HopCat

Mayor: Tmoney99 (5) | Taps: 49 | Bottles: 150
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn  (89) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | August 2, 2010
Stopped in here a couple of days back on a busy Saturday night. Pulled up to the bar and was very impressed by the beer list. Taps are incredible and bottles are very god as well. Had a bunch of stuff (samples are a buck and I thank Jake for dealing with me, even though I only had a couple of the small samples due to the craziness of downtown GR that night.) The HopCat beer I had was excellent, and the others were very good as well. The burger and fries (oh, the fries!) were excellent, service was great. This is a must stop in MI and i can’t believe I missed it on previous trips.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1  (103) North Carolina | August 2, 2010
Just an outstanding bar to stop in and grab a beer and food at. Huge selection of beers on tap and bottle. The food was pretty good as well. The staff was friendly. Busy place though so be prepared to wait for a table or hang out at the bar.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty  (633) 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 wasn’t 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BigBang  (19) Indiana | July 28, 2010
This is a terrific spot. Beer selection is excellent - no doubt, both draft and bottles. The wait staff worked well as a team, was knowledgeable about their beers, offered good alternatives when taps ran dry, and were very friendly. If I lived in Grand Rapids, this would be the spot...
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) 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 didn’t 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 men’s 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 ’84 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 brewer’s festival). All in all, I’d definitely come back to this spot although there is still room for improvement on the service side of things.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
aobecksy  (22) Middle of no where, Ohio | July 26, 2010
Great cozy place in a beautiful city. Friendly people, knowledgeable staff. Food for all: hummas and veggies to french fried onions. Beer selection endless. Great neighborhood...most important: walking distance from founders.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11  (356) Cambridge, England | July 26, 2010
This place puts in work. Very impressive. Knowledgable and welcoming staff at the bar, but the wait staff is somewhat lacking. I’ve never had food here, but the menu looks decent. The main reason to stop by are for their taps -- which basically represent the best that Michigan has to offer. Great decor -- especially the carved wooden bar.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
Drake  (669) 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. I’d like to go back here when its calmer... perhaps I will this weekend. Nice stop though, even if just for the kickass tap list.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | July 7, 2010
Many great regional taps as well as an almost equal number of great belgians on draft. Classy old english bar atmosphere with friendly help. The food is very good and worth the stop itself. a must see in grand rapids.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
paulgermain  (5) sterling heights, Michigan | June 29, 2010
The beer selection is pretty good and always rotating. the fries and the hummus sandwich were great. The patio and bar area were really cool and clean. The bathroom was really interestingly decorated. Some beer was a little pricey but all and all worth checking out.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
dukefan  (66) Dallas, Texas | May 14, 2010
Despite their website, this IS NOT one of the Top 3 beer bars in the world. Falling Rock, Toronado, Ashley’s are all places that rank well ahead of this place. Goods: Competent food, nice beer selection, really good service from 2 of 3 people we dealt with. Bads: Why so few Michigan beers? And why no Bells? I can see no Founders - after you can walk over there if you want it badly enough. Bartender who was just ornery - insisted he tasted the beer he made (Jamaican Jerk beer) and insisted I pay the $1 tasting fee for it. And about that fee. Good marketing goes a long way. Ornery bartender says "If you wanna try some it will cost you a $1." Next day friendly waitress says, "Whatever you might have an interest in, we’ll pour you a sample size for $1". Much nicer presentation. If amg800 got the same bartender as me, I see why he mentioned the "Beer Snob" comment. As a beer geek that has been at this for a long, long time, I have probably turned hundreds of folks on to good beer. The first thing in doing so is to not "flaunt" my superior knowledge - but instead help others in finding something they enjoy. My next trip to GR will avoid Hopcat - in favor of Green Well and Founders.

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