There are plenty of things that make Holland a place to go and spend the day. You can go to Holland State Park, eat some tasty ice cream at Captain Sundae, or if you are like me (and many other beer lovers) you would drive from many miles to sit down at a marvelous place called New Holland Brewing Company.
Opened in 1997 by Brett VanderKamp and Jason Spaulding (who recently started the tasty Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids), this brewery did not take long to catch on in town. They moved to their downtown Holland location at 66 East 8th Street in December of 2002 and have been a crucial part of the Michigan microbrew scene ever since.
When you walk into the brewery, you are faced with the smiling faces of the greeter. You’re given a choice of sitting in the typical dining area or the pub side and right away you feel like you are in the beginning of a Goosebumps choose-your-own-adventure book. When you choose to sit on the dining side, you find a wonderful place to relax, bring the kids, and enjoy a nice night out. You have the beers (and in house distilled spirits) at your disposal. The food menu is filled with tasty morsels that you will love.
For those that don’t mind a bit more noise, you can take a right when you walk in. You’ll see the string lights hanging around the giant chalkboard listing the many different selections of beer that you know will satisfy. New Holland is not only a brewery, but is also a distillery, so you can choose anything from their Dutchess Vodka to the Huron Rum to wet your whistle.
The thing that sets New Holland apart is the knowledge of the bartenders at the pub. With the expansive selection of drink opportunities at New Holland, these fine ladies and gents have the knowledge to match your taste buds with the correct liquid beverage to make you jump for joy, hug a stranger, and come back for more. Nothing like a smiling face to go with that scrumptious beverage.
I highly recommend checking New Holland out on a Friday or Saturday night in the summer; not only can you enjoy a pint and some conversations at the bar, but you can also enjoy the local and regional music talents that New Holland brings in. All this in a pub that also knows that sports matter too; they have many of the Tigers games playing on the TV all summer long.