Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 259
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 48 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 191 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hophunter:
4.15/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I usually try to make a point of coming here at least once a year. Stopped by a week ago and figured I should probably review it!
The atmosphere is warm and I am in love with the nouveau decor and style with the brass/heavy wood combo that make it a great place to appreciate a fantastic beer. The selection of beer is extensive and impressive; with beers from all over the world i'm really glad they highlight the local beers made in Michigan. The Local First advocacy is something that is finally starting to gain some headlight in restaurants. I find it commendable.
Because of the widespread beers and styles, the menu was chaos. Some beers were in...some not. It was anyone's guess. However, it's organized now in a way that can be easily updated and most people can understand it.
Service is average. sometimes you can get built a good rapport with the friendly waitstaff where they are happy to help you/ serve you/ talk to you. Other times the service is just...meh.
Food is great depending on what you get. It's a bar, so order bar food like burgers and fries which are divine. The mac and cheese is tasty. But don't order a burrito from a place that doesn't specialize in mexican food...I guess that's a given anywhere you go.
Quality of beer is great! never had a dirty glass or a dirty beer! No flatness, no funk, they know how to serve beer and that i respect most of all.
Value? Paying a pretty penny for good beer is something any beer enthusiast has no problem with. However, I feel a few of the beers run a bit steeper than they should. All in all, it's a remarkable place to hang out and have a variety of beers at your fingertips.
#3 beer bar in Michigan? yes!
#3 beer bar in the world...questionable?
I wish I could rate value because it does effect how I feel about a place. It's truly disheartening when I know I can get a beer for half the price somewhere else. so, the rating is higher than what I would actually place it.
09-18-2010 01:16:22 | More by hophunter
More User Reviews:
4.94/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is a must stop in Grand Rapids. There is a reason why this place is rated one of the best beer bars in the U.S., it is a great experience. I make the trip from a few hours away to go there. My daughter goes to a nearby University and make any excuse I can to go see her so I can go to Hopcat. Every time I have been there the service and treatment was great, even during very busy times.
07-13-2014 18:51:03 | More by ttaxtell
HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.