New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 85
Beer Ratings: 14,370
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
4.88/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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
4.72/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
08-24-2011 20:47:26 | More by TimEggers
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
04-13-2012 00:52:51 | More by cagocubs
4.65/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
07-10-2009 01:14:42 | More by JamnesCameron
4.64/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
01-20-2012 20:41:59 | More by elNopalero
4.6/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
10-15-2010 04:24:02 | More by djmitche
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-02-2004 08:12:38 | More by ChappyCubsFan
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I had this place pegged as one of my lunch time destinations while on my MI tour. First off, Holland is a super cool little town that is worth visiting itself. The brewpub is on the corner of the main drag and a side street in a picturesque town center.
I parked around the back of the building and entered through the patio area. It was a semi-rainy/overcast day so the patio was not functioning.
I entered a large, open, airy/light room with a lot of tables and a huge cement bar running along the left side. You pass some brewing equipment (almost artwork like) along the way. Once in the main bar area, I realized that I entered under a loft that houses additional seating. Through a doorway from the bar, you enter a little gift shop are that has NH stuff (shirts, hats, glasses) and beer to go. They also have pre-made gift baskets available. Through another door there appeared to be additional seating (didn't venture there though).
I sat back at the bar and selected a draft that was not bottled (Scotch Ale) and a sandwich. The menu is pretty diverse and unique...it fits in well with the trendy area and décor. They had most of their beer available on draft, including their High Gravity Series.
The bartender was friendly and helpful. She asked me what types of beer I liked and made suggestions.
All in all, this is one of the best brew pubs I have been to. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is a fan of beer or even a fan of good food.
05-19-2010 13:52:36 | More by mgbickel
4.47/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 +7.7%
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.
06-30-2004 02:31:11 | More by nortmand
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.