Hideout Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3113 Plaza Dr NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49525-2901
United States

(616) 361-9658 | map

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of kylelenk
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This scoring shouldn't discourage people from attending as I feel Hideout is a great stop in Grand Rapids.

A-Very divey...it's built in an old hot tub rental warehouse. Kind of still smells like chlorine. Have fun loft with shuffleboard and vintage video games systems. I believe they have open mic and performers sometimes.

Q-Beers are great tasting but have to assume they're using flavor additives in the majority (with offerings like Root Beer Stout, Tutti Frutti Cream Ale, Coconut Almond Brown, etc.).

S- They usually have 25-35 different beers on tap with a few solid nitro offerings. Their taps rotate over pretty quickly as they seem to have a half dozen new brews on tap every week. You can almost be assured to stumble upon a style that you've never seen before. I've had Hot Dog beer, Bacon Stouts, etc.

F-Free popcorn a limited menu of mainly reheated, frozen bar food like nachos, bosco sticks, etc.

V-A little bit pricier than you'd expect for the quality. Pints start at $4.25 for mainstays and then go up to $6 for specialties.

O-Like I said, give it a shot and you won't be disappointed. Need to work a little bit on consistency but it's a fun little dive brewery and is usually always quiet.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere: very cool place. small and quaint but a nice upstairs area and a killer outdoor patio. horse shoes, cards, cribbage. every night has a theme such as retro video games, new beer, live music. very relaxed and fun place

Quality: i tried 7 of their beers and like them all and some were even great. they had some different beers but everything was well done

Service: the bartenders were helpful, and nice. they didn't miss a beat

Selection: they had a wide variety of styles and levels of beer. there is something here for everyone

Overall: great little spot that is quite hidden. they don't get a lot of notice but their beer is closer to the level of founders than any other grand rapids brewer

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.63/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

They just added a menu, so I'll make it a point to come here, regularly, if the food is good. I only stopped in for a brew, since my regular haunt discontinued one of their beers.

I was the only customer when I arrived, but more arrived soon after. Service was quick. Several TVs are available for viewing and I understand there's live music on the weekends. It's a small place with limited parking, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's more parking available at the nearby apartment complex, even when they are busy. There 16 CO2 taps and 16 nitro taps when I was there. The beer menu is on a chalkboard. A number of beers piqued my curiosity, so I'll try them on my next visit.

Turn onto Lamberton Lake Drive, which is between Hansen Collision and The Lazy T Motel, off of Plainfield Avenue. Take a right onto Plaza Drive and they're at the end of Plaza Drive.

I'll update things when I stop in, again.


Went on a Friday night. There was a good sized group, but the place wasn't packed. Free popcorn! Tried a few samples, but went back to my old favorite - hazelnut stout. Several wines and pop are available, in case you bring a date who doesn't like beer. It was a friendly crowd when I was there. It's a great place to literally hideout.

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Photo of wingedeel
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Aptly named establishment. I doubt I would have attempted to find the place were it not for some backroad directions from "popcorn Mike" who we met at Perrins. Tucked away past some apartments on the north side of Grand Rapids.

After walking through the pine covered entrance, you really got the feeling you were walking into someones private hideout. Decent crowd, we found a nice table and settled in. Tried a few of the beers, all were very solid. Probably 10 to choose from, good variety of styles. They also had homemade wine, which my wife enjoyed.

If they had food, we didnt try any.

Definatly a local crowd, but they were all very talkative and friendly. This is the type of place I wish I had in my town, and worth seeking out.

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Photo of AlMarzo
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

My wife and I stopped into The Hideout after a nice dinner and comedy show (Brian Regan). We had never been but my parents live close by so we made the stop. It is small and a little intimidating at first because everyone seems to know each other very well. There was a guitar and vocal duo playing upstairs which sounded pretty good, but a little surprising.

Their beer list was pretty large and had me desiring a lot but I decided on the Coconut Almond Brown and my wife their hard cider. As soon as we stepped to the bar we were helped. The beer was pretty good but nothing to mind blowing, the cider was very good.

After standing around we looked around the place and found two seats and shortly after people began talking to us and sharing how much they love the place. The staff was very friendly as we both got two more beers very promptly as well as some samples. They made it a point to learn our names and where we were from. We didn’t try any of the food, but did notice they allow you to order food from close by restaurants.

I would recommend this place, noting it is small and at first it seems like you may be an outcast, but the staff and regulars are very friendly. Beer has a way of bringing people together.

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Photo of Ed_Bollix
2.44/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

There is a signon the Hideout that you can see from the E-Way that says Brewery; it should say Beware. Everything is timing and perhaps the timing was just bad... but are you kidding?

My girlfriend and I arrived mid day on the 4th of July and as we walked in it felt like we were interrupting a family gathering in a double wide. After looking around we figured we would sit at the bar after one patron staggered outside for a smoke freeing up 2 seats together.

We asked the bartender (?) a couple of questions and her response to an inquiry about the Calson rice was that she really didn't know but it was their answer to Miller Ice beer. A customer corrected her and told us a bit about the beer. this fellow seemed out of place and he was the only on there that seemed all interested in beer and beer lore.

My girlfriend ordered a 12 oz IPA and i was deciding. The beer was ok but truly after having just been to Founders and Hopcat it was nothing special. The server never returned and we shared the beer to the raucous hoots and rude conversation of the crowd. Crowd is a bit of an exaggeration as I would estimate that about a dozen people could fit in this place the way it was set up.

As i mentioned we never were able to get the bartenders attention as she was very busy browsing the web on her laptop; we decided to share the IPA and get out of Dodge. When we were able to finally get the attention of the person behind the bar she puzzled over the register for at least a minute and then told us she was "pushing all the wrong buttons... you're all set." What did that mean? She wandered away and we decided to leave five bucks and head back into Grand Rapids proper and revisit Founders again; a sound choice.

I'm not really one to say bad things about a place but I wasn't really even comfortable drinking out of a glass in this place. We went there based on reviews here but maybe I didn't read enough to get a clear picture. Everyone we spoke to warned us but we chose to give the hideout the benefit of a doubt. We are not fancy people and were very comfortable as Schmohz's and got on so well at Hopcat that they comped several of our beer choices. Brewery Vivant was a little fancy for us and we loved the casual atmosphere of Arcadia.

Hopefully there will be changes to the hideout or perhaps they have enough local regulars to keep the place going. They will not be on our next beer tour of southern Michigan.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away on an unassuming side street next to several large apartment complexes bordering a lake is a small, unassuming brewery called The Hideout. I rolled up one chilly Saturday afternoon and found the place mostly deserted. There are two floors to the building. The first has the taps and the bar sort of in the middle, with several tables as you move around the outside of the room. Upstairs are several large screen TVs, a shuffleboard table and a couple of dart boards. Outside there is filled in swimming pool with horseshoes. This place is calm, relaxed and a great place to relax and enjoy a beer with friends.

Though there are some food items on the menu, my girlfriend and I did not partake, as we had just come from lunch. Instead, we focused on the beer. There were a lot of options that day and we got through two full samplers of six beers each. They’re all solid brews with many unique, experimental styles, like beer aged in wine barrels. The standard styles are quite good, with the stouts being the best offerings of the house. Though nothing blew me away, it seems like the type of place you can go to over and over again, but still find something new to try each time.

I don’t believe that they do service to the tables, but the bartenders are quick and efficient, and never leave you empty for long.

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Photo of clint1019
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

A little tricky to find unless you've been there back when it was Hubba Tubba. It's off Plainfield back next to the Fox 17 Station.

Inside atmosphere was nice. Different beer related decor around the bar area. Has a pretty laid back feel & some nice music too. Also, looks like there is an upstairs seating area and an outdoor patio area. I sat at the bar, so didn't get to experience either of these. Maybe next time.

They had maybe 7 or 8 beers to choose from. Not a huge selection, but decent. The couple of beers I tried were very nice beers. Especially their ESB. I would definitely recommend that one.

Overall it was a nice experience. Good beers at decent prices with a laid back atmosphere. The kind of place you'd want to stop in at after a long day at work.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It's hubba tubba with beer and no tubba. Still some hubba. Swooped down into the hillside to find the hideout following Tron 3D one blue moon. Mellow. No pressure. Lightly adjusted music adds to the vortex. Heard some cuts off of Phish's Undermind that I hadn't heard in a coon's age all while enjoying some ales that treated my face proper like. I am the type that would dig such circumstances and believe you me I did. And it was all after some pretty sweet Tronage. Sometimes things are just all in line with the cosmos, or the master plan, or whatever...

The beers at this joint are of good quality. You will not be mad about anything. Haven't personally had anything that was completely over the top and made me want to smack my mama, but some drinkable offerings in a sweet little hideout. Once they start tryin to smack mama a lil harder, if they care to, they will approach the next level and be destination material.

The selection is surprisingly diverse, and offers many different styles. If that wasn't a redundant statement I don't know what one is. Brews can be enjoyed with foods that are imported, as they offer no grillings or other pub fare. They got beer, and God bless em for it!

The value is good. You will walk away happy from Hideout Brewing. Last stop was post KBS release as a welcomed chill out after being in such an overstimulating event. I pooped on the way at an emergency pit stop as I was on the verge of making a mess, but the johnny flusher at this place is intimate and allows the bombdropper or drug sniffer safe conditions to do whichever pursuit they choose. Or both. BogMonster and I traded the owner some KBS booty in exchange for tab manipulation. I am sure a good time was had by all. Stop down to this joint. A formidable chill spot.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.44/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/27/2010.

A small place "hidden away" in Great Rapids, located opposite to a bunch of condos. Interesting brewpub design -- there are a bunch of trees in front of the building obscuring it. Inside the theme continues, with pictures from Prohibition, dark lighting, and the stone interior. There were 6-8 beers on tap with a few interesting styles. None of the beers were great but they were all pretty decent. Inside, the bar is somewhat small with a few tables nearby. I'm not sure if there is other seating, but there is a deck outside. When I was there, the bar was full but all with locals so it seemed a very local-centric place. There is absolutely no food here (maybe some peanuts I guess) so eat beforehand. All in all, just ok but the atmosphere and beer quality left something to be desired.

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Photo of LanceW
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

When back to this brewery for the first time in over 4 years. I was very happy with my recent experence. The bar tender was great and the beer was good. It was an early saturday afternoon and there were only about 5 people in the pub. I was able to have a quite conversation with a friend and sip some tasty beer at the same time.

I ended up having their 300th batch. It was a heavy hitter at 11% ABV and it was one of the better beers I have had in a while

I would recommend this place to just about anyone. The only down fall in my eyes is that they don't offer any food. However, they do allow you to bring in food or have food delivered.

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Photo of sullenbee
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped into the hideout with some of my female friends on a Saturday, early evening. Even being familiar with the area, the Hideout was definitely "hidden". Followed a windy road to a tree covered entrance. Very cool, made me feel like I was visiting something unique and special. Once inside, we sat at the bar and tried to decide upon adult beverages. Was cool to see that they made their own wine and mead. I will remember this next time I want to take out a non beer drinker.

The inside was small, quiet and cozy - and full of fun banter between the few people sitting at the bar. Felt very warm and welcoming, especially for a first time visit. A patron rang the bell at the bar, signifying he was buying a round for everyone in the place. Ended up with my first beer for free.

Started out with an Imperial Stout. Pretty good price, for the ABV. Gave me a nice warm feeling to start out the night. Pretty damn delicious too. Followed up the imperial with a nitro Cement Shoe Stout and a nitro Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. Spent the first two hours inside, but eventually gave into the tempation of a cigarette from a friend so headed to the outdoor patio. Wow, what a huge space! Really incredible, and I'm sure it's probably great in the summer time. I can't wait to come back on a warm summer day to enjoy the outside!

Food selection was minimal, pretty much basic chips and salsa and pretzels. However, they encouraged outside food, so no problems there. Just eat beforehand or plan on ordering in.

Staff was friendly, and almost had me convinced to join the mug club, if I would have had the funds. The Hideout will definitely become a new regular location for me. I'm amazed it took me this long to check it out. Shame on me for living in Grand Rapids, and spending all of my time at Founders.

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Photo of ahking
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Hey the Hideout ain't bad. Tucked back a liitle outside downtown Grand Rapids, I had to rely on GPS to find. Chilled out atmosphere on a Thursday evening. Just a bar and not a restaurant, there are a few high tops and some bar seating. You walk into a tree covered door that really hits on the smuggler/prohibition theme. There is a good amount of seating upstairs with a mini shuffle board table. Outside I see a horseshoe pit and some pinic tables. Food is limited to chips and pretzels si this is definately an after dinner/late evening hangout with good friends.

Older and more local crowd than Founders so a good brewpub alternative to the big guy while still drinking true MI craft brew.

They had 10 beers on tap during my visit. The Hideout, worth the find.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Really a neat place, can't believe it's been here four years and I've just heard about it. I have 2 friends that worked up Plainfield and they never said anything.
Formerly Hubba-Tubba, a hot tub joint, still smells very clean. This creates nicely seperated rooms for brewing. Non-smoking bar in the main floor, smoking upstairs with shuffleboard, pool, dart boards up on a mezzanine. Outside is a former wading pool or something that has been turned into a horseshoe pit with seating around the former pool edge.

Beer selection is nicely varied for a smaller establishment. Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Porter and the Hazelnut Stout were dark ones I tried. The stouts were very good, porter good but a little bitey/stiff.
The hidden location is probably keeping this place secret, but this would be a great hang out with friends.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The atmosphere wasn't flashy, but it worked. There's a nice bar area on the main floor, seating upstairs and an outdoor area that overlooks something of an overgrown pool. It sounds funny, but somehow they pull it off (there used to be a hot-tub place next door). I'd call it cozy. Somehow the way it's off the beaten path makes for a better atmosphere in this instance.

The beer was quite good. I had an ESB that was spot on and a very drinkable IPA that was served on a Nitro tap.

Service was great. The bartender really knew her beers, gave honest opinions, and was around for refills as often as possible. It started to get busy by the time we left, so she wasn't around as often as I may have liked, but it looked as if she was the only one working and she did a fine job.

Selection was quite good for a brewpub. There was a wide range of styles including seasonal selections.

Food wasn't really available on site. I more than appreciated the free popcorn and you're allowed to bring in outside food or order delivery from other restaurants. That's a pretty nice policy in my book.

Value was good. Full pints were under $4.00 during happy hour. I was able to enjoy a few while still coming out under 10 bucks for the evening.

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Photo of sarahspat
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This review is based on an average of two visits to the Hideout.

The owner is unbelievably nice; the kind of guy who will bend over backwards for his customers without thinking twice. He gave us several samples and was just very friendly and welcoming. He was not there the second time we went, though. The service was not as superb the second time around, but I'm going to assume it was a bad night and not dock them too much for it because I love everything else about this place.

The atmosphere is pretty laid back, but it's definitely a different crowd than Founders... More "adults" I guess, and not as many college kids (at least that's what it seemed like to me), which sometimes makes me feel a little out of place being that I am a college kid... But the cool thing about the Hideout is they have several games like foosball that you can play for free. The bar is on the first floor, which is non-smoking. But there is a second floor where you can smoke.

But the best thing about this place: the beers are phenomenal. I think I've at least had samples of all the beers that have been on tap when I've gone, and I haven't disliked a single one. Even styles I don't normally care for taste great at the Hideout. They had maybe 7 or 8 different beers each time (all their own, of course).

They have free popcorn, but no kitchen. However, they have brochures of all of the nearby restaurants that deliver, which is awesome. They basically encourage people to bring in outside food. And the first night, we had leftovers from our pizza and the bartender offered us some ziploc bags to put it in so we didn't have to carry the whole box on our bikes.

This really is a gem of a brewpub that we are lucky to have in GR.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.31/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

As indicated in other reviews, this really is off the beaten path but worth the visit if you're in the area. Going in to my visit to Grand Rapids, I was looking forward to Founders with this as a secondary. As it turned out, I prefered the beers and could argue the atmosphere over Founders. When I arrived at 5:30 on a Tuesday, the brewer (in his boots) was serving beer to three post men who were on their was to a good time. The bar is small and cozy and I quickly got in on a discussion with two locals next to me.

I had the (amarillo) IPA, a taste of the Hefe and Rye, and a full Hazlenut stout. All were excellent. The Hazlenut stout is worth writing home about. Around 6:30, the brewer's wife came in with their kids for a shift change. While they were nice, it took a while to warm up to them and they did try to socialize. It turns out he worked packaging for Bells during college and then brewed at a place called Big Buck in Michigan. In any event, he's brewing some very good beers (and also wines which I did not taste).

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Photo of jmichaeldesign
4.8/5  rDev +27%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

You walk in to a large bar and a few tables. It's a bit of a drive. I live right in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids and rarely walk more than ten blocks to the bar, so the ten mile drive was my only complaint about Hideout.

The quality of the beers is second to none. I had a Bootleg IPA and a Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. The stout was right on par with Founders Breakfast Stout, and the IPA is comparable to IPA's from Bells or New Holland. I also sampled the porter, pilsner, and the weizen. The pilsner was remarkable flavorful for the style, the porter was fantastic, and the weizen was good, but just not my taste.

There were 7 beers on tap, one cider, and a few wines to satisfy the non-beer drinking friend.

The big thing that blew me away about this place was the service. We walked in and it was pretty full, but not packed. The bartender made some space for us to sit down, and then took 5 minutes or so to tell us about the brewery and what they had on tap. They only serve snack food, but invite you to bring some food in or order a pizza. We ordered some pizza and when it came the bartender came over with a stack of napkins and asked if we wanted some plates. When we were done with the pizza he came and took the boxes away. It was one of those times that the service is so good you almost feel guilty. I'll be going back to the Hideout often.

Value was definitely good. Pints are 3.50 with the exception of some of the specialty beers. Growler fills are 8 and the growler is 4. Definitely a good price for quality beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Wow, was this place off of the beaten path! It was a good thing that Sopor drove or I would have been hard pressed to accomplish a visit. After making our way down a long, curving back road, the entryway was partially obscured by a pair of overhanging trees.

Entering, the “J”-shaped bar was on a left oblique from the doorway. The bar was a sort of laminated concrete, but the rail was a long piece of hardwood. Above the long side of the bar was a nice piece of driftwood. Continuing right and aft, around a couple of a-maze-ing corners and up a flight of stairs, was a game room with a foosball table, an English dartboard, a flat-screen television, and lots of chairs.

Good luck finding the washrooms. Head right, turn the corner, then just feel your way around until you get there. There was a patio deck just before the washrooms. Even I cannot describe it to you.

The walls were corrugated concrete, and the ceilings were unfinished blonde wood with skylights built in. I feel compelled to mention the chairs – they SUCKED! The backs randomly revolve like the Marquis de Sade’s version of the Wheel of Fortune – will it stab you or will you be able to sit? Only the chair knows for sure. Sit on down at your own risk. Sopor voted for simple standing room only. The other problem with the seats was their iron legs scraping along the concrete floor, creating a high-pitched squeal that was unpleasant, at best. Check out the blacksmith’s puzzles behind the bar – they’ll take your mind off of the plank punching a hole in your spleen.

The beers were really good. I would recommend either the Bootleg IPA or the Dirty Faced Double IPA. As to our company, besides Sopor and his girlfriend, I ran into the fellow that I had been talking to at the bar at Grand Rapids B.C. that afternoon. Sopor wondered aloud if I really do know everyone. Ha!

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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 525 ratings