
09-24-2013 15:48:58 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The place was fairly open an suffered from the problems involved with such a location with insects and temperature control. But they had a sign advertising their move to a downtown location which we saw, which may give them a better location with more business and nicer facilities. They had a good selection of their beers on tap, in addition to merchandise for sale behind the very long bar they had. The food was very good, with a selection of pizzas, sandwiches and salads that were done in a very eclectic style which was quite good. This review is for the current location and may change once I visit the new spot which should open before the end of the year.
10-02-2002 11:03:22 |
More by Wildman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I recently visited Holland for a conference there, and I made a point to stop in at New Holland Brewing for lunch on Saturday. The decor is old town charm meets Starbucks. Quite trendy looking, and easily the most "hip" looking place in the otherwise charming but quaint Holland.
The selection's certainly not bad, but I'm growing used to having a little more experimentation in the beers I get to try. Beyond their Quad and Dragon's Milk, there wasn't anything terribly unique there -- the usual stouts, pale ales, et cetera.
The food was pretty good -- I tried a chicken sandwich on focaccia. It definitely rivaled any "gourmet" sandwich shop or trendy chain bread/sandwich place.
Certainly a good spot to nab a pint, lunch, or dinner. Western Michigan's lucky to have it.
04-07-2004 23:42:36 |
More by marburg
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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