Hideout Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.61/5
Based on:
49 Beers
269 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
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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(Place added by: CRJMellor on 05-02-2005)
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Photo of jmichaeldesign
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
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 sneakymagician
4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

They just added a menu, so I'll make it a point to come here, regularly, if the food is good. I only stopped in for a brew, since my regular haunt discontinued one of their beers.

I was the only customer when I arrived, but more arrived soon after. Service was quick. Several TVs are available for viewing and I understand there's live music on the weekends. It's a small place with limited parking, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's more parking available at the nearby apartment complex, even when they are busy. There 16 CO2 taps and 16 nitro taps when I was there. The beer menu is on a chalkboard. A number of beers piqued my curiosity, so I'll try them on my next visit.

Turn onto Lamberton Lake Drive, which is between Hansen Collision and The Lazy T Motel, off of Plainfield Avenue. Take a right onto Plaza Drive and they're at the end of Plaza Drive.

I'll update things when I stop in, again.

***Update

Went on a Friday night. There was a good sized group, but the place wasn't packed. Free popcorn! Tried a few samples, but went back to my old favorite - hazelnut stout. Several wines and pop are available, in case you bring a date who doesn't like beer. It was a friendly crowd when I was there. It's a great place to literally hideout.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere: very cool place. small and quaint but a nice upstairs area and a killer outdoor patio. horse shoes, cards, cribbage. every night has a theme such as retro video games, new beer, live music. very relaxed and fun place

Quality: i tried 7 of their beers and like them all and some were even great. they had some different beers but everything was well done

Service: the bartenders were helpful, and nice. they didn't miss a beat

Selection: they had a wide variety of styles and levels of beer. there is something here for everyone

Overall: great little spot that is quite hidden. they don't get a lot of notice but their beer is closer to the level of founders than any other grand rapids brewer

Photo of sarahspat
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +15.5%
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 Doublicious
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of end_27
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

This is a cool local watering hole in the wall kind of a brewery. It is off the beaten path and is located in an old hot tub/jacuzzi store so there is an odd lingering smell of chlorine. The place has a burglar/pro-hibition theme. I did not have any food when I was there. They had a surprisingly large taplist on with well over 20 beers on tap when I was there. They had a large variety of styles and a lot of experimental beers on tap. I had a flight and everything I had was mostly good and some were excellent. I only had one beer that was run of the road. I would recommend this brewery to anyone that is looking for a place that has a variety of beers on tap whether they be new to craft beer or a connoisseur you will find something you like on tap here. I look forward to going back to Hideout again one day!

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of bigkingken
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away on an unassuming side street next to several large apartment complexes bordering a lake is a small, unassuming brewery called The Hideout. I rolled up one chilly Saturday afternoon and found the place mostly deserted. There are two floors to the building. The first has the taps and the bar sort of in the middle, with several tables as you move around the outside of the room. Upstairs are several large screen TVs, a shuffleboard table and a couple of dart boards. Outside there is filled in swimming pool with horseshoes. This place is calm, relaxed and a great place to relax and enjoy a beer with friends.

Though there are some food items on the menu, my girlfriend and I did not partake, as we had just come from lunch. Instead, we focused on the beer. There were a lot of options that day and we got through two full samplers of six beers each. They’re all solid brews with many unique, experimental styles, like beer aged in wine barrels. The standard styles are quite good, with the stouts being the best offerings of the house. Though nothing blew me away, it seems like the type of place you can go to over and over again, but still find something new to try each time.

I don’t believe that they do service to the tables, but the bartenders are quick and efficient, and never leave you empty for long.

Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 sdsacr
4.14/5  rDev +11%
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 sullenbee
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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 granger10
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 routledc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Awesome beer. You'll find beers here that you won't find anywhere else. Unique in every regard. However, just crappy bar food.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It's hubba tubba with beer and no tubba. Still some hubba. Swooped down into the hillside to find the hideout following Tron 3D one blue moon. Mellow. No pressure. Lightly adjusted music adds to the vortex. Heard some cuts off of Phish's Undermind that I hadn't heard in a coon's age all while enjoying some ales that treated my face proper like. I am the type that would dig such circumstances and believe you me I did. And it was all after some pretty sweet Tronage. Sometimes things are just all in line with the cosmos, or the master plan, or whatever...

The beers at this joint are of good quality. You will not be mad about anything. Haven't personally had anything that was completely over the top and made me want to smack my mama, but some drinkable offerings in a sweet little hideout. Once they start tryin to smack mama a lil harder, if they care to, they will approach the next level and be destination material.

The selection is surprisingly diverse, and offers many different styles. If that wasn't a redundant statement I don't know what one is. Brews can be enjoyed with foods that are imported, as they offer no grillings or other pub fare. They got beer, and God bless em for it!

The value is good. You will walk away happy from Hideout Brewing. Last stop was post KBS release as a welcomed chill out after being in such an overstimulating event. I pooped on the way at an emergency pit stop as I was on the verge of making a mess, but the johnny flusher at this place is intimate and allows the bombdropper or drug sniffer safe conditions to do whichever pursuit they choose. Or both. BogMonster and I traded the owner some KBS booty in exchange for tab manipulation. I am sure a good time was had by all. Stop down to this joint. A formidable chill spot.

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Photo of AlMarzo
3.88/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped into The Hideout after a nice dinner and comedy show (Brian Regan). We had never been but my parents live close by so we made the stop. It is small and a little intimidating at first because everyone seems to know each other very well. There was a guitar and vocal duo playing upstairs which sounded pretty good, but a little surprising.

Their beer list was pretty large and had me desiring a lot but I decided on the Coconut Almond Brown and my wife their hard cider. As soon as we stepped to the bar we were helped. The beer was pretty good but nothing to mind blowing, the cider was very good.

After standing around we looked around the place and found two seats and shortly after people began talking to us and sharing how much they love the place. The staff was very friendly as we both got two more beers very promptly as well as some samples. They made it a point to learn our names and where we were from. We didn’t try any of the food, but did notice they allow you to order food from close by restaurants.

I would recommend this place, noting it is small and at first it seems like you may be an outcast, but the staff and regulars are very friendly. Beer has a way of bringing people together.

Photo of LanceW
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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.

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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.