I canít say enough about this place. Itís a cozy neighborhood local. Itís a place for paired food and beer dinners. Itís a jazz bar. Itís a place to discover new and interesting brews from the region and around the world. And, of course, a place to make new friends. The vegetarian chili was shockingly good. Taster sizes of the beer were free for the first three, then a dollar each. But I think they didnít charge me for half of them, chalking it up to "beer R&D.". I had 3 different servers, each better tahn the next, but Steve in the plaid short stands out as a real star. An unbelievable place. Donít miss it.
A nice long bar with all sorts of seating options. Service was pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. Selection was large, but after only a couple I found it hard to find anything interesting. Food is pretty good and hearty pub/burger fare. I can understand the popularity, but now with so many good options, it just isnít that unique.
This is a classy little joint. Dim lighting, jazz band playing, wood and brick furnishings. The prices here are a little higher than other bars in the area. Looks like theyíre trying to draw a more refined crowd. Beer selection is very extensive. I wasnít floored per se, but there is plenty to choose from.
Stopped by here after Founders. Nice place... kind of an old industrial ambience. Our server was working his ass off, but he also had a habit of fucking up our orders. Watching a bunch of drunk Ratebeerians trying to figure out which beer was which is quite entertaining. I got no food here and I walked so I have no clue how parking is. Thanks to deyholla for getting us here and back to the hotel. Overall a decent stop with a ton of local Michigan brews on tap, including some rarer stuff. A couple of selections were out and a few (like Hopslam) were older than advertised. Iíd like to go back here when its calmer... perhaps I will this weekend. Nice stop though, even if just for the kickass tap list.
Visited twice during RBSG. The first stop started with an order error, and four of us trying to figure out who got what. They service was impeccable after that, though, and when the place wasnít completely packed, it was exceptional, with knowledgeable and friendly people being very helpful. Great tap list, though a couple things, particularly Hopslam, were not in the best condition. Good food. Would be a cool place to hang out.
This place rocks. It is very buzy, and the many small bar tables are conducive to relaxing and trying many beers. Glasses are hand washed, so the aroma is appreciated of the beers. Six new beers out of seventy something taps were changing on the fly! To talk to the brewer (there are 4 or more taps for their own) and get continued service, best to come well after the lunch crowd. Speedy service, despite not having many staff. Was here with one of the owners of Founders, otherwise I found it only average friendliness from other patrons. Founders was better in that regard. With this bar, and Founders down the street, its a wicked double play for Grand Rapids.
This was my first visit to a HopCat. Iím told by some...including staff...that all of them are good...yet I came to this one first because it has the highest rating of the HopCat family of locations. Part of that is because it was the original and has been around the longest. It also has the most reviews as a result (doesnít hurt that it shares the city with Founders and Brewery Vivant). I thought the place itself was very attractive...extremely cool...and fun to hangout in. We sat at the bar and tried numerous beers making sure to start with the 3 HopCat beers that were available that day...Light Side of the Sun session IPA, Unicorn on Acid mixed culture stainless sour, and Zugspitze Hefeweizen. I thought the session IPA was the best of the three. I thought the staff was great...friendly...helpful...talkative in spite of a good size crowd late last Saturday afternoon (there was a bar crawl going on in town too). The guest taps were very strong with many local MI beers as well a regionals beyond that and some nationals too. All in all...great visit to a great brewpub in Grand Rapids...before heading on to Brewery Vivant and Founders.
Tmoney99 (570) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 6, 2008| Updated March 22, 2016
Directly on Ionia Street with parking lot on the side and street parking. Clean brick and wood older building with bar on right and tables in front and on the left. Forty plus taps with list on chalk board on wall. All were drinkable brews with many Michigan selections. Freindly bartender and staff with good knowledge. Was shown a location in lower level for future brewing operation. Interesting selection of distilled products. Reviewed good menu, but did not have food. Interesting location and well worth the visit.
One of my favorite places! A nice bar in an older building that is well lit. Staff knows there stuff and service is good. They have a few of their own beers on tap but the vast majority are guest taps. Food is very good and prices a fair. A must stop!