Hideout Brewing Company
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3.44/5 rDev -8.5%
Reviewed on 6/27/2010.
A small place "hidden away" in Great Rapids, located opposite to a bunch of condos. Interesting brewpub design -- there are a bunch of trees in front of the building obscuring it. Inside the theme continues, with pictures from Prohibition, dark lighting, and the stone interior. There were 6-8 beers on tap with a few interesting styles. None of the beers were great but they were all pretty decent. Inside, the bar is somewhat small with a few tables nearby. I'm not sure if there is other seating, but there is a deck outside. When I was there, the bar was full but all with locals so it seemed a very local-centric place. There is absolutely no food here (maybe some peanuts I guess) so eat beforehand. All in all, just ok but the atmosphere and beer quality left something to be desired.
12-23-2010 21:52:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.86/5 rDev +2.7%
When back to this brewery for the first time in over 4 years. I was very happy with my recent experence. The bar tender was great and the beer was good. It was an early saturday afternoon and there were only about 5 people in the pub. I was able to have a quite conversation with a friend and sip some tasty beer at the same time.
I ended up having their 300th batch. It was a heavy hitter at 11% ABV and it was one of the better beers I have had in a while
I would recommend this place to just about anyone. The only down fall in my eyes is that they don't offer any food. However, they do allow you to bring in food or have food delivered.
12-06-2010 23:14:10 | More by LanceW
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Stopped into the hideout with some of my female friends on a Saturday, early evening. Even being familiar with the area, the Hideout was definitely "hidden". Followed a windy road to a tree covered entrance. Very cool, made me feel like I was visiting something unique and special. Once inside, we sat at the bar and tried to decide upon adult beverages. Was cool to see that they made their own wine and mead. I will remember this next time I want to take out a non beer drinker.
The inside was small, quiet and cozy - and full of fun banter between the few people sitting at the bar. Felt very warm and welcoming, especially for a first time visit. A patron rang the bell at the bar, signifying he was buying a round for everyone in the place. Ended up with my first beer for free.
Started out with an Imperial Stout. Pretty good price, for the ABV. Gave me a nice warm feeling to start out the night. Pretty damn delicious too. Followed up the imperial with a nitro Cement Shoe Stout and a nitro Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. Spent the first two hours inside, but eventually gave into the tempation of a cigarette from a friend so headed to the outdoor patio. Wow, what a huge space! Really incredible, and I'm sure it's probably great in the summer time. I can't wait to come back on a warm summer day to enjoy the outside!
Food selection was minimal, pretty much basic chips and salsa and pretzels. However, they encouraged outside food, so no problems there. Just eat beforehand or plan on ordering in.
Staff was friendly, and almost had me convinced to join the mug club, if I would have had the funds. The Hideout will definitely become a new regular location for me. I'm amazed it took me this long to check it out. Shame on me for living in Grand Rapids, and spending all of my time at Founders.
04-12-2010 05:28:50 | More by sullenbee
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Hey the Hideout ain't bad. Tucked back a liitle outside downtown Grand Rapids, I had to rely on GPS to find. Chilled out atmosphere on a Thursday evening. Just a bar and not a restaurant, there are a few high tops and some bar seating. You walk into a tree covered door that really hits on the smuggler/prohibition theme. There is a good amount of seating upstairs with a mini shuffle board table. Outside I see a horseshoe pit and some pinic tables. Food is limited to chips and pretzels si this is definately an after dinner/late evening hangout with good friends.
Older and more local crowd than Founders so a good brewpub alternative to the big guy while still drinking true MI craft brew.
They had 10 beers on tap during my visit. The Hideout, worth the find.
03-25-2010 23:19:59 | More by ahking
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
Really a neat place, can't believe it's been here four years and I've just heard about it. I have 2 friends that worked up Plainfield and they never said anything.
Formerly Hubba-Tubba, a hot tub joint, still smells very clean. This creates nicely seperated rooms for brewing. Non-smoking bar in the main floor, smoking upstairs with shuffleboard, pool, dart boards up on a mezzanine. Outside is a former wading pool or something that has been turned into a horseshoe pit with seating around the former pool edge.
Beer selection is nicely varied for a smaller establishment. Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Porter and the Hazelnut Stout were dark ones I tried. The stouts were very good, porter good but a little bitey/stiff.
The hidden location is probably keeping this place secret, but this would be a great hang out with friends.
05-15-2009 01:56:45 | More by Bung
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
07-09-2008 00:31:53 | More by GRPunk
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
06-30-2008 14:15:25 | More by sarahspat
4.31/5 rDev +14.6%
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. Im 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).
02-07-2007 03:35:37 | More by Yetiman420
4.8/5 rDev +27.7%
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.
01-13-2007 18:30:35 | More by jmichaeldesign
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
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 Sades 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 blacksmiths puzzles behind the bar theyll 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!
09-07-2006 02:41:11 | More by woodychandler
Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.