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:
3.68/5 rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
The famous HopCat! This was our first beer stop in Grand Rapids. Located on a nice little street filled with bars and restaurants, two doors down from Grand Rapids Brewing.
We were there on a Friday afternoon at around 4pm and the place was busy but not crazy. HopCat is pretty big, with a long bar, booths right next to it and a lot of tables by the windows looking at Ionia Street, but it fills up quickly.
They had three house beers when the wife and I visited, including a nice Oil Rigger Imperial Stout, and a large draft menu divided in styles from lager to fruit-spice-smoke. Lots of local/Michigan beers, including Night Tripper, The Livery, Arbor, Short's, Vivant... and mainstays like Ommegang, Green Flash, Brooklyn. Some cool Belgians as well, such as Troubadour and Rodenbach.
I wasn't terribly impressed by the draft menu, though, considering how epic HopCat is supposed to be. Nothing super rare, barrel-aged or unique. And same with the bottle menu, which is pretty long but carries no surprises despite a vintage Old Guardian and Festina Peche here and there.
Service is alright but not great and the atmosphere is nice. A cool bar, for sure, but... one of the best in the nation? I beg to differ.
06-07-2014 05:30:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.64/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
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 272 ratings.