Monday, October 26, 2015

HopCat and Dark Horse Brewing Co. announce Dark Saturday World Record Tap Takeover

Written by  Paul Starr
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HopCat and Dark Horse Brewing Co., of Marshall, Mich., will make Detroit the center of the beer universe on Nov. 28.
Today at Detroit Fall Beer Festival, the two announced plans for Dark Saturday, a World Record Tap Takeover featuring 130 different varieties of Dark Horse beer.

The all-day event will break a record set at HopCat Detroit’s grand opening in which 120 different varieties of beer from Short’s Brewing Co., of Bellaire, Mich., were served.

“Dark Saturday is our answer to Black Friday,” said Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat. “We worked with Dark Horse to design an event that brings people together to celebrate great beer, hear some great music, and get people in a festive mood for the holidays.”

The tap takeover begins at 11 a.m.with 130 varieties of beer brewed by Dark Horse founder Aaron Morse and the rest of the Dark Horse brewing team. Distributor Rave Associates is providing logistical support that helps make the event possible.

Dark Saturday will include a special one-day renaming of HopCat Detroit’s Huma Room into the Crooked Tree Room, which will feature 30 varieties of Dark Horse’s Crooked Tree IPA. Live music in the Crooked Tree Room will begin at 7 p.m. to help close out the day.

“Putting 130 Dark Horse beers on tap in one day is a monumental undertaking that has required months of planning by the HopCat, Dark Horse and Rave teams,” said Garry Boyd, HopCat Ringleader and director of food and beverage. “Setting another world record will make Detroit the center of the beer universe on Nov. 28 and help remind the world that Michigan craft breweries are some of the best and most innovative in the nation.”
Follow Dark Horse and HopCat on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the hashtag #darksaturday.

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 HopCat has locations in Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Grand Rapids, Michigan; 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 and McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon, host of Irish on Ionia, Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Street Party.

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.