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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:
49
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
260
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.52/5
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
403
pDev:
9.73%
 
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Reviews by kylelenk:
Photo of kylelenk
2.83/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Residing in GR I am fortunate to be able to frequent HopCat quite often. Being a regular, I've come to realize there is much needed for the bar to live up to it's reputation.

Atmosphere is decent but is always overcrowded. You're giving a multitude of different seating arrangements which can be either booths, couches (upstairs), picnic tables, or traditional seating. The bar looks quite dusty but my recommendation is to always sit at the bar...no matter what...as the bartenders are the only experienced staff in the establishment.

The service is obviously the Achille's Heel as the waitstaff are undertrained and unbelievably slow. I've walked in at 12:30AM with almost nobody in the bar and it has taken more than 15 minutes for a waitstaff member to come over. Additionally, I've had waitstaff confuse nitro beers with firkins...not something to expect with being named the 3rd best beer bar in the world.

HopCat has an outstanding collection if you're from out of town but often seems to cycle through beers if you're familiar enough with the establishment. Their bottle selection is quite a gem as they don't distribute menus unless you request. I was able to find some Mikeller even though it has sense stopped being distributed in the GR area.

People may rave about the Crack Fries, which are amazing, but the burgers seem to be quite generic (Sysco). Stella's across the street has hand formed burgers that come stuffed at the same price point...which is embarrassing concerning both restaurants share the same ownership.

I will say that HopCat throws some awesome parties. Their Wood and Wild Ale Fest last year brought some true whales to tap. Additionally, they throw parties when breweries enter the distro market and offer a chance to find some rarer beers.

Value is reasonable. Their specials often carry unreasonable stipulations like the $6 burger and beer combo being limited (last time) to a New Holland Kolsch despite the fact it carried the same price point as some of their own pub beers.

All in all I compare HopCat to DisneyWorld...Fun to take people when they're from out of town but you can see right through all of it's shortcomings. If they can't fix the service, at least fix the website as the taplist is sometimes months out of date...something in this day in age should be always synced.

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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: 3.86 out of 5 with 260 ratings
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