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Hideout Brewing Company

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263 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.75
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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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 30
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1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

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2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of BryanA
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Photo of kylelenk
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Aptly named establishment. I doubt I would have attempted to find the place were it not for some backroad directions from "popcorn Mike" who we met at Perrins. Tucked away past some apartments on the north side of Grand Rapids.

After walking through the pine covered entrance, you really got the feeling you were walking into someones private hideout. Decent crowd, we found a nice table and settled in. Tried a few of the beers, all were very solid. Probably 10 to choose from, good variety of styles. They also had homemade wine, which my wife enjoyed.

If they had food, we didnt try any.

Definatly a local crowd, but they were all very talkative and friendly. This is the type of place I wish I had in my town, and worth seeking out.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 CRJMellor
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.


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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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