New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 14,372
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
4.01/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
On the return trip home from Grand Rapids after visiting Hop Cat and Founders the night before I had a slight buzz going still so we decided to see New Holland to round out the trip. It was about Noon and there was no waiting to take a seat in the second floor of the mid sized building. The decor was full of of old brewing equipment and paraphernalia that gave it a good vibe.
Service came quickly and we ordered a couple of beers, I went for a one off Bitter to keep it on the session-able side, very clean and refreshing. After returning with our drinks we placed our orders The Dragon Wings had some good heat to them with the dry rub, but since I'm more of a fan of the sauced wings I'll say they were a 7 out of 10.
The beer selection was great, lots of unique beers you don't normally see in bottles, but I would have liked to seen more in the bottle shop in front.. ah well.
Price was pretty standard for what we ordered, no surprises. Overall I'd say it was a solid place to check out if you are in the area or passing through for lunch but not some where I'd go too far out of my way to visit.
12-19-2013 18:43:03 | More by guityler83
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Love traveling up to Michigan to get away from Chicago once in awhile. This is one of our favorite places to relax. How can you beat fresh Dragon's Milk on tap. What could be better?Liked the feel of the place, it was clean and laid back when we got there midday.I love pretty much everything they offer. Food was pretty good too. Good service, great beer,and great place to hang out.
09-26-2013 02:33:56 | More by mrmitsui29
3.84/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
On the way back from KBS Day 2013, we took a slightly different route home to stop by New Holland.
The Atmosphere is nice inside. They reside in downtown Holland, MI, and it reminds me a bit of Arcadia in that the location is large and resembles more of a Rock Bottom type atmosphere than your typical smallish brewpub.
The Quality was good. I haven't had anything from New Holland that has really stood out to me, but they make quality beer.
The Service was what you'd expect. Friendly, helpful, and prompt with bringing orders to your table.
The Selection is solid, and what sets them apart a bit is the fact that they distill their own liquor as well, so you can try some of that as well, plus you can bring a few bottles home.
They have a Food menu, but I didn't try anything as I wasn't hungry. If I stop in here again, I'll make sure to order something as it looked pretty good.
Overall it was definitely a positive experience, but since nothing they brew really stands out to me, I wouldn't be motivated to specifically make a trip here. However, since it's on the way to/from Founders for me, I'm sure I'll stop in again.
09-24-2013 15:48:58 | More by smartassboiler
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere: nice beer garden, spacious indoor area. so-so music selection. relaxed and comfortable but nothing above and beyond
Quality: I am not the biggest new holland beer fan but i feel everyone could find something to eat or drink that strikes their fancy.
Selection: in terms of beer i'd rate it more along the lines of average. most beer available here can be bought at a local store. good selection of cocktails and other distillery products
Food: good but not great. not a whole lot of sandwiches caught my eye. some stuff was killer, the calamari, but some was sub-par, black bean burger
Overall: cool place to check out. i'd like to try out there liquors next time though
07-15-2013 17:59:17 | More by SportsandJorts
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
The third brewery visited on family vacation 2013.
I walked in to a packed place. It's the day after the 4th, so most people were probably off work. Got there at around 130 and had to wait 20 min for a seat at the bar. Super cool place tho, long bar with a ton of tap handles. I am a big proponent of fresh beer, and new holland delivered. I had the sampler which included my choice of 6, 4 oz pours. I had 5 ipa's and dragons milk. With the exception of the farmhouse ipa (just not my cup of tea) everything was top notch. I had the pork belly sandwich, which I could've eaten at least 4 of, man that was tasty! Again, the place was packed, so I expected the service to suffer a bit, but the bartenders did their best, answered all my questions, and were extremely nice all around. (3F, why don't you send someone over to new holland to see how customer service is really done!). All in all, I will visit new holland every year from here on out when I drive through holland, mi. Excellent place, great time, good brew, and hey, they make their own whiskey also! Cheers.
07-06-2013 02:30:40 | More by Gtreid
2.45/5 rDev -40.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
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 | More by beergirly2
3.5/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Live in holland and frequent often good place to grab a beer and a pizza always seem to have something new on tap. New beer garden is freaking awesome as well. Very family friendly. Also very large so can usually get in and can handle large party's.
05-11-2013 22:39:44 | More by olivermonster
3.73/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Overall I was very impressed with my visit to New Holland BC. I'll be honest, I have never been much of a fan of their beer when I have had it on draft or in bottle, but I was very surprised on my visit. Great location in the heart of downtown Holland, Michigan. They are also in the process of adding a beer garden onto the back of an already awesome pub. Tried 4 beers, and all were great, food was not bad either but nothing fantastic. Environment was very clean, and classy. Service was fine as well.
Only real complaint was, they were out of the beer I really wanted to try even though it was on their digital chalkboard beer list. (Bartender said she doesn't know how to update it). Then, I wanted to get a growler to go seems how I do not live in the area, but she said they were out of growlers too! To top it off, I was going to buy a shirt for my wife but the only one left was the display, and they wouldn't sell it.
I wouldn't hold that rant against them though, and if i was in the area I would definitely visit again.
04-21-2013 21:01:28 | More by theecaleb
4.29/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Positioned on the corner of a really cute & popular downtown street filled w. restaurants, outfitters, and specialty shops. The brewpub's layout is well designed: open, well lit bar room & dining room, separated by the checkout register & hall of swag. Enjoyed a 6 selection sampler (the poet, monkey king, BA dragon's milk, night tripper, white hatter & a seasonal), an appetizer, and a pizza. Service was friendly & prompt even though it was a busy Friday night. Food was quality. Beers were solid/average w. the exception of BA dragon's milk & night tripper which were memorable.
04-06-2013 14:53:52 | More by craft_shannie
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.