Hideout Brewing Company
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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
4.63/5 rDev +23.1%
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.
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.
08-09-2013 18:10:44 | More by sneakymagician
4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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
08-26-2013 03:46:53 | More by SportsandJorts
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
Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.