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New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland Brewing CompanyNew Holland Brewing Company
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

189 Ratings
Ratings: 189
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Active Beers: 113
Beer Ratings: 17,939
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 14
Bottles: 6
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

66 E 8th St
Holland, Michigan, 49423-3504
United States
phone: (616) 355-6422

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @newhollandbrew

Notes:
Mon-Thurs: 11am-12am
Fri-Sat: 11am-2am
Sun: 12pm-10pm
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.

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Reviews by slowbie:
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

New Holland is the place that I had my first craft beer (and second beer ever), as well as a college hangout of mine, so it holds a special place in my heart. The atmosphere, like in most places, can vary a lot based on the time you go. Most of the late night crowd is a college crowd, so if you go in the summer it will be pretty relaxed at night. During the school years Wednesday nights can be packed, but the college kids start coming out at 10 usually, so it doesn't get too bad until then. Lunch and dinner are usually pretty full but I've never had to wait longer than a half hour, and usually it's closer to 10 minutes. Weekends can sometimes have loud bands. Overall, a very clean, comfortable, and nice place. I have a hard time deciding on an atmosphere rating because different people are looking for different things, but I think most people can find the atmosphere they want at New Holland if they know what time to come.

The food at New Holland is great. I have not been disappointed by much on their menu, and they recently came out with a new menu that got rid of everything that had disappointed me in the past. The beer is also very good.

From a restaurant standpoint, the service is very good. However, I have been there many times and have not found many servers that can talk intelligently about the beer they have. If you know their seasonals, mainstays, and high gravity beers ahead of time it should be much easier. I also usually swing past the chalkboard before the waiter/waitress comes so I can find out what pub only beers they have and what styles they are because the servers often have a hard time remembering them. You can also ask for some samples, and although the menu says you'll be charged for samples, I don't think I've ever been charged if I ordered a beer, even if it wasn't the one I sampled.

This place is probably the best brewpub I've ever been to for pub only specials. They have a brewer that brews on his own at the pub (separate from their main brewing facility) and he makes a lot of fun things. Highlights from the past year include a gruit, a great wee heavy, and a pilsner that went so fast I never got any.

Again, the food is great. The pizzas are at least as good as they sound on the menu and a great value. The burgers are great too. I usually get one or the other, but the sandwiches I've had have been great as well.

My value rating is a combination because I think they're kind of all over the place as far as value goes, so here's a summary of my opinion of value:

Pizza: $
Anything else on the menu: $$
Mainstays and seasonals: $$
High Gravity beers: $$$

They've also got some great specials. On Wednesday nights mainstays and seasonals are only $5 for a fill of a stein (bring your own) so I would bring my 2 liter stein and get beer for $1.25/pint. Tuesdays have $6 growler fills, which is also tough to beat.

Also, if you're a fan of liquor, they make that too and you should check it out. I went on a free distillery tour that included sampling and it blew me away (but I'm a guy who's never gotten anything better than Maker's Mark). Hopquila is a great thing they've got going too.

slowbie, Aug 05, 2010
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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.