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HopCat - Grand Rapids Marks 6th Anniversary with Special Edition Beers, Free Crack Fries and a Crack Fry-Eating Contest

Written by  Paul Starr
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 HopCat - Grand Rapids Marks 6th Anniversary with Special Edition Beers, Free Crack Fries and a Crack Fry-Eating Contest

A special limited release of its annually brewed Oil Rigger Russian Imperial Stout, free Crack Fries and a Crack Fry-eating contest will be among the highlights at the Jan. 25 Sixth Anniversary Celebration at HopCat.
The celebration marks the conclusion of another momentous year for HopCat, which was named Most Popular Bar in Michigan by Four Square. Earlier this month Draft Magazine listed HopCat on its Draft 100 list of the best beer bars in the country for the fifth year in a row.  In 2013, it was voted No. 2 beer bar in the US by readers of CraftBeer.com and ranked as the No. 1 brewpub in the U.S. by RateBeer.com.

HopCat also celebrated the arrival of a second location, HopCat – East Lansing in August, 2013 with a world-record setting tap takeover. HopCat – East Lansing featured 100 different varieties of craft beer from Short’s Brewing Co., the most beers on tap from one brewery in one location.

Each year, HopCat brews Oil Rigger, a coveted limited-edition Russian Imperial Stout, and sells it in bottles to mark its birthday. This year, the brewpub will release six specially flavored varieties on tap representing six years as Grand Rapids’ favorite watering hole.

What: HopCat’s Sixth Anniversary Party, featuring:
  • Free crack fries with first draft purchase from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (limit one per customer).
  • Crack Fry-eating contest at 3 p.m. featuring $500 grand prize

o   Register by 2 p.m. or by emailing  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  prior to the event. 

o   $5 entry fee. Proceeds will be donated to Well House, a charity that provides affordable housing for the less fortunate. 

  • Oil Rigger Russian Imperial Stout 22oz bottle release at noon (limit two per person)

o   Six variations of 2014 Oil Rigger Imperial Stout on draft including: Standard Oil Rigger, Marshmallow Espresso, Orange Brandy, Chocolate Raspberry, Molé or Vanilla Bourbon.

  • No cover charge
Where: HopCat, 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

When: Saturday, January 25, 2014

About HopCat:

Founded in Grand Rapids in 2008, HopCat is the flagship brand of BarFly’s restaurant and bar collection. HopCat is a destination for locals, tourists and beer fanatics alike, earning international accolades as such as: “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine, “No. 2 Beer Bar in America” by CraftBeer.com and “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by RateBeer.com. HopCat – East Lansing opened in August 2013 in record setting fashion hosting a 100-tap takeover in partnership with Short’s Brewing Co. With 100 microbrews on tap year round, HopCat – East Lansing has one of the largest draft beer menus in the state.

www.hopcatgr.com | www.hopcatel.com

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.