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Hideout Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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PLACE INFO

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

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

(616) 361-9658 | map
hideoutbrewing.com

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Added by CRJMellor on 05-02-2005

BEER STATS
Beers:
83
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
521
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.79/5
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
81
pDev:
15.04%
 
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Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I really dug this place. They had a Double IPA on draught that was outstanding as well as their Hazlenut stout. However I was somewhat intoxicated upon arrival and didn't try as many brews as I would have liked.

I'm not sure what this place used to be but it was very cool. The bar area is pretty small but they have a back porch area that has what used to be a swimming pool now overran with grass, and weeds. Picnic tables are throughout. Fun relaxing spot to hang out.

The bartender knew about the beers and was very helpful. They also had stickers of all the local Grand Rapids micro breweries supporting them. Very neat. May have been the best place to hang out on my long weekend excursion. Hopefully they will bottle their beer one day soon. Until than I will drink my growler of IPA that was only $12 bucks for growler and beer. Damn good deal.

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Photo of wingman14
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

We went on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon, only Ken (the owner/brewer) and some of his buddies were there. We tried the sampler and I especially liked the double IPA and the hazelnut stout, took a growler of the stout home with me. He let us sample ciders and a mead, both pretty good. This place has a cool decor and a great atmosphere, with a good selection of beer, a bit tucked away (hence the name), but a very enjoyable experience. It has plenty of room and a cool view of some of his brewing materials. I suggest checking this place out if you are in Grand Rapids, it is worth stopping by. It is both good for a fun night of beer and music, or if you are just looking to try a few new beers you can head over in the early afternoon to grab a pint. I would suggest mapquesting this one if you aren't familiar with the area. Cheers!

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Photo of jp32
3.64/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hidden near the back of a long driveway, but really not too hard to find. I thought it was a little small inside. There's 2 levels, but very little seating on either of them. The bottom floor has the bar and the top level has a dartboard, big screen, foosball, and 3 or 4 tables. The games and tv are all free to use. The atmosphere was calm and laid back. The brewer, who also was bartending that night, was informative and would answer any questions, but didnt seem to be too friendly. The selection was good, about 7 beers and a cider on tap. I should mention it being the worst cider I've ever had.. but most of the beers were good. Free pretzels. Non-smoking downstairs. Good luck finding the bathroom, it seems to be hidden down a series of hallways, unintentionally.

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Photo of sdsacr
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited with Brother-in-law in early July while visiting family in GR. Kind of a hidden location next to a TV station and large apartment complex. Probably wouldn't stumble upon it by accident. As everyone else has mentioned, a small, quaint place with a pleasant atmosphere. Went on a weeknight, not very crowded. Ken, the owner, was very nice and outgoing. Spent quite a bit of time talking to us. As for the beer, I started with the sampler. I remember the IPA being good, but not great, and the ESB being quite good. The nitro stout had just been finished, so I didn't get to try it. He had a porter he let us try that had just been kegged and was still carbonating. Very nice roast flavor. The red ale, however, was extremely smooth. Though not advertised on the board, he had a red on nitro. Unbelievably creamy!! Went through a couple of pints with no problem. Overall a very enjoyable experience, and I look forward to a return visit when I'm back in GR around Xmas.

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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool place here. Really hidden, good name. Small, two levels with the bar on the bottom level and a foosball table, dartboard, and big screen on the second level. 5 beers offered, 3 wines, and a mead. Selection when I came included an IPA, Pils, ESB, Red, and a Stout. The Stout was the best with the Red being number 2 for me. The others were unique but still decent. The mead was quite dry but I liked sipping on it. The brewer/owner/bartender was a really cool guy and quite good at what he does. I'm looking forward to more of their offerings. Definitely worth checking out. Also, its right next to a hot tub place. A few beers then a tub, sounds like a relaxing night to me ;-)

Here's my take on the beers they offer, no notes were taken so no reviews yet
ESB-too blueberry tasting for me, gets annoying
Red-sweet but very good, I liked it a lot
Stout-Awesome roasty and dry, great beer
Porter-Thinner, chocolatey but not that great
Weizen-yeasty and funky fruity flavor
IPA-good, odd color but nice fruityness as well, gets old after a pint
Pilsner-really good hop strike, i liked their pils a lot

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Old Hair of the Frog space. Opened by a guy who used to brew at Big buck in GR.

Very small, somewhat out of the way place on GR's Northside. Hlaf the building is a rental hot tub place and the other half is the bar/brewery. Small 5-barrel system behind glass next to the bar area. Bar seat about 10 comfortably. Beers served from kegs in a cooler with a tap system. There is an upstairs loft above the beer that serves as the smoking area and game room with some occasional mellow live music.
Bare bones establishment with no food at all.
Basic list for a start with a nice surprise of the Hazelnut Stout for a starter. Opening line-up was a Pilsner, a Hefeweizen, and IPA, a basic stout on regualr and nitro tap and the Hazelnut. Not a bad beer in the bunch, no real standounts to me either. Stouts were the best of the bunch and the beer is well made and its obvious brewer has done this before. Give the palce some time and might be a nice little out of the way place to have a few beers in anonymity. No smoking in the bar area which is nice.

Craig

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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 521 ratings
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