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HopCat

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 261
Beer Avg: 3.81

Taps: 48 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

276 Ratings
Ratings: 276
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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:
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.

(Place added by: hopcatgr on 01-06-2008)
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

Long overdue review from one of the best beer bars in the country I've ever been too. Right up there with Churchkey in DC for anyone familiar with that establishment. My first visit was during KBS release 2013. It was such a great experience I remember it that well even to this day. First of all HopCat had one of the best draft beer lineups I've ever seen. Tons and tons of great MI breweries and not just the big boys. Lots of smaller MI breweries which was awesome to sample so many breweries in one place. The service was more than I could've reasonably expected. Emily was our server. My sister and I were there every night of our 4 night visit to GR and Emily was there each night to help us. She went above and beyond in explaining the different offerings with really great information about some of the beers. Very, very impressed and I will stop in every time I am in the area.

06-13-2014 15:08:47 | More by TheSamKuehn
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BcOneSeven

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-11-2014 16:01:01 | More by BcOneSeven
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Jameson_Daniel

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$

HopCat is my favorite brewpub and they have fantastic food to match their impressive beer list. Crack fries are a must, but you cannot miss on this menu - I personally recommend the Sloppy Joe's. Best place to be to enjoy a worldwide variety of beer in Grand Rapids.

06-09-2014 16:35:30 | More by Jameson_Daniel
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jmich24

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-09-2014 01:37:02 | More by jmich24
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev -12.7%

06-07-2014 06:04:13 | More by spark3148857
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.68/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

The famous HopCat! This was our first beer stop in Grand Rapids. Located on a nice little street filled with bars and restaurants, two doors down from Grand Rapids Brewing.

We were there on a Friday afternoon at around 4pm and the place was busy but not crazy. HopCat is pretty big, with a long bar, booths right next to it and a lot of tables by the windows looking at Ionia Street, but it fills up quickly.

They had three house beers when the wife and I visited, including a nice Oil Rigger Imperial Stout, and a large draft menu divided in styles from lager to fruit-spice-smoke. Lots of local/Michigan beers, including Night Tripper, The Livery, Arbor, Short's, Vivant... and mainstays like Ommegang, Green Flash, Brooklyn. Some cool Belgians as well, such as Troubadour and Rodenbach.

I wasn't terribly impressed by the draft menu, though, considering how epic HopCat is supposed to be. Nothing super rare, barrel-aged or unique. And same with the bottle menu, which is pretty long but carries no surprises despite a vintage Old Guardian and Festina Peche here and there.

Service is alright but not great and the atmosphere is nice. A cool bar, for sure, but... one of the best in the nation? I beg to differ.

06-07-2014 05:30:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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SamT

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-28-2014 17:38:37 | More by SamT
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

05-23-2014 05:55:04 | More by GRG1313
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Supergenious

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

05-20-2014 00:10:33 | More by Supergenious
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$

Came here on Mother's Day. It was very accommodating.

Our server was excellent and very good.

Beer selection was fantastic.

Food was a little salty for my taste, but nonetheless very well.

This place is worth every penny.

Great times at HopCat I can't wait to return!

05-12-2014 15:22:22 | More by NewGlarusFan
HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.