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HopCat

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3.87/5
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PLACE INFO

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

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 451-4677 | map
hopcatgr.com

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.

Added by hopcatgr on 01-06-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
48
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
258
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.52/5
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
403
pDev:
9.73%
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stop #331 on my world brewery tour.

7:00 PM on a Monday in mid December. 75% full and a couple of empty stools at the beautiful bar closest to the door. Wonderful view looking down the bar with the taps and the small brewery-behind-glass at the far end.

I've been to many of the finest beer bars on both costs, Philly, Chicago, and even passed on the Kulminator on a train connection in Belgium. Blah, blah, blah I'm real cool.

Hopcat is among the best. Two or three other places come somewhat close in terms of ambiance but fall a bit short. Beautiful woodwork and modest, historic signage throughout.
Reminded me of Ginger Man in Manhattan and the painful cost per pint.

Bartender greeted me immediately with a menu. I spent some time researching my first pick (Citra Pale from Odd Sides in Grand Haven) and he was patient and knew when I was ready.

I had to ask twice and was finally told they do $1 2 oz pours. Other great beer bars advertise this policy and I think Hopcat should consider being more forward with it because I went on with the following...

House beer sampler with one word review...
Honey herb'd pale (nice)
American IPA (creamy)
Cedar Aged American Wild (muddy)
MI Maple Dopplebock (spectacular)
Chili Porter (balanced)

Other samples I had...
North Coast Grand Cru
4 Elf Winter Ale from Darkhorse
BB Shamans Barrel Aged Porter
Bells Java Stout

I had the Greek salad and veggie chili and my bill came to $24.

Some reviewer(s) complained of the price for a sample. I think it's a wonderful idea to allow a person to explore as many beers as possible.

If I had to be critical, the food was ok. The Greek salad was passable but the veggie chili tasted like a bowl of refried beans. I'm comparing this with food from the coasts and I'm not factoring this into my review because I travel enough to know it's hard to get exceptional food in the central US outside of a major metro area.

No diet beers available. The bartender recommended other bars owned by the same company down the strip for that kind of stuff. This tainted the experience a bit that a group this good at craft beer would stoop to the masses. It's technically a local chain which I can live with but was slightly disappointed. It makes sense that it MIGHT be difficult to start up/finance/operate a place like this as a stand-alone operation. Off soapbox.

This was my third visit to Grand Rapids and I'm bummed that I didn't stop her my first time (went with BOB instead...booo).

***UPDATE***
The owner of Hopcat, Mark, read this review and informed me that all the other bars he/they own (Stella, Viceroy, Pyramid Scheme) serve the kind of alcohol he would like to drink and no BMC. I was misinformed by the bartender and apologize for a review with incorrect information.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Beer. You like beer, right? Well, they've got it. If you live in Michigan, Kentucky, or Indiana, you've probably noticed you have a shiny new HopCat in your local college town. The OG spot in Grand Rapids is a little cooler than the regular bar HopCats, only because they brew their own beer there. So you have a few of their handmade goodies right next to all those taps of amazing beer in one spot. The old feel to the bar is an added bonus. It's busy, Really, really busy but I suggest going just to drink and get food later. It's just easier to snag a seat at the bar. You want to embrace all that beer. The bartenders are some of the most knowledgeable you'll find. Craft beer heaven.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.79/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.43/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tjb14
3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -33.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bethaz83
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of PhilsPils
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

A very good selection of Michigan beers in addition to worldwide offerings. I had heard so much about it before I came that it was hard to not be a little disappointed but make no mistake, it's a fine beer bar. I had a Shorts beer that underwhelmed me some...probably colored my whole experience a bit. I didn't eat but my family members that did said it was excellent.

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Photo of JLW
3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of cadaugherty
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of RobPedicano
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great selection and atmosphere. Food was average.

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Photo of a_beckman25
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 258 ratings
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