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New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 13,271
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
66 E 8th St
phone: (616) 355-6422
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 83 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
The place was fairly open an suffered from the problems involved with such a location with insects and temperature control. But they had a sign advertising their move to a downtown location which we saw, which may give them a better location with more business and nicer facilities. They had a good selection of their beers on tap, in addition to merchandise for sale behind the very long bar they had. The food was very good, with a selection of pizzas, sandwiches and salads that were done in a very eclectic style which was quite good. This review is for the current location and may change once I visit the new spot which should open before the end of the year.
10-02-2002 11:03:22 |
More by Wildman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I recently visited Holland for a conference there, and I made a point to stop in at New Holland Brewing for lunch on Saturday. The decor is old town charm meets Starbucks. Quite trendy looking, and easily the most "hip" looking place in the otherwise charming but quaint Holland.
The selection's certainly not bad, but I'm growing used to having a little more experimentation in the beers I get to try. Beyond their Quad and Dragon's Milk, there wasn't anything terribly unique there -- the usual stouts, pale ales, et cetera.
The food was pretty good -- I tried a chicken sandwich on focaccia. It definitely rivaled any "gourmet" sandwich shop or trendy chain bread/sandwich place.
Certainly a good spot to nab a pint, lunch, or dinner. Western Michigan's lucky to have it.
04-07-2004 23:42:36 |
More by marburg
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This review has two parts. The first is bad and the second is very good. This is a great example of a business working out a problem to everyones benefit. Stopped here for dinner and several beers. Tuesday night and very busy with a 30 wait for a table. Not a problem. the hostess seated us and we waited 20 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order. Another 10 for the order to arrive. Another 25 minutes before she returned to take our next order. Asked about bottles and were told that they don't serve the one I wanted. 10 minutes later the table next to us had one delivered to them. Asked again and was told the same thing, at which I pointed to the bottle on the table next to us. She walked away, and it was at this point I game unglued. I found the manager and explained the situation to him. He promptly sent a different waitress to our table and offered to pick up our bill. I declined the free offer and for the rest of the night we had the best service ever. The manager did the right thing and I will return anytime I'm in the area. Oh they make their own wine along with Gin, 3 types of Rum, vodka and tequilla. The food and selection were very good. This is a place worth driving out of your way for.
08-09-2011 02:44:11 |
More by jale
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: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Went to the brewery for Mad Hatter day.
Very nice restaurant/brewpub. Family friendly, but frankly, a little touristy. Nice view of downtown Holland through the floor to ceiling windows. The biggest thing I would change would be to make some of the actual brewery visible.
New Holland's beer is exceptional and with five available versions of Mad Hatter on tap, it was extra special. The only disappointment was that they weren't tapping the firkin until 8PM and we arrived there from Lansing at about 3PM. So needless to say, there was no Cask Hatter for us.
The waitress was very friendly, even when my buddy spilled his glass of water.
I had a burger that had been marinating in Mad Hatter for three days, had barley mixed with the meat and was topped with artichokes. Very juicy and delicious, one of the best burgers I've had. My frend had a pizza, which also looked wery good.
Overall a cool place and worth the trip.
06-30-2004 02:31:11 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped by here for lunch after leaving Founders on a Friday. Very comfortable atmosphere which was more modern and a bit trendy. We pulled up to the bar which was lined with many shelves full of there mug club mason jars. There was a good amount of people there having lunch. Opposite the bar was a big game room with arcade games as well as some bar games. There was also a third smaller room between the 2 lined with some comfortable looking couches. It was a very well put together place with a great feel to it. I could see myself being a regular if I lived in the area. The bartender was prompt and quick with the service and refill. She wasnt to chatty though as she seemed busy doing other things. We ordered a primo pesto pizza to split and it was excellent. The menu said weve blended Belgian barley malt used in making our beer into the crust which was cool. They had about 12 beers on tap with all the regulars plus Dragons Milk, Phi, Pilgrims Dole, the new Doppelbock, Oak Aged Mad Hatter and a few others for a nice variety. The IPA and Dragons Milk were great and all others we tasted were solid as well. We grabbed some bottles and a t shirt on the way out. A great all around brewpub.
05-08-2006 19:23:19 |
More by meathookjones
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A cozy little bar in downtown Holland. Has all their normal offerings plus a few specialty brews that you can only try on tap. A cool view of some of their brewing operation equipment in the back. Good prices for what you get and friendly/helpful staff that readily serve you and are very knowledgeable of the brand.
My only complaint is that if you want to purchase bottles of beer from their cooler, it is crazily expensive than simply going to your local store to get the same thing, but then again, you are there to get stuff on tap right?
I definitely go here whenever I am in the Holland area.
02-24-2010 20:22:49 |
More by sweemzander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Did the tandem brewery tour and brewpub visit this past weekend as stop #1 of day 2 on our MI trip.
Arrived at the brewery about half an hour early for the scheduled tour, and an employee (our tour guide) was there to let us in and sit, and poured us each a full pint while we waited. Thanks Eric!
The tour was interesting enough, a good mix of old and new equipment in that typical warehouse brewery setting. Afterwards, we were poured 4 or 5 different New Holland beers, and pretty much just allowed to sit at a table and hang out with the rest of the group as long as we wanted. Ended up striking up a conversation with another couple from MI and we hung out with them through the rest of the weekend.
Next stop was the brewpub. I thought Holland was a cool little town (at least that area), and this place was no different. Spacious, and trendy yet not cliche - great brewpub atmosphere.
Beer selection pretty good, though NHB makes some decent beers, there really isnt anything by them (never has been) that really wows me. We ordered a flight with some samples of most of the brewery exclusives.
The only place this went awry was the food. I ordered the beer mussels (one of my favorite dishes) and they were not very good, slightly undercooked, and did not agree with my stomach the next day. Another dish ordered at the table was the kids meal corndogs (dont ask), and they were edible at best. Other food we sampled was slightly better.
Service at dinner went without any complaints, yet I had to give a bump to the score here because of our tour guide(s) at the brewery.
Overall, an enjoyable visit, though I'm not sure if NHB has anything to really entice me into another visit, especially with all of the other great venues in the area.
11-18-2010 03:17:07 |
More by Stigs
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went on a Sunday with the family during vacation.
Simple brewpub/bar decor. Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about, but functional.
Quality was great. Beers were fresh, food was very tasty.
Service was some of the best I've experienced. The waitress was knowledgeable of the menu and beers and could provide details and recommendations that had meaning.
I absolutely loved the beer selection. They had they usual range plus high gravity beers. My favorite was the library series, different interpretations of the Mad Hatter IPA - as a ryePA, a lager, a dark IPA, farmhouse IPA, cask (nice wood notes), imperial IPA, simply fantastic. I really like brewers that experiment with their mainstays and take risks. All the beers were first rate.
Food was outstanding as well. Pesto pizza and club sandwich were our choices of the day, and both were fantastic. Menu options make it hard to make a decision on your first visit.
Picked up a growler and some swag for the ride home from vacation. Luckily, they are not too far from my usual business trips, so I'll be back for a refill.
07-10-2009 01:14:42 |
More by JamnesCameron
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
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