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Beer Ratings: 229
Beer Avg: 3.83
Taps: 48 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
25 Ionia SW
phone: (616) 451-4677
Rated #3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine.
Hours 11:30 AM - 2 AM seven days a week.
In-house brewing system up and running as of January 2009.
Large outdoor patio open year-round.
(Place added by: hopcatgr on 01-06-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made the trip across the state to hit the Michigan Winter Beer Fest, needed a place to go for some food and beer. Stopped into Hopcat by suggestion from a friend.
Walked in on Friday to a mess. Place was swamped, there was no host type anywhere, and little direction as to how to get a table. I was lucky enough to poach some stools at the end of the bar. WTF, 49 taps?
Despite the fact the bar was three deep, we were greeted immediately presented with a large menu of the taps, happy to see that most of them were Michigan brews from all over the state. Equally impressive was the bottle list.
Service - impeccable. The bartenders were on top of getting us another pint every time, but not intrusive. Knowledgeable, recommended some great beers we've never had. They all seemed like they truly were enjoying what they were doing, which was a large part of the atmosphere.
Food - very good. We had the "crack fries" with some soft cheese dip. Extra heavily seasoned, plus a touch of something sweet, a great match for the big beers we were having at the time. Followed up with Mac and Cheese that we added Chorizo and Jalapenos to. Yum.
We only had 1 house brew, and it went over well, but with so many really good beers to choose from...
Being Beerfest weekend, the place was full of beer nerds and brewers, which means the atmosphere was great. Jukebox was marked out of order, but we heard a couple of killer songs anyways.
Actually, we liked it so much there we headed back the very next day and did it all over again. No regrets, the experience was just as good.
The owners of this place should be proud.
03-01-2010 01:32:38 |
More by Molly
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The selection at this place is pretty fantastic, but on the whole I think it's just a bit too small for my liking. It's not a problem if you can hit it up earlier in the day, or avoid weekends entirely, but that's a little tricky. So on most of the occasions I've visited, it's been at capacity, and it's been very loud. I prefer a slightly quieter atmosphere for my drinking.
Still, I have to give them adequate respect for their incredible selection and service. Even when crowded, the waiters/waitresses got around to our table fast, and got us our beer quickly as well. And the beer menu was like a holy text in my eyes. Always great to see that many great options available to me (even if many were a bit too rich for my blood). I've had some great beers everytime I've been there.
I've only ever had some fries here so I can't really speak to the quality of the food.
07-04-2010 03:20:55 |
More by DukeKensington
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This was a stop on my Grand Rapids pub crawl for my 35th birthday. This is a must stop for any BAs who are passing through GR or live nearby. The selection of beers is mind boggling. It took a considerable amount of time to decide on what I was going to drink but I decided on a house beer, the Hopapotomus. It was decent but the selection of other guest beers was what really made this place worthwhile. In addition, the food here is incredible. The wife and I split an order of crack fries with cheese and they really hold up to their name, you will want more. We also feasted on macaroni and cheese which was out of thie world. When I return to GR, I will be back fo sho!!
04-05-2011 20:54:33 |
More by bigfurrynutz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
One of the nicest bars in Grand Rapids, the vibe is very chill and laid back. Many tables up front with booths towards the back, long wood bar, and outdoor patio.
The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful if you have trouble deciding (which is a good possibility with so many options.)
The beer selection here is epic. 49 on draft, 150 bottles, all served in appropriate glassware. Drafts rotated frequently. Beers range from "lawnmower" beers to locals to imports.
The food here is good, try the crack fries or the mac and cheese, wide selection, several vegetarian options, has the standard pub fare as well as more adventurous options.
Prices are reasonable, food is inline with what you expect for the price. Most beer prices are in the 4-8 $ range. The beer prices may be a bit more for those used to $2 you call its or happy hour tankards, but it is definitely within reason of what you expect for the quality beer you are getting in return.
10-11-2011 23:16:46 |
More by freehafe
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
First time visiting grand rapids from california and it was more than we expected!! We heard about Hopcat through everyone who replied on my post about where to go in GR. We ordered the crack fries which were amazing!! Their beer guy Steve was super friendly and gave us some background on the breweries in Michigan. Of all the pubs we stopped at in Michigan (Detroit & Kalamazoo) Hopcat was by far our favorite!!
Hats off to all the breweries in Michigan for their great beer and beautiful facilities!! Down in so.cal our breweries aren't like that, most just tasting rooms( except for stone) . We wish we could have visited longer.
07-09-2012 17:24:49 |
More by karink
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Frankly, it lives up to the hype! Super cool place with an astonishing selection of beers from their in-house brewery, Michigan, across the USA and the world. If you happen to be unimpressed by the 40+ drafts (just joking, that's impossible), there's also an extensive and impressive selection of bottles available (just ask to see the bottle list).
Their own in-house brews are well worth a try, don't overlook them.
Get some appropriately named "crack-fries". At the moment but you can get a 1/2 order free with a foursquare check-in.
Location, location, location... Center of the downtown nightlife area. A quick walk to Founders or Grand Rapids Brewing Company too.
01-27-2013 00:41:19 |
More by gauldk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
As the first one in the door for the BA preopening party, We got a table across from the bar.
Great atmosphere, our server was very helpful in making our selections, a couple bugs in the computer system, beers not inputted, but nothing serious, that's what a preopening is for right?
Nice selection of beer, if you can't find one you like here I don't know where the heck you would go! Great variety on tap, but the bottle list was incomplete, should be ready for the Grand Opening on Saturday.
Didn't have the Scotch list available, but from what I saw on the shelf it should be a nice selection also. From the peaty to the smooth, another "something for everyone" selection.
The music was not too loud, nice to have it be in the background and not overwhelming for a change.
Two tv's over the bar, and one giant screen available in front for special occasions.
Really nice that the smoking section is in the loft, it didn't reach the main bar area at all. I am assuming that a outdoor area will be available in nicer weather, there is a covering outside the building that is fenced in.
All in all, a great addition to the downtown area, I am not a downtown type person, but I think this will change now.
01-11-2008 03:11:53 |
More by dutch05
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I just went to there first night "soft opening" and I hope this place doesn't change because I have a new favorite place in town.
BEER: WOW, 48 taps lined up down the bar is a sight to be seen! They had beers on tap that I have hard time finding in the bottle. It was very hard to pick a beer with so many favorites like Hennepin and 90min IPA on tap for the first time and tons more that I had never tried. The menu did a great job of describing the beers, I only wish they listed the BA ratings on the menu.
ATMOSPHERE: They spared no expense on this place, the detail on the custom woodwork and bar is amazing for a place this new. Most new places cut corners on the details, but here you can tell the owner took pride in everything. NO SMOKING in the main area, only in the loft. I didn't stink of smoke when I got home and I love it! I'm not sure what the crowd will be like when its open to the public, but this BA member only night had a nice mix of people.
FOOD: The food was actually the biggest surprise. I didn't expect the food to be very good on the opening night of a beer bar, but It was actually quite good. Some of the best casual dinning fare I've had in Grand Rapids.
MOUTH-FEEL: Nice light carbonation with a smooth finish....
01-11-2008 03:50:09 |
More by monitorpop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Simply Fantastic! While West Michigan certainly has a fantastic selection of local breweries to choose from, I have not yet been to any pub with this vast of a selection. The atmosphere was great, very relaxing. Service was phenomenal and very knowledgeable. All beers sampled in my group of four were served in appropriate glassware. Forty some odd beers on tap and 100+ bottle options! The beer menu was quite in depth and provided excellent descriptions. As such, I was able to introduce several friends to the "better beer world" and they were quite surprised. Although they were a little confused that no MBC was on tap at first, we were able to find them some good intro beers and hopefully they'll come back for more.
I will certainly make this a regular spot to share good times with good friends and good beer! Thank you HopCat for providing GR exactly what it has been needing!
01-28-2008 19:27:43 |
More by MtnBikingandBeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had my first experience here last night and could not have been more impressed. The atmosphere was great; very hip but not contrived. Nice long bar and plenty of space. I had the pleasure of sitting next to the owner (which I didn't even know until I was cashing out). The crowd was pleasant. It was a nice mix of a younger and a middle-aged crowd. The bartenders were extremely knowledgeable. The bar was at capacity but there was still plenty of room to hang out and it was very easy to get drinks.
It was tough to even decide what to order because there were so many outstanding choices. They definitely cater to Michigan beers, which is great. I had Short's Huma Luma, Oaked Arrogant Bastard and Livery Double Paw on tap. My wife had Celis White and GLBC Holy Moses on tap. Everything was was very fresh and tasted great. The best part was the tab was only $21!!!
In my opinion, one could not ask for more from a beer bar.
I will be stopping by this place whenever I am in Gr Rapids. Very impressive.
04-06-2008 23:22:36 |
More by cosco
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