HopCat

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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:
52
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
264
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.52/5
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
414
pDev:
9.73%
 
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Ratings: 414 |  Reviews: 202
Reviews by browna71:
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5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow...

Although that should suffice for a review, I suppose i could go into it a little deeper. Firstly, the atmosphere is incredibly warm, inviting and unique. One of the coolest looking bars I've had the pleasure of sitting at, the entire span of which is lined with about 40+ different taps which rotate almost daily. The staff has always been nothing but friendly and knowledgeable (not to mention they poured me and my friends and free bottle of a harder to find Belgian Kriek). The bottle selection is well over 200 bottles, comprised of mostly bombers of harder to find and foreign beers. As far as the food goes: crack fries, plain and simple. I have been to quite a few different brew pubs and beer bars, but none even come close to this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rmarquardt17
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of beersampler6
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Lazhal
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited here once. Server was fairly inattentive and it was not busy. Wasn't awful, but noticeable.

The worst part of my visit came from the Boss Tweed that I ordered. The beer came out that ugly greyish/brownish. You know, that color that happens when a home brewed NEIPA gets oxidized due to age. I have no idea how old it was, but it was the worst BT I've ever had.

I debated saying something, but I was there with non beer-loving friends and decided to just drink it and keep my mouth shut.

Instead I tried to shift my focus on the crack fries I was having for the first time. That did the trick and I ordered more with my meal after the appetizer!

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Photo of CesarLopes
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
3.86/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of rab53
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Coho11
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of HardyA
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tbarnes1414
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Erjadams
5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | 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 REVZEB
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

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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

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 264 ratings