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:
53
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
269
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.52/5
Reviews:
202
Ratings:
413
pDev:
9.73%
 
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Reviews by jkrich:
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4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

On a recent trip to visit my niece in Grand Rapids, I put this at the very top of my destinations. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, the festive bar/brewpub was large enough to handle a very large crowd on a late Saturday afternoon. The extensive beer list comes on a laminated sheet arranged by styles. All Michigan breweries are prominently displayed. The waitress seemed to have a good knowledge of the beers. Despite the crowd we received our drinks and food in a respectable time. The food offerings were largely sandwiches, i.e. reuben, french dip, chicago style, and addictive, seasoned "crack fries". I also purchased a hopcat tee shirt. My beer drinking and eating experience was marred a bit by the extremely hot peppers on my sandwich. The menu only referred to these peppers as spicy.
By the way, the music played was very diverse and eclectic. I even heard an obscure Grateful Dead song. Because this location is downtown, parking is a premium. There were parking lots charging 7-9 dollars; street parking was difficult to find. However, it was well worth the visit.

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More User Reviews:
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
4.45/5  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 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

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

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 269 ratings