Come enjoy Grand Rapids’ best-kept secret,
Hideout Brewing Company!
Since 2005, Hideout Brewing Company has been offering a wide variety of hand-crafted beers that will satisfy anyone’s taste.
While you enjoy one of our classic Hideout brews, check out what else we have to offer! Kick back and enjoy live music, relax in our beer garden, or challenge your friends to a classic video game located in our upstairs lounge.
- Co2 or Nitro? What’s the difference? (8/11/2014)
Hideout offers quite the variety of beers, both in the taproom and available for distribution. Some have specialized taps and are pushed by a different gas referred to as, “Nitro.” When you walk into our taproom and order a Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout, you’re immediately re-prompted, “Co2 or Nitro?” by the bar staff. So which is better? Which should a craft beer connoisseur such as yourself choose?
The following article by John Holl courtesy of craftbeer.com may help shed a bit of light:
“There is something poetic, almost romantic, about a freshly-poured pint of stout from a nitro tap. The cascading effect is mesmerizing; the waterfall of tiny bubbles slowly yielding to a dark brew with a fluffy, white head thick enough to float a bottle cap.
While nitro is normally associated with a certain brewery of Irish heritage hailing from Dublin, more and more craft breweries are embracing the nitrogenated method and adding such beers to their lineups. The number of bars adding independent (non branded) nitro taps is growing as more establishments embrace craft beer and buck the traditions of larger breweries.
Craft outfits like Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery, Sly Fox Beer, Yards Brewing Company and more are adding nitro to their arsenals. A strong number of brewpubs throughout the country also offer nitro beers. “It gives complexity to beer,” says Terence Sullivan of Sierra Nevada, which released a nitrogenated stout named Knightro at their pub last year.
When people talk of nitro, it’s a reference to the type of gas used in the carbonation process. It means the difference between the creamier nitrogen beers (N2) and their lively, prickly CO2 counterparts. A typical nitrogenated beer contains about 70 percent nitrogen and 30 percent carbon dioxide.
Nitrogen is largely insoluble in liquid, which is what contributes to the thick mouth feel. This effect is helped by a special piece of tap equipment known as a restrictor plate that forces the beer through tiny holes before it lands in the glass. That process causes the “rising” effect that is topped with the head. And it’s really only the bubbles on the sides of the glass that fall. Inside they are actually rising, as typically seen with a poured carbonated beverage.
There is no official tally on the number of craft breweries that are producing nitrogenated beers, but because of the complex science (and secrecy) that goes into the canned or bottle offerings, most are sticking to draft.
One exception is Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colo., which has a Milk Stout as part of their regular lineup. Since the standard CO2 version of the stout hit shelves more than a decade ago, the brewery was working to figure out how to nitrogenate bottles.
“It took a whole lot of trial and error,” said Eric Wallace, Left Hand co-founder. “We started playing with widgets and kept pushing it closer and closer. The push was done by the packaging side of the company—Jake Kolakowski and Mark Sample—and they got it.”
The brewery first released a bottled nitro version of Milk Stout to the public at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. Sullivan and others pointed out that many breweries offer the same beer on both types of taps side by side. The difference between the two is vast, with the nitro beer taking on a creamy texture and more evenly distributed flavors while the CO2 beer is more aggressive on the tongue and aroma forward.
Sharp-eyed drinkers will notice that most, though not all, beers served on nitro tend to be more malt heavy than hop forward. Thus, more porters and stouts over India pale ales are typically found on nitro. “Historically, with grains the nitrogen just plays better,” says Thomas Vincent, the pub brewer at Natty Greene’s Pub and Brewery in Raleigh, N.C.
“Anytime with nitrogen, at least in my experience, the hops are faded,” said Vincent. “So, we tend to stick to maltier beers.” But he noted that in this age of craft beer experimentation nothing is off the table, and that “anything is possible.” He sees nitrogenated beers becoming more prominent—even those sticky thick double IPAs. One way this will happen is by more craft beer bars installing independent nitro taps.
Manufacturing companies are making this easier than ever before by affordable nitro lines for bars that want to stand apart from other establishments. While it was tough to find five years ago, it’s rare these days to find a bar that takes craft beer seriously without an independent nitro tap.
Sullivan, for one, is glad to see more nitrogenated beers on the market. “I love a beer with a nice head. Nitrogenated [beer] is so tight…and with the cascading it’s a beautiful specimen to me. It’s hard to be at a bar, see one being served, and not say, ‘my gosh that looks good.’ It’s appetizing.””
– As a journalist focusing on craft beer and the culture of drinking, John Holl writes for a variety of publications. He is the author of the forth coming American Craft Beer Cookbook and is the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeartRadio. You can read more of his articles here.
- Stainless Steel Growlers Are Here! (7/24/2014)
Hideout had such success with our first run of Stainless Growlers, we had to order more! This time, we’ve got two different varieties; we continued the original design (center in the photo), and created two new wraparound designs. We only ordered a limited quantity, so stop by and pick yours up soon!
- B.A.S.H and Ice Cream Party (7/18/2014)
This weekend we’ve got something special for you! In addition to our new releases, we’ve got B.A.S.H in the Beer Garden on Saturday at 7pm and an Ice Cream Party (to observe National Ice Cream Day) on Sunday at 5pm. Live music on Sunday evening courtesy of Watching for Foxes.
New releases today:
Cherry Wit 5.3%
Hoppy Lager 6.8%
Blueberry Wit 5.5%
Black Rye 5.5%
- Release Party – Thanks! (7/14/2014)
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Batch 800 release weekend! It was a HUGE success!
This week, we’ll be bringing back “new release Fridays,” and have a special brew up on deck. Keep tabs on the website, FACEBOOK, and Twitter for new details.
- Batch 800 Release Today! (7/11/2014)
Batch 800 is a brand new Triple IPA recipe. We were very excited for this one and it turned out fantastic. Our brewers used Amarillo and Palisade hops for a mellow citrus flavor profile, with slightly floral hints and a semi sweet finish. Ending up at 11% ABV, this is definitely a beer to remember.
We saved one keg each of 600 (Belgian Tripel) and 700 (Imperial Triggerman) specifically for this event. These aren’t going to last long, so stop into the taproom and get yours! We’ll be pouring these for as long as they last through the weekend.
Don’t forget tomorrow is our July Mug Club party, featuring a TACO BAR and live music from Cousin Curtiss Matt Plesser. As always, there is no cover for our events at the Hideout.
- New Releases, Mug Club Party, and More! (7/7/2014)
Welcome to July!
This Friday, July 11, will mark the release of Hideout Brewing Company’s 800th batch of beer! This limited run will be a Triple IPA (at 11% ABV). To celebrate, we’ve been saving a bit of Batch 600 and Batch 700 (Belgian Tripel and Imperial Triggerman) for the event, all of which will be going on tap!
Also accompanying these are a few new releases and a few re-releases. Among these: Maple Oak Red, ESB, Black Rye Porter, and Blueberry Stout. We’ve beer playing with our wheat beer flavorings and have added blueberry, cherry, and apple Jolly Ranchers (for the Apple Rancher Wit, of course!) to our difference wheat batches.
Saturday will be our monthly Mug Club Party in the beer garden. While you’re enjoying the new releases, make sure to catch live tunes from Cousin Curtiss and Matt Plesser, plus FOOD! Hideout has been playing around with a gourmet taco idea, and this will be your chance to try it out with a taco bar! Food, beer, and live music. Party on, Wayne!
Not a Mug Club member yet? Talk to your nearest Hideout staff about joining up, and get all the benefits of Mug Club membership. Beer discounts, Mug Club Parties, and a custom engraved Hideout mug!
- Table and Tap Brewery Battle (5/28/2014)
- Mug Club Party! (5/16/2014)
Hideout Brewing Company’s May Mug Club Party happens this weekend!
Stop down this Saturday evening at 7pm and enjoy Mug Club Night beer specials, great food courtesy of Flo’s Pizzeria and live music from the Kent County String Band!
Not a Mug Club member yet? No problem! Ask your bartender and we’ll get you signed up for 2014!