The cats who run this place really went all out for RBSG 2010. What a bunch of great guys. They even took a few of us on a short bus ride to an old mine where they own space nine stories down to store and age bottles of beer, cases of beer, kegs, etc. The place is nice too. Tall ceilings, lots of indoor brick, a couple large TVs, tons of bar and table space. Forty-eight taps and hundreds of bottles available. They had a boatload of Bells beers on just for us RB folks. Outdoor seating. Friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The theme seems to be mostly Beatles and blues. A fantastic place to drink a pint... or even a hand-made bloody mary, come to find out.
Easily one of the best beer bars in the country. Anything on tap, 2.5oz for $1. It’s a ticker’s paradise with that and the number of taps. Not to mention that they roll them over very frequently. The people behind the bar definitely know their shit and love talking shop with RBers. Beers are fresh and clean and they are great people.
decent enough place. lots of beers and other drunks to choose from. as far as food, have only had their big ole pretzel, it was good.
MrBunn (92) The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania | August 2, 2010
Stopped in here a couple of days back on a busy Saturday night. Pulled up to the bar and was very impressed by the beer list. Taps are incredible and bottles are very god as well. Had a bunch of stuff (samples are a buck and I thank Jake for dealing with me, even though I only had a couple of the small samples due to the craziness of downtown GR that night.) The HopCat beer I had was excellent, and the others were very good as well. The burger and fries (oh, the fries!) were excellent, service was great. This is a must stop in MI and i can’t believe I missed it on previous trips.
Just an outstanding bar to stop in and grab a beer and food at. Huge selection of beers on tap and bottle. The food was pretty good as well. The staff was friendly. Busy place though so be prepared to wait for a table or hang out at the bar.
Visited twice during RBSG. The first stop started with an order error, and four of us trying to figure out who got what. They service was impeccable after that, though, and when the place wasn’t completely packed, it was exceptional, with knowledgeable and friendly people being very helpful. Great tap list, though a couple things, particularly Hopslam, were not in the best condition. Good food. Would be a cool place to hang out.
This is a terrific spot. Beer selection is excellent - no doubt, both draft and bottles. The wait staff worked well as a team, was knowledgeable about their beers, offered good alternatives when taps ran dry, and were very friendly. If I lived in Grand Rapids, this would be the spot...
Stopped here a few times throughout the RBSG weekend and I really enjoyed most of the time I spent there. The first night was great - 25 Bells taps, low prices and a very friendly server. Their own beers are kind of hit or miss - although with all of the Bells stuff (including cask Two-Hearted - mmm) I didn’t drink a whole lot of it. The space itself is absolutely stunning. Big and yet intimate with lots of wood detailing, brass and some vintage pinups in the men’s room all contribute to a nice, well-integrated ambience.
The owners also gave us a ride to check out their aging facility in some abandoned gypsum mines which was a (very literally) cool experience. The owner popped a few bottles of ’84 Eylenbosch to share while were down there as well. Very generous on their part.
Some of the servers were a little obnoxious throughout the first night, and the service during lunch the following day was very slow (more than 45 minutes to get a selection of sandwiches - we had to get them to go so that we could actually make the bus to the brewer’s festival). All in all, I’d definitely come back to this spot although there is still room for improvement on the service side of things.
Great cozy place in a beautiful city. Friendly people, knowledgeable staff. Food for all: hummas and veggies to french fried onions. Beer selection endless. Great neighborhood...most important: walking distance from founders.
This place puts in work. Very impressive. Knowledgable and welcoming staff at the bar, but the wait staff is somewhat lacking. I’ve never had food here, but the menu looks decent. The main reason to stop by are for their taps -- which basically represent the best that Michigan has to offer. Great decor -- especially the carved wooden bar.
Stopped by here after Founders. Nice place... kind of an old industrial ambience. Our server was working his ass off, but he also had a habit of fucking up our orders. Watching a bunch of drunk Ratebeerians trying to figure out which beer was which is quite entertaining. I got no food here and I walked so I have no clue how parking is. Thanks to deyholla for getting us here and back to the hotel. Overall a decent stop with a ton of local Michigan brews on tap, including some rarer stuff. A couple of selections were out and a few (like Hopslam) were older than advertised. I’d like to go back here when its calmer... perhaps I will this weekend. Nice stop though, even if just for the kickass tap list.