Wednesday, April 17, 2013

HopCat: East Lansing Ground Breaking Set For Monday

Written by  Paul Starr
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HopCat - East Lansing

BarFly Ventures to plant hop bines in downtown East Lansing to mark the start of construction on HopCat – East Lansing.
Construction on HopCat – East Lansing is set to begin Monday, April 22. Located in the heart of downtown East Lansing (on the corner of Grove and Albert streets), HopCat – East Lansing will offer an extensive food menu and 100 craft beers on tap, the largest draft selection in the state.
East Lansing Mayor Diane Goddeeris and other city council members will join BarFly Ventures as they celebrate the ground breaking with a non-traditional approach – a ceremonial hop bine planting. Michigan Hop Alliance will supply HopCat – East Lansing with a dozen hop rhizomes that will be planted in hop barrels. The hop barrels will ensure the growth and safety of the rhizomes through the construction and development process.  

The planting of the Michigan-sourced hop bines will be a reminder of the growth of the Michigan brewing industry and sustainable principles BarFly integrates into its businesses. Many of Michigan Hop Alliance’s farms that will supply HopCat – East Lansing are certified organic. Additionally, through an extensive recycling and composting program implemented company-wide, BarFly’s establishments have prevented more than 90 percent of the waste they generate from going to landfills.    

  • HopCat – East Lansing hop-planting ceremony
  • In front of the building site at 300 Grove St., East Lansing
  • Monday, April 22, 2013 - 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

  • BarFly Owner: Mark Seller
  • BarFly Project Coordinator: Sam Short
  • East Lansing Mayor: Diane Goddeeris
  • East Lansing Mayor Pro-Tem: Nathan Triplett


Sam Short, project coordinator of BarFly Ventures and Mark Sellers have strong ties to the East Lansing community. Short is an East Lansing resident whose wife teaches at the MSU College of Law. Sellers is a life-long Spartan fan and attended Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business.

HopCat – East Lansing will create more than 75 new jobs, for both students and residents, upon opening in late summer 2013.

About BarFly Ventures:

BarFly Ventures was founded by Grand Rapids native Mark Sellers as a holding company for his pubs. BarFly’s flagship establishment, HopCat, opened in 2008 and has been named among the country’s best beer bars by Beer Advocate magazine, and In 2012 GQ magazine declared the burger at BarFly’s Stella's Lounge as the “Best Burger in America.” In December 2012, BarFly opened the state’s first all-organic brewery,Grand Rapids Brewing Co., in downtown Grand Rapids. In 2013, Barfly will open HopCat – East Lansing.

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.