Monday, January 19, 2015

Recap of Hopcat 7-Year Anniversary Celebration in Grand Rapids

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Things have been very busy in the world of Hopcat with new locations springing up all over. Hopcat Detroit is the most recent to open just a month ago with a world record setting 120 Short’s beers on tap. Detroit joins the East Lansing and Broad Ripple Indy locations as the 4th Hopcat to open since the original original Grand Rapids location opened 7 years ago. I recently paid a visit to the Grand Rapids location for their weekend-long celebration on the anniversary.
The celebration started right when the doors opened at 11 AM on Saturday with a line out the door for their anniversary bottle release. This year this included both the traditional anniversary Oil Rigger Russian Imperial Stout and also a special bottle release of the Red Nymph Flanders Red Ale. Both were limited releases and were sold out by 1 PM but plenty was available on tap including a tapping of the 2013 Oil Rigger release joined by Coconut Cherry Chocolate Oil Rigger, Mole Oil Rigger, Oil Nymph (an Oil Rigger/Red Nymph blend) and plenty of other Hopcat releases.

As tradition, Hopcat was giving out free orders of Crack Fries with any purchase until 5 PM and also held their now famous Crack Fry eating contest at 3 PM to raise money for Well House. This year also featured a 5-course beer dinner on Sunday pairing each serving with a different Hopcat beer. The 7 year anniversary party at Hopcat was a great start to what will likely prove to be another exciting year in the world of Hopcat, with new locations scheduled to open in Madison, Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.