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New Holland Brewing Company

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3.71/5
New Holland Brewing CompanyNew Holland Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

66 E 8th St
Holland, Michigan, 49423-3504
United States

(616) 355-6422 | map
www.newhollandbrew.com

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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
89
Reviews:
8,106
Ratings:
25,567
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
279
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
5.58%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
6
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 279
Reviews by adamette:
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of azurel
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Decent selection of beers on tap as well as their beer selection. Food was excellent. Atmosphere was pretty typical for a brew pub. Service was personable and polite.

Will definitely eat there again.

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Photo of CohrsCA
4.94/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was my introduction into the world of craft beer. I'm a Hope College graduate and when I was living in Cook Hall these guys were literally on the other side of the road. I enjoyed plenty a stein night here and had my first sour ale as well.

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Photo of Muss42
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bethaz83
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is my favorite brewery to visit. They have a great selection of beers available only at the pub and the usual suspects. The food it what sends it over the top, great pub fare (meat and cheese tray is a must). And the setting in downtown Holland is great for summer strolls.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I liked the feel of this place. My daughter and I went for a late night dinner. Not too crowded, so we got seated right away. Nice size menu with a variety of items. The only bad part of our experience was our waitress. She was very slow to bring us our drinks. The place wasn't that crowded. I had asked for a second beer when I was halfway thru my dinner. She came back when we were both finished and ask if she could get us anything else. I asked for my other beer. She had completely forgotten about it. My husband came here on another night and thinks he had the same waitress because he had the same issue with his waitress. I would go back.

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Photo of Feldpausch
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of eifster82
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MoneyT23
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of WesM63
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of AdamSteve
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of hopnado
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Raislak
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Large portions

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Photo of tstallion2
4.49/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Chief99
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of IndianaAndy25
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

We stopped in on our way to the UP. We had 3 families and several kids. They accommodated us well. It was hard to see what they had on tap because the menu did not have an up to date list on it. Out of the 5 adults, I think 2 had been happy with their order. The others each had a menu item that had their slaw on it in some way. It was bad and ruined my BBQ sandwich. The waitress said that she thought it was bad and did not know why they still served it. That left me puzzled. the kids menu items are overly small and would not fill a 3 year old. This left the many kids disappointed. Now that I vented, the grown-up bar looked nice. The tap list on the other side (that we did not see) looked great. The place looks great and has a nice vibe. We bought some nice beers at the bottle shop next door. I would like to go back without the family and rock the bar.

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Photo of WetAndForget
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing food, add any of the pizzas and the meat plate to your order, you won't be disappointed. Their flights are perfect, the glasses are awesome and come in a cool metal holder. The bar is super chill, even when busy, and everyone is extremely friendly. Go to hatter days and make sure you check out the bloody mary bar the next morning.

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Photo of Moondoggy68
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of SarahH0409
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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