HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
40 Beers
67 Reviews
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 197
Visits: 356
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 150
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 451-4677

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hopcatgr

Notes:
Place added by: hopcatgr on 01-06-2008

Rated #3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine.

Hours 11:30 AM - 2 AM seven days a week.

In-house brewing system up and running as of January 2009.

Large outdoor patio open year-round.
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stop #331 on my world brewery tour.

7:00 PM on a Monday in mid December. 75% full and a couple of empty stools at the beautiful bar closest to the door. Wonderful view looking down the bar with the taps and the small brewery-behind-glass at the far end.

I've been to many of the finest beer bars on both costs, Philly, Chicago, and even passed on the Kulminator on a train connection in Belgium. Blah, blah, blah I'm real cool.

Hopcat is among the best. Two or three other places come somewhat close in terms of ambiance but fall a bit short. Beautiful woodwork and modest, historic signage throughout.
Reminded me of Ginger Man in Manhattan and the painful cost per pint.

Bartender greeted me immediately with a menu. I spent some time researching my first pick (Citra Pale from Odd Sides in Grand Haven) and he was patient and knew when I was ready.

I had to ask twice and was finally told they do $1 2 oz pours. Other great beer bars advertise this policy and I think Hopcat should consider being more forward with it because I went on with the following...

House beer sampler with one word review...
Honey herb'd pale (nice)
American IPA (creamy)
Cedar Aged American Wild (muddy)
MI Maple Dopplebock (spectacular)
Chili Porter (balanced)

Other samples I had...
North Coast Grand Cru
4 Elf Winter Ale from Darkhorse
BB Shamans Barrel Aged Porter
Bells Java Stout

I had the Greek salad and veggie chili and my bill came to $24.

Some reviewer(s) complained of the price for a sample. I think it's a wonderful idea to allow a person to explore as many beers as possible.

If I had to be critical, the food was ok. The Greek salad was passable but the veggie chili tasted like a bowl of refried beans. I'm comparing this with food from the coasts and I'm not factoring this into my review because I travel enough to know it's hard to get exceptional food in the central US outside of a major metro area.

No diet beers available. The bartender recommended other bars owned by the same company down the strip for that kind of stuff. This tainted the experience a bit that a group this good at craft beer would stoop to the masses. It's technically a local chain which I can live with but was slightly disappointed. It makes sense that it MIGHT be difficult to start up/finance/operate a place like this as a stand-alone operation. Off soapbox.

This was my third visit to Grand Rapids and I'm bummed that I didn't stop her my first time (went with BOB instead...booo).

***UPDATE***
The owner of Hopcat, Mark, read this review and informed me that all the other bars he/they own (Stella, Viceroy, Pyramid Scheme) serve the kind of alcohol he would like to drink and no BMC. I was misinformed by the bartender and apologize for a review with incorrect information. (2,779 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cptbenjamin
3.78/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.06/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Place was jammed on Thursday at 6. Bartenders are knowledgeable but overworked. Service tends on the slow side, but only because of all the people. The tenders are hustling. The beer selections are solid and the pricing is fair. (228 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jakelang
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of treeslothguy
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The summer months is when I goto grand rapids to visit the mecca of craft breweries and this place is always tops on my list! All local beers (which are many) are all tapped here! Food is unique and servers are always fun and friendly. Only down point is I'm not the only one who knows of this place so in the summer it does get packed which of course leads to the staff being a bit overwhelmed, therefore slower service. I personally don't care cause this is my goto in grand rapids! (486 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Service can be better, but the selection of beer is AMAZING!!! (62 characters)

Photo of duobob
4.04/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of bshemansky
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of bolognasuave
3.68/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

horrible service. could drink or dine and dash with ease if you wanted to. not enough bar tenders working to accommodate the amount of people they have in there on the regular. beer selection and food is great and only thing that saves this place. (251 characters)

Photo of Eziel
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Shaskins80
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of donnierickles
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great happy hour deals on food and michigan beers. Their taps are pretty impressive. They always seem to have at least one beer on tap that i have never seen anywhere else. (172 characters)

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.39/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of beerdedrinken
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The staff was awesome, very friendly and helpful for my brother-in-law who is not familiar with craft beer. Food was also on point. (131 characters)

Photo of BDeibs
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of KurtE
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this was my kind of bar!!! (26 characters)

Photo of Snyderama
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.