Hideout Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.59/5
Based on:
71 Beers
283 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3113 Plaza Dr NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49525-2901
United States
phone: (616) 361-9658

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 32
Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The atmosphere wasn't flashy, but it worked. There's a nice bar area on the main floor, seating upstairs and an outdoor area that overlooks something of an overgrown pool. It sounds funny, but somehow they pull it off (there used to be a hot-tub place next door). I'd call it cozy. Somehow the way it's off the beaten path makes for a better atmosphere in this instance.

The beer was quite good. I had an ESB that was spot on and a very drinkable IPA that was served on a Nitro tap.

Service was great. The bartender really knew her beers, gave honest opinions, and was around for refills as often as possible. It started to get busy by the time we left, so she wasn't around as often as I may have liked, but it looked as if she was the only one working and she did a fine job.

Selection was quite good for a brewpub. There was a wide range of styles including seasonal selections.

Food wasn't really available on site. I more than appreciated the free popcorn and you're allowed to bring in outside food or order delivery from other restaurants. That's a pretty nice policy in my book.

Value was good. Full pints were under $4.00 during happy hour. I was able to enjoy a few while still coming out under 10 bucks for the evening.

Photo of sarahspat
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This review is based on an average of two visits to the Hideout.

The owner is unbelievably nice; the kind of guy who will bend over backwards for his customers without thinking twice. He gave us several samples and was just very friendly and welcoming. He was not there the second time we went, though. The service was not as superb the second time around, but I'm going to assume it was a bad night and not dock them too much for it because I love everything else about this place.

The atmosphere is pretty laid back, but it's definitely a different crowd than Founders... More "adults" I guess, and not as many college kids (at least that's what it seemed like to me), which sometimes makes me feel a little out of place being that I am a college kid... But the cool thing about the Hideout is they have several games like foosball that you can play for free. The bar is on the first floor, which is non-smoking. But there is a second floor where you can smoke.

But the best thing about this place: the beers are phenomenal. I think I've at least had samples of all the beers that have been on tap when I've gone, and I haven't disliked a single one. Even styles I don't normally care for taste great at the Hideout. They had maybe 7 or 8 different beers each time (all their own, of course).

They have free popcorn, but no kitchen. However, they have brochures of all of the nearby restaurants that deliver, which is awesome. They basically encourage people to bring in outside food. And the first night, we had leftovers from our pizza and the bartender offered us some ziploc bags to put it in so we didn't have to carry the whole box on our bikes.

This really is a gem of a brewpub that we are lucky to have in GR.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

As indicated in other reviews, this really is off the beaten path but worth the visit if you're in the area. Going in to my visit to Grand Rapids, I was looking forward to Founders with this as a secondary. As it turned out, I prefered the beers and could argue the atmosphere over Founders. When I arrived at 5:30 on a Tuesday, the brewer (in his boots) was serving beer to three post men who were on their was to a good time. The bar is small and cozy and I quickly got in on a discussion with two locals next to me.

I had the (amarillo) IPA, a taste of the Hefe and Rye, and a full Hazlenut stout. All were excellent. The Hazlenut stout is worth writing home about. Around 6:30, the brewer's wife came in with their kids for a shift change. While they were nice, it took a while to warm up to them and they did try to socialize. It turns out he worked packaging for Bells during college and then brewed at a place called Big Buck in Michigan. In any event, he's brewing some very good beers (and also wines which I did not taste).

Photo of jmichaeldesign
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

You walk in to a large bar and a few tables. It's a bit of a drive. I live right in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids and rarely walk more than ten blocks to the bar, so the ten mile drive was my only complaint about Hideout.

The quality of the beers is second to none. I had a Bootleg IPA and a Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. The stout was right on par with Founders Breakfast Stout, and the IPA is comparable to IPA's from Bells or New Holland. I also sampled the porter, pilsner, and the weizen. The pilsner was remarkable flavorful for the style, the porter was fantastic, and the weizen was good, but just not my taste.

There were 7 beers on tap, one cider, and a few wines to satisfy the non-beer drinking friend.

The big thing that blew me away about this place was the service. We walked in and it was pretty full, but not packed. The bartender made some space for us to sit down, and then took 5 minutes or so to tell us about the brewery and what they had on tap. They only serve snack food, but invite you to bring some food in or order a pizza. We ordered some pizza and when it came the bartender came over with a stack of napkins and asked if we wanted some plates. When we were done with the pizza he came and took the boxes away. It was one of those times that the service is so good you almost feel guilty. I'll be going back to the Hideout often.

Value was definitely good. Pints are 3.50 with the exception of some of the specialty beers. Growler fills are 8 and the growler is 4. Definitely a good price for quality beer.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Wow, was this place off of the beaten path! It was a good thing that Sopor drove or I would have been hard pressed to accomplish a visit. After making our way down a long, curving back road, the entryway was partially obscured by a pair of overhanging trees.

Entering, the “J”-shaped bar was on a left oblique from the doorway. The bar was a sort of laminated concrete, but the rail was a long piece of hardwood. Above the long side of the bar was a nice piece of driftwood. Continuing right and aft, around a couple of a-maze-ing corners and up a flight of stairs, was a game room with a foosball table, an English dartboard, a flat-screen television, and lots of chairs.

Good luck finding the washrooms. Head right, turn the corner, then just feel your way around until you get there. There was a patio deck just before the washrooms. Even I cannot describe it to you.

The walls were corrugated concrete, and the ceilings were unfinished blonde wood with skylights built in. I feel compelled to mention the chairs – they SUCKED! The backs randomly revolve like the Marquis de Sade’s version of the Wheel of Fortune – will it stab you or will you be able to sit? Only the chair knows for sure. Sit on down at your own risk. Sopor voted for simple standing room only. The other problem with the seats was their iron legs scraping along the concrete floor, creating a high-pitched squeal that was unpleasant, at best. Check out the blacksmith’s puzzles behind the bar – they’ll take your mind off of the plank punching a hole in your spleen.

The beers were really good. I would recommend either the Bootleg IPA or the Dirty Faced Double IPA. As to our company, besides Sopor and his girlfriend, I ran into the fellow that I had been talking to at the bar at Grand Rapids B.C. that afternoon. Sopor wondered aloud if I really do know everyone. Ha!

Photo of pixel
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I got here on a Saturday afternoon and there were only a few people inside at the bar. I was really impressed with the architecture and materials they had used to decorate the inside of the bar. It gave me a woodsy clean modern cabin vibe. (Even the bathroom had a skylight which leaked in the warm sunlight.) The bartender that was working was very friendly and seemed genuinely excited about the beers they make, and I think that is a giant asset. I ordered a Smuggler's Hazelnut Stout and had a seat outside in their garden area, which was quite roomy and green. There was a medium sized in ground pool that had grass growing in it and horseshoes (the game) set up in it. Unfortunately when I arrived I didn’t stick around long enough for more than one beer as I had dinner plans somewhere else. This is really a great place to go in Grand Rapids and I’ll most certainly be returning next time I’m in the area.

Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I really dug this place. They had a Double IPA on draught that was outstanding as well as their Hazlenut stout. However I was somewhat intoxicated upon arrival and didn't try as many brews as I would have liked.

I'm not sure what this place used to be but it was very cool. The bar area is pretty small but they have a back porch area that has what used to be a swimming pool now overran with grass, and weeds. Picnic tables are throughout. Fun relaxing spot to hang out.

The bartender knew about the beers and was very helpful. They also had stickers of all the local Grand Rapids micro breweries supporting them. Very neat. May have been the best place to hang out on my long weekend excursion. Hopefully they will bottle their beer one day soon. Until than I will drink my growler of IPA that was only $12 bucks for growler and beer. Damn good deal.

Photo of wingman14
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We went on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon, only Ken (the owner/brewer) and some of his buddies were there. We tried the sampler and I especially liked the double IPA and the hazelnut stout, took a growler of the stout home with me. He let us sample ciders and a mead, both pretty good. This place has a cool decor and a great atmosphere, with a good selection of beer, a bit tucked away (hence the name), but a very enjoyable experience. It has plenty of room and a cool view of some of his brewing materials. I suggest checking this place out if you are in Grand Rapids, it is worth stopping by. It is both good for a fun night of beer and music, or if you are just looking to try a few new beers you can head over in the early afternoon to grab a pint. I would suggest mapquesting this one if you aren't familiar with the area. Cheers!

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hidden near the back of a long driveway, but really not too hard to find. I thought it was a little small inside. There's 2 levels, but very little seating on either of them. The bottom floor has the bar and the top level has a dartboard, big screen, foosball, and 3 or 4 tables. The games and tv are all free to use. The atmosphere was calm and laid back. The brewer, who also was bartending that night, was informative and would answer any questions, but didnt seem to be too friendly. The selection was good, about 7 beers and a cider on tap. I should mention it being the worst cider I've ever had.. but most of the beers were good. Free pretzels. Non-smoking downstairs. Good luck finding the bathroom, it seems to be hidden down a series of hallways, unintentionally.

Photo of sdsacr
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited with Brother-in-law in early July while visiting family in GR. Kind of a hidden location next to a TV station and large apartment complex. Probably wouldn't stumble upon it by accident. As everyone else has mentioned, a small, quaint place with a pleasant atmosphere. Went on a weeknight, not very crowded. Ken, the owner, was very nice and outgoing. Spent quite a bit of time talking to us. As for the beer, I started with the sampler. I remember the IPA being good, but not great, and the ESB being quite good. The nitro stout had just been finished, so I didn't get to try it. He had a porter he let us try that had just been kegged and was still carbonating. Very nice roast flavor. The red ale, however, was extremely smooth. Though not advertised on the board, he had a red on nitro. Unbelievably creamy!! Went through a couple of pints with no problem. Overall a very enjoyable experience, and I look forward to a return visit when I'm back in GR around Xmas.

Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool place here. Really hidden, good name. Small, two levels with the bar on the bottom level and a foosball table, dartboard, and big screen on the second level. 5 beers offered, 3 wines, and a mead. Selection when I came included an IPA, Pils, ESB, Red, and a Stout. The Stout was the best with the Red being number 2 for me. The others were unique but still decent. The mead was quite dry but I liked sipping on it. The brewer/owner/bartender was a really cool guy and quite good at what he does. I'm looking forward to more of their offerings. Definitely worth checking out. Also, its right next to a hot tub place. A few beers then a tub, sounds like a relaxing night to me ;-)

Here's my take on the beers they offer, no notes were taken so no reviews yet
ESB-too blueberry tasting for me, gets annoying
Red-sweet but very good, I liked it a lot
Stout-Awesome roasty and dry, great beer
Porter-Thinner, chocolatey but not that great
Weizen-yeasty and funky fruity flavor
IPA-good, odd color but nice fruityness as well, gets old after a pint
Pilsner-really good hop strike, i liked their pils a lot

Photo of CRJMellor
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Old Hair of the Frog space. Opened by a guy who used to brew at Big buck in GR.

Very small, somewhat out of the way place on GR's Northside. Hlaf the building is a rental hot tub place and the other half is the bar/brewery. Small 5-barrel system behind glass next to the bar area. Bar seat about 10 comfortably. Beers served from kegs in a cooler with a tap system. There is an upstairs loft above the beer that serves as the smoking area and game room with some occasional mellow live music.
Bare bones establishment with no food at all.
Basic list for a start with a nice surprise of the Hazelnut Stout for a starter. Opening line-up was a Pilsner, a Hefeweizen, and IPA, a basic stout on regualr and nitro tap and the Hazelnut. Not a bad beer in the bunch, no real standounts to me either. Stouts were the best of the bunch and the beer is well made and its obvious brewer has done this before. Give the palce some time and might be a nice little out of the way place to have a few beers in anonymity. No smoking in the bar area which is nice.

Craig

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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.