HopCat’s mission is simple; Be the best damn craft beer bar on the planet. What is great beer? It's a beer made with care and pride. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Every once in a while, it's a beer you never would have ordered but for the fact that your server or bartender suggested it.
Our menu goes way beyond the typical freezer bag to fryer crap you find at a lot of bars. Our famous giant stuffed burgers were named Best in America by GQ in 2012 and Best in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine and On the Town. We even make our own vegetarian and vegan burgers, beer-battered avocados and stuffed tots.
We also have over 250 kinds of whiskey for your sipping pleasure. Canadian, Scotch, Irish, American (including some Michigan-made varieties) -- we cover the map.
We have all the vintage arcade games you (or your parents) skipped 6th period to play -- Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, Tron and Q*bert to name a few. They're still just 25 cents to play.
We play rock music that changes when our mood changes. Sometimes you might hear Lionel Richie, Johnny Cash and AC/DC in the same visit. It's a beautiful thing.
We have assembled an amazing staff to care for your every need - if you want something, ask nicely (manners are important, yo!) and they'll hook you up.
On January 1, 1893 six local breweries joined forces and opened Grand Rapids Brewing Co.
Over the next two decades, they built a monumental brewery at the corner of Michigan Street and Ionia Avenue, what is now the site of a state office building. Capitalizing on the location’s ample supply of fresh spring water and a refreshingly drinkable flagship beer, Silver Foam, GRBC became one of Midwest’s largest and best-known breweries.
In 1920, Prohibition brought that success story to a crashing halt. When the bans on alcohol production and sales were lifted, GRBC merged with several other breweries and eventually left town.
In 2012, Mark Sellers, founder of BarFly Ventures and owner of three other area bars, brought Grand Rapids Brewing Co. back to downtown Grand Rapids, just 6 blocks from its original location. Today’s Grand Rapids Brewing Company opened on December 5, 2012, 79 years to the day after the repeal of Prohibition.
Today, we pride ourselves on serving Grand Rapids great beer brewed right here in Beer City USA. The beer we produce includes a recreation of the iconic Silver Foam, along with several other beers brewed to honor our Grand Rapids heritage, leaders, landmarks as well as our Grand Rapids Brewing Company family.
Sustainability is at the heart of what we 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.
We hope that you are as excited to experience Grand Rapids Brewing Company, as we are to provide this experience for you.