Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HopCat to celebrate anniversary with special beer releases, free Crack Fries until 5, charity Crack Fries-eating contest

Written by  Paul Starr
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Beer bar celebrates 8 years of supporting craft beer and serving up “Food Your Mom Would Make if She Loved Craft Beer
HopCat, one of America’s top-rated beer bars, will mark eight years in business on Jan. 23 with special beer releases and free orders of its famous Crack Fries until 5 p.m. to everyone who visits.
A Crack Fries-eating contest at all HopCat locations on Saturday will culminate with the winners competing against one another in the first-ever Crack Fries-eating Championship at the Michigan Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti. That champion will receive a $2,000 cash prize and free Crack Fries throughout their year as champion at any HopCat. At each location, second place winners will receive a $100 gift card while third place winners receive a $25 gift card.

Entering the contest is only $5 with all proceeds being donated to Cassa Del Toro Pit Bull Rescue. HopCat is providing a 100% match of all entry fees.
HopCat was built with one idea in mind: To bring its guest great beer.

Today there are seven HopCat locations, including the original location in Grand Rapids, which first opened in December of 2008. New locations planned for 2016 include Lincoln, Nebraska, and Louisville, Kentucky.

Anniversary specials on the menu at each HopCat throughout the month include the return of the famed Uber Burger and the Grand Royale.
HopCat Founder Mark Sellers opened HopCat after returning to his hometown following a successful career as an investment manager in Chicago. Mark created HopCat to be a place where he’d like to drink with a huge menu of craft beers and no macro beers from the Miller-Bud-Coors juggernaut.
HopCat continues to be majority owned by Mark, who personally oversees the unique design of each new HopCat. Every HopCat strives to recycle or compost 90 percent of the waste it generates. Each HopCat also has a locally managed beer program that focuses on featuring local craft beers alongside the best craft beer selections from around the world.

About BarFly Ventures
Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2008, BarFly Ventures is the parent company of HopCat, a craft beer bar named “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine and “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by RateBeer.com. HopCat has locations in Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Grand Rapids, Mich.; Indianapolis, Ind., Madison, Wis., and Lexington, Ky.. BarFly Ventures also owns and operates Stella’s Lounge, a whiskey and retro-arcade bar in Grand Rapids with Giant Stuffed Burgers named “Best in America” by GQ Magazine. BarFly also owns the award-winning Grand Rapids Brewing Company. In February it will open The Waldron Public House, an English-style pub, in downtown Grand Rapids.
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.