HopCat | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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World Class based on 127 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: Tmoney99 (5) | Taps: 49 | Bottles: 150


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Beer Available At HopCat (arranged by most recent)
HopCat Zugspitze Weizen 70, Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 97, Right Brain C.E.O. Stout 94, Victory DirtWolf Double IPA 99, New Holland White Hatter 85, New Belgium / Three Floyds Lips Of Faith - Grštzer Ale 87, Ommegang Hennepin 97, Ommegang Fleur De Houblon 96, Beggars Delirium Trigger Stout , Victory Old Horizontal 100, Latitude 42 Old Chin Wig , Innis & Gunn Rum Cask 79, Sierra Nevada / Victory Beer Camp Alt Route 90, Sierra Nevada / Three Floyds Beer Camp Chico King 86, Sierra Nevada / Russian River Beer Camp Yvan the Great 93, Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues Beer Camp CANfusion Rye Bock 88, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack & Kens Ale 99, Sierra Nevada / Ninkasi Beer Camp Double Latte 99, Sierra Nevada / New Glarus Beer Camp There And Back 92, Sierra Nevada / Firestone Walker Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner 96
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127 reviews for HopCat
 Ambiance  88%
 Service  82%
 Selection  91%
 Food  78%
 Value  79%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  99%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (552) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Firkinpoe  (4) Minot, North Dakota | August 3, 2009
This was probably the best beer bar I have ever been to. I stopped in on a trip to Grand Rapids and loved the place. The place was really cool with a great looking bar, wood floors, and a upstairs smoking lounge. The first floor is smoke-free. The tap selection was amazing. They do specialize in Michigan breweries, but they did have a lot of good other stuff. I tried a New Holland Imperial Hatter and then a Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, an absolutely perfect Imperial Stout. The service seemed a little slow for the amount of people that were there, barely any, but overall the burger and fries I had were good, and the beer was awesome.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
markwise  (169) North of Tampa, Florida | July 26, 2009
This tap list is freaking awesome! There is nothing quite like it. CRAZY beers on draft, growlers available, but a bit pricey. Service was pretty good, but the place was empty. One of the brewers stopped by and chatted, recommended Sage Against The Machine, which was enjoyable. Bartender knew his beers very well, and an overall great experience ensued.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
inkubus27  (16) highland, Indiana | July 10, 2009
Went to Founders then headed a few blocks down to Hopat... which is every bit as good as Founders, though with a much larger selection of beers. It seemed like most of the beers were from Michigan breweries with a few exceptions. Overall, the list was amazing. Service was superb. Didnít try the food but the menu looked pretty good. Itís a must stop if youíre in the area.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
timsilvia32  (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | June 28, 2009
I remember this place being the Sierra Room, a wine joint. What an improvement this place has become. Too bad this wasnít around when I actually lived near GR. Nice woody interior, like many downtown GR bars. Place for a band near the entrance windows. Porch outside is nice, for 4 months of the year. Upstairs smoking lounge is a real nice touch and does seem to keep the smoke out of the rest of the establishment. Definetely have not seen a better beer selection, a few maybe equal, but none better. Good selection and variety and plenty of local brews. Shorts being the treat for me. The Hopcat brand stout was not bad either, just not quite as good as the Chocolate Wheat from Shorts. Vintage stuff seemed a bit pricey, but Iíve never understood the "cost" of keeping something in a cellar. Anyways, this is far and away the best place to stop in GR.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617  (25) Royal Oak, Michigan | June 28, 2009
This place was epic. I was in the GR area for my birthday weekend and a friend told me about this place. The food was great, the beer was great, the service was excellent. I will definitely be back. Cheers!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker  (12) Burbank, Illinois | June 24, 2009
Stopped here after Founders Fest. The place was pretty packed, but it wasnít too loud or douchey. Service was very good, and the waiter was very attentive. The tap selection was very good, with tons of Michigan taps. The beer wasnít as expensive as I was lead to believe. Snagged several growlers for the hotel room, which were priced pretty fairly. The food was nothing spectacular, just your typical bar food. Worth a stop if you are in the area, but eat somewhere else.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27  (24) Berkley, Michigan | June 16, 2009
Excellent selection on the taps. Bottle list is good too but a little expensive. Nice all wood interior with a small outdoor patio gives the place a nice inviting atmosphere. Wait staff was fast. Best of all, they will allow you to take home growlers on most anything on tap. This is definitely one of the better beer bars in the state.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose  (252) pouring bus, New Brunswick | May 23, 2009
Beautiful brick building with some covered outdoor seating. comfortable chairs. quite happy to get night stalker on draft here. okay
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
greco  (14) Zeeland, Michigan | May 6, 2009
By far the standard for the Grand Rapids Area Beer scene. 50 taps of better beer, including a firkin that is regularly kept busy. A sassy yet knowledgeable wait staff and an extremely impressive bottle selection to go with the tap selection. The bottle reserves have things some people will never see again. My only regret is that it isnít closer to my house.

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