Midwest Living Review
Founded in 1996 by Hope College students, New Holland Brewing is located in a turn-of-the-century building with creaky hardwood floors, a tin ceiling and a copper fermenter in the center of it all. The brewery serves excellent staples—an amber, a kolsch, a brown ale, an IPA—as well as unusual but beloved specialties like barrel-soured beers (fermented with natural-occurring yeasts), barrel-aged beers, Belgian trippels and hop wines. New Holland also distills spirits: vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and "hopquila." In addition, New Holland sells Michigan wines. New Holland's pub has long been known for its pizzas. Create your own or choose creative varieties concocted by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Len Towne. The bacon and potato pizza is a winner, its Chardonnay-spiked white sauce complemented by lean bacon, fresh spinach and a Gorgonzola cheese blend. Pizza sauces range from that Chardonnay white sauce to one infused with New Holland's kolsch beer and a rich tomato reduction. Don't expect pies precariously loaded with toppings. New Holland's pizzas are more about showcasing quality ingredients than stuffing your mouth with gooey cheese and sausages. Small pies cost $9; large ones $17. Salads and sandwiches include standards like curry chicken salad, burgers, pork BBQ and club sandwiches as well as a pork belly and spicy slaw sandwich and Brew House salad topped with IPA/blue cheese dressing. Small pizzas and sandwiches cost $9.Tours meet three times a day in summer, twice in winter, cost $5 and include a visit of the production brewery at 690 Commerce Court, a New Holland glass, beer tasting and a coupon off merchandise at the 8th Street pub. Free distillery tours meet once daily on Saturdays.