HopCat

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
amg800  (38) Ada, Michigan | May 1, 2010| Updated April 22, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
TheWife  (25) Tampa, Florida | April 11, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
FlandersNed  (17) , Indiana | March 5, 2010
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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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
northernbrews  (15) Allen Park, Michigan | February 16, 2010
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!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
JaBier  (100) Capital City, Ohio | February 5, 2010
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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
17thfloor  (19) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (643) 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.
86
  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
markwise  (192) 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.

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