New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing CompanyNew Holland Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
93 Beers
7,404 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 90
Visits: 249
rAvg: 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 beergirly2
2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
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. (1,357 characters)

Photo of Gigantis
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
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). (2,226 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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! (724 characters)

Photo of betsona
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of bamadog
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of olivermonster
3.5/5  rDev -15%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of ebby82
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (1,962 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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 (687 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped in here last friday and bellied up the bar. Everything is super-duper-mondo-shiny-clean and it feels almost a bit touristy inside with an overload of gifty items and smiley happy servers. very open feel inside with a bar to the right and tables elsewhere...in the back there are some big fermenters and other brewpub display staples. Food was mildly overpriced i thought but very tasty and probably in line with the other restaurants around (speaking of, is Holland actually Yuppie-town, USA? I've never seen so many old guys with polos and sweaters tied around their waists). No complaints about the beer however. An extensive lineup of all of their regular offerings, most of their high gravity series, and a whole bunch more "specials," which included several of their "hatter" variations. I ordered the imperial hatter which was very good, and i wanted to try the Czarist and a couple of others but i was up there on business and got scared i'd be too blitzed to drive. Well, i can go back. Prices were 4-5 bucks a pint, which i think is too much for made-in-house stuff, but whatever. Bought a bottle of their Moxie 10th anniversary beer to take home ($12). Maybe i'll go back, maybe not. Not if Dark Horse, Founders or Bell's is closer though. (1,259 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

An attractive bright little restaurant, you come here for the beer. Just about everything is bottled, it is still nice to try new stuff, and fresh on tap. Service about average. Not a huge selection, no cask today, nor guest taps. A small patio outside. Some of their regular bottles on sale.A bit expensive. If you are in Holland, stop on bye.Just average brewpub overall. Not very far to drive to find placesthat have picked it up several steps. Always good to come back to classics, like the Pilgrims Dole. (509 characters)

Photo of HarmonMW
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere: The brewpub is in downtown Holland and is pretty large compared to some of the others in the state I've visited. Copper brew kettle in the middle of the room with the bar on the right side (cool lighting of the mug club), large windows up front, and a beer patio in the back. Digital chalk board with the beers on it, with "old-school" chalk boards near the kettle letting you know what was in fermentation, and listing the spirits. Family friendly atmosphere.

Quality: To echo a previous reviewer, I've never been the biggest fan of their staple beers; however, I didn't have the same change-of-heart they did. I felt like the beers were all average to good with the exception of a couple. We tried a flight (6 beers, 4 oz pours) of the Imperial Hatter, Poet Oatmeal Stout, Smashley Pale Ale, Red Tulip, Ryeland Imperial IRA, and the Mad Hatter.

Service: We only got a flight. The waitress was helpful, but we didn't really ask many questions, so didn't ask much of her. For what she did though, she did perfectly fine.

Selection: They have a tiered system similar to some others (Founder's, Perrin). The tier 1 beers are all the beers they bottle and you can purchase anywhere (Mad Hatter, White Hatter, Cabin Fever, Monkey King, Sundog, the Poet). The tier two beers were the specialty ones and included the Smashley Pale Ale, Red Tulip, and a beer that was made in their brewery by someone who won a homebrew contest (Deadliest Catch Double Milk Stout - wish I had tried this). The last tier was the high gravity beers and others: Imperial Hatter, a barleywine, and something else. They also make their own spirits if you're into that. I wish there were just more options that weren't mass produced available at the brewery.

Food: Didn't try, but standard pub menu. The pizza the table next to us got looked very good though.

Value: Our 6 beer flight was $11.

Overall, a nice place to grab a good beer if you're in the area. The town struck me as a bit like Pleasantville. We were there during the annual Tulip Festival, so lots to see as we walked around town. About 15 min from the beach front. (2,119 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
3.75/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Large and brightly lit establishment right on the main street of town. Frankly the town of New Holland creeps me out. There nothing bad about the town and that’s my issue with it. It’s like a bizzaro world where no one locks up their bikes or cars and everyone smiles 24 hours a day. Maybe I just happened to be there on a particularly weird day, but it was a bit odd that’s all. In any case, the brewpub has a clean bright interior especially on this sunny afternoon. The place is somewhat restaurant oriented which is kind of a turn off for me. Lots of tables and families. Rather commercial. However there was a great selection of tap, maybe 20. A bit on the expensive side however, the premium sampler cost me $12. The most expensive of the 13 breweries I visited during our tour of the Midwest. I still enjoyed my couple hours there, even though I didn't get to try the food there seemed to be a ton of people eating so it had to be pretty good. My biggest, and really only major complaint was the god-awful music. Give it a try. The place may not be my favorite but they have some awesome beers, and that really all its about. (1,135 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

New Holland actually surprised me, I generally go to local breweries expecting a tap room with a touch of food on the side at best, but New Holland is clearly more of a brew pub. The main building has a few huge rooms, one with the bar, with glassware on display. That room also has quite a lot of seating. A smaller side room is next to that, with a couple of couches and a table or two for large parties. Then there is a game room with bar classics available.

Service was quite good though, it was what I would consider standard solid restaurant service, food was brought quickly, beers were rapidly refilled, and our server was friendly. I had no complaints.

The selection was very nice, and easily one of the most diverse in the area in terms of number of taps. Almost all of their regular brews were available, as well as all of the high gravity beers, and a few other special offerings. They had beer menus all set up which explained each beer as well, I really have a hard time knocking them there. FWIW, the food selection was also pretty good.

Price, well, the only real knock on the place. I would say the beer was priced high but fair for micro beers. I think I am a bit put off by the price mainly because I don't think their beers stack up well to the best in West Michigan (i.e.: Founders, Bells) but their prices are in that range. Food is quite pricy, but I imagine the location (downtown Holland, business central) has a lot to do with that.

The bottom line: not a bad place to go. I prefer a bit more of a tap room style atmosphere, but I can't knock the staff, or the selection. (1,609 characters)

Photo of Pedro07
3.83/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Ok, my last visit to the actual brewery was in the summer of 2007, so please don't hang the messenger.
The place is situated in beautiful downtown Holland. We walked through the place from the back, and it was packed. We luckily got a seat out front on the sidewalk seating they have.
We went on a Wednesday, and it was $4 Stein night. Where you bring in a stein or mug of any size and they'll fill 'er up for $4. Not bad! I had their Zoomer and SunDog Amber. Very good beers for the price.
The service was iffy, but that's probably due to the crowd and us being outside. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
I did have some food. I had the Calzzone, which was quite tasty!! My friends got a pizza which also tasted very good. Portions are HUGE and price is not unreasonable.
I'd recommend stopping by if you're on the WM lakeshore. (834 characters)

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! (616 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

On the way back from KBS Day 2013, we took a slightly different route home to stop by New Holland.

The Atmosphere is nice inside. They reside in downtown Holland, MI, and it reminds me a bit of Arcadia in that the location is large and resembles more of a Rock Bottom type atmosphere than your typical smallish brewpub.

The Quality was good. I haven't had anything from New Holland that has really stood out to me, but they make quality beer.

The Service was what you'd expect. Friendly, helpful, and prompt with bringing orders to your table.

The Selection is solid, and what sets them apart a bit is the fact that they distill their own liquor as well, so you can try some of that as well, plus you can bring a few bottles home.

They have a Food menu, but I didn't try anything as I wasn't hungry. If I stop in here again, I'll make sure to order something as it looked pretty good.

Overall it was definitely a positive experience, but since nothing they brew really stands out to me, I wouldn't be motivated to specifically make a trip here. However, since it's on the way to/from Founders for me, I'm sure I'll stop in again. (1,135 characters)

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

Located on a trendy, thriving stretch of cobblestone sidewalk road in Holland, MI, home of Hope College which is not only a block away from the brewery but clearly has a significant presence in this otherwise small town. Modernly updated businesses and buildings grace the streets of Holland which function as a kind of an outdoor mall. There are clothing stores, a few coffee shops and restaurants and then the sublime New Holland Brewing Company. Situated on the corner of a street it is clear to me that it is the jewel of this small town. A waiting list awaited while other businesses were not full.

Atmosphere. I do not know how it could be better. A modern, clean atmosphere greeted us with mostly hard wood features, brick and stucco walls and a nice chalkboard above the bar with the current tap list (18 different beers in all!) as well as the hard liquor that they serve (there were 6 listed tonight). All staff wore New Holland shirts and there is a significant "gift shop" near the front of the restaurant which carry all of those and more. I appreciated the availability of pint glasses, gift baskets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, posters, coasters, tulip glasses and many other products that can temp any collector of such items. 5.0

Quality: Partly due to the atmosphere, partly due to the selection of beers but mostly due to the high level perceived by me at this place, I think that the quality is high. 4.5

Service: Good. Our waitress brought me the wrong beer initially but recognized the mistake and corrected it later. She was responsive and helpful. 3.5

Food: Very good. Sundog chili was appropriately spicy and very good indeed. My wife had a basic salad that was very good, pizza was very nicely prepared and I had a Brewpub salad which was very good indeed as well. 4.5

Based on a visit there 10 16 09. Review from limited notes, mainly memory. When I had my first few New Holland beers a few years ago I checked out the brewery listing here on BA and since then always thought how cool it would be to go there. Continued information gathering, learning and that early dream became a reality, motivated by the proximity of so many other great Beer Advocate places in the area. So it was with that spirit in mind that my wife and I arrived in Holland in mid October to see for ourselves.

Atmosphere First a word about the community of Holland: I felt so comfortable to walk the streets of Holland and to see the small campus of Hope College. It is hard to put into words but it was like a perfect little town with big city tastes. I recommend that everyone reading this visit the town as well as the brewery. OK, back to the brewery. The atmosphere of New Holland, like the surrounding community, is very comfortable. Seating for probably 500 on hard oversized wooded chairs and benches with tables to match, the bar is on the right as you enter, the greeter immediately in front, some seating behind the greeter, on the left a small gift shop area and in the distance more seating both up and down stairs. There may have been an area for live music as you head to the back on the first floor too but they were setting up that day for a band inside the restaurant, bar area. Anyway, current beers on tap listed on a chalkboard and fridges stocked with NH beers for sale ($8 for a bomber). 4.5

Quality Good. Everything presented in proper glassware, many of them with the NH logo.

Service Just fine. Our waitress was young (likely a college student) but as knowledgeable as she had to be about the available beers. She was timely and kind. 3.0

Selection Well if you like American Craft beers then you would have to say that the selection was at least good. In addition to many of their standard lineup they had a few pub exclusives including an Imperial Ichabod Ale. I am still the only one here on BA (as of this posting) to review it. 4.5

Food Just fine. We had a full dinner there and I recall a very good salad and some other rather typical brew pub fare but, as stated, it was just fine. 3.5

Value Reasonable. (4,056 characters)

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. (669 characters)

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. (783 characters)

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

New Holland Brewery lies in the heart of downtown Holland. This brewpub is bigger than most. The bar looked like it could seat an entire football team. We were seated at the back of the main room behind the brewing equipment.

The menu consisted of the standard brewpub fare and what New Holland lists as "stroms". The stroms are essentially calzones using a touch of spent grain in the dough. My strom was delicious, and huge. I probably could have devoured the whole thing, but it was big enough to feed two. My traveling companions opted for burgers which were served with a choice of chips, potato salad or macaroni salad instead of the usual fries. Both burgers were said to be tasty and so was the potato salad.

New Holland's beer selection was mostly their standard lineup. They also had a seasonal on this visit, and do some other pub-only batches. The beer lineup is augmented with a few vintage New Holland beers like Dragon's Milk. NH also features it's own distilled liquors.

This is the type of brewpub you can take your mom to. The food is tasty, the beers good, and they have other drink choices for your friends who don't love beer the way you do. (1,166 characters)

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. (1,503 characters)

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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. (989 characters)

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped by this place with my brother after his wedding rehearsal dinner. I had been hoping to go here for a while, having lived nearby but never gone. We caught it on a busy Friday night with beautiful weather, so I don' t know how typical our experience was. The place was loud and hopping. We had to wait a couple minutes to get a small table near the bar. There was a small band playing, and they were apparently making up for their mediocre quality by being very loud. It was a little annoying, but... it's not like many people go to a brewpub on Friday night for quiet conversation.

The pub had a lot of their beers on tap, probably about 20, more than I realized they had. Most of the high gravity series was available, as well as some specialties like they're Uncle Heavy Scotch Ale, their Czarist Russian Imperial Stout, and a Kolsch. And most of their stand-bys were there: Mad Hatter, The Poet, etc.

The service was friendly, even though they were super busy. The woman at the bar was fast and very nice as she served us three pints, then filled a growler of their Czarist for me.

Overall, it's a pretty standard brewpub, which I'm a big fan of: exposed brick walls, wooden booths and accents, all sorts of beer glassware lining the walls behind the bar, dimmed lighting, a big chalkboard behind the bar listing all their brews. And as far as I can tell, they're selling exclusively their beers on tap. I like that.

If I lived in Holland, I could easily become a regular. It's a nice atmosphere, with a little patio out front on 8th St (which is definitively quaint), and with a wide enough selection of beers (not to mention seasonals and specialties) that you could get something different every time. (1,732 characters)

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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.