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HopCat

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BEER AVG
3.87/5
Based on:
47 Beers
217 Hads
Place Score: 100
Reviews: 197
Visits: 372
Avg: 4.52
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 jbrown1:
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3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We lucked into HopCat with a recommendation of a local, and then after getting lost we found our way right in front of the door and I'm delighted that we did!

This place really has a charming atmosphere. While vintage French posters, HD TV's, brewery equipment, and elegant wood paneling don't naturally go hand-in-hand, HopCat makes it work. As a resident of Chicago, where beautiful old wood carved bars are the norm, HopCat has done the same, but with a newer and lighter grain.

Their beer selection is phenomenal. They showcase Michigan brewed beers, as well as their own HopCat brews. And if you thought Michigan only included Bells and New Holand, then you're in for a treat. The staff are self proclaimed beer geeks, and they are very knowledgeable. In addition, all pours are placed into appropriate glass where. And if you're not a beer nut, they offer a comprehensive selection of liquor.

However... we were a little surprised on a Monday night. With a football game going on, and a Metallica show across the street, that the kitchen closed promptly at the regular scheduled time. The bar staff does a great job with pours, but fell short working for tips. They didn't have any chips, pretzels or nuts out, so when I pointed to the 'pretzel' on the menu they said no can do. A bit later on, Mr Bartender bragged about their 'beer cellar', and when I asked if I may tour it with the manager, another no can do.

Good atmosphere, nice value, Michigan should be darn proud that someone showcases their goods, but don't expect red carpet treatment.

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jcMPLS
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of tstallion2
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Beerenner79
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Chief99
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of cards22
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SarahH0409
4.98/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Kegatron
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of cptbenjamin
3.78/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.16/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.06/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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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4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jakelang
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of treeslothguy
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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.