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HopCat

Not Rated.
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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 264
Beer Avg: 3.82

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

281 Ratings
Ratings: 281
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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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25 | $$$

We made a quick walk through the darkening evening of Grand Rapids, seeing the bright yellow sign loom before us like a grinning beacon to beery goodness. I love the black cat holding a beer logo for this place! We were arriving late and the kitchen was only doing a limited bar menu, but we were so hungry that we didn't want to go looking for something else. Besides, they had a huge beer menu! They don't really do samples, but our waitress was great and brought me a taste of each of the house beers. Those were mostly mediocre. The Jerk beer had an interesting array of tropical and spicy flavors, but I wouldn't drink much of it. The Blueberry Sour was quite disgusting (coming from a sour beer lover) with hot burning acid and enteric flavor. I appreciate the effort, but ended up ordering a cask Oak Aged Hatter from New Holland. It was only later that I noticed the huge bottle beer list on the back of the menu! They had pricey but very rare Belgian beers on there for up to $40! The bar food was decent, but not light! I had the tasty but deadly (to my heart) Crack Fries with cheese. I really liked the vibe in this place and the staff was great, but more as a beer bar than a brewpub.

We actually ended up here again a few days later and bought one of those expensive bottles. Had another good experience at that visit as well.

06-30-2014 19:29:40 | More by Jackofallbrews
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-29-2014 21:15:51 | More by vrbulldog22
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Wingsman

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -45.4%

06-23-2014 22:53:11 | More by Wingsman
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

06-19-2014 16:06:08 | More by ubenumber2
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BigTuna1066

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-13-2014 19:23:54 | More by BigTuna1066
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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
HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.