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New Holland Brewing Company

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Based on:
97 Beers
23,576 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 93
Visits: 261
Avg: 4.12
pDev: n/a
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

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Mon-Thurs: 11am-12am
Fri-Sat: 11am-2am
Sun: 12pm-10pm
Pub is nonsmoking throughout.
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Photo of Penguins66
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

visited 10/29/11

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.

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Photo of WetAndForget
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing food, add any of the pizzas and the meat plate to your order, you won't be disappointed. Their flights are perfect, the glasses are awesome and come in a cool metal holder. The bar is super chill, even when busy, and everyone is extremely friendly. Go to hatter days and make sure you check out the bloody mary bar the next morning.

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Photo of TimEggers
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm an avid New Holland Brewery fan, so for my birthday my wife drove me (5-hours one-way) to see the folks in Holland. While I love craft beers, my local small town only has bars of obnoxious drunks that chug cheap beer just to get drunk. So needless to say New Holland Brewing Pub was a welcome change!

The atmosphere is really great. Holland (the town) impressed both of us with its Dutch history and brick architecture. New Holland brewpub keeps with this also. The building is gorgeous brick and wood type with large abundant windows. A great place to relax and enjoy amazing food and beer. We loved it there, especially my non-beer drinking wife.

Quality, food and service are all very good. Their beers simply taste fantastic on tap and the food we had was exceptional. Servers were very friendly and truly believe in their product. Its nice to be served craft beer from folks who know and appreciate craft beer. The folks at New Holland are truly top notch.

Surprising that after my many beer samplings (and then pints) and lunch for us both our bill was incredible cheap. For the excellent beer and tasty food the price was excellent.

I can't wait to go back. New Holland cements for me why they're one of the finest breweries in the country. Visit them and you'll see why too.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

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Photo of 98green
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Did the brewery tour for $10, not the brewpub, so ratings are for that. Great tour of the (ever expanding) brewery and distillery. Nice slow pace, 4 samples of 4 oz pours, plus tiny tastes of their spirits. And a logo'd pint glass at the end. Well worth the price for sure.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went on a Sunday with the family during vacation.

Simple brewpub/bar decor. Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about, but functional.

Quality was great. Beers were fresh, food was very tasty.

Service was some of the best I've experienced. The waitress was knowledgeable of the menu and beers and could provide details and recommendations that had meaning.

I absolutely loved the beer selection. They had they usual range plus high gravity beers. My favorite was the library series, different interpretations of the Mad Hatter IPA - as a ryePA, a lager, a dark IPA, farmhouse IPA, cask (nice wood notes), imperial IPA, simply fantastic. I really like brewers that experiment with their mainstays and take risks. All the beers were first rate.

Food was outstanding as well. Pesto pizza and club sandwich were our choices of the day, and both were fantastic. Menu options make it hard to make a decision on your first visit.

Picked up a growler and some swag for the ride home from vacation. Luckily, they are not too far from my usual business trips, so I'll be back for a refill.

Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Gear54
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great vibe to this place. I've been several times and the atmosphere and look it the bar/eatery area. Lots of polished wood give it a clean feel. I'm always a fan of being able to see the brewing equipment when I visit and eat at a brewery. I went last over St. Pats weekend so it was packed inside. The noise was still not over powering and there was plenty of room for all. The only knock is the limited parking downtown.

Service was spectacular given how busy they were. We got seated at the bar, ordered a few beers and food. The beers came quick and the good about 15 min after. Again being packed to the doors this was fantastic work from the kitchen area.

They had several seasonals to go along with the mainstays. They also offered 4 different cask selections as well. Dragons milk was available on tap and on cask! Very cool to see a wide variety of styles and presentations.

Overall a must visit for beer folks headed to the west side of Michigan.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of djmitche
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great bar! The setting is open and casual. We were there on a Thursday night, and the place was happening but not crowded. The beer selection at the bar is impressive, especially coming from Chicago where the selection generally only includes the NH "standard" beers.

The service was friendly, answering all of our "I'm a beer geek from out of town" questions without judging. We had a fine six-pour sampler for $2 per sample.

I love that New Holland provides both "standard" session beers and unusual things like a smoked bock, a maple-pecan porter, or a nut brown with fennel. The specialties aren't all .. beers I'd have again, but I didn't know that until I'd tried it!

Holland is a cute town, and this brewery is well worth a visit on your travels through Michigan.

If I lived in town, I would take advantage of their frequent-drinker program: a personalized mug, a growler a month, and special pricing. For $40/yr. This is a brewery that gets it.

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Photo of SteveSly
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

New Holland is yet another high quality Southwest Michigan Brewery. I live about an hour away in Kalamazoo, and although I have consumed many New Holland beers here in town, I have only been to the actual brewery twice. They have recently done some renovating and the facility is really nice. Along with their large indoor seating area, they also have a beer garden in the back and a patio in the front. New Holland’s beer is all good to great and the food was very good as well. The wait staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable of their beer. The waitress knew every beer, what style they were, and could describe them all in detail. The one issue with New Holland is since it is right downtown with no real parking lot of it’s own, finding parking can sometimes be an issue, especially in the summer. Holland is a resort town in the warm months and can be crawling with people in the season. New Holland is a great place to visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of raleigh_blue
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome brewpub.
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I had this place pegged as one of my lunch time destinations while on my MI tour. First off, Holland is a super cool little town that is worth visiting itself. The brewpub is on the corner of the main drag and a side street in a picturesque town center.

I parked around the back of the building and entered through the patio area. It was a semi-rainy/overcast day so the patio was not functioning.

I entered a large, open, airy/light room with a lot of tables and a huge cement bar running along the left side. You pass some brewing equipment (almost artwork like) along the way. Once in the main bar area, I realized that I entered under a loft that houses additional seating. Through a doorway from the bar, you enter a little gift shop are that has NH stuff (shirts, hats, glasses) and beer to go. They also have pre-made gift baskets available. Through another door there appeared to be additional seating (didn't venture there though).

I sat back at the bar and selected a draft that was not bottled (Scotch Ale) and a sandwich. The menu is pretty diverse and unique...it fits in well with the trendy area and décor. They had most of their beer available on draft, including their High Gravity Series.

The bartender was friendly and helpful. She asked me what types of beer I liked and made suggestions.

All in all, this is one of the best brew pubs I have been to. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is a fan of beer or even a fan of good food.

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Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

New Holland may be my second most frequented brewery, given its proximity to the beach and its location in my favorite beach city, Holland. Service doesn't disappoint, though it does tend to get very crowded and the waits can be long. The quality of the beer on draft is exceptional, and the food selection here will demand a repeat trip. Very enjoyable place to relax and take in a brew on a lazy summer day in Holland.

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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 leprechaunandfatman
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of BeerGirl80
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

New Holland was the last place we visited on our min- Michigan Brewery Tour. I was surprised at how nice the restaurant was! It seemed hipster-chic, and I felt somewhat underdressed. Good thing we went on Thursday night, as I'm sure Saturday is dressy!

I had the Sundog Amber Ale, which was quite satisfying after a long day in the car. Most everyone got the Dragon's Milk, which I tried and was even more delicious at the brewery! They had several high-gravity beers on tap, which I don't know if you can buy them anywhere, or if it is on-site only.

We were disappointed that they did not have enough Dragon's Milk shirts to fit our entire group, but I'm sure it is a best-seller. They were very nice, telling us to call them directly instead of going through the online store, as all merchandise is shipped directly from there.

Our waitress was great- very knowledgeable about food and beer, as some in the group had a hard time choosing what to eat and drink. She was very good-natured with our group, since some of us didn't have to drive and this being our third brewery of the day, felt pretty good.

My only regret is not going in the fall, when their Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is out, as it is one of my favorites. I got a shirt as a consolation prize, and maybe we'll do a fall tour in Michigan, and swing by just for me!

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Was randomly looking for a place to stop for dinner with my girlfriend on our way back from northern Michigan to Chicago. It just happened that we stopped in Holland, Michigan. Knowing that I enjoyed the beers from New Holland was definitely a draw, but I didn't realize that it was a restaurant too. Maybe I was bias, but I was like a kid on Christmas walking into this place. It was really cool to see all of the brewery (and distillery as I learned) where some really solid brews are made. It had an old warehouse like feel to the place, done intentionally to give it quite a lot of charm. The quality of the place was top notch, for a brewery like it was it felt like a neighborhood sports bar which was really cool for me. The service was pretty good, our waitress knew good recommendations for food and drink. If they made the beer, they had it. In fact it was so hard for me to choose I ended up having the whole sampler tray for my drink. It was well worth it. It turns out that on Tuesday (the day we were there) it was half priced non-high-gravity growlers. So I got myself a growler and was more than content with my visit. My girlfriend had some of their rum in a mixed drink and let me tell you it was some damn good rum. The foods that we had were excellent. The food was not particularly expensive at all it was reasonable and if it had not been for the purchasing of a growler and a bottle of the rum we would have not felt like we spent too much there at all. Both of us agreed we'd have no problem "randomly stumbling" back to this place on a return trip to Michigan.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

New Holland is one of the top tops in Michigan. They have a unique and delicious selection of brews, and the food is good too. But I focus on the beer. The environment is excellent, location is excellent. I still swear that the brews they serve on draft have something unique about them that you can not get outside of the facility. I remember the original facility, and it takes me back to when I first started discovering microbrews... They have come a long way.

I try to make every Autumnfest, as this is the best time! They will bust out some awesome selections, and everyone always has a great time.

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Photo of darrinscard
4.45/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I headed to the brew pub after a nice visit to their brewing facilities for a tour. First off I would like to encourage you to go on one of their tours, they are offered on Saturdays and are well worth the $5 cover charge.

We headed to the brew pub right after the tour and were pleasantly surprised by the bright and inviting atmosphere, excellent and friendly service, and delectable food. We treated ourselves to some of their "high gravity" style beers and some bread sticks smothered in cheese and seasoned just right. The two story bar section is bright and modern with a working 10 barrel brewery and a loft. The bar also features a little shop and a more private dining area. We noticed some of the great specials they run throughout the week including growler night on Tue...$2 off growlers (mainstays are only $8 regularly!) The prices were very cheap and the service couldn't have been better. Its been a long time since we have been impressed with all aspects of a restaurant we have visited.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

I've been a fan of New Hollad since I saw Pale a Pa Looza on the shelves of my local good beer stores in Cincinnati. I was totally bumed when the bartender informed me they stopped brewing it. This was the only let down of my visit. Wow, downtown Holland sets the bar on tourist destinations. Since it was snowing like crazy, I felt I was in a world-class ski resort that was empty. I'm sure it's totally different in the summer during the tulip festival.

The bottom line is this is the typle of place I'd open if I opened a brewpub. Amazing old space very well done. I had a pizza with barley on it and it was exceptional. The only drawback was the limited number of beers on tap. Aside from all their bottled beer, they had 4 high gravities and two seasonals. The Cszar (russian imperial stout was excellent).

I'm high on this place because of the amazing space, qualty (but small selection) of beers, and overall vibe. My visit was late Monday evening during a snowstorm.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped by here for lunch after leaving Founders on a Friday. Very comfortable atmosphere which was more modern and a bit trendy. We pulled up to the bar which was lined with many shelves full of there mug club mason jars. There was a good amount of people there having lunch. Opposite the bar was a big game room with arcade games as well as some bar games. There was also a third smaller room between the 2 lined with some comfortable looking couches. It was a very well put together place with a great feel to it. I could see myself being a regular if I lived in the area. The bartender was prompt and quick with the service and refill. She wasn’t to chatty though as she seemed busy doing other things. We ordered a primo pesto pizza to split and it was excellent. The menu said “we’ve blended Belgian barley malt used in making our beer into the crust” which was cool. They had about 12 beers on tap with all the regulars plus Dragon’s Milk, Phi, Pilgrims Dole, the new Doppelbock, Oak Aged Mad Hatter and a few others for a nice variety. The IPA and Dragon’s Milk were great and all others we tasted were solid as well. We grabbed some bottles and a t shirt on the way out. A great all around brewpub.

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Photo of slowbie
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was visiting a friend in Grand Rapids and, after recommending the Dragon's Milk, he took me here to check the place out. The food was good; various single-serving pizzas and a couple other things. The place was a little noisy, but not overbearingly so. The atmosphere overall was that of a standard college town restaurant (despite Holland, MI not quite being one, to my knowledge). We got samplers of most of the things they had on tap, and everything stood up well. All 12 beers we tried were very smooth, clear-tasting and drinkable; this place is definitely quality. The Dragon's Milk definitely did not disappoint, and The Poet and the Black Tulip were also quite good. I didn't find one i didn't like, though as with Bell's and their Oberon Ale, the flagship beer here (Mad Hatter IPA) is far from my favorite. Highly recommended microbrewery and pub.

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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.