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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,331
Beer Avg: 3.74
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This is a fun little brewery in the small town of Holland, Michigan. They distill their own spirits in addition to brewing several beers. I’ve had most of their regular line-up by this point and have really enjoyed the Hatter series (Imperial Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter, Black Hatter, Smoked Hatter… I might be forgetting a few or twisting their names around) as well as their Poet stout in its many variations (such as cask-conditioned, available at times at the bar). The brewery carries their full line-up as well as their high gravity series on tap, and a few one-offs for the curious. Prices are reasonable for the most part and they’ll give you a taste of something even if you’re just looking at the board! Very attentive.
I’ve only visited at night and midweek (Sunday – Thursday) so I don’t know how weekends are. There’s usually a good number of college-aged folks here but enough of a range so I don’t feel so out of place. Servers tend to be drawn from the same demographic and are, for the most part, knowledgeable—although the young lady working the gift shop was clearly starting out and needed some Beer 101.
I’ve never had a meal here, just snacks and pub cheese, so I can’t really comment on the quality of the food.
The low point of my last visit was when I accidentally knocked over my pour as I was reaching for something. The high point came when the server asked what I was having and said not to worry about it. Wow, how nice! It’s things like that which keep me coming back when I visit.
01-20-2012 20:41:59 |
More by elNopalero
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on a mini-tour of Michigan with two fellow BA's.
We popped in to New Holland around 2pm on a Friday, so the crowd was pretty sparse. We proceeded to grab a table and ordered up drinks.
The three of us ordered a sampler each, and they come in a cool little six-shot holder, reminiscent of an old milk bottle carrier. They had three high gravity beers on tap, and those three carried a small up-charge for the sampler, but it was small enough we didn't care. As to be expected, all of the beers were fresh and tasty, especially the high gravity ones. The highlight by far was the Dragon's Milk, and an Eisbock they had on tap.
The food came out fairly quickly, not that the beer didn't hold our attention. The orders ranged from a salad to a burger, and all were perfect and tasty.
I left New Holland with a more appreciative attitude towards Holland's culture, so this trip to New Holland Brewery served two purposes. Awesome stop, I can't wait to go back.
06-25-2008 22:06:07 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoyed visiting the New Holland brewery. They had six different "hatter" version for their Hatter project plus a few other pub exclusive brews and seasonals that aren't our where I live.
This place is big. A small game room a large upstairs area, cool little back porch area, and a souvenir area in the front of the store. But the thing that I really liked was the "wine cooler" behind the bar that carried a select few Library collection beers of which I bought two. I wish I would have bought all four now.
The service was good but I didn't think the bartender and waitress' had as much knowledge about the beers as they should considering this is the place that brews it.
When one day I return to the Grand Rapids/Holland area I will definitely spend some more time at this brewery. The best selection of pub exclusives on my recent adventure by far.
Food isn't shabby either.
07-11-2006 17:33:35 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
First stop for this year's West Mich BA Gathering. A really nice family spot that I bet can turn into a good drinking atmosphere later on at night. Good amount of open space, decent lighting, and a nice little video game, pool area in the back room. About 10 beers to choose from with a few that you won't be able to find in bottles. All their beers seem to be decent to very good nothing terrible and nothing exceptional either. I didnt really like the whole mason jar for glasses thing though. Food is big in size, very well priced, and very good. Most of the people here during this time (around noon) were here for the food and not the beer. A very nice place to eat and drink and then maybe drink some more. I liked it a lot.
01-31-2005 17:29:58 |
More by granger10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was there back in August and this review is from notes.
My girlfriend and I stopped there on a Sunday morning/afternoon for brunch. Personally, I thought it was late enough in the day have a beer. Apparetnly the county feels differently because there is a ban on serving beers on Sunday. Liquor...go for it. Wine...hell yeah. Beer...not so fast. Not New Holland's fault though. The place is setup a bit like a chain restaurant with high walled booth seating but they have a really nice bar on the side. Their breakfast food was decent, but nothing to write home about. I would love to go back when they are able to sell beer.
12-13-2007 18:51:20 |
More by drseamus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A really clean, vibrant, nice place to grab a beer in Holland. Decor is a bit designer/industrial but still comfortable. The bar's a bit too high, though! Staff was pretty quick and courteous. My wife and I had the nacho bean dip which was very good. Of course the star of the show was the beer. Most of which is oddly served in mason jars. The big stuff is served in chalises, though. The Dragon's Milk was very tasty and the doppelbock was amazingly good. I'd recommend stopping by if you're ever in the area. Or even if you're not.
08-20-2006 15:53:13 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I had this place pegged as one of my lunch time destinations while on my MI tour. First off, Holland is a super cool little town that is worth visiting itself. The brewpub is on the corner of the main drag and a side street in a picturesque town center.
I parked around the back of the building and entered through the patio area. It was a semi-rainy/overcast day so the patio was not functioning.
I entered a large, open, airy/light room with a lot of tables and a huge cement bar running along the left side. You pass some brewing equipment (almost artwork like) along the way. Once in the main bar area, I realized that I entered under a loft that houses additional seating. Through a doorway from the bar, you enter a little gift shop are that has NH stuff (shirts, hats, glasses) and beer to go. They also have pre-made gift baskets available. Through another door there appeared to be additional seating (didn't venture there though).
I sat back at the bar and selected a draft that was not bottled (Scotch Ale) and a sandwich. The menu is pretty diverse and unique...it fits in well with the trendy area and décor. They had most of their beer available on draft, including their High Gravity Series.
The bartender was friendly and helpful. She asked me what types of beer I liked and made suggestions.
All in all, this is one of the best brew pubs I have been to. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is a fan of beer or even a fan of good food.
05-19-2010 13:52:36 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
In addition to Dragonmead in Warren, Michigan which had the most unique motif, this was my favorite stop while touring Michigan brewpubs. Overall, this brewpub had the best beer. The city of Holland is beautiful. If it weren't for the cold winters, I can't imagine a better place to live in the midwest. The city was very clean and the downtown area where the brewpub was located was immaculate, and the shopowners were very friendly. The pub itself has a nice patio out back with plenty of parking to accomodate a large crowd. The bar was fairly large and the bartending staff were very friendly. I tried a sampler of everything. The pint of IPA was killer stuff, the best I had while in Michigan. I even rate it higher than Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. I tried a pint of the pale ale too, but stayed with the IPA because of its unique hop taste and excellent malt balance. This place was quite a find and I highly recommend it to any beer enthusiasts visiting West Michigan.
01-02-2004 08:12:38 |
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