New Holland Brewing Company
Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
09-12-2005 04:38:55 | More by slander
3.73/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
08-07-2009 01:44:45 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
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. Im 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.
02-07-2007 03:29:18 | More by Yetiman420
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
01-13-2011 06:57:19 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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
06-18-2012 20:08:56 | More by jmdrpi
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-04-2011 18:14:21 | More by MarcatGSB
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
06-30-2011 00:04:00 | More by kylehay2004
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-10-2004 21:24:11 | More by lackenhauser
New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
93 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.