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New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
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
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:
98
Reviews:
8,279
Ratings:
26,302
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
285
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
5.6%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
6
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 285
Reviews by slowbie:
Photo of slowbie
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

New Holland is the place that I had my first craft beer (and second beer ever), as well as a college hangout of mine, so it holds a special place in my heart. The atmosphere, like in most places, can vary a lot based on the time you go. Most of the late night crowd is a college crowd, so if you go in the summer it will be pretty relaxed at night. During the school years Wednesday nights can be packed, but the college kids start coming out at 10 usually, so it doesn't get too bad until then. Lunch and dinner are usually pretty full but I've never had to wait longer than a half hour, and usually it's closer to 10 minutes. Weekends can sometimes have loud bands. Overall, a very clean, comfortable, and nice place. I have a hard time deciding on an atmosphere rating because different people are looking for different things, but I think most people can find the atmosphere they want at New Holland if they know what time to come.

The food at New Holland is great. I have not been disappointed by much on their menu, and they recently came out with a new menu that got rid of everything that had disappointed me in the past. The beer is also very good.

From a restaurant standpoint, the service is very good. However, I have been there many times and have not found many servers that can talk intelligently about the beer they have. If you know their seasonals, mainstays, and high gravity beers ahead of time it should be much easier. I also usually swing past the chalkboard before the waiter/waitress comes so I can find out what pub only beers they have and what styles they are because the servers often have a hard time remembering them. You can also ask for some samples, and although the menu says you'll be charged for samples, I don't think I've ever been charged if I ordered a beer, even if it wasn't the one I sampled.

This place is probably the best brewpub I've ever been to for pub only specials. They have a brewer that brews on his own at the pub (separate from their main brewing facility) and he makes a lot of fun things. Highlights from the past year include a gruit, a great wee heavy, and a pilsner that went so fast I never got any.

Again, the food is great. The pizzas are at least as good as they sound on the menu and a great value. The burgers are great too. I usually get one or the other, but the sandwiches I've had have been great as well.

My value rating is a combination because I think they're kind of all over the place as far as value goes, so here's a summary of my opinion of value:

Pizza: $
Anything else on the menu: $$
Mainstays and seasonals: $$
High Gravity beers: $$$

They've also got some great specials. On Wednesday nights mainstays and seasonals are only $5 for a fill of a stein (bring your own) so I would bring my 2 liter stein and get beer for $1.25/pint. Tuesdays have $6 growler fills, which is also tough to beat.

Also, if you're a fan of liquor, they make that too and you should check it out. I went on a free distillery tour that included sampling and it blew me away (but I'm a guy who's never gotten anything better than Maker's Mark). Hopquila is a great thing they've got going too.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tjb14
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I came for dinner by myself one evening since I was in town and traveling for work. There are plenty of options both in terms of food and beer, although many of the beer styles seemed to run in the same vein when I was there which felt limiting to a degree. My entree was meh, but the side I ordered was really pretty good. I ended up only ordering one beer since I had drained my glass, gotten the attention of the waitress, who then promptly went to another table and never returned to except to bring the check 10 minutes later without ever asking if I would like another. Being that the bar was half empty I would have figured that she would have wanted to add to her tip, but apparently not. At said point in time I no longer wanted another drink, I just wanted to pay and be done. The one beer I had was of good quality. There is plenty of seating in the bar area but tvs only show the menu and goings on at the brewery.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of komsul
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Tour was very well done. Very informative. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Food was good, but not go out of your way for it. Tap selection was slightly disappointing. Was hoping for a couple one off or unique beers. Only had the normal retail beers on tap here. They do have unique beers, but just none on hand when we were there. Recommend to call ahead if you are looking to try something unique.

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Photo of SpartanJenks
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of EarForBeer
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of azurel
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +20.2%
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 -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bethaz83
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
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 -5.1%
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 -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of eifster82
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of MoneyT23
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of WesM63
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of AdamSteve
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of hopnado
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Raislak
4.44/5  rDev +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 +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI
3.73 out of 5 based on 26,302 ratings.
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