Beer City USA: Visiting Grand Rapids

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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

Perrin Brewing

Man walking into Perrin Brewing in Beer City, USA

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!

Empty globe of beers at Perrin Brewing

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. 

Grand Rapids Brewing beer taps

Floors, walls, tables, flight holders, and even tap handles are all from reclaimed wood, and give this place so much character. 

Kids sitting in window seats at Grand Rapids Brewing

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. 

Flight of beer in reclaimed wood holder at Grand Rapids Brewing in Beer City, USA

My favorite brews were Rosalynn Bliss Blonde and Get to the Copper. Matt liked the Jon Ball Brown and Bon Bon Fire.


Man & woman standing under HopCat sign in Beer City, USA

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. 

Cosmik Fries at HopCat in Beer City, USA

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.

Old, restored detailed wood bar at HopCat in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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

Restored Engine House No. 9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now Mitten Brewing.

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. 

Slices of pizza on tray at Mitten Brewing in Beer City, USA

We shared some brews, pizza, and laughs. Everyone loved the pizza, and my girls are asking if we will go back again this summer.

Flight of beer at Mitten Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Final Thoughts

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! 

More Michigan breweries we’ve visited:

Downey Brewing

Frankenmuth Brewery

Thumb Brewery

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21 thoughts on “Beer City USA: Visiting Grand Rapids

  • June 6, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    That globe is impressive! I bet every was jealous for sure!

    • June 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm

      They sure were. They were all wondering what was so special about us, lol!!

  • June 6, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    This looks like a beer lover’s dream, how cool!

    • June 6, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      We were certainly shocked!!

  • June 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    The pizza photo made my mouth water. Yum!

    • June 6, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      Me too when I was working on the post!

  • June 6, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Absolutely love The Globe beer flight! Must put this on my list of places to visit. I’m more of a craft-beer-on-training-wheels girl while my husband loves IPAs.

    • June 6, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      That was me last year. Then I dove in pretty hard!! Hope you get there!

  • June 7, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Pizza and fries, yes please! We may not drink but we can eat!

    • June 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Yeah, we love our food too!

  • June 7, 2019 at 6:04 am

    What a fun place. This is right up my husband’s alley.

    • June 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Even the kids had fun!

  • June 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    That globe flight is crazy! We love to try beer all over the country, so this might have to join the bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks!! Easy to do when you make it a priority!!

  • June 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Beer City! How have I never heard of this? Sounds like a good time for sure!

    • June 12, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      We’ve been out there so many times, and this was our first time visiting the downtown area!! Happy we did!

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