Hideout Brewing Company
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
4.2/5 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%
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.
04-04-2012 15:50:49 | More by bigkingken
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
05-06-2005 01:48:22 | More by CRJMellor
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
04-17-2013 01:27:47 | More by wingedeel
4.06/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-09-2006 17:56:54 | More by mcallister
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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
06-18-2005 15:17:08 | More by granger10
Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.