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New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing CompanyNew Holland Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

66 E 8th St
Holland, Michigan, 49423-3504
United States

(616) 355-6422 | map

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

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 274
Photo of nflmvp
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Had a chance to stop in on 4/29/06.

The atmosphere was very comfortable. The place has high, tin ceilings and was nicely decorated. I felt like I was walking into someplace familar.

The quality of the beers was very good. Sadly, thinking I wasn't going to make it there, I had already eaten and I didn't get to try their food (which I had heard was outstanding).

The service was outstanding. Each and every bartender who served me was very attentive and took time to chat.

The selection of their beers was very nice with all of the bottled varieties represented as well as a couple of brewery-only offerings.

This is a place I would love to return to and hope I am in the area again so I can give it another try.

I very much enjoyed this experience.

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Photo of yock
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We must have come on the wrong day. The atmosphere of this place is good, don't get me wrong. The lights above the bar are very unique. They have a pretty impressive mug club. The staff very friendly, but the beer quantity was very lacking. I almost felt like I was in a Bennigan's that served good beer. Most of the really good beers were out. Their food is very tasty however, but my intent was to try various beers and I didn't get that chance. Like I said, I must have come on the wrong weekend.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one nice beer spot, very nice indeed. The interior is very cozy (but not small mind you) lots of bright wood all over, well lit, nicely put together I think. The menu was quite comprehensive with a good number of beers available, including their regular line, seasonals, pub only offerings and a couple of the high gravity series. They even make their own series of spirits as well. The food selection was quite extensive and everything we had was very tasty and generously portioned which came in handy after walking the beautiful windswept beach near the Holland Harbor llighthouse. Service was speedy and friendly, overall a great beer experience!


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Photo of slander
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We've got, lemme see, 6 hours before Mike & Davida's wedding. From Grand Rapids, it'll take us, I don't know how long to get to New Holland, but if you look at the map, it's only (like) 3 inches away, so that's pretty close. Just so you know, your real friends wouldn't show up for your wedding without being properly lubed...
On the corner in a strip of stores, New Holland takes up a good piece of space there. Walls have that "covered up but chisled away to expose brick beneath them" effect, with lots of window to the front, and a silver pressed tin ceiling. A series of 4 paintings on the back wall (local artwork), and a display of 16 GABF metals, World Beer, and World Expo of Beer awards.
The large deep room holds a long 18 seat, slightly angled concrete top bar running the length on the right, and seating everywhere else. 4 tables sit adjacent against the bar divider, 6 collectively along the front windows to both sides of the front doors, a dozen booths and tables on the other side of the bar divider, and another 6 tables to the rear beyond a small pen holding a mash tun & kettle. The bar back is a set of sheleves lined with mug club Bali mason mugs. There are 5 of them on each side of a blackboard listing the current tap selections, and 1 long shelf running above them all, below windows with hanging panels in front of them, and a sliding ladder for the hard to reach mugs. TV's in both corners, track lighting over the bar, and lighting tube cylinders over the bar seating.
A balcony to the rear of the room with a dozen tables and a couple of booths with spiral track lighting. There's a side room with 3 tables, a pair of leather couches, and some brewing equipment for their micro-distillery in the front windows. And through the side room is a far side room; a game room with a small 9 seat bar with a row of taps and a TV above. Cinderblock walls, and bar counter ledges on both walls with a mosaic trim of marbles, shiny metal pieces, polished tiles and New Holland bottle caps in cement (pleasing). Foosball, Champion Shufleboard, Electronic Darts, Big Buck Hunter, Pinball, 2 pool tables, and a not Phil's golf game video game. 4 booths and a stage area to the front up to the large windows there (As I look towards the light from those windows, Phil walks by, having himself one of his last smokes, again).
What else, what else? Okay, there's an outside deck to the rear, penned in by a black metal fence, partially under canopies with a dozen small metal tables in pairs, with plastic chairs and wooden benches with palm tree planters built into them.
Back inside, we've decided that either the bar is too high or the stools are too low or maybe both. I did the "Choose the beers for your sampler" deal, although you could also get them in pints, and I also saw litre and 2 litre "boots". 14 taps over 2 towers. 6 are mainstays & the other 8 are specialties including a 2 ciders & a Nitro IPA. The Paleooza (Pale Ale) was pleasant; the Mad Hatter (IPA) was floral and nicely bitter; the Red Tulip (Ruby Red) was malty & sweetish; the Zoomer (Wit) was light, cloudy, with a slight bitterness; the PHI (high gravity) was strong, very nice, sweet, fruity, deep, still don't know what it was; the Belgian Golden was sweet, medicinally alcohol; the Sock Knocker a 10% Belgian Amber was also deeply sweet, and the Macatawa Dark (Black Lager) was roasty, clean & malty. Some interesting beers.
Beef vegetable soup was solid, likewise no complaints with my NHBLT (New Holland BLT). Service was good and we got to watch a heartbreaker of a Little League World Series game. A nice primer for the day ahead.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I decided to finally check this place out on my birthday. It was a nice treat. The place is quite large and vacuous with a nice atmosphere. There were many families there eating dinner. Apparently not everyone comes simply for the beer. No smoking rules made the atmosphere proper much more enjoyable than your typical foggy and foul smelling bar. Nice design. I got to shoot pool in the side room which was an added bonus.

There was a nice selection of beers on tap. I got to dip into some Imperial Hatter and Impy Stout. They also had Sock Knocker, Blackhatter and a few others as well as their "mainstays." They serve everything in mason jars which I did not particularly care for. Gimme a real pint glass, so I can go about my geeking per usual. Mason jars are for root beer at the one room schoolhouse. You know whumsayin? The bar tender was a real prick. He acted like I was putting him out by having him fill a jug for me. He was also rude to some of the other patrons. He totally discredits the place and should be shitcanned immediately.

The food and the beer are both pretty pricey. $5 bucks for the special stuff and $3.50 or $4 for the other brews. I paid $15 for a growler. I had a stromboli that looked lonely on its plate without any extra garnish or side items and it was around $8.99 or something. Not worth it really. Me mum had a burger that was real tasty though. I would probably stick to the burgers. The beers were great. I wish they would bottle both of the ones I tried.

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Photo of Silphium
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here three times and really like the atmosphere; this place has a huge capacity, is multi-floored, and yet retains the character of a locally-owned, non-corporate brewpub. There's usually quite a few beers on tap; most of the regular bottled offerings are a given, and a handful of slowly rotating specials are available daily. Some of the highlights of my last two visits were Kourage (a brown ale), Cabin Fever (an amber ale), Scotch Ale, Imperial Stout, and Dies Irea (an interesting blend of cider, mead, and ale). Prices are high for the area; expect to pay $5 for a small mason jar of their bigger offerings, and $4 is standard. Beer quality ranges from so-so to very good; none of their stuff blows me away, but there are plenty of solid beers to try.

New Holland offers a variety of appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches too. I really like their hamburger with melted gorgonzola. Better-than-average brewpub food.

This is a great stop for the lakeshore beer traveler.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My usual hangout for Friday's after work. Beers are well made, usually 10-12 choices for beer, and about 4 wines are available also. Small copper brewing system is on display, that's where they make the pub specialties (main production is down the street). Bartenders are nice, knowledgable and friendly, willing to give up a sample if there is something new on. Food is well made, but somewhat limited. Pizzas and sandwiches mostly. Slightly expensive for what you get, but not bad. They do have bands most Friday and Saturday nights, and the entire place is non-smoking.

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Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First stop for this year's West Mich BA Gathering. A really nice family spot that I bet can turn into a good drinking atmosphere later on at night. Good amount of open space, decent lighting, and a nice little video game, pool area in the back room. About 10 beers to choose from with a few that you won't be able to find in bottles. All their beers seem to be decent to very good nothing terrible and nothing exceptional either. I didnt really like the whole mason jar for glasses thing though. Food is big in size, very well priced, and very good. Most of the people here during this time (around noon) were here for the food and not the beer. A very nice place to eat and drink and then maybe drink some more. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Somewhat industrial feel to the place. My favorite part is the back room that has video games and pool tables-they have retained the feel of the original pub that is now long gone. The quality of everything I had was very good from the food to the beers. In my opinion I would stick with the special beers on tap-they seem much better then New Hollands 3 or 4 mainstays. While there they had a porter,a pumpkin and an Oktoberfest on tap. Service was good-the usual college kids working the place. Good selection of both food and beers. I had a pizza which was honestly one of the best I have ever had whether in a pizza joint or otherwise. I was back a second time for beers but would go there to eat again in a second. Well worth the trip.

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Photo of nortmand
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mikes2923
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere was very cool, with live music and a very casual setting (some pretty amusing artwork as well...). The biggest drawback I saw to it was that it seemed like the only thing going in that part of town so it was very crowded and it took a good 45-60 minutes to actually get a table by which time I was already feeling a good buzz after passing the time at the bar. I don't live locally to the area so I can only judge the food on what we had that night but it seemed above-average for a brewery and the beer selection and quality was very good. I definitely will stop back the next time we're up that way!

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Photo of marburg
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

In addition to Dragonmead in Warren, Michigan which had the most unique motif, this was my favorite stop while touring Michigan brewpubs. Overall, this brewpub had the best beer. The city of Holland is beautiful. If it weren't for the cold winters, I can't imagine a better place to live in the midwest. The city was very clean and the downtown area where the brewpub was located was immaculate, and the shopowners were very friendly. The pub itself has a nice patio out back with plenty of parking to accomodate a large crowd. The bar was fairly large and the bartending staff were very friendly. I tried a sampler of everything. The pint of IPA was killer stuff, the best I had while in Michigan. I even rate it higher than Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. I tried a pint of the pale ale too, but stayed with the IPA because of its unique hop taste and excellent malt balance. This place was quite a find and I highly recommend it to any beer enthusiasts visiting West Michigan.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited a month or so ago.. Location is great right in the heart of Holland. Very nicely desinged with lots of dining space a long bar in the front. Nice back patio for the warm summer nights. Place always seems to be busy and staff is fairly friendly. Bartenders know their beers and will guide you well. Menu has decent variety and reasonably priced. Quality of the food I had at least above average if not very good. Beer quality is always good.
Watch out for Wednesday night as it seems to be stein night, where you bring your own stein and they fill for the price of a pint. Pretty busy. If you passing by Holland, worth visiting.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.