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HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
47 Beers
215 Hads
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 197
Visits: 372
Avg: 4.53
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 | map
www.hopcatgr.com

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: 197 | Visits: 372
Reviews by frazbri:
Photo of frazbri
4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I stopped at HopCat Saturday after the winter beer festival. The place was packed, and after a little search found a few empty barstools to occupy. The crowd was a mixture of beer geeks and young professionals out on the town. There are HDTVs above the bar, and a good mix of music from old school James Brown to Zepplin played at a volume that allowed for conversation.

The menu is mostly sandwiches and comfort food of high quality. I had a fish sandwich with crack fries and side of mac & cheese. The fish was broiled tillapia with a cajun spice rub served on a tasty fresh roll. The mac is a stove-top mac, but the cheese sauce is much better than the blue box powder. The crack fries are seasoned battered fries, usually not my favorite, but these had a nice garlic kick and were perfectly crisp and golden. The food nearly equalled the beer.

HopCat boosts 48 taps plus 100 plus bottles. Approximately half of the taps are Michigan beers. Bell's, Founders, New Holland, Shorts, Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn, Michigan Brewing and the Livery were represented. The goodness didn't end there. The rest of the drafts were craft brewers too. The only exception I saw on the menu was listed as "lawnmower beer" which is one of the old lager brands at a time; pabst, strohs or something else.

Service wasn't great, but it was forgivable. The bartenders were busy the entire time we were there. They do know beer, and gave lots of good recommendations to those that were intimidated by the beer list.

The management and owners of HopCat understand beer. great beer + great food = great bar

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good beer selection, Get the crack fries

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Photo of hopnado
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jcMPLS
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of tstallion2
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Beerenner79
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.01/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of fredmugs
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Chief99
4.26/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of cards22
4.8/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
4.18/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SarahH0409
4.98/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.71/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of cptbenjamin
3.78/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jakelang
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of treeslothguy
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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