Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

25 Ionia SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 451-4677 | map

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.
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Ratings by coldriver:
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Reviewed by coldriver from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
We visited the night of June 24th after an easy walk over from Founder's. The first thing I noticed about this place was the great Hopcat sign over the door of their "black cat holding a beer" logo - it's really fits the vibe of this place. The Interior has beautiful classy woodwork and the vibe is relaxed and "right". It's classy without being pretentious. Being from Texas and not having much experience with what is considered rare in Michigan I can't honestly say how unique their taplist is, but I can say that after giving my bartender my style preferences that his recommendations hit it perfectly. I did not have any food but it certainly looked good. Prices are reasonable.
Jul 02, 2013
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.75 by MillyLite from Michigan

Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Vibe- this place serves BEER. Over 100 to choose from in bottles and on tap. Germans , Belgians, New England , California , locals. Big wooden bar in a brick building

Good assortment of well curated beer styles

Beertendress was attentive and quick

Large quantity of good beers

Cheeseburger and fries were good
May 21, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by thegink from New York

Feb 18, 2019
Rated: 5 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Oct 23, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by rmarquardt17 from Michigan

Aug 17, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Aug 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Lazhal from Michigan

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!
Aug 04, 2018
Rated: 5 by CesarLopes from Brazil

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by rab53 from Washington

Jul 15, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by Coho11 from Ohio

Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 4.78 by HardyA from Michigan

Apr 15, 2018
Rated: 5 by Tbarnes1414 from New York

Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 5 by Erjadams from West Virginia

Jan 19, 2018
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Reviewed by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.
Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Aug 13, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2017
Rated: 4.79 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 10, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by REVZEB from Illinois

May 09, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by PhillyBoy23 from New Jersey

Jan 23, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by porters4life from Illinois

Dec 06, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Tjb14 from Michigan

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by Spreetaper from New York

Oct 11, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by VaTechPhilly from New York

Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 3 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by chuckgietzen from Michigan

Aug 01, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by seanchai from Virginia

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 4.74 by jessewilliamson from Missouri

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 4.74 by Bethaz83 from Michigan

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by axf4129 from Indiana

May 15, 2016
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Reviewed by PhilsPils from Texas

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.
May 13, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by JLW from Michigan

May 12, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by cadaugherty from Illinois

May 12, 2016
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Rated by RobPedicano from Connecticut

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.
May 04, 2016
Rated: 4.58 by a_beckman25 from Michigan

May 01, 2016
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