Monday, February 10, 2014

Hopcat – Grand Rapids Named No. 1 Brewpub in the United States For Second Year In A Row By RATEBEER.COM

Written by  Paul Starr
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 HopCat - Grand Rapids

For the second year in a row, the internationally renowned website has named HopCat – Grand Rapids the No. 1 brewpub in the United States. The awards, announced this morning, are part of what calls the largest beer competition in the world.
This year HopCat shared Best Brewpub honors with New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany, Ind.; Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, Calif.; Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, Calif; and Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, N.C..

HopCat, which celebrated its 6th anniversary on Jan. 25, has topped the charts in multiple beer and brewpub ranking lists since it was founded by Mark Sellers in 2008.

“Earning recognition from a site like as the best in the nation is a testament to the entire HopCat team’s tireless efforts to serve our customers throughout the year,” Sellers said.

In 2013 HopCat – Grand Rapids welcomed more than 250,000 craft beer enthusiasts, and served up 780 different varieties of craft beer over the course of the year. The repeat honor by follows Four Square dubbing HopCat Most Popular Bar in Michigan. Readers of named HopCat the No. 2 beer bar in the country in 2013. HopCat has also been on Draft Magazine’s Draft 100 list of best beer bars in the country for five straight years. In July Sellers’ holding company BarFly Ventures opened HopCat East Lansing with a world record-setting 100-tap takeover in collaboration with Short’s Brewing Co.

Siciliano’s Specialty Market in Grand Rapids also repeated as RateBeer’s Top Grocery for beer in the nation.

For a full list of’s latest rankings, visit is an independent, consumer-driven site for craft beer enthusiasts around the world. It is recognized as the most accurate and visited source for beer information.

About HopCat:

25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids | 300 Grove St, East Lansing

Founded in Grand Rapids in 2008, HopCat is the flagship brand of BarFly’s restaurant and bar collection. HopCat is a destination for locals, tourists and beer fanatics alike, earning international accolades as such as: “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine, “No. 2 Beer Bar in America” by and “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by RateBeer.comHopCat – East Lansing opened in August 2013 in record setting fashion, hosting a 100-tap takeover in partnership with Short’s Brewing Co. With 100 microbrews on tap year round, HopCat – East Lansing has one of the largest draft beer menus in the state. |

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.