We chose the back bar, which only had a couple locals drinking with us. Food was very good. Our bartender was friendly and informative. In addition to the beer we tried, he also gave us a sample of two beers that he blended. Probably our best bartender of the day.
Great beer stop! I didn’t try any of the food but they have 16 of their brews on tap. They offer $6 flights so you can sample 6 brews before you commit to a pint. They also have a full bar for your non beer drinking companions (my wife took advantage of their $4 Bloody Mary bar). Our server, Claudia, really took care of us. She even brought my wife a mini mixed drink sample! But I digress, back to the beer- my favorite by far was the Downtown Dank! Delicious use of Cita Hops.
This place says that sustainability is at the heart of what they do as a company. "We built our brewpub to reflect that value. Reclaimed materials were used for our floors, tables and walls and we employed local artisans to create our furnishings and artwork. We also employ an extensive recycling and composting program, helping us divert more than 90 percent of GRBC’s waste from landfills and incinerators." A hey are also organic, which appealed to to our green selves.
A cool brewpub in a huge historic building in downtown Grand Rapids. Open and spacey. The service is good and they have a solid selection, but the beer is pretty pedestrian. They have food, and although we didn’t eat, it’s owned by Bar Fly Ventures, so I’m sure it’s good. Right around the corner from HopCat, and worth a stop if you’re in the area.
Nate (330) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 19, 2014
Stopped in for my last sampling of the night, about 10pm. Not busy and bartender was very friendly and chatty - offered me a few different samples and knew about the styles. Would go back.
This is a great brewery. The food is amazing, they make there own sausage in house and get all their products from Michigan. The location is perfect right in the heart of the Grand Rapids bar district. The building and feel of the place is really cool. They dont have the best beer in Grand Rapids but it is still good and I try to get in there anytime I am in GR.
Loud, crowded. Otherwise, cozy atmosphere. "Organic" beers--interesting. Decent selection of beer (and full bar, for those in your party who haven’t yet learned to appreciate craft brews) that they brew. Interesting food selections (gastropub chic, I’d say). All a bit pricey, but solid. Their website seems to be very out of date with their selection choices--we skipped dessert somewhere else to try the beer gelato they mentioned on the website. Waitress said they hadn’t had it in months and "someone better change our site."
I wound up going here twice due to other people enjoying the atmosphere. The place is large although it does tend to get crowded in the evenings. Service was timely and the wait staff is knowledgeable about what is available. Selection may vary but it looked like five regular beers and three special taps most of the time. Prices are a little expensive though in line with a typical upscale brewpub. If you are going to Hopcat it is worth crossing the street for a look and a few ticks before you move on to other bars.
The picture currently shown is the old place. They are now down town. It was crowded - to the gills, when I went. Beer was fine - a had a flight. But nothing special. And almost not worth the hassle of al the hipster people. Don’t go on a weekend evening.