Events List

December 19, 2017 - 7pm

HopCat Ann Arbor Beer Dinner w/ Odd Side Ales

December 28, 2017 - All Day!

Super Hoppy Holidays w/ Short's Brewing Co.

December 28, 2017 - 5-11 PM

Short's Hoppy Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And in order to ensure that your holidays are some of the hoppiest ever, we’ve teamed up with Short's Brewing Company to put on their Super Hoppy Holidays! We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you. On behalf of all of us here at HopCat – Ann Arbor & Short’s Brewing Company, we wish you a Super Hoppy Holiday and Happy New Beers!

AwwJeah - American Double IPA – 10.4%

Stache Bender - American Imperial IPA – 10.4%

Batch 5000 - American Triple IPA – 14.6%

Hellacious Rock - American Imperial IPA – 8.7%

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster - Belgian-Style Imperial IPA – 10.2%

Slurm Lord - New England Imperial IPA – 7.7%

Also Featuring…
Chocolate Covered Strawberry - American Porter w/ Chocolate & Strawberries – 5.1%

Starcut Ciders Erraticus Series #13 - American Wild Cider w/ Blueberries – 6.9%

December 31, 2017 to January 1, 2018 - 10 AM-2 AM

NYE Poppin' Bottles

In the spirit of the holiday, we’re raiding the cellar for some special bottles, you know, so that you can have them before you start your New Year’s resolution.

’17 Founders KBS
’17 Perrin No Rules
Scaldis Prestige de Nuits
’17 The Bruery Mash & Coconut
Scarenbecca Kriek

January 20, 2018 - 11 a.m./all day

HopCat's 10th Anniversary Celebration

We're celebrating the HopCat family's 10th anniversary with a party on Saturday, Jan. 20. We’ll start at 11am with FREE CRACK FRIES, 10 beers (including many never-brewed-before exclusives), and of course, the annual Crack Fries Eating Contest at 3pm.


  • New Holland – Cherry Burst Barley Feline (HopCat Exclusive) – BBA Dark Cherry Barleywine – 11.5%
  • Short’s – Right in the Batteries (HopCat Exclusive) – Oak Aged Kettle Soured Barleywine w/ Fig & Jasmine Tea – 9.2%
  • Odd Side – Treez Nutz (HopCat Collab.) – Imperial Porter w/ Maple & Pecans – 11%
  • Atwater – Dickel Whiskey BA Imperial Voodoo Vator (HopCat Exclusive) – Dickel Whiskey BA Dopplebock – 10.5%
  • Blake’s – Sir Lushington (HopCat Exclusive) – BBA Cider w/ Cherry – 9%
  • Rockford – ApriCat Weisse (HopCat Exclusive) – Weissbier w/ Apricot – 5.6%
  • Saugatuck – The Ghost of Neapolitan (HopCat Exclusive) – White Stout w/ Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate – 6%
  • Lagunitas – Fusion 48 – New England IPA – 7%
  • Brewery Vivant – Village Idiot (HopCat Collab.) – Kettle Sour IPA – 6.5%
  • Vander Mill – BBA Totally Roasted (HopCat Exclusive) – BBA Hard Cider w/ Pecan, Vanilla & Cinnamon – 6.9%

Free Crack Fries:

We're giving away free Crack Fries from 11am to 5pm with any purchase. One order per person.

Crack Fries Eating Contest:

Come 3pm, we’ll be hosting a Crack Fries eating contest. There's a $5 entry fee that will be matched by HopCat with all proceeds being donated to charity. Contestants must sign up in advance, either by email, by phone, or in person by 2:30pm on January 20th. To sign up, contact our General Manager, Gary McGinn, at or call 734-436-2875, or sign up in person at the restaurant by asking your server/bartender.

Once the contest begins, you’ll have six minutes to eat as many Crack Fries, by weight, as you can. The 1st Place winner will receive a HopCat prize package valued at $500 and the chance to compete for the grand prize - $2,000 and eternal glory as they're pitted against the other HopCat locations' winners in the World Championship Crack Fries Eating Contest at the 2018 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti.

If you don’t want to subject your stomach to that, you can just come and hang out, drink a beer, get some food and enjoy the festivities.

Other Details:

In addition to a $500 prize package, the first-place winner will be provided with a travel voucher to help cover the costs of getting to the 2018 Summer Beer Festival.

2nd place winner gets a HopCat prize package valued at $100.

3rd place winner gets a HopCat prize package valued at $25.

4th place has to sit on the bar while everyone points and laughs…not really…maybe.

Our Story:

10 years strong! Since opening our original location in Grand Rapids, MI in January 2008, we've been on an unending quest to ensure that our beer selection is the best in the world. We’re listed as one of the Top 50 bars in the US by Draft Magazine. But that’s just the start: Beer Advocate Magazine has ranked us as the #3 Beer Bar in the world, and has rated us among the Top 5 beer bars in the U.S. 2012-2014. We’re humbled by the response that craft beer lovers all over the world have shown to our philosophy, and are truly grateful for the simple fact that we are lucky enough to be anchored in the Midwest, where craft beer is a way of life.