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Hideout Brewing Company

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Hideout Brewing CompanyHideout Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.61/5
Based on:
49 Beers
269 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
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 woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 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 Mothergoose03
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 CRJMellor
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Craig

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of wingedeel
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 styleisking
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 tommy5
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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

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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Doublicious
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of carlmoberg
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Grand-Raggedy
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%

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 EricTKole
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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