New Holland Brewing Company
Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
Got snowed in here last week so decided to stay in Holland.
Atmosphere is really warm and inviting. Brick walls, brewing equipment on display.A small mash tun and kettle directly to the end of the bar.
Beers on tap here that are only avaliable at the brewpub. The bartender was extremely friendly and great for samples and suggestions.
I tried all brewpub exclusives, MI nightmare-sour stout with excellent balance and body to match. The Saison was pretty good, nice, citrus notes, refeshing but nothing crazy. I also tried the Jasmine Pilsner, loads of jasmine intermingled with crisp biscuit really created a nice pilsner. I finished up with the Poet on cask-also excellent..well drawn cask ale and served at proper temp and carbonation levels.
..I cannot comment on the food as I opted to have liquid bread during the snow.
Prices were really nice. Living in Chicago, after moving from San Francisco may make all things seem cheap, but good draft pours for the value.
Great place, look forward to my next venture to see Grand Rapids, Bells, and Kuhnhenn.
02-19-2013 04:53:24 | More by czfreeman
4.45/5 rDev +7%
Visited in July of 2012 early in the afternoon. Great mix of tourists, after work drinkers, and beer lovers. Staff is very knowledgeable about their beers, of which there are a number on tap and have an extensive sampling option allowing you to try just about everything they have. Pretty darn good food as well.
Reasonably priced, lots of people but not too loud or crowded. Fun place with nice people all around, and absolutely wonderful beer (including a number of new/limited release/hard to find ones). Obviously.
Definitely a place I'll be heading back to!
11-12-2012 01:13:49 | More by leprechaunandfatman
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
This brewery visit was sandwiched between Founders and Bell's. They do their samplers where you pick 6 from a menu and they will put the beers into a slot on the carousel. I had dinner here and it was good food that paired well with a couple of my beer choices.
New Holland has a lot of alcoholic beverages besides beer which a friendly native told me were also delicious but I have to take his word for it. The swag shop was open but small. They had beer available so I brought some harder to find varieties home with me. Prices in the shop were reasonable.
I spent a couple hours wandering Holland while sobering up and found the whole town to be quite attractive.
10-24-2012 02:38:40 | More by RobWilson
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Ate lunch and had beers with a group of friends.
Great brewpub setup, with a bar room, a dining room, seperated by a merchandise room where you can buy to-go beer and swag.
Beer quality was excellent, as the group was beer lovers and was impressed by all the beer sampled. A nice wide variety of beer available, and handily split into flagship, high gravity, barrel aged, sours, etc. All styles well done.
Our server was friendly and offered suggestions. Food was very good, and prices were reasonable.
Definitely would recommend
06-18-2012 20:08:56 | More by jmdrpi
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
A: The atmosphere of this place is exceptional in my eyes. A large brewery bar has plenty of areas for seating, including separate great rooms and an upstairs area. The bar is long where you can sit and get a beer. The taps are all decorated with the beers logo and easily identifiable.
S: The service was short when I went, but the bartender was hustling to a point where we didn't notice. He was serving food to all the tables and serving drinks, impressive.
S: With an extensive list of beers, this place will have everything you're looking for. They have exclusive NHB beers as well as all the keystone brews.
F: This was by far the most surprising part of this place. The food was excellent, like best place in the area good. I had the pizza and thought it was excellent.
If you are on 31 going up the lakeshore in Michigan, do yourself a favor and stop in. If you are even near G-Rapids you should make your way over, even with the other impressive breweries in the area.
04-13-2012 00:52:51 | More by cagocubs
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
Living in West Michigan, I am a Founders man through and through. Despite this fact, I thought I would check this place out also. Seating space being the only knock on Founders Brewing Company that I can think of, this was a welcome site and I LOVED the fact that they had a balcony! The problem was the beer itself... I have been spoiled for too long already by Founders flavorful repertoire! Compared to Founders, New Holland Brewing Company only holds a dim candle to it. New Holland beer is a bit week if you ask me, but if I am only reviewing the tap room itself, it is a STELLAR place to enjoy a microbrew and I recommend it to anyone. Stop by for a taste!
02-18-2012 02:53:37 | More by MichPaul
4.64/5 rDev +11.5%
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
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Stopped in at New Holland on December 27 while visiting Michigan over the holidays. The restaurant is attached to a small gift shop with regular items such as glassware, t-shirts, hats, and signs. The restaurant itself is of a moderate size with a bit of a modern feel. Plenty of tables and a long bar. Loads of stuff on tap, including regulars as well as draft-only items. (They also have their house liquors available.)
Service was good. The waiter was friendly and prompt and seemed to know a fair bit about the beers, which is always a plus. Nice visit and a place I would certainly visit again. The pizza was good, though not great.
01-03-2012 03:37:43 | More by Thorpe429
4.88/5 rDev +17.3%
After an enjoyable tour at the New Holland brewery proper, we drove 10 minutes down the road to the pub. The tour came with 4 samples of some of NHBC's signature brews, so we concentrated on the beers we hadn't tried.
The pub was quite busy for a late Saturday afternoon, but we had no trouble finding seats at the large bar. We sat right across from the chalk board displaying what was on tap. It was an impressive selection--way too many for us to sample in one sitting. We concentrated on 5:
Full Circle--a light(er), fruity, kolsch-style beer. It was our personal favorite, to the extent that we purchased a growler before leaving.
Sundog--decent amber ale reminiscent of Samuel Adams Boston Lager (which is a good thing in my opinion)
Mother's Milk--Milk stouts seem to be one of the styles du jour and we were not disappointed by this one. My wife, who gravitates toward the lighter, fruitier beers, drained a whole pint and proclaimed that it was good.
Jabberbocky--we only had a taste but no complaints here. It was a little more bitter than other bocks/doppelbocks that I've tasted.
Pigs in a Blanket--adding smoke flavor to a beer seems to be another gimmick these days. I found it unique but don't think I'd want a whole pint. PiaB was advertised on the chalk board as a smoked maple wheat ale but I didn't taste any maple.
Service was good considering the steady stream of patrons at the bar. We split the buffalo chicken "breadstix" while we drank, and suffice it to say, it is a good complement to the beer.
The only disappointment is that they were out of the Ichabod Pumpkin Ale--one of our favorites--but the other beers more than made up for it. We would definitely come back here if we were in the area.
10-29-2011 23:18:20 | More by Penguins66
3.7/5 rDev -11.1%
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
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
93 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.