HopCat | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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 95, 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%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
steebo777  (7) Michigan | January 29, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
xnoxhatex  (9) Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan | August 24, 2009
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
17thfloor  (18) Chicago, Illinois | August 24, 2009
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.
  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.
  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  (173) 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.

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