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New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland Brewing CompanyNew Holland Brewing Company
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

189 Ratings
Ratings: 189
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.53%
Active Beers: 113
Beer Ratings: 17,939
Beer Avg: 3.72
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

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

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Photo of slander
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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

slander, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Sammy, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Yetiman420, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4/5  rDev -3.6%

On a late spring day I stopped at New Holland. The place had a nice feel, much like the neighborhood around it: middle class and a working man's place.

The line up was good and had a few rarities, but nothing exclusive that I can remember. Service was good by didn't set itself apart from other breweries. Not sure if they served food there; didn't try any.

The flight I received while there was reasonable and I would most likely go back again, as they do have a very solid line up and some really good higher end beers in rotation.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Jan 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of jmdrpi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Ate lunch and had beers with a group of friends.

Great brewpub setup, with a bar room, a dining room, seperated by a merchandise room where you can buy to-go beer and swag.

Beer quality was excellent, as the group was beer lovers and was impressed by all the beer sampled. A nice wide variety of beer available, and handily split into flagship, high gravity, barrel aged, sours, etc. All styles well done.

Our server was friendly and offered suggestions. Food was very good, and prices were reasonable.

Definitely would recommend

jmdrpi, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

qcbrewer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

The New Holland brewery is highly under rated. I guess they kind of live under the shadow of Founders and Bells, but their beer is right there with both.
Stopped by the Brew Pub on our way to Kalamazoo from the Traverse City area. The atmosphere is very good. Nice, clean, bright brew pub. I understand the dark brew pub theme, but I prefer windows and natural light. The beers were excellent, as expected. I had the Dragons Milk and The Poet and Emily had the Imperial Hatter and Pilgrims Dole. The pizza was solid and priced right. I have a lot of respect for the New Holland product, and try to support them as much as possible. Their spirits are wonderful as well. The Zeppelin Bend is a great youthful whiskey.

Stop by if you heading towards Bells or Founders, its not far out of the way.

Edit: Stopped by again on a recent visit down to the Holland area. The pub still does not disappoint. Now featuring some really nice hand crafted spirits and cocktails, as well as added taps, and quite a few beer engines. A nice treat. They have added a nice little retail area so you can fill up on your swag. Well worth the stop, always something special on tap.

MarcatGSB, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Vogt52
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Vogt52, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Excellent selection of good to very good beers. They seem to have a decent number of seasonal choices during the winter months as that is when I have been (visiting family for holidays). The atmosphere is just right for a brewpub. The service was standard and it seems to stay busy however not sure if Holland has a lot to offer in terms of nightlife. They have had so many different beers I wish I had taken better notes when trying them as I can not accurately review them now. Speaks to their selection.

kylehay2004, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

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

lackenhauser, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of frazbri
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

frazbri, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of midlifec
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

midlifec, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

CRJMellor, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

aforbes10, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of elNopalero
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

elNopalero, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

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

Florida9, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Stopped in here on a mini-tour of Michigan with two fellow BA's.

We popped in to New Holland around 2pm on a Friday, so the crowd was pretty sparse. We proceeded to grab a table and ordered up drinks.

The three of us ordered a sampler each, and they come in a cool little six-shot holder, reminiscent of an old milk bottle carrier. They had three high gravity beers on tap, and those three carried a small up-charge for the sampler, but it was small enough we didn't care. As to be expected, all of the beers were fresh and tasty, especially the high gravity ones. The highlight by far was the Dragon's Milk, and an Eisbock they had on tap.

The food came out fairly quickly, not that the beer didn't hold our attention. The orders ranged from a salad to a burger, and all were perfect and tasty.

I left New Holland with a more appreciative attitude towards Holland's culture, so this trip to New Holland Brewery served two purposes. Awesome stop, I can't wait to go back.

leftmindedrighty, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

I really enjoyed visiting the New Holland brewery. They had six different "hatter" version for their Hatter project plus a few other pub exclusive brews and seasonals that aren't our where I live.

This place is big. A small game room a large upstairs area, cool little back porch area, and a souvenir area in the front of the store. But the thing that I really liked was the "wine cooler" behind the bar that carried a select few Library collection beers of which I bought two. I wish I would have bought all four now.

The service was good but I didn't think the bartender and waitress' had as much knowledge about the beers as they should considering this is the place that brews it.

When one day I return to the Grand Rapids/Holland area I will definitely spend some more time at this brewery. The best selection of pub exclusives on my recent adventure by far.

Food isn't shabby either.

mcallister, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

granger10, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

I was there back in August and this review is from notes.

My girlfriend and I stopped there on a Sunday morning/afternoon for brunch. Personally, I thought it was late enough in the day have a beer. Apparetnly the county feels differently because there is a ban on serving beers on Sunday. Liquor...go for it. Wine...hell yeah. Beer...not so fast. Not New Holland's fault though. The place is setup a bit like a chain restaurant with high walled booth seating but they have a really nice bar on the side. Their breakfast food was decent, but nothing to write home about. I would love to go back when they are able to sell beer.

drseamus, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

adamette, Nov 25, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sirsteve42, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

_morandi_, Jul 15, 2014
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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.