New Holland Brewing Company
Active Beers: 91
Beer Ratings: 14,858
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
2.45/5 rDev -41.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Was impressed by the size of the building and the amount of people in the building. We were told 30 minutes for a table. We looked around the store and picked out a few things we were going table on our way out. We noticed a lot of empty tables and the hostess did not seem that worried about seating any of the tables. We counted ten empty tables that were clean with a full lobby of people. We found seats at the bar. it took about ten minutes for anyone to acknowledge us and another ten minutes before we had the menus to select beers for our flights. Thirty minutes later we had beer. We were impressed with any of the 10 beers we tried. In fact, we left some of our glasses with beer. They all seemed to taste the same. The worst was Monkey King....left a horrible taste in my mouth. The bartenders ignored us the whole time and never asked if we wanted to try something else. We had to flag someone down to get our bill and then literally push the bill in front of someone so that we could leave. They had 3 bartenders serving a whole restaurant and bar area. They were so understaffed and all had the personalities of a door knob. I have never left a brewery without a growler to take home until last night. And needless to say we did to make our store purchases. This place is all a bunch of hype and not worth the time or money. I will stay in GR.
06-29-2013 13:05:36 | More by beergirly2
3.25/5 rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh, New Holland. I spent my college days in Holland. Those were pretty fun times and I recently stopped in to the brewery to see how it was doing. It is the same, which is both good and bad. Mostly just mediocre.
The place looks the same. Roomy, with tables and booths in the middle of the restaurant. There is a deck out back where people do sit, but mostly just go out to smoke at since you can't smoke inside. The servers and bartenders are mostly young, college-age people who are friendly. There is a separate game room with pool, video games and shuffleboard. This room has a separate mini bar that is sometimes up and running and sometimes not attended. The only thing that is different is that there is a bunch of merchandise hanging up in the front. It's a pretty obnoxious touch actually. Probably to tempt drunk college kids into buying something.
The beer is New Holland, clearly. Do you like New Holland. I kind of of do. Usually they have a couple of specialty beers. In fact, one of these was the Farmhouse Hatter which was the best NH beer I've had (speaking of which, I wonder if there are any reviews on this site). I took a growler of it out to my friend's cottage.
I'm not a big fan of any of NH regular brews (any of which you can have at the brewery - seasonals Poet and Zoomer are the best they have), so forgive me if I am not overly enthused about the quality and selection, which is fine if you like New Holland beer a lot.
I think of NH as more a restaurant than a brewery, sadly. It isn't open late (closes at 12) and I don't remember that ever being the place to really hang out and drink even when I was in college. Still, the food is quite good even if the menu is mostly typical food with a kind of West Michigan hippie spin to it. The tree hugger is a fantastic sandwich!
I should also mention that NH Brewery also offers their own wine and distilled spirits. This means that they have sort of a "we have something for everyone" selection. Some may find this admirable but I personally like my brewpub experience to be all about the beer.
If you are going to go, you might as well go on Wednesday since it is stein night (4 bucks to fill up a stein - which you must bring yourself).
03-11-2009 20:39:26 | More by Gigantis
3.3/5 rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere was the best part of this place. Maybe it's because this is my home town and it's right downtown. But they have exposed brick, it's located in an old hardware store, and some brewing equipment is out in the open.
The quality of the beers is good. I had quite a few while there. However, the selection is always lacking. The last times I visited were late December 2010 and late April 2011. Both times I was surprised and annoyed by their lack of selection. In December, they were out of the casked Mad Hatter, but they just put more Mad Hatter in the cask and pulled it right back out, leaving no taste and gaining $0.50 more per glass for them. They were also out of Night Tripper and Pilgrim's Dole. Then in April they didn't have anything on cask and they were out of Night Tripper and Black Tulip.
Overall, it's a great spot if they have all of the beers you want to drink on tap that day.
04-28-2011 13:22:06 | More by Holland
3.43/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been a native of the Holland/Zeeland area all my life and the edition of a brewery in Holland was a nice touch and downtown location is nice. Menu is good and has good selection. Most the beers are worth the try....for me the dark beers (dragon's milk, blue goat, nitro stout, poet, imperial stout) and a few others are excellent. The beer quantity has gotten better....but for a while it was very limited. Nice smoke free environment and staff is nice! One thing I do not like is the whole "mason jar" idea. If I get a quality beer, or any beer, lets have it in a real pint glass!!! or a even a stein! even a goblet for crying out loud. A mason jar is not taken as seriously....to me at lea
Alright place overall!
10-03-2006 23:27:13 | More by Magpie14
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was in Holland visiting a friend and he suggested we stop in. It was around 3pm on a Sunday in February.
A- Extremely quiet. The layout of the tables and bar was wide open in a pretty large room that could easily hold over 100 people. There were games going on TV and others enjoying drinks. Bartender kept to himself even after trying to prompt him with questions. Nice beer release posters. Could see this place being more enjoyable if it got packed, but it would take a lot of people to achieve.
Q- Nice overall. Clean and tidy. Bar was nice. Nothing else really to add.
S- Bartender knew about all the beers, even recommended one when pressed. Used the standard line that all the beers were top notch. Food came out after quite a wait, but beer was promptly served.
S- Nice array of NH beers. I had the Black Tulip, which I rarely see anywhere else. Also had the Charkoota Rye, a fall only release.
F- Had a nice standard pizza. Was a good value.
Overall, I will probably stop back in when visiting friends and during the Tulip festival. If you enjoy NH beer, it is a nice stop.
02-20-2011 19:59:53 | More by betsona
3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The final stop of our Michigan beer tour. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010.
Atmosphere: Nice and caters to an upscale crowd, definitely bourgeois. Also, a lot of "green" folks were in there. Definitely cool, but it's not going to be a "corner bar" experience.
Quality: Quite nice -- a really wide selection of all NH beers, and I also really didn't know about the whiskey production there so that was really cool to learn about. I think NH products are pretty solid and well made, so I feel the quality was very good.
Service: Our bartender was pretty uneducated about beer in general, and didn't know much about anything about the NH products on tap. I really feel he was probably hired because he would like the kind of person one would expect to see behind the bar in an upscale establishment. Also, we had to listen to the waitresses complain about almost every customer they had. Honestly, I don't care to hear that - it's kind of your job.
Selection: As mentioned, there was a pretty vast array of good NH products on tap, and better yet, brewpub exclusives were available. I really enjoyed that aspect about this place and think some other places could take a note from NH.
Food: Really good pizza! Everything looked really good, but again, comes with an upscale twist (like, if you got a burger, it came out on fancier bread rather then a bun - totally to be expected though in a place that's going for that atmosphere).
Value: I really think we paid for what we got -- a good time in a nice bar drinking some good beers. I would definitely swing by again, but would rather find a different place to sit and have a different bartender.
06-20-2010 21:43:26 | More by bamadog
3.5/5 rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
Live in holland and frequent often good place to grab a beer and a pizza always seem to have something new on tap. New beer garden is freaking awesome as well. Very family friendly. Also very large so can usually get in and can handle large party's.
05-11-2013 22:39:44 | More by olivermonster
3.53/5 rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I went here after my tour at the brewery. First, the tour was amazing, it lasted over an hour with several tastings of high gravity beers.
We went to the brewpub about 230 on sat. afternoon. We had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated. A server got us our beers soon thereafter. We had a sampler flight which included their kolsch, a smoked rye dopplebock, a saison and their IPA.
After 5 minutes or so, we got our beer. Honestly, most of them did not impress me. The Saison was quite good, but the IPA wasn't great. The smoked dopplebock was quite interesting though.
The food was quite good. I had an Italian sandwich piled high with meat and such.
I really like some of New Holland's beers, but many of them left me unimpressed. I would go back, particularly for the food and the many one-offs on the menu.
07-17-2011 12:49:10 | More by ebby82
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere: nice beer garden, spacious indoor area. so-so music selection. relaxed and comfortable but nothing above and beyond
Quality: I am not the biggest new holland beer fan but i feel everyone could find something to eat or drink that strikes their fancy.
Selection: in terms of beer i'd rate it more along the lines of average. most beer available here can be bought at a local store. good selection of cocktails and other distillery products
Food: good but not great. not a whole lot of sandwiches caught my eye. some stuff was killer, the calamari, but some was sub-par, black bean burger
Overall: cool place to check out. i'd like to try out there liquors next time though
07-15-2013 17:59:17 | More by SportsandJorts
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
93 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.