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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 13,429
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I decided to finally check this place out on my birthday. It was a nice treat. The place is quite large and vacuous with a nice atmosphere. There were many families there eating dinner. Apparently not everyone comes simply for the beer. No smoking rules made the atmosphere proper much more enjoyable than your typical foggy and foul smelling bar. Nice design. I got to shoot pool in the side room which was an added bonus.
There was a nice selection of beers on tap. I got to dip into some Imperial Hatter and Impy Stout. They also had Sock Knocker, Blackhatter and a few others as well as their "mainstays." They serve everything in mason jars which I did not particularly care for. Gimme a real pint glass, so I can go about my geeking per usual. Mason jars are for root beer at the one room schoolhouse. You know whumsayin? The bar tender was a real prick. He acted like I was putting him out by having him fill a jug for me. He was also rude to some of the other patrons. He totally discredits the place and should be shitcanned immediately.
The food and the beer are both pretty pricey. $5 bucks for the special stuff and $3.50 or $4 for the other brews. I paid $15 for a growler. I had a stromboli that looked lonely on its plate without any extra garnish or side items and it was around $8.99 or something. Not worth it really. Me mum had a burger that was real tasty though. I would probably stick to the burgers. The beers were great. I wish they would bottle both of the ones I tried.
07-20-2005 12:57:02 |
More by SupaCelt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
New Holland Brewery lies in the heart of downtown Holland. This brewpub is bigger than most. The bar looked like it could seat an entire football team. We were seated at the back of the main room behind the brewing equipment.
The menu consisted of the standard brewpub fare and what New Holland lists as "stroms". The stroms are essentially calzones using a touch of spent grain in the dough. My strom was delicious, and huge. I probably could have devoured the whole thing, but it was big enough to feed two. My traveling companions opted for burgers which were served with a choice of chips, potato salad or macaroni salad instead of the usual fries. Both burgers were said to be tasty and so was the potato salad.
New Holland's beer selection was mostly their standard lineup. They also had a seasonal on this visit, and do some other pub-only batches. The beer lineup is augmented with a few vintage New Holland beers like Dragon's Milk. NH also features it's own distilled liquors.
This is the type of brewpub you can take your mom to. The food is tasty, the beers good, and they have other drink choices for your friends who don't love beer the way you do.
03-24-2009 00:39:36 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I've been here three times and really like the atmosphere; this place has a huge capacity, is multi-floored, and yet retains the character of a locally-owned, non-corporate brewpub. There's usually quite a few beers on tap; most of the regular bottled offerings are a given, and a handful of slowly rotating specials are available daily. Some of the highlights of my last two visits were Kourage (a brown ale), Cabin Fever (an amber ale), Scotch Ale, Imperial Stout, and Dies Irea (an interesting blend of cider, mead, and ale). Prices are high for the area; expect to pay $5 for a small mason jar of their bigger offerings, and $4 is standard. Beer quality ranges from so-so to very good; none of their stuff blows me away, but there are plenty of solid beers to try.
New Holland offers a variety of appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches too. I really like their hamburger with melted gorgonzola. Better-than-average brewpub food.
This is a great stop for the lakeshore beer traveler.
02-01-2005 20:14:13 |
More by Silphium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped by this place with my brother after his wedding rehearsal dinner. I had been hoping to go here for a while, having lived nearby but never gone. We caught it on a busy Friday night with beautiful weather, so I don' t know how typical our experience was. The place was loud and hopping. We had to wait a couple minutes to get a small table near the bar. There was a small band playing, and they were apparently making up for their mediocre quality by being very loud. It was a little annoying, but... it's not like many people go to a brewpub on Friday night for quiet conversation.
The pub had a lot of their beers on tap, probably about 20, more than I realized they had. Most of the high gravity series was available, as well as some specialties like they're Uncle Heavy Scotch Ale, their Czarist Russian Imperial Stout, and a Kolsch. And most of their stand-bys were there: Mad Hatter, The Poet, etc.
The service was friendly, even though they were super busy. The woman at the bar was fast and very nice as she served us three pints, then filled a growler of their Czarist for me.
Overall, it's a pretty standard brewpub, which I'm a big fan of: exposed brick walls, wooden booths and accents, all sorts of beer glassware lining the walls behind the bar, dimmed lighting, a big chalkboard behind the bar listing all their brews. And as far as I can tell, they're selling exclusively their beers on tap. I like that.
If I lived in Holland, I could easily become a regular. It's a nice atmosphere, with a little patio out front on 8th St (which is definitively quaint), and with a wide enough selection of beers (not to mention seasonals and specialties) that you could get something different every time.
09-08-2007 18:42:08 |
More by ndekke39
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Somewhat industrial feel to the place. My favorite part is the back room that has video games and pool tables-they have retained the feel of the original pub that is now long gone. The quality of everything I had was very good from the food to the beers. In my opinion I would stick with the special beers on tap-they seem much better then New Hollands 3 or 4 mainstays. While there they had a porter,a pumpkin and an Oktoberfest on tap. Service was good-the usual college kids working the place. Good selection of both food and beers. I had a pizza which was honestly one of the best I have ever had whether in a pizza joint or otherwise. I was back a second time for beers but would go there to eat again in a second. Well worth the trip.
10-10-2004 21:24:11 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Excellent selection of good to very good beers. They seem to have a decent number of seasonal choices during the winter months as that is when I have been (visiting family for holidays). The atmosphere is just right for a brewpub. The service was standard and it seems to stay busy however not sure if Holland has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. They have had so many different beers I wish I had taken better notes when trying them as I can not accurately review them now. Speaks to their selection.
06-30-2011 00:04:00 |
More by kylehay2004
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Visited a month or so ago.. Location is great right in the heart of Holland. Very nicely desinged with lots of dining space a long bar in the front. Nice back patio for the warm summer nights. Place always seems to be busy and staff is fairly friendly. Bartenders know their beers and will guide you well. Menu has decent variety and reasonably priced. Quality of the food I had at least above average if not very good. Beer quality is always good.
Watch out for Wednesday night as it seems to be stein night, where you bring your own stein and they fill for the price of a pint. Pretty busy. If you passing by Holland, worth visiting.
11-25-2003 22:26:24 |
More by CRJMellor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We must have come on the wrong day. The atmosphere of this place is good, don't get me wrong. The lights above the bar are very unique. They have a pretty impressive mug club. The staff very friendly, but the beer quantity was very lacking. I almost felt like I was in a Bennigan's that served good beer. Most of the really good beers were out. Their food is very tasty however, but my intent was to try various beers and I didn't get that chance. Like I said, I must have come on the wrong weekend.
11-21-2005 18:56:03 |
More by yock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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