Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 262
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 48 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 191 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Molly:
4.95/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made the trip across the state to hit the Michigan Winter Beer Fest, needed a place to go for some food and beer. Stopped into Hopcat by suggestion from a friend.
Walked in on Friday to a mess. Place was swamped, there was no host type anywhere, and little direction as to how to get a table. I was lucky enough to poach some stools at the end of the bar. WTF, 49 taps?
Despite the fact the bar was three deep, we were greeted immediately presented with a large menu of the taps, happy to see that most of them were Michigan brews from all over the state. Equally impressive was the bottle list.
Service - impeccable. The bartenders were on top of getting us another pint every time, but not intrusive. Knowledgeable, recommended some great beers we've never had. They all seemed like they truly were enjoying what they were doing, which was a large part of the atmosphere.
Food - very good. We had the "crack fries" with some soft cheese dip. Extra heavily seasoned, plus a touch of something sweet, a great match for the big beers we were having at the time. Followed up with Mac and Cheese that we added Chorizo and Jalapenos to. Yum.
We only had 1 house brew, and it went over well, but with so many really good beers to choose from...
Being Beerfest weekend, the place was full of beer nerds and brewers, which means the atmosphere was great. Jukebox was marked out of order, but we heard a couple of killer songs anyways.
Actually, we liked it so much there we headed back the very next day and did it all over again. No regrets, the experience was just as good.
The owners of this place should be proud.
03-01-2010 01:32:38 | More by Molly
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