Hideout Brewing Company
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 211
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
2.44/5 rDev -35.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
There is a signon the Hideout that you can see from the E-Way that says Brewery; it should say Beware. Everything is timing and perhaps the timing was just bad... but are you kidding?
My girlfriend and I arrived mid day on the 4th of July and as we walked in it felt like we were interrupting a family gathering in a double wide. After looking around we figured we would sit at the bar after one patron staggered outside for a smoke freeing up 2 seats together.
We asked the bartender (?) a couple of questions and her response to an inquiry about the Calson rice was that she really didn't know but it was their answer to Miller Ice beer. A customer corrected her and told us a bit about the beer. this fellow seemed out of place and he was the only on there that seemed all interested in beer and beer lore.
My girlfriend ordered a 12 oz IPA and i was deciding. The beer was ok but truly after having just been to Founders and Hopcat it was nothing special. The server never returned and we shared the beer to the raucous hoots and rude conversation of the crowd. Crowd is a bit of an exaggeration as I would estimate that about a dozen people could fit in this place the way it was set up.
As i mentioned we never were able to get the bartenders attention as she was very busy browsing the web on her laptop; we decided to share the IPA and get out of Dodge. When we were able to finally get the attention of the person behind the bar she puzzled over the register for at least a minute and then told us she was "pushing all the wrong buttons... you're all set." What did that mean? She wandered away and we decided to leave five bucks and head back into Grand Rapids proper and revisit Founders again; a sound choice.
I'm not really one to say bad things about a place but I wasn't really even comfortable drinking out of a glass in this place. We went there based on reviews here but maybe I didn't read enough to get a clear picture. Everyone we spoke to warned us but we chose to give the hideout the benefit of a doubt. We are not fancy people and were very comfortable as Schmohz's and got on so well at Hopcat that they comped several of our beer choices. Brewery Vivant was a little fancy for us and we loved the casual atmosphere of Arcadia.
Hopefully there will be changes to the hideout or perhaps they have enough local regulars to keep the place going. They will not be on our next beer tour of southern Michigan.
07-07-2012 16:15:51 | More by Ed_Bollix
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
This scoring shouldn't discourage people from attending as I feel Hideout is a great stop in Grand Rapids.
A-Very divey...it's built in an old hot tub rental warehouse. Kind of still smells like chlorine. Have fun loft with shuffleboard and vintage video games systems. I believe they have open mic and performers sometimes.
Q-Beers are great tasting but have to assume they're using flavor additives in the majority (with offerings like Root Beer Stout, Tutti Frutti Cream Ale, Coconut Almond Brown, etc.).
S- They usually have 25-35 different beers on tap with a few solid nitro offerings. Their taps rotate over pretty quickly as they seem to have a half dozen new brews on tap every week. You can almost be assured to stumble upon a style that you've never seen before. I've had Hot Dog beer, Bacon Stouts, etc.
F-Free popcorn a limited menu of mainly reheated, frozen bar food like nachos, bosco sticks, etc.
V-A little bit pricier than you'd expect for the quality. Pints start at $4.25 for mainstays and then go up to $6 for specialties.
O-Like I said, give it a shot and you won't be disappointed. Need to work a little bit on consistency but it's a fun little dive brewery and is usually always quiet.
01-19-2014 01:13:18 | More by kylelenk
3.44/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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
Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.