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Unicorn beers to try at HopCat Kzoo's Wood & Wild Fest
Craig Stage, HopCat Kalamazoo Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

As we continue the countdown to our Wood & Wild Festival -- taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat location -- we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about beers to try at each of our restaurants. Here, HopCat Kalamazoo's Craig Stage suggests a few "unicorns" (beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension) that will be featured at Wood & Wild - HCKZ:

Greyline Brewing Co. - Shugga Milk:
At under 10% it isn't the world's strongest Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Stout, but sometimes that's in your best interest. Silky vanilla, chocolate, a full body from a dose of oats, and some bourbony vanilla goodness, and you've got a new favorite beer.

Odd Side Ales - Sweet Potato Souffle Rye Ale:
This bad boy won Gold at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival. Picture eating a nice, cinnamony pumpkin bisque with a dusting of nutmeg and a nice hint of rye. Top it off with a big ol' dollop of whipped cream. Now make that a beer.

One Well Brewing - Bourbon Barrel Aged Wizard Potion:
One of Kalamazoo's brightest breweries is in the house! Clocking in at 12%, Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Wizard Potion has everything we love about barrel-aged beers; a touch of booze, plenty of chocolate, some vanilla, some coffee…I’m in heaven.

Brewery Vivant - Escoffier:
Originally released in 2012 as a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing, expect everything you love about sour beer - some sharp tartness that tapers and dries away, with plenty of funk, some citrus, and fruit flavor.

Clown Shoes Beer - Bluegrass Billionaire:
Life in liquid form. A monster 12.5% Bourbon-Barrel-Aged Barleywine, Bluegrass Billionaire has dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and a healthy dose of bourbon to cover your mouth like eating a little spoonful of molasses.

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Unicorn beers that will change your life at HopCat LN's Wood & Wild
Lucas Maier, HopCat Lincoln Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

Our tap list for Wood and Wild Festival - HCLN (Sunday, 10/22) can be daunting (in a good way). We asked our Beer Manager, Lucas, for his list of can't-miss beers that will be tapped throughout the day. Here are his suggestions:

Lagunitas - Fusion 46 is a Rum Barrel Aged Brown Shugga’ (American Strong Ale). This is the ONLY keg of this beer to be distributed into Nebraska. Once it gone it is gone and we may never see this beer again.

North Coast - XIX Old Rasputin. This is LAST YEARS batch of their most beloved beer (a Russian Imperial Stout). It has been in our cooler waiting to be tapped since November 2016. We are super excited to see how this taste.

Brickway - Epic Blackout Stout. It’s one of the biggest beers to come out of Nebraska, and they took it even further by barrel aging it. Come taste a big n’ bold local beer.

White Elm is no stranger to Barrel Aging Beer. Some say, they are one of the best new brewers in town. We would have to agree. We got a hold of a Rum Barrel Aged Coffee Stout from Kolby himself. If you like Rum in your coffee, you will love this beer.

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HopCat GR's 'unicorn' beers for Wood & Wild
Rick Martinez, HopCat Grand Rapids Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

We're counting down the days, hours and minutes until the Wood & Wild Festival, taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat. In anticipation, we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about amazing things to try at each of our locations. Today we hear from HopCat Grand Rapids beverage guru Rick Martinez, who suggests a few "unicorns" - beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension - that will be available at the GR event:

•2016 Rodenbach Alexander:
Brewed only once since 1999, this Sour Flanders Red is one of the world’s most highly coveted beers.
 

•2015 Perrin Brewing Company No Rules:
Perrin’s No Rules Vietnamese Porter ranks in the top 0.0016% out of 60,000 beers in the world. This 15% Imperial Porter was made with coconut and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months.

• Speciation Artisan Ales Black Currant Incipient:
Speciation has been one of the top-rated breweries in the world since jumping onto the scene this year; the Black Currant Incipient proves why. This Golden Sour’s brewed with pilsner malt, oats, and wheat with loads of black currant added to dominant the flavor.

• Odd Side Ales Double Oaked Hipster Brunch Stout:
A new twist on a local legend, Hipster Brunch. There are so few of these barrels in existence, very few will ever see it on tap…except for us, of course. We always get the best for you.

•2016 Arclight Brewing Company Soursmith Cherry:
Soursmith Kriek Cherry won the gold medal at the 2016 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in the Wild/Sour Beer (Fruit) category.

• Witch's Hat Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Cookies and Cream Night Fury:
While all of the beers on our W&W list are rare, this may be the rarest. It's seldom seen outside of their tap room.

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