The title “Beer City, USA” may be a rotating title, but Grand Rapids, Michigan deserves the use of this title unless another city can boast their winnings. Through USA Today polls, Grand Rapids has earned the title ever year from 2012 – 2017, and maintained a strong 2nd in both 2018 and 2019. Therefore, I choose to say we were visiting Grand Rapids, Beer City, USA.
Visiting Grand Rapids, Beer City, USA Day One
Our only visit was to Perrin Brewing in Comstock Park, which is about 10 minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids. My first thought walking up to Perrin Brewing, was that it looks like an old farmer’s market.
Not sure what to order in our flights, Matt asked our server if we could have one of everything, with the exception of a couple he named off. She recommended “The Globe” and we about fell over when she brought it out. In other words, we were the spectacle of the place. Everyone who saw the globe was asking us how we got it!
Thankfully we had our friends to help us try them all. Perrin Brewing makes some great beer, and the atmosphere is pretty cool!! A couple of our favorites were the Gold, Grapefruit IPA, Funk You Berry Much, Passion Fruit Gose, and Matt liked the Caramel Nitro.
Visiting Beer City Day Two
Grand Rapids Brewing Co
Stop one to Grand Rapids Brewing Co was a great way to start the afternoon. Located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, in a beautifully maintained/restored historic building, and filled with reclaimed materials.
Floors, walls, tables, flight holders, and even tap handles are all from reclaimed wood, and give this place so much character.
Grand Rapids Brewing is well known for their extensive food menu of items cooked with beer, and has been featured on Travel Channel’s Man Vs Food. However, we only snacked on their Scotch Eggs, and the kids had some Dank Fries.
My favorite brews were Rosalynn Bliss Blonde and Get to the Copper. Matt liked the Jon Ball Brown and Bon Bon Fire.
On the same block as Grand Rapids Brewing, the next corner, is HopCat. Although not a brewery, HopCat has been recognized as one of the top Beer Bars in the world. This is well deserved because their mission is to bring us great beer. With 49 taps, and at least a 250 bottle list, I’m sure you will find something to please the palate.
Speaking of palate pleasing, HopCat is the home to Food Network Magazine’s Top Ten Fries in America. Beer battered and seasoned, we all shared their Cosmik Fries, and Vladimir Poutine. You can read more about all their recognition here!
HopCat has many locations, and each is unique. Grand Rapids location is full of original woodwork, wood ceilings, antique beams, and a stunning bar. Even old bikes and art, hang from the ceiling. See if there is a location near you. We enjoyed partaking in some beer tasting from all over.
Mitten Brewing Co
Finally, our stop to Mitten Brewing Co, Engine House No. 9…..our favorite! This restored, Victorian era, vintage baseball-themed, brewery/pizzeria is a homerun!! Detroit Tiger fans can enjoy the little touches, like the old Tiger Stadium seats in the waiting area.
We shared some brews, pizza, and laughs. Everyone loved the pizza, and my girls are asking if we will go back again this summer.
All the brews we tasted were great!! This summer we will be on the lookout for their Peanuts & Cracker Jack, because we’ve heard great things about it, but have yet to try it.
We enjoyed all these breweries so much. Therefore, it will be hard to check out new ones next time we head to Grand Rapids. We have so many more breweries on our bucket list.
In conclusion, it’s understandable why Grand Rapids has been voted Beer City, USA so many times. Is visiting Beer City, USA on your bucket list? Connect with us on Instagram, because we want to know where your favorite breweries are located!
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