New Holland Brewing

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    ( 9 reviews )

66 E 8th St, Holland, Michigan, USA, 49423

Serves meat, vegan options available. Southwest Michigan is not always a haven for the vegans, but this place offers local vegan beers and spirits, hummus, salads, vegan sandwich options, and pizza can be made vegan by omitting cheese (no vegan cheese). Emphasis on local ingredients. Lively atmosphere.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Organic, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by kcmuir

Getting better - Edit

Hub (omni) and I went before thanksgiving and the menu had changed. In addition to their improved hummus appetizer, they had a really good homemade veggie burger with a clearly stated vegan mayo on it. There was also a tempeh dish, but I'm def not a fan. That said, there were many other options for veg heads, and with vegan mayo available, maybe it's possible to veganize other dishes.

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Some Vegan Options - Edit

Went there tonight and pleasantly surprised to see 2 Tempeh sandwiches on the menu. One was the Rueben and the other a burger. I ordered the Rueben but had to hold the swiss cheese and sauce. The waitress was alert enough to tell me the sauce wasn't vegan when I asked if there was a vegan "cheese" substitute. She brought some French's mustard and I was happy. My question is why would there be a partial vegan sandwich with Tempeh? If they're trying to have vegan options, make the whole sandwich vegan, no? Maybe just trying to make a vegetarian happy... but now time to go the extra mile for us vegans..Anyway, glad to see some vegan options even if they needed to be tweaked.

Pros: Tempeh sandwich, Good atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: No vegan cheese

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Nothing vegan - Edit

This is just like any other restaurant. You could try to create a vegan meal by asking a lot of questions and requesting modifications. I see no reason it should be on this site.

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Not very vegan friendly. - Edit

No menu items marked vegan. They didn't seem to have a clear idea of what vegan was. We had to send back three sandwiches because they came with cheese.

Pros: beer was vegan and good, staff was friendly

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definitely not vegan-friendly - Edit

There are no vegan standard menu items. Service was poor, too.

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Not vegan - Edit

As a vegetarian/mostly vegan, I hate limiting myself to vegan-only places when traveling, so I came here because it looked more interesting than thai. It was a pretty cool place, a local hangout, and I was glad to have gone.

In terms of veggie-friendly: not so much. I asked if I could replace the cheese from the tree-hugger sandwich with mushrooms (sometimes this works) and was told it would be an up-charge for mushrooms. Then they brought the sandwich and the bread was slathered in cheese. I probably didn't read the description carefully enough, but they did take it back without question and remaked it on sourdough.

Bottom line: they have a vegan hummus plate ($11 though!?) and a sandwich that with two substitutions can be vegan. Fun local place with interesting beers.

Pros: fun local place, good beer

Cons: almost no vegan selections, up-charge to substitute cheese

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A decent bite if you are around - Edit

Like other reviewers mentioned, it is not the best place to go in terms of selection of vegetarian choices. However, even one choice is better than nothing. The food is tasty and the service is decent. The terrace is definitely the best spot to be in, especially during the summer months.

Cons: Not a wide selection

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Some love for New Holland Brewing - Edit

It's vegetarian friendly - not exactly vegan friendly. It's a student hangout often populated by the city's youth from nearby Hope College. It's hip and trendy and offers a sandwich called the "treehugger" which is described as a "vegetarian utopia." It was pretty good - same goes for the (perhaps too) generously season tabbouleh.

Like the reviewer below mentions, it is a great place to people watch. There is a nice sidewalk terrace open during the warm months. Service is fair and very friendly.

If you are hungry and in downtown Holland then this is the place to grab a bite. It's in the heart of the action, mere steps from JP's (a good cafe), Lemonjello's (another good, more youthful cafe) and many unique stores.

Pros: Location, Friendly, Holland, MI is a really cute city

Cons: Limited options, Not vegan friendly

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A few 'can be made vegan' choices - Edit

Nothing vegan on the menu other than chips and salsa and fries or an overpriced hummus plate which you can pay extra for to add fresh veggies. Salads, some pizzas, a hummus sandwich, and a portobello burger can be ordered without cheese. That's about it. Side orders of tabouli and veggies are offered...the taboulli was terrible. Service was slow, but very friendly. Being a downtown brewing company, it seems to be a hotspot. Lively atmosphere=deafening roar. Honestly, it was unpleasantly loud in there although it made for a great people-watching spot. We were underwhelmed and frustrated by the noise and slow service for the price.

However, they were willing to make some substitutions and we had a hummus sandwich with tabouli and a cheeseless pizza. It was a meal, but nothing special. You're better off exploring a chinese or mexican restaurant on the outskirts of Holland, stay away from the downtown if you want to eat vegetarian or vegan.

Pros: Best option in downtown Holland

Cons: Not actually a good option..., Very loud, not relaxing

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