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The People's Cider Company Batch #1 debuts at Hopcat and Georgio's in Downtown Grand Rapids

The Peoples Cider Co. very recently has started previewing their European-style dry cider at local Grand Rapids bars and restaurants, and I took advantage of the opportunity to meet up with owner Jason Lummen at the near-downtown cider making facility and talk about the new and exciting venture. For those looking for something a little different from the many sweeter tasting hard ciders that seem most abundant in the American market, Jason has been working on and developing his own brand of dry cider since his very first batch back in 2002. Recently obtaining a small winemaker’s license has allowed him the luxury and freedom to begin distributing at a much earlier stage than what it would take a small brewery to reach the same levels.
Published in Cider Events

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.
Published in Brewery News

Darcie's Winter Beerfest 2013 Most Wanted Beers

10. White Flame Big Willy Bournbon Barrel Aged Double IPA

9. Darkhorse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout

8. Founders Bolt Cutter

7. Perrin Bourbon Barrel Rye Wine

6. New Holland Rum Dragon's Milk Barrel Aged Stout

Published in Michigan Brewers Guild

Three top West Michigan breweries have teamed up to create and release a special beer this week and will host a strolling dinner Feb. 21 to mark  the reopening of Grand Rapids Brewing Company (GRBC), HopCat’s fifth anniversary and Brewery Vivant’s second anniversary. The dinner event coincides with GR Beer Week, which begins Feb. 18 and is capped with the sold out Winter Beer Festival Feb. 23 at Fifth Third Ballpark.
Published in Brewery News

HopCat Marks 5th Anniversary with Special Edition Beers, Free Crack Fries and a Crack Fries-Eating Contest

HopCat will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its opening with a party on Friday featuring special limited releases of its coveted Oil Rigger Imperial Stout, free Crack Fries and a Crack Fries-eating contest. Sinceopening, HopCat has been named No. 3 bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine, No. 2 bar inAmerica by CraftBeer.com and a top beer bar in America by RateBeer.com. Grand Rapids Magazinereaders consistently vote HopCat as Grand Rapids’ best bar with its brewery receiving honorablemention in the best brewery category.
Published in Brewery Events

Hopcat celebrates Joe Short’s annual Birthday Bash

If you already head up one of the most diverse and adventurous breweries in the State of Michigan producing a wide variety of different beer styles each year - where would you go for your birthday? Shorts Brewing’s own Joe Short can answer that question, of course; Hopcat!

2012 Wood and Wild Ale Festival at Hopcat

Hopcat gathered up quite the collection of over 40 unique and unusual beers for the 2012 Wood and Wild Ale Festival. Many of the offerings included were aged at Hopcat’s own personal cellar for years prior to being made available for this event. Drafts were available in 5 oz or 10 oz pours, or sample-sized pours if you asked nicely, which I did so as to try the greatest variety of different beers. Kegs were being tapped and untapped regularly throughout the evening so I primarily relied on the staff’s expertise to bring me out the best available and they did a great job. In fact, towards the end of my visit my initial menu was replaced fresh with a new menu with old offerings removed and all of the latest including “on deck” offerings listed.
Published in Brewery Events

A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

If you enjoyed the Beer City Pale Ale promotion awhile back, 11 Grand Rapids area breweries have returned with the new Grand Pumpkin - and this time each one has something a little different to offer. Brewery Vivant and Harmony Brewing Company in Easttown have both participated. Harmony’s Grand Pumpkin is a 7.4% ABV Chai beer. Also on special here when I visited was the Goatoberfest pizza with sausage, goat cheese, basil, and pumpkin sauce. Perhaps you’ve heard of the White House honey ale? Harmony has brewed their own version “Ale to the Chief” and I can attest to the deliciousness. If you are out on 28th Street in Kentwood / Cascade area, you can check out Schmohz experimental Pumpkin Rye and Jaden James has their Pumpkin Ale on tap now also.
Published in Brewery Events

Barfly Ventures To Open Hopcat (East Lansing) and Lansing Brewing Company in 2013

Projects Will Create Approximately 100 New Jobs
BarFly Ventures, owners of several toprated bars in downtown Grand Rapids, today announced it has signed letters of intent to open a new brewpub in downtown Lansing and a new HopCat restaurant and craft beer establishment in East Lansing.
Published in Brewery News

2nd annual Hoptoberfest ups the ante for Hopcat’s Fall Beer Festival

Hopcat is already the third best beer bar on planet Earth (per Beer Advocate magazine,) and they obviously have their sights set now on inter-planetary dominance based on this year’s Hoptoberfest festival. 40 Michigan breweries took over Ionia Street to celebrate. Standouts included Hudsonvile’s White Flame Brewing Co. which in addition to their astounding Bourbon Barrel aged Black Sheep IPA, also featured a beer drinking, cigarette smoking “G Man” super hero mascot making the rounds throughout the festival. Although there was no German beer tent this year, instead a booth of rotating taps featured such speciality pours as the Hopcat Rapture Wild Ale and Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
Published in Fall Events
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