I enjoyed a Hopcat Black Russian Nitro Stout while waiting for a seat at the bar, and had a chance to chat a bit with Hopcat brewer Jeff Williams, who was waiting for a seat as well. A free order of Crack Fries was promised to every customer visiting before 5 PM, so of course, once seated I had to take advantage of this offer. I previously had only heard of these from their addictive reputation, hence the name. The fries are heavily seasoned and of the fast food variety. I can imagine Burger King or McDonalds would only love to get their hands on this recipe.
I decided to compliment the fries with a cup of the veggie chilli, which had just the right amount of spice for my taste. In fact, just right enough to wash down with a pint of the Hoppopotamus IPA.
The annual charity Crack Fry eating contest was held at 3 PM with a top prize of $500. The previous record was 6 pounds, 8 ounces. I did not stick around to see if the record was broken this year. The already busy Hopcat was quickly reaching capacity levels, and I decided that it was prime time to make my way for the door. I highly recommend the Hopcat experience to beer hounds everywhere.