United States > Michigan > Grand Rapids
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 4, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A nice little neighbourhood pub a bit off-center. Somewhat small it can probably fit 50 to 75 with a lot of them standing. Dart board, pool table and cool rock music. Beer selection is interesting. About 20 taps with only a few junk items (Pabst Blue Ribbon being the worst). Mostly classic American micros (Dogfish 90 minutes, some Bellís, Some Founderís) but also a few smaller micros and some classic Belgium Ales (Delirium Tremens, etc.). The crowd is early 20s. The place was pretty packed on a Sunday night. Those Grand Rapid kids really like to go out. For the beer selection there is better in town (Loganís Alley) but if youíre a young beer-geek youíll like this place.
KPD (210) Michigan | September 3, 2012| Updated October 15, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Smallish bar opened in 2000, looks older on inside. Really funny posters on the walls. Good selection with 20 taps, had lunch which was decent, nice place to stop and have a few. If you like neighborhood bars this is right in your wheelhouse. Staff were friendly and helpful with menu.
rumproasts (207) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 26, 2012| Updated March 1, 2015
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
20 taps and a ridiculous bottle list. taps are mainly regional beers, but a nice variety. hole in the wall location, but worth finding. Unpretentious.
bigtaster (74) Grand Rapids, Michigan | July 25, 2009| Updated August 5, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice place, relatively small and kind of in a weird location. There was a decent selection of draft, nothing exotic, and a respectable bottle list with several that were new to me. Great atmosphere with a younger crowd who want to drink good beer and have a good time.
Silphium (59) East Lansing, Michigan | February 1, 2005
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A fairly nondescript bar with a handful of tables in the bar room and an additional room with a pool table, darts, and hockey. Huge menu with a fairly extensive beer list; 20 beers were listed on tap, and there were dozens of bottles available. Just prior to my visit, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and Summit Oatmeal Stout were available, both very rare beers in this region (in fact, Iím willing to bet this was the only bar within 100 miles that had those two beers). Others included Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Founders Breakfast Stout, and a handful of other locals and imports. In bottles, several Belgian, German, and British beers are available. I had the Nosferatu and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The former seemed a bit stale to me, very sweet with little of the original hop character. The SNCA also had an odd sweetness to it; Iíve had this beer on tap elsewhere several times before and never detected this flavor. A revisit is in store to see if other beers on tap have the same flavor. Foodwise I was disappointed; I ordered a Reuben and got a hamburger bun with a smearing of sauerkraut, cheese, and a small stack of that cheap 99 cents/package corned beef, probably that Carl Buddig crap. Pretty lame. Their food menu is quite small, and I recommend eating elsewhere before visiting.
timsilvia32 (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | February 28, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Used to frequent this bar when my friend lived up off Innes. Selection was the best in the city, until Hop Cat took over the Siera Room down by the Arena. Creative list of micros and imports, the bottle list doesnít seem like it changes much, but the drafts vary nicely. Food has improved drastically over the years, but seems a bit pricey for sandwiches. Service can be a bit hit or miss, especially when the place gets over crowded, which it tends to on the weekends. Quality jukebox, enough games to entertain, but those can be limited by the crowd. Overall you could do much worse in GR, and Hop Cat is now the beer king.
Jwasciuk (16) Lowell, Michigan | April 6, 2009| Updated February 17, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice selection of beer, nice to be able to sit outside on the patio and toss a few back.
jonwayne4883 (12) Grand Rapids, Michigan | February 27, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
food selection among the best of bars in area. patio setting very nice in summer. beer selction vast and reasonably priced. great location just outside of downtown.
alliance100 (11) Grand Rapids , Michigan | August 9, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Always a great place to find new brews , love the Belgium special on Thursdays , wish they had more sour options though
Porterback (5) | November 19, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic neighborhood bar with a terrific beer selection. The place is small, dark, and attracts a good local crowd which gives it a cozy feel. A great place to hang out with some good friends and drink a few. The food is decent but this is not the type of place people generally go to eat. I personally like Loganís better than Hopcat.
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