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HopCat fixed Tuesdays with $5 Smash Burgers
HopCat | February 4, 2020

Dbl Smash Burger

Tuesdays, amirite?! Ugh. The worst. We don't like them any more than you do, but here at HopCat, we're unveiling a bold new plan to transform Tuesday into the best day of the week — or at least, like, one of the top five best days. We can't do everything.

But here's a start: $5 burgers. That's right, from 6 p.m. until we close every Tuesday night at HopCat, you can get our Dbl Smash Burger for only $5. That's two custom-blend beef patties with signature Kitty Island sauce, American cheese, red onions, pickles and lettuce on a brioche bun, all for an unbeatable price. Goes well with fries and beer, but you already knew that.

So there, now that Tuesday is fixed, we'll save a seat for you here at HopCat!

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Legendary Bell's Hopslam kicks off 2020 for Michigan craft beer lovers
HopCat Beer Blog | January 6, 2020

Bell's HopslamNew Year’s resolutions for Michigan craft beer lovers: 1) Drink Bell’s Hopslam, 2) See #1.

The year’s first major Michigan beer release is already here, and it’s a doozy. Hop-heads already know what to expect, but for the uninitiated, the Hopslam from Bell’s Brewery is an accurately named double IPA, noted for a profile that contains six different hops, forming a complex balance of pungent, fruity and floral flavors.

Notably, the brew is dry-hopped with a hefty addition of Simcoe hops, a variety from the Pacific Northwest popular for its bitterness and complexity. To offset the powerful flavor combination, Bell’s adds ample malt and a touch of Michigan honey.

Despite what its name might imply, you’re not going to want to slam this one. (If you’re not careful, it might actually slam YOU.) The brew clocks in at a hefty 10% ABV, yet remains a uniquely drinkable example of the double IPA style. It’s one to be savored as slowly lengthening days signal the promise of a new year.

Hopslam is available as of Monday, Jan. 6th at all Michigan HopCat locations, and will be rolling out soon throughout our locations in other states. Join us as soon as you can, because this one rarely stays on draft for long

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Why Oktoberfest starts in September, and other very important facts
BarFly Ventures | September 10, 2019

Das Gud BurgerHere at HopCat, we’re gearing up for Hoptoberfest, which is our version of the traditional Oktoberfest celebration that happens in late September through early October in Germany. Unless you’re on a plane to Munich right now, you should consider joining us as we raise a Hofbrauhaus stein on Saturday, Sept. 21, to the world’s best-known and biggest beer festival, which we'll celebrate through the end of October.

We'll be offering our limited-time-only Das Gud Burger, which features German Smash Burger patties, ham, arugula, stout onions, gound mustard, lettuce and pickle. Each of our locations will be pouring a variety of seasonal beers from Dogfish Head, Sam Adams, New Holland, Warsteiner and other favorites.

Knowledge makes every experience better. Wherever you’re planning to spend Oktoberfest, fortify your brain with some of  these Very Important Facts:

Yes, Oktoberfest starts in September.

Right, but why? Because it’s better drinking weather, basically. The festival began in 1810 and originally lasted from Oct. 12-17. As it became a fixture of Bavarian culture over the years, it expanded in length by starting earlier and earlier, so the revelers were able to continue enjoying themselves on September nights. The official version now lasts from Sept. 21-Oct. 6.

It started as a dry wedding.

Wait, what? Lame, but true. The festival originated in at the celebration of  Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The public was allowed to watch a celebratory horse race, which is exciting, but they were not served any beer, which is less exciting. The dry festival continued for a few years until 1819 when the horse races were finally replaced by beer suppliers.

Now that there’s beer, people drink a lot of it.

The quantity of beer consumed during a typical Oktoberfest is about 7.7 million liters – more than 2 million gallons.

Americans and Germans drink different beers at Oktoberfest.

There are two types of beer people associate with Oktoberfest: the Marzen and the festbier. The copper-colored Marzen lager was the official beer of Oktoberfest from the 1870s until 1990, when it was replaced by the lighter, golden festbier. The six Munich breweries that are official producers of Oktoberfestbiers continue to brew the original Marzen, but mostly export it to the United States, so depending on your preferences, we may have gotten the good end of the deal. (Note: Most HopCats will be serving both versions at our Hoptoberfest celebrations.)

The Guinness record book has a field day.

Oktoberfest, as you might imagine, is home to some pretty phenomenal world records. There’s the most beer steins carried at once (29). And the world’s largest lederhosen (18x15-ft.) And obviously the world’s largest pretzel (1,728 lbs.)

Paris Hilton is not welcome at Oktoberfest.

The heiress and reality TV star was banned from Oktoberfest in 2007 when she showed up in Munich wearing a dirndl to promote her new brand of canned wine. She hadn’t cleared the appearance with organizers, who banished her permanently. Harsh, but fair.

She might not be welcome at Oktoberfest, but you definitely are. Find your nearest HopCat’s Facebook for more info on Hoptoberfest. Prost!

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