Thursday, March 10, 2016

HopCat to introduce four states to Short’s Brewing Co. Beers & Starcut Ciders on March 19

Written by  Paul Starr
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Beer bar will be first to offer Short’s & Starcut  on tap in Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky and Nebraska.
HopCat today announced it has partnered with Short’s Brewing Co., of Bellaire, Mich., and its distributors to launch Short’s and Starcut beers and ciders on March 19 at HopCat locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
 
HopCat locations in Indianapolis; Lexington, Ky.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Madison, Wis. will offer Huma Lupa Licious, a palette-punching IPA; Soft Parade, a best-selling fruit-infused rye beer; Space Rock, a pale ale brewed to remove gluten, and Starcut Octorock , a semi-sweet hard cider on tap along with limited supplies of other specialty beers and ciders.

Short’s and its distributor representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the beers. Check HopCat.com and your local HopCat’s Facebook page for a detailed lineup.

Short’s and HopCat have a long history of friendship, including two world record tap takeovers and HopCat’s annual birthday celebration for Joe Short, founder and namesake of the Bellaire-based brewery.

“Huma Lupa Licious is my favorite beer, and Joe Short is one of my favorite brewers, so I’m happy HopCat can be the first bar to showcase Short’s as it begins expanding outside Michigan,” said Mark Sellers, founder and CEO of HopCat and its parent company, BarFly Ventures. “Joe’s creations are some of the best, most interesting craft beers in the world.”

"Short's has been on tap continuously at HopCat since they opened in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It's so fitting that they would be a part of our launch outside of the state,” Short said. “I plan to meet Mark for a pint of Huma in every HopCat state."

HopCat’s Michigan locations already carry a selection of Short’s and Starcut drafts. On Jan. 28 Short’s announced it would be expanding its distribution footprint outside of its home state for the first time in its 12-year history.

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 seven locations with new locations planned for Lincoln, Neb., Louisville, Ky., and elsewhere in 2016. BarFly Ventures also owns and operates Stella’s Lounge, a whiskey and retro-arcade bar in Grand Rapids, the award-winning Grand Rapids Brewing Company and The Waldron Public House, an English-style pub in 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.