HopCat

BEER AVG
3.86/5
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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:
45
Ratings:
252
Reviews:
72
PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
401
Reviews:
199
Avg:
4.51
pDev:
6.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 401 |  Reviews: 199
Reviews by mynie:
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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I had no idea Grand Rapids was so big: The CSA has about a million and a half people, making it just a tick small than Indianapolis. Shouldn't they have a sports team or something? I'm sure Western Michigan is a fine institution, but their football team isn't FBS and therefore their school doesn't count as being real.

The downtown area is weird. It is large, it is filled with people and things, but because of arbitrary cultural prejudices, it also feels illegitimate. There's no Wrigley Field moment, where the first time you see a Grand Rapids landmark you go "whoa, there's X!" So even though I'd heard of Hopcat, I nearly walked right past it when I saw it.

Likewise, I was not immediately impressed with the place, even though I should have been. The bar stretched on forever, and there were literally a billion taps (my math might be off here).

We sat down and were handed laminated beer menus. My companion is new to the beer travelin' scene so I explained to her how these menus ain't always the best thing, since they get so quickly out of date. Then she goes "that's probably why they have that," and pointed toward a kickass chalkboard that had two columns on it. One column said "RUNNING OUT." The other "WILL BE REPLACED BY." That's awesome, and it made me start paying attention.

The menu was organized by style, not by brand or in alphabetical order. A pithy description of each beer was given, including style, ABV, IBU, and a line or two listing off its more salient characteristics. A list like that takes time to make.

The taps included a wide range of locals, midwestern/great lakes staples, interesting Belgian and Scandinavian imports, and a hearty selection of rares and one-offs from all around the globe. There was a beer for every mood and all of its was good.

The vibe was friendly, but a little Grand Rapidsy. I don't know how to describe it: we were certainly welcomed, but I couldn't figure out the pulse of the place well enough to really ingratiate myself into it. Still, the crowd was older and polite--there were no undergrads, no people in business suits, and no screaming drunkards. That's pretty good.

A definite must-stop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of porters4life
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tjb14
3.79/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -33.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.15/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of seanchai
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bethaz83
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of PhilsPils
3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -27.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of cadaugherty
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of RobPedicano
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great selection and atmosphere. Food was average.

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4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
3.86 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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