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Hideout Brewing Company
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 70
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3113 Plaza Dr NE
phone: (616) 361-9658
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
Aptly named establishment. I doubt I would have attempted to find the place were it not for some backroad directions from "popcorn Mike" who we met at Perrins. Tucked away past some apartments on the north side of Grand Rapids.
After walking through the pine covered entrance, you really got the feeling you were walking into someones private hideout. Decent crowd, we found a nice table and settled in. Tried a few of the beers, all were very solid. Probably 10 to choose from, good variety of styles. They also had homemade wine, which my wife enjoyed.
If they had food, we didnt try any.
Definatly a local crowd, but they were all very talkative and friendly. This is the type of place I wish I had in my town, and worth seeking out.
04-17-2013 01:27:47 |
More by wingedeel
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $
My wife and I stopped into The Hideout after a nice dinner and comedy show (Brian Regan). We had never been but my parents live close by so we made the stop. It is small and a little intimidating at first because everyone seems to know each other very well. There was a guitar and vocal duo playing upstairs which sounded pretty good, but a little surprising.
Their beer list was pretty large and had me desiring a lot but I decided on the Coconut Almond Brown and my wife their hard cider. As soon as we stepped to the bar we were helped. The beer was pretty good but nothing to mind blowing, the cider was very good.
After standing around we looked around the place and found two seats and shortly after people began talking to us and sharing how much they love the place. The staff was very friendly as we both got two more beers very promptly as well as some samples. They made it a point to learn our names and where we were from. We didn’t try any of the food, but did notice they allow you to order food from close by restaurants.
I would recommend this place, noting it is small and at first it seems like you may be an outcast, but the staff and regulars are very friendly. Beer has a way of bringing people together.
04-09-2013 11:04:23 |
More by AlMarzo
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
There is a signon the Hideout that you can see from the E-Way that says Brewery; it should say Beware. Everything is timing and perhaps the timing was just bad... but are you kidding?
My girlfriend and I arrived mid day on the 4th of July and as we walked in it felt like we were interrupting a family gathering in a double wide. After looking around we figured we would sit at the bar after one patron staggered outside for a smoke freeing up 2 seats together.
We asked the bartender (?) a couple of questions and her response to an inquiry about the Calson rice was that she really didn't know but it was their answer to Miller Ice beer. A customer corrected her and told us a bit about the beer. this fellow seemed out of place and he was the only on there that seemed all interested in beer and beer lore.
My girlfriend ordered a 12 oz IPA and i was deciding. The beer was ok but truly after having just been to Founders and Hopcat it was nothing special. The server never returned and we shared the beer to the raucous hoots and rude conversation of the crowd. Crowd is a bit of an exaggeration as I would estimate that about a dozen people could fit in this place the way it was set up.
As i mentioned we never were able to get the bartenders attention as she was very busy browsing the web on her laptop; we decided to share the IPA and get out of Dodge. When we were able to finally get the attention of the person behind the bar she puzzled over the register for at least a minute and then told us she was "pushing all the wrong buttons... you're all set." What did that mean? She wandered away and we decided to leave five bucks and head back into Grand Rapids proper and revisit Founders again; a sound choice.
I'm not really one to say bad things about a place but I wasn't really even comfortable drinking out of a glass in this place. We went there based on reviews here but maybe I didn't read enough to get a clear picture. Everyone we spoke to warned us but we chose to give the hideout the benefit of a doubt. We are not fancy people and were very comfortable as Schmohz's and got on so well at Hopcat that they comped several of our beer choices. Brewery Vivant was a little fancy for us and we loved the casual atmosphere of Arcadia.
Hopefully there will be changes to the hideout or perhaps they have enough local regulars to keep the place going. They will not be on our next beer tour of southern Michigan.
07-07-2012 16:15:51 |
More by Ed_Bollix
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Tucked away on an unassuming side street next to several large apartment complexes bordering a lake is a small, unassuming brewery called The Hideout. I rolled up one chilly Saturday afternoon and found the place mostly deserted. There are two floors to the building. The first has the taps and the bar sort of in the middle, with several tables as you move around the outside of the room. Upstairs are several large screen TVs, a shuffleboard table and a couple of dart boards. Outside there is filled in swimming pool with horseshoes. This place is calm, relaxed and a great place to relax and enjoy a beer with friends.
Though there are some food items on the menu, my girlfriend and I did not partake, as we had just come from lunch. Instead, we focused on the beer. There were a lot of options that day and we got through two full samplers of six beers each. They’re all solid brews with many unique, experimental styles, like beer aged in wine barrels. The standard styles are quite good, with the stouts being the best offerings of the house. Though nothing blew me away, it seems like the type of place you can go to over and over again, but still find something new to try each time.
I don’t believe that they do service to the tables, but the bartenders are quick and efficient, and never leave you empty for long.
04-04-2012 15:50:49 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
A little tricky to find unless you've been there back when it was Hubba Tubba. It's off Plainfield back next to the Fox 17 Station.
Inside atmosphere was nice. Different beer related decor around the bar area. Has a pretty laid back feel & some nice music too. Also, looks like there is an upstairs seating area and an outdoor patio area. I sat at the bar, so didn't get to experience either of these. Maybe next time.
They had maybe 7 or 8 beers to choose from. Not a huge selection, but decent. The couple of beers I tried were very nice beers. Especially their ESB. I would definitely recommend that one.
Overall it was a nice experience. Good beers at decent prices with a laid back atmosphere. The kind of place you'd want to stop in at after a long day at work.
08-07-2011 18:59:05 |
More by clint1019
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
It's hubba tubba with beer and no tubba. Still some hubba. Swooped down into the hillside to find the hideout following Tron 3D one blue moon. Mellow. No pressure. Lightly adjusted music adds to the vortex. Heard some cuts off of Phish's Undermind that I hadn't heard in a coon's age all while enjoying some ales that treated my face proper like. I am the type that would dig such circumstances and believe you me I did. And it was all after some pretty sweet Tronage. Sometimes things are just all in line with the cosmos, or the master plan, or whatever...
The beers at this joint are of good quality. You will not be mad about anything. Haven't personally had anything that was completely over the top and made me want to smack my mama, but some drinkable offerings in a sweet little hideout. Once they start tryin to smack mama a lil harder, if they care to, they will approach the next level and be destination material.
The selection is surprisingly diverse, and offers many different styles. If that wasn't a redundant statement I don't know what one is. Brews can be enjoyed with foods that are imported, as they offer no grillings or other pub fare. They got beer, and God bless em for it!
The value is good. You will walk away happy from Hideout Brewing. Last stop was post KBS release as a welcomed chill out after being in such an overstimulating event. I pooped on the way at an emergency pit stop as I was on the verge of making a mess, but the johnny flusher at this place is intimate and allows the bombdropper or drug sniffer safe conditions to do whichever pursuit they choose. Or both. BogMonster and I traded the owner some KBS booty in exchange for tab manipulation. I am sure a good time was had by all. Stop down to this joint. A formidable chill spot.
03-14-2011 07:19:48 |
More by SupaCelt
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Reviewed on 6/27/2010.
A small place "hidden away" in Great Rapids, located opposite to a bunch of condos. Interesting brewpub design -- there are a bunch of trees in front of the building obscuring it. Inside the theme continues, with pictures from Prohibition, dark lighting, and the stone interior. There were 6-8 beers on tap with a few interesting styles. None of the beers were great but they were all pretty decent. Inside, the bar is somewhat small with a few tables nearby. I'm not sure if there is other seating, but there is a deck outside. When I was there, the bar was full but all with locals so it seemed a very local-centric place. There is absolutely no food here (maybe some peanuts I guess) so eat beforehand. All in all, just ok but the atmosphere and beer quality left something to be desired.
12-23-2010 21:52:31 |
More by LilBeerDoctor
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
When back to this brewery for the first time in over 4 years. I was very happy with my recent experence. The bar tender was great and the beer was good. It was an early saturday afternoon and there were only about 5 people in the pub. I was able to have a quite conversation with a friend and sip some tasty beer at the same time.
I ended up having their 300th batch. It was a heavy hitter at 11% ABV and it was one of the better beers I have had in a while
I would recommend this place to just about anyone. The only down fall in my eyes is that they don't offer any food. However, they do allow you to bring in food or have food delivered.
12-06-2010 23:14:10 |
More by LanceW
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Stopped into the hideout with some of my female friends on a Saturday, early evening. Even being familiar with the area, the Hideout was definitely "hidden". Followed a windy road to a tree covered entrance. Very cool, made me feel like I was visiting something unique and special. Once inside, we sat at the bar and tried to decide upon adult beverages. Was cool to see that they made their own wine and mead. I will remember this next time I want to take out a non beer drinker.
The inside was small, quiet and cozy - and full of fun banter between the few people sitting at the bar. Felt very warm and welcoming, especially for a first time visit. A patron rang the bell at the bar, signifying he was buying a round for everyone in the place. Ended up with my first beer for free.
Started out with an Imperial Stout. Pretty good price, for the ABV. Gave me a nice warm feeling to start out the night. Pretty damn delicious too. Followed up the imperial with a nitro Cement Shoe Stout and a nitro Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. Spent the first two hours inside, but eventually gave into the tempation of a cigarette from a friend so headed to the outdoor patio. Wow, what a huge space! Really incredible, and I'm sure it's probably great in the summer time. I can't wait to come back on a warm summer day to enjoy the outside!
Food selection was minimal, pretty much basic chips and salsa and pretzels. However, they encouraged outside food, so no problems there. Just eat beforehand or plan on ordering in.
Staff was friendly, and almost had me convinced to join the mug club, if I would have had the funds. The Hideout will definitely become a new regular location for me. I'm amazed it took me this long to check it out. Shame on me for living in Grand Rapids, and spending all of my time at Founders.
04-12-2010 05:28:50 |
More by sullenbee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
Hey the Hideout ain't bad. Tucked back a liitle outside downtown Grand Rapids, I had to rely on GPS to find. Chilled out atmosphere on a Thursday evening. Just a bar and not a restaurant, there are a few high tops and some bar seating. You walk into a tree covered door that really hits on the smuggler/prohibition theme. There is a good amount of seating upstairs with a mini shuffle board table. Outside I see a horseshoe pit and some pinic tables. Food is limited to chips and pretzels si this is definately an after dinner/late evening hangout with good friends.
Older and more local crowd than Founders so a good brewpub alternative to the big guy while still drinking true MI craft brew.
They had 10 beers on tap during my visit. The Hideout, worth the find.
03-25-2010 23:19:59 |
More by ahking
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Hideout Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI