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Beer Available At HopCat (arranged by most recent)
Bells Oarsman Ale 48, Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel Aged Orthus 62, Latitude 42 Lilikoi Wheat , Ommegang Game Of Thrones #4 - Valar Morghulis 97, HopCat Chocolate Thunder , Atwater Bourbon Barrel Aged Shamans Porter 54, 961 Beer/Kissmeyer - Brewmasterís Select 01 - Lebanese Pale Ale 40, HopCat Wakazacca , HopCat Light Side of the Sun , Perrin Kill íem All , Perrin With Kindness 55, 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
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JoeMcPhee (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 28, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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.
aobecksy (22) Middle of no where, Ohio | July 26, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nbutler11 (316) Phoenix, Arizona | July 26, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place puts in work. Very impressive. Knowledgable and welcoming staff at the bar, but the wait staff is somewhat lacking. Iíve 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.
Drake (503) Free Union, Virginia | July 22, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | July 7, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
paulgermain (5) sterling heights, Michigan | June 29, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dukefan (62) Dallas, Texas | May 14, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Despite their website, this IS NOT one of the Top 3 beer bars in the world. Falling Rock, Toronado, Ashleyís 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, weíll 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.
amg800 (38) Ada, Michigan | May 1, 2010| Updated April 22, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Rerating HopCats - My wife and I made a visit the other night. We had a great time. It was pitcher and wings Wednesday, service has greatly improved since my last rating... Nice people managing LupulinDevil...
Old post -
Iíve got mixed feelings about the place, and I hate to say so, I wish I could say that I loved it. Iíve been there several times and each time the selection has been rotated, and the food was good... All you really need out of a good beer bar, right? Well the problem is the service. Everytime I think of the distinction between beer snobs (assholes who donít give non-beer people the time of day) and beer geeks (people who want to share their love of beer) I think of this place as full of beer snobs. Personally I donít get offended, I order my beer and begin to drink it as itís put in front of me. I frequently go there as part of a group, and group members are easily offended.
Bottom line is if you are visiting this place its better if you go with fellow beer drinkers only, the staff is accomodating, but lets you know they are going out of their way to do so.
TheWife (25) Tampa, Florida | April 11, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
HopCat has a welcoming restaurant/bar feel. With an extensive beer menu and knowledgeable waitstaff it is a beer loverís mecca. I liked that they offer $1 2 ounce samples (none free, as clearly stated on the menu). I didnít like that a number of the brews on the menu were not available- but the waitress knew immediately that they did not have it (saved time). For food, I shared two appetizers and both were really good (crack fries and trio dip sampler). The beer was pricier here (than Founders and Bells) but still not really over priced.
FlandersNed (17) , Indiana | March 5, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Gotta love the mix of excellent house-made brews and hard-to-find (non-bottled) selection from other microbreweries (Shorts, The Livery, etc.). Seem to always have a firkin selection too! More bonus points for making 2-oz samples available of just about anything. Wish I lived near here!
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