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July 21, 2018 - 11am

Belgian National Day

Belgian National Day is July 21

July 21st is Belgian National Day, and here at Hopcat we ALWAYS have a killer list of Belgian beers! In celebration of Belgium’s National Holiday, we’re offering up 7 of our favorites, and hooking you up with limited-edition glassware giveaways when you purchase any one of them—there’s something for every palate here!
 
Bieres de Chimay {Baileux, Belgium}
* Premiere - Trappist Dubbel / 7%
 
Brasserie Dupont {Tourpes, Belgium}
* Saison Dupont - Saison / 6.5%
 
Brouwerij Lindemans {Vlezenbeek, Belgium}
* Lindemans Framboise - Belgian Lambic w/ Raspberry / 2.5%
 
Brouwerij St. Bernardus {Watau, Belgium}
* ABT 12 - Belgian Quad / 10%
 
Brouwerij Van Steenberge {Evergem, Belgium}
* Monk’s Cafe - Oud Bruin / 5.5%
 
Brouwerij Rodenbach {Roselare, Belgium}
* Rodenbach Classic - Flanders Red Ale / 5.2%
 
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck {Ingelmunster, Belgium}
* St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition - Gueuze / 5%
 
==Bottles==
 
Duvel Moortgat {Puurs, Belgium}
* Duvel - Belgian Golden Strong Ale / 8.5% / 11.2oz Bottle
 
Brasserie d’ Orval {Villers-devant-Orval, Belgium}
* Orval - Trappist Ale / 6.2% / 11.2oz Bottle
 
Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle {Malle, Belgium}
* Westmalle Trappist Dubbel - Belgian Dubbel / 7% / 330mL Bottle
 
Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle {Malle, Belgium}
* Westmalle Trappist Tripel - Belgian Tripel / 9.5% / 330mL Bottle
 
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy {Rochefort, Belgium}
* Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Belgian Quad / 11.3% / 11.2oz Bottle
 
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen {Lot, Vlaams-Brabant}
* Oude Gueuze - Gueuze / 6% / 375mL Bottle
 
Hanssens Artisanaal {Dworp, Belgium}
* Scarenbecca Kriek Belgian Kriek / 6% / 375mL Bottle
 
==Food Feature==
 
Crack Frites - Our awesome, beer-battered French fries sprinkled with our signature cracked pepper seasoning, served Belgian-style with blue cheese-black pepper aioli and pesto aioli.
July 31, 2018 - 6:30pm

Belgian Beer Dinner

Belgian National Beer Dinner

In a continued celebration of July’s Belgian National Holiday, we’ve selected 5 of our favorite Belgian brews to pair with 4 delicious courses from our talented chefs!

 

Welcoming Beer:  Saison Dupont / Saison / 6.5%

 

First Course: Red endive with dried cranberries, pecans and feta with a honey and caraway dressing.

* Paired w/ St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition/ Gueuze / 5%

 

Second Course: Waterzooi - a rich traditional Belgian fish stew with vegetables.

* Paired w/ Chimay Premiere / Trappist Dubbel / 7%

 

Third Course: Stoemp - a staple of Brussels cuisine that blends mashed potatoes and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, onion, and kale—served with banger sausages.

* Paired w/ St. Bernardus ABT 12 / Belgian Quad / 10%

 

Dessert: Traditional Belgian waffle topped with a raspberry compote and drizzled with a dark chocolate stout sauce

*Paired w/ Lindemans Framboise / Belgian Lambic w/ Raspberry / 2.5%

 

Tickets available now at https://belgiandinnerkzoo.eventbrite.com

 

August 7, 2018 - 11am

Bangerz Only: No Rules 2018

Bangerz Only

It's a whale of an ale! Unicorns are real! On the first Tuesday of every month, we raid our cellar and tap one of the most rare, special, or just downright delicious beers we can find. We like to call them Bangerz! Every Banger will be tapped at open, but when it's gone it's gone. We will have no regrets. Will you?

This month’s Banger is:

Perrin Brewing Co. {Comstock Park, MI} No Rules – 15% ABV

This gigantic 15% Imperial Porter is deceptively smooth and subtly sweet with layers of flavor that never seem to end. Some say it tastes like a Mounds candy bar that’s been dipped over and over again in rich chocolate and soaked in bourbon. Other people find flavors of coconut, cinnamon, toffee, vanilla, and coffee — and they would also be correct. This beer is special and there’s a reason why it's considered among the best in the world.

August 9, 2018 - 5pm

Lansing Brewing Co. Tap Takeover

Lansing Brewing Co.

Lansing Brewing Company is taking over ten of our taps for the first time ever!  Join us for some of their best brews of all different styles!

Amber Cream Ale / Cream Ale / 5.2% 

Schor Style / Dry-Hopped Cream Ale / 5%               

Peninsula Pils / German Style Pilsner / 4.7%

Urban Grove / American Wheat Ale / 5.3%

Michigan Medley / Session IPA / 4.6%

Angry Mayor / American IPA / 6.8%

Blueberry Apricot Smoove / Kettle Sour w/ Blueberry, Apricot, & Lactose Sugar / 5.2%

Mango Pineapple Smoove/ Kettle Sour w/ Mango, Pineapple, & Lactose Sugar / 5.2%

Brunch Beer / BBA Brown Lager w/ Coffee / 8.6%

Velvet Villain / Imperial Porter / 8.2%             

August 16, 2018 - 5pm

20th Anniversary of New Belgium's Sour Series

20thAnniversary of New Belgium’s Sour Series

Thursday, August 16th

American sour beer might be the “hot new thing”, but our friends at New Belgium have been at it for TWO DECADES!  We’ll be tapping 7 of our favorite sours beers from New Belgium in celebration of the 20thanniversary of their sour program!  

 La Folie / Barrel Aged Sour Red Ale / 7%

Le Terroir / Dry Hopped American Sour Ale / 7.5%

Transatlantique Kriek / Blended Cherry Lambic & Foeder-Aged Golden Sour / 6.2%

Belgian Reserve Sour Saison / Foeder-Aged Farmhouse Ale / 7%

Blackberry Oscar / Dark Sour Ale aged in Blackberry Whiskey Barrels / 8.8%

Apple Felix / Sour Golden Ale aged in Apple Whiskey Barrels / 8.8%

August 21, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Canarchy Beer Dinner featuring Oskar Blues, Perrin & Cigar City

“Canarchy” Beer Dinner w/ Perrin, Oskar Blues, & Cigar City

Tuesday, August 21st@ 6:30PM

A six-course tasting menu paired with beers from craft beer’s favorite family—the Canarchy! Join us for two beers from Perrin, two from Oskar Blues, and three from Cigar City, paired with small plates created by our talented chefs!

Welcoming Beer:   Mama’s Little Yella Pils / Czech Bohemian Pilsner / 4.7%

First Course:Caprese Phyllo Puffs—flaky phyllo dough filled and baked with fresh mozzarella cheese, roma tomatoes, and fresh basil, topped with balsamic vinegar reduction

Paired w/Passion Fruit Gose / Gose with Passion Fruit / 4.5%

Second Course:Smoked Salmon Mousse—a rich and creamy blend of smoked salmon, neufchatel cheese, scallions, and roasted garlic; served with marble rye toast points

Paired w/Grapefruit IPA / American IPA with Grapefruit / 5%

Third Course:Fire Roasted Chicken Wings with Mole Negro—fire grilled chicken wings tossed in an earthy and spicy black mole sauce

Paired w/Florida Cracker / Belgian Style White Ale w/ Coriander & Orange Peel / 5.5%

Fourth Course:Sesame Garlic Chicken Egg Rolls—crispy wonton wrapper filled and fried with shredded broccoli, carrots, cabbage, grilled chicken, and sesame garlic sauce; served with hot mustard and blood orange sauce for dipping

Paired w/Jai Alai / American IPA / 7.5%

Fifth Course:Adobo Pork Tostada—crispy corn tortilla topped with adobo braised pork, shaved red onions, cilantro, chipotle lime crema

Paired w/Maduro Brown / English Brown Ale / 5.5%

Dessert:Chocolate Cashew Brittle—served with a fresh caramel drizzle

Paired w/Ten Fidy / Imperial Stout / 10.5%

Tickets available now at https://canarchydinnerkzoo.eventbrite.com

September 4, 2018 - 11am

Bangerz Only! 120 Minute IPA

Bangerz Only!

Tuesday , September 4th @ 11:00am

Its a whale of an ale! Unicorns are real! On the first Tuesday of every month, we raid our cellar and tap one of the most rare, special, or just downright delicious beers we can find. We like to call them Bangerz! Every Banger will be tapped at open, but when its gone its gone. We will have no regrets. Will you?

This month’s Banger is:

Dogfish Head {Milton, DE} 120 Minute IPA 

Imperial IPA - 18%

Mini-snifter - $7

Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads!

September 6, 2018 - 5pm

Snack Attack September

Check it out: we’re tapping six killer varieties of Gonzo’s Biggdogg Brewing’s Snack Attack—their signature saison!  This light, American take on the classic Belgian style takes on multiple personalities to satisfy all your flavor cravings.  Pick your favorite, or go for a flight! Our friends from Gonzo’s will be here all night with samples & swag, so don’t miss it!

Snack Attack – Saison 

Coffee Snack Attack – Saison w/ Coffee

Blackberry Snack Attack – Saison w/ Blackberries

Cucumber Snack Attack – Saison w/ Cucumber

DDH Snack Attack – Double Dry Hopped Saison

Huckleberry Snack Attack – Saison w/ Michigan Huckleberries

September 23, 2018 - 10am

Hoptoberfest!

You don’t have to go to Germany to partake in the celebration of the worlds most well known beer festival. HopCat will bring it to you! We’ll be pouring our favorite local and authentic imported  Oktoberfestbiers, and serving our favorite German inspired food specials. Guests are encouraged to wear their best lederhosen or dirndls. We’ll also be giving away a limited amount of Oktoberfest steins (while supplies last) so get there early!

 

Pouring:

Bell’s Brewing {Comstock, MI} – Oktoberfest Beer – 5.5%

Great Lakes Brewing {Cleveland, OH} – Oktoberfest  – 6.5%

Brauerei Ayinger {Aying, Germany} – Oktober Fest – 5.8%

Weihenstephaner {Germany} – Festbier – 5.8%

HofbrauHaus - Oktoberfestbier – 6.3%

Samuel Adams - Oktoberfest – 5.3%

A little history from the official Oktoberfest website - "Why is Oktoberfest called "Oktoberfest" when it actually begins in September?

 

The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.


By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over "die Wiesen" or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.
"

September 25, 2018 - 6:30pm

German Beer Dinner w/ HofBrauHaus

Welcoming Beer: Original - Munich Helles Lager - 5.1%

First Course: Hefe Weizen - Hefeweizen - 5.1%

paired with: Pickled Salmon with Avocado and Goat Cheese Mousse- Avocado boats filled with a rich and savory mousse made from fresh avocado, and goat cheese topped with tangy pickled salmon and fresh dill

Second Course: Dunkel - Munich Dunkel Lager - 5.5%

paired with: Rouladen-Thin sliced beef wrapped around onions, chopped bacon, and spicy mustard then slow braised to perfection; served on and bed of blaukraut (red cabbage)

Third Course: Oktoberfestbier - Marzen - 6.3%

paired with: Schweine Schnitzel with Lemon Butter Spaetzel-  Crispy fried pork cutlets coated in seasoned bread crumbs; served on a bed of traditional German pasta tossed with lemon, butter, and parsley

Fourth Course: Dunkel Weizen - Dunkelweizen - 5.1%

paired with: Apple Raspberry Tarte- Flaky pie crust filled with a sweet and sour blend of honey crisp apples and tart raspberries Sahne (German sweet cream).