HopCat

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3.87/5
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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:
53
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
266
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.53/5
Reviews:
201
Ratings:
407
pDev:
9.71%
 
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kevinlater
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Winston3737
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TasteTester
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Been chatting with Garry (Gboyd) here for a while, since I moved to MI and knew no BA's. He welcomed me and encouraged me to stop down and see his place. After 4 months of living here, I finally made the trip, and it was worth it.

A-A beer drinkers bar. Multiple tap stands with some of the greatest beers ever crafted. Nice hippie/yuppie feel (sorry that offends, I think it is a plus!). Wood and art, with a little music in the background.

Q-Beer is top notch, everything as promised. 40+ taps, and the liquor/spirits folks are not left behind.

S-Good service. Met at the bar by a nice guy. I have to say I got all of his attention...not in a flirting way, but in the way like you are the only one at the bar....because I was. HA. Made sure I had everything I needed.

S-What is there to say? They have everything MI and then some. Firkin Fridays, beers that are a little hard to come by, even in MI (Shorts and Kuhnhenn's). Bottles available but I didn't see a list for them, it was all I could see leaning over the bar.

F-Had a good pork sandwich. It was much better than I expected which leads me to believe that they take pride in their food as well.

V-Had a Double Dead Guy, Pork Sandwich with fries, and a growler of Shorts Huma Lupa for about $30. What I expected to pay...but be sure to bring your own growler (or buy one of theirs and reuse it til the amber wears off the glass).

I can't wait to go back, hopefully for one of the Sunday Dinner/Movie nights. Cheers to Garry and his whole staff.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of simplejj81
5/5  rDev +10.4%

The brewery has a huge selection of beers (about 200 i was told), and when i was there they had 3 house brews. It also has delicious and reasonable priced food, I had almond crusted duck tenders for less than $8. The 2 bartenders i talked with provided great service and answered several questions!

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.71/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Urbancaver
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed HopCat yet... This is one of the few places I've been that time and time again is absolutely hands down THE place to stop. Phenomnal atmosphere. Huge tap list. Amazing bottle selection. Their own brews are top notch. service is GREAT, I was able to get samples for cheap and try a LOT more than ordering full pints which was especially nice for trying things like Bloody Beer. The food was super tasty (especially the crack fries) and the price was rigth on target. Overall the best beer bar I've ever been to hands down

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of jmiah22
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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2/5  rDev -55.8%

Photo of jt31914
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For the beer selection the price is pretty good; the only thing you will get ripped off with is food and liquor. It costs about $4.50 for an order of fries and the prices only go up from there while a double rum and coke costs somewhere in the neighborhood of 8.50. However, this place is the beer lover's dream - 50 taps and 150 bottles with a good rotation. Fun atmosphere, and an awesome place to go if you like good beer. Hopcat is clearly deserving of their title as the number three beer bar in the world.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BryanA
3.59/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Lots of Options on tap, one of the best for Grand Rapids, food was decent, but service was pretty slow

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cards22
4.8/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Magpie14
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

great place and great location. The corner lot with large store front windows makes for a nice atmosphere. Also the patio in the summer is rather nice, a little small, but none-the-less a great asset. The interior is great exposed brick wall, deep rich colors, and great bar set-up. I like the gothic arched mirrors behind the bar!

Always plenty to drink and a variety beyond reckoning. Some of the staff seems to lack in the beer connoisseur department, but for the most part are knowledgeable. You can find anything from domestics, micro-brews, internationals and everything between.

Food is good and falls within the standard pub-like menu with a few nice variation/alterations. I had a hot warm pretzel with a spicy mustard sauce that was banging and complimented my Short's "huma lupa licious."

I believe this to be the best bar in downtown GR! If you are in the area you must go and kick your feet up

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Photo of brew3crew
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A-Place was crowded, but not crowded enough where you couldn;t here what the person you were with was saying. A good kind of crowded. Love it

Q-Clean, smoke free and nice workers. What more can you ask for?

S-Exceptional! Friendly patient and they know alot about their beer. This is the reason they are ranked #3 bar in the world!

S- Crazy selection! over 40 beers on tap as well as their own. i wish I had this in my hometown!

F- Didn't have much. but their cracked fries are UNREAL!! only $3? are you serious?

V-You can get a taste of beer for $1. I tried I have never had before. Awesome!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hopcat is a must goto stop if you are in Grand Rapids. They have a huge and great beer list. When we were there, they had Kuhnhenn Imperial Creme Brûlée and All Hallows Ale on tap as well as Shorts Black Cherry Porter.

The food was solid bar food. The ice cream sandwich, which changes every so often, was amazing! The cookies are super thick and the ice cream is nice and creamy. They had a mexican hot chocolate one when we were there that had a spicy bite.

Service was good enough but nothing to write home about.

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HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 266 ratings