New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 100
Beer Ratings: 16,255
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by adamette:
3.88/5 rDev -7.6%
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
More User Reviews:
4.54/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere: Located in downtown Holland (8th St.), it is a pain to park, most days. There is ample indoor and outdoor seating. There is a processing vessel that is in use in the main brewery room so you get to see some of the brewers doing work inside the facility. Most of the equipment is in a different part of the production facility or offsite completely, I'm not sure. There are two family bathrooms and they don't kick out kids, as long as they are accompanied, so travelling/visiting with children isn't an ordeal. There are tables and high top tables inside for a variety of seating options (including the outdoor options in nice weather). The "chalkboard" is digital and is clearly displayed and can be seen from everywhere, which is nice, because you don't have to keep asking your server what's on tap. They also have a nice what's on tap menu (paper).
Quality: Although this isn't a farm to table place, a lot of attention was paid to the quality of the food, and the beer presentation. I always appreciate proper glassware and New Holland used proper glassware on the flights. The food was excellent (I had the olive burger and my companion had the black and blue salad), the beer was fresh and we were happy with meals and drinks.
Service: Beyond my expectations. Our server was pleasant, made great suggestions and when I asked about the beer, she fetched one of the brewers and he spoke to us for 20 minutes about the beer. They made us feel like we were important and valued guests and after also talking to the head distiller we ended up buying some of their artisan spirits as well. Tremendous all around.
Selection: I was disappointed that there were none of their sours on, I feel this should be a year round thing since Jolly Pumpkin is the only other steady sour producer in Michigan. Nice cross section of beers.
06-28-2014 18:02:26 | More by raleigh_blue
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
93 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.