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HopCat

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 262
Beer Avg: 3.82

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

279 Ratings
Ratings: 279
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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KevinL

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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Wisconsin

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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BigTuna1066

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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Borgs

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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little_star

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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BreakfastStout

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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otto251068

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$

Atmosphere: Hopcats is right in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids, so its space is fairly limited. The tables are really packed in there, and most of the time, so are the patrons. Always super busy, and I always feel surrounded. If you are claustrophobic, you might have a rough time. In terms of atmosphere, Hopcats doesn't have anything special.

Quality: Huge tap selection, which is always being changed, so I don't worry about the quality too often. They also have a ton of bottles for sale which they keep in storage in refrigerated cabinets. Everything looks to be in order. Big fan of all the glassware, every drink is served in the appropriate glass.

Service: Been here a couple dozen times, and the service is always hit and miss. At the bar, the tenders always make sure you have a drink in front of you. At a table, the waiters and waitresses seem to occasionally make a lap, but they never seem to be around when I need them. On the plus side, they know every beer on the menu, and are very helpful.

Selection: Huge. So many different styles and flavors from all over the world. Tons of locals, tons from all over the US. The menu is sorted by location, big fan. There are just so many beers here, I really can't say enough about it. Lots of great beers from Belgium.

Food: I don't come here for the food, but I have had it, and it is pretty good. Of course, the crack fries are insane, and they have a lot of great munchies that are perfect for snacking on when drinking great beer.

Value: Expensive, but of course it depends on what you buy. The Michigan locals are on the lower end, and some others are way more expensive. I stick to the lower end of the spectrum, but always finish with some higher price stuff.

11-20-2010 04:02:54 | More by otto251068
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Titanic_Ant

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

02-13-2014 15:42:35 | More by Titanic_Ant
HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.