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Beer Available At HopCat (arranged by most recent)
The Livery Bourbon Barrel Batch 600 , 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 40, Perrin With Kindness 63, Right Brain Naughty Girl Stout 83, New Holland Dragonís Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies 94, De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #1 93, 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
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northernbrews (14) Allen Park, Michigan | February 16, 2010
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
HopCat is the best beer bar Iíve been to overall. Everything here is top notch...from the atmosphere, service, food, and definitely the beer. This was my second trip (would go ALOT more if it wasnít 2.5 hours away) and both times they had crazy events. The first was a Goose Island event w/ 20+ Goose Island beers on tap. This trip was the Shortís event w/ 25 Shortís beers on tap. Pretty much had a sample of all the beers (quite a good deal and great way to try lots of stuff at $1.00 per sample). Other beers ranged from $4.00 to $6.50 for pint of all the Shortís offerings w/ a few pricier (but worth it options on the regular menu) They had Samiclaus on tap which Iíve never seen before. Had the mac-n-cheese w/ sloopy joe and herbed tomatos....it was damn good. Hung out with Mark the owner and some buddies from Rate and BA which made the experience that much better. Definitely deserving of its high rating and it truely is a world class beer bar!
JaBier (87) Capital City, Ohio | February 5, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Hands down the best beer bar Iíve ever been to. Place is clean and cool, with a good mixed crowd. The song playing when I walked in was a Pinback song(!) Selection was fantastic with a ton of taps and bottles (local, American craft, import) and the option to sample any draft beer for $1. Beer highlights were Life & Limb, Hopwork Orange, Brooklyn Intensified and Bellís Oracle (bottle). Place was packed, but our bartender Ernie was outstanding. He was very friendly and attentive and knew his beer. Food was also very good (the Bar Zee and crack fries). Wouldnít have changed a thing about the visit. Perfect.
steebo777 (7) Michigan | January 29, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
One word for this place: Holyshitthisplacerocks! I have been going here for a couple years, but New Yearís took it to a whole other level. They never have cover on NYE, but it is always packed. We got there early, waited for 15min until we found a booth that fit all 6 of us. The entertainment that evening was wicked good, but it was the service that took it to another level. Our server made sure we were ALWAYS taken care of no matter what the entire night. She got the highest tip I have ever given (about 40%) and has sealed the deal for me going there as many times as possible from here on out.
The quality here is always the best in Michigan. On top of getting a variety of solid brews form around the world, they allow growler filling of anything on tap (it can get pricey though).
Service = see above story.
Selection as everyone else has said in other reviews fín rocks!!!
Food is great at HopCat. It is above standard pub fare but still is unique and damn tasty.
Value is solid because it offers such a wide variety of brews from around the world that they keep the prices at a steady rate.
xnoxhatex (9) Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan | August 24, 2009
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
What a wonderful place the hopcat is, not only do they have amazing beers on tap as well as food. They also have some of the most knowledgeable, friendly servers around. This place rivals some of the best beer bars out there and their food selection might even put them over the top. A great deal and a wonderful time every night of the week. I am glad to call this place home multiple nights of the week.
17thfloor (18) Chicago, Illinois | August 24, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Had a fantastic time here, stopped in for 1 beer and some wings and ended up staying for 4+ hours. Love the fact that the bar is a mile long allowing plenty of room for everyone to pull on up. Separate up-stairs smoking lounge was a plus to aid my bourbon barrel aged pour. Staff knows what they are doing with management on site ready to fix any problem. Prices for regular pours were $4-6 and sandwiches (which are pretty amazing) $7-9 or so. Proper glassware of course. The super high ceilings make it a very open atmosphere. They are way higher than most high ceiling which helps cut down the chatter a bit.
Sammy (574) Toronto, Ontario | August 6, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Firkinpoe (4) Minot, North Dakota | August 3, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
markwise (175) North of Tampa, Florida | July 26, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
inkubus27 (16) highland, Indiana | July 10, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
timsilvia32 (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | June 28, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
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.
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