HopCat | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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HopCat
World Class based on 130 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

25 Ionia Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503 [ print map ]
616 451 HOPS

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Hours: 1130am - 2am Daily


Mayor: alliance100 (5) | Taps: 49 | Bottles: 150


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Beer Available At HopCat (arranged by most recent)
Perrin Kill íem All , Perrin With Kindness , HopCat Chocolate Thunder , Right Brain Naughty Girl Stout 83, New Holland Dragonís Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies 94, De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #1 91, Jaden James Monkey Butter , Brewery Vivant / New Belgium Escoffier 92, Odd Side Ales Mayan Mocha Stout 97, Shortís Bourbon Aphasia 90, New Holland Incorrigible 96, HopCat Zugspitze Weizen 71, Vander Mill Anchoís Mamaís Cider , HopCat Cucurbita Nigra , HopCat Cosmic Autumn Rebelion 3.0 , Arbor Hot Haus Harvest , Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 97, Right Brain CEO Stout 94, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA 99, New Holland White Hatter 84
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130 reviews for HopCat
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  82%
 Selection  91%
 Food  78%
 Value  79%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  99%
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100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 20/20
Travlr  (1656) Washington, Washington DC | January 15, 2012
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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie  (615) Denver, Colorado | May 20, 2012
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.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (561) Toronto, Ontario | August 6, 2009
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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 28, 2010
Stopped here a few times throughout the RBSG weekend and I really enjoyed most of the time I spent there. The first night was great - 25 Bells taps, low prices and a very friendly server. Their own beers are kind of hit or miss - although with all of the Bells stuff (including cask Two-Hearted - mmm) I didnít drink a whole lot of it. The space itself is absolutely stunning. Big and yet intimate with lots of wood detailing, brass and some vintage pinups in the menís room all contribute to a nice, well-integrated ambience. The owners also gave us a ride to check out their aging facility in some abandoned gypsum mines which was a (very literally) cool experience. The owner popped a few bottles of í84 Eylenbosch to share while were down there as well. Very generous on their part. Some of the servers were a little obnoxious throughout the first night, and the service during lunch the following day was very slow (more than 45 minutes to get a selection of sandwiches - we had to get them to go so that we could actually make the bus to the brewerís festival). All in all, Iíd definitely come back to this spot although there is still room for improvement on the service side of things.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rosenbergh  (499) Tampere, Finland | October 2, 2013
Quite close to Founders Brewpub. Very good selection of beers and especially Michigan beers. Decent food and very good beer. I liked this one. Lots of taps.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty  (492) Kyoto, Japan | July 28, 2010
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.
72
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Drake  (481) Free Union, Virginia | July 22, 2010
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.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99  (470) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 6, 2008
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.
86
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jrallen34  (444) Chicago, Illinois | January 24, 2013
Yeah, finally! Cozy place, shockingly dead when I was there... draft list was sick, 4 Hop cat beers, 3 kuhnhenn including imperial creme brule, 4d, fluffer, tons of other selections, offered half pours. great price and value... Food was terrible but Iíd be back to tick again and again.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 4, 2008
The most interesting beer menu in Grand Rapids (if not Michigan) as far as beer bars are concerned. Over 30 carefully selected taps. No boring stuff and at least half the selection goes off the beaten path (beaten path being classics like Dogfish 90 minutes, Fouderís Red Rye, etc.). Atmosphere is cool, really cool. Quite an extensive bottle menu too and they have license to take out. The place is actually rather large and with lots of room between the tables. The place can probably sit a little over 100 but packed it can probably hold 200 with people standing. Super-large screen projector tv, ambiance on a Sunday night was Alien (the first of the series) at high volume.

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