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Hideout Brewing Company
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 108
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3113 Plaza Dr NE
phone: (616) 361-9658
(Place added by: CRJMellor on 05-02-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
You walk in to a large bar and a few tables. It's a bit of a drive. I live right in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids and rarely walk more than ten blocks to the bar, so the ten mile drive was my only complaint about Hideout.
The quality of the beers is second to none. I had a Bootleg IPA and a Smugglers Hazelnut Stout. The stout was right on par with Founders Breakfast Stout, and the IPA is comparable to IPA's from Bells or New Holland. I also sampled the porter, pilsner, and the weizen. The pilsner was remarkable flavorful for the style, the porter was fantastic, and the weizen was good, but just not my taste.
There were 7 beers on tap, one cider, and a few wines to satisfy the non-beer drinking friend.
The big thing that blew me away about this place was the service. We walked in and it was pretty full, but not packed. The bartender made some space for us to sit down, and then took 5 minutes or so to tell us about the brewery and what they had on tap. They only serve snack food, but invite you to bring some food in or order a pizza. We ordered some pizza and when it came the bartender came over with a stack of napkins and asked if we wanted some plates. When we were done with the pizza he came and took the boxes away. It was one of those times that the service is so good you almost feel guilty. I'll be going back to the Hideout often.
Value was definitely good. Pints are 3.50 with the exception of some of the specialty beers. Growler fills are 8 and the growler is 4. Definitely a good price for quality beer.
01-13-2007 18:30:35 |
More by jmichaeldesign
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
They just added a menu, so I'll make it a point to come here, regularly, if the food is good. I only stopped in for a brew, since my regular haunt discontinued one of their beers.
I was the only customer when I arrived, but more arrived soon after. Service was quick. Several TVs are available for viewing and I understand there's live music on the weekends. It's a small place with limited parking, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's more parking available at the nearby apartment complex, even when they are busy. There 16 CO2 taps and 16 nitro taps when I was there. The beer menu is on a chalkboard. A number of beers piqued my curiosity, so I'll try them on my next visit.
Turn onto Lamberton Lake Drive, which is between Hansen Collision and The Lazy T Motel, off of Plainfield Avenue. Take a right onto Plaza Drive and they're at the end of Plaza Drive.
I'll update things when I stop in, again.
Went on a Friday night. There was a good sized group, but the place wasn't packed. Free popcorn! Tried a few samples, but went back to my old favorite - hazelnut stout. Several wines and pop are available, in case you bring a date who doesn't like beer. It was a friendly crowd when I was there. It's a great place to literally hideout.
08-09-2013 18:10:44 |
More by sneakymagician
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $
Atmosphere: very cool place. small and quaint but a nice upstairs area and a killer outdoor patio. horse shoes, cards, cribbage. every night has a theme such as retro video games, new beer, live music. very relaxed and fun place
Quality: i tried 7 of their beers and like them all and some were even great. they had some different beers but everything was well done
Service: the bartenders were helpful, and nice. they didn't miss a beat
Selection: they had a wide variety of styles and levels of beer. there is something here for everyone
Overall: great little spot that is quite hidden. they don't get a lot of notice but their beer is closer to the level of founders than any other grand rapids brewer
08-26-2013 03:46:53 |
More by SportsandJorts
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This review is based on an average of two visits to the Hideout.
The owner is unbelievably nice; the kind of guy who will bend over backwards for his customers without thinking twice. He gave us several samples and was just very friendly and welcoming. He was not there the second time we went, though. The service was not as superb the second time around, but I'm going to assume it was a bad night and not dock them too much for it because I love everything else about this place.
The atmosphere is pretty laid back, but it's definitely a different crowd than Founders... More "adults" I guess, and not as many college kids (at least that's what it seemed like to me), which sometimes makes me feel a little out of place being that I am a college kid... But the cool thing about the Hideout is they have several games like foosball that you can play for free. The bar is on the first floor, which is non-smoking. But there is a second floor where you can smoke.
But the best thing about this place: the beers are phenomenal. I think I've at least had samples of all the beers that have been on tap when I've gone, and I haven't disliked a single one. Even styles I don't normally care for taste great at the Hideout. They had maybe 7 or 8 different beers each time (all their own, of course).
They have free popcorn, but no kitchen. However, they have brochures of all of the nearby restaurants that deliver, which is awesome. They basically encourage people to bring in outside food. And the first night, we had leftovers from our pizza and the bartender offered us some ziploc bags to put it in so we didn't have to carry the whole box on our bikes.
This really is a gem of a brewpub that we are lucky to have in GR.
06-30-2008 14:15:25 |
More by sarahspat
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.
My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. Im an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.
As indicated in other reviews, this really is off the beaten path but worth the visit if you're in the area. Going in to my visit to Grand Rapids, I was looking forward to Founders with this as a secondary. As it turned out, I prefered the beers and could argue the atmosphere over Founders. When I arrived at 5:30 on a Tuesday, the brewer (in his boots) was serving beer to three post men who were on their was to a good time. The bar is small and cozy and I quickly got in on a discussion with two locals next to me.
I had the (amarillo) IPA, a taste of the Hefe and Rye, and a full Hazlenut stout. All were excellent. The Hazlenut stout is worth writing home about. Around 6:30, the brewer's wife came in with their kids for a shift change. While they were nice, it took a while to warm up to them and they did try to socialize. It turns out he worked packaging for Bells during college and then brewed at a place called Big Buck in Michigan. In any event, he's brewing some very good beers (and also wines which I did not taste).
02-07-2007 03:35:37 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The atmosphere wasn't flashy, but it worked. There's a nice bar area on the main floor, seating upstairs and an outdoor area that overlooks something of an overgrown pool. It sounds funny, but somehow they pull it off (there used to be a hot-tub place next door). I'd call it cozy. Somehow the way it's off the beaten path makes for a better atmosphere in this instance.
The beer was quite good. I had an ESB that was spot on and a very drinkable IPA that was served on a Nitro tap.
Service was great. The bartender really knew her beers, gave honest opinions, and was around for refills as often as possible. It started to get busy by the time we left, so she wasn't around as often as I may have liked, but it looked as if she was the only one working and she did a fine job.
Selection was quite good for a brewpub. There was a wide range of styles including seasonal selections.
Food wasn't really available on site. I more than appreciated the free popcorn and you're allowed to bring in outside food or order delivery from other restaurants. That's a pretty nice policy in my book.
Value was good. Full pints were under $4.00 during happy hour. I was able to enjoy a few while still coming out under 10 bucks for the evening.
07-09-2008 00:31:53 |
More by GRPunk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Really a neat place, can't believe it's been here four years and I've just heard about it. I have 2 friends that worked up Plainfield and they never said anything.
Formerly Hubba-Tubba, a hot tub joint, still smells very clean. This creates nicely seperated rooms for brewing. Non-smoking bar in the main floor, smoking upstairs with shuffleboard, pool, dart boards up on a mezzanine. Outside is a former wading pool or something that has been turned into a horseshoe pit with seating around the former pool edge.
Beer selection is nicely varied for a smaller establishment. Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Porter and the Hazelnut Stout were dark ones I tried. The stouts were very good, porter good but a little bitey/stiff.
The hidden location is probably keeping this place secret, but this would be a great hang out with friends.
05-15-2009 01:56:45 |
More by Bung
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: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited with Brother-in-law in early July while visiting family in GR. Kind of a hidden location next to a TV station and large apartment complex. Probably wouldn't stumble upon it by accident. As everyone else has mentioned, a small, quaint place with a pleasant atmosphere. Went on a weeknight, not very crowded. Ken, the owner, was very nice and outgoing. Spent quite a bit of time talking to us. As for the beer, I started with the sampler. I remember the IPA being good, but not great, and the ESB being quite good. The nitro stout had just been finished, so I didn't get to try it. He had a porter he let us try that had just been kegged and was still carbonating. Very nice roast flavor. The red ale, however, was extremely smooth. Though not advertised on the board, he had a red on nitro. Unbelievably creamy!! Went through a couple of pints with no problem. Overall a very enjoyable experience, and I look forward to a return visit when I'm back in GR around Xmas.
08-10-2005 02:05:33 |
More by sdsacr
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
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