Events List

November 11, 2017 to December 31, 2017 - All Day

Veterans Day Give Back

Any veteran or active duty (with ID), we welcome you into HopCat. We want to thank you for your service, please join us with a free meal and soft drink on us. But that’s not all, we want to give back even more to you! For the rest of the year Martin City Brewing Co. and us are teaming together for a great event. Every Alchemy Coffee Stout, Belgian Blonde, or Hardway IPA purchased we both will be dontating $.50 ($1.00 total). We are teaming up with Veterans Community Projects to try and raise some money to build homes for wounded vets or anyone suffering from severe PTSD. So come on out whether your military or not and help support the cause. 

December 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

IPA's For The Holidays - Dogfish Head Tap Takeover

We are going all out for the holidays with IPAs from Dogfish Head. Featuring the always ellusive 120 Minute and 61 Minute, we are ringing in the holiday season with everyone's favorite family of IPAs!

•  120 Minute IPA – 15% - American Imperial IPA

•  90 Minute IPA – 9% - American Imperial IPA

•  61 Minute IPA – 6% - American IPA w/ Syrah Grape Must

•  Flesh & Blood – 7.5% - American IPA w/ Lemon Flesh & Blood Orange Juice

•  Liquid Truth Serum – 6.8% - American IPA

December 19, 2017 - 6:30pm

Dogfish Surf & Turf

Even though it may be cold out, Surf & Turf knows no season, at least not here at HopCat. Chef Bobby Bananas has the grub and DogFish Head has the beer. This meal will be the perfect balance of hearty meats and shellfish along with heart-warming classic sides and delicious beers to wash it all down. Exactly what we are looking for on these cold winter nights. Hop-Heads don’t fret, we haven’t forgotten about you. After the dinner we will be featuring some of DogFish Head’s premier IPAs highlighted by the always elusive 120 Minute. So take the night off from cooking, grab those relatives you got in town, and let HopCat and DogFish Head cater your dinner and drinks for the night!!


Welcoming beer:  Namaste White – 4.8% - Belgian Style White Ale


First Course:  Fried lobster mac and cheese served with clarified butter

Paired w/  Midas Touch  - 9% - Beer/ Wine/ Mead Hybrid


Second Course:  Smoked sausage and chicken gumbo served with dirty rice

Paired w/  Palo Santo Marron – 12% - Brown Ale Aged in Palo Santo Barrels


Third Course:  Center cut filet, topped with lump crab meat and béarnaise sauce

Paired with prosciutto and parmesan twice-baked potato and glazed carrots

Paired w/  Indian Brown – Dark IPA – 7.2%


Dessert:  Banana Split Cheesecake, 3 layered cheesecake with graham cracker crust 

Paired w/   Oak Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout – 17.5% - Oak Barrel-Aged Stout w/ Vanilla

January 20, 2018 - 11 a.m.

HopCat 10th Anniversary Celebration

10 years strong! Since opening our original Grand Rapids location 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 way of life.

This year we're celebrating the HopCat family's 10th birthday on Saturday the 20th with FREE CRACK FRIES, 10 of the best beers we could get our hands on, including several exclusive beers brewed specifically for HopCat , and of course, the annual Crack Fries Eating Contest.

Free Crack Fries:

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

Crack Fries Eating Contest:

Come 2pm, we’ll be hosting a Crack Fries eating contest. There's a $5 entry fee that will be matched by HopCat and donated to charity. Contestants must sign up in advance, either by email, by phone, or in person by 1:30pm on January 20th. To sign up, contact our Beer Program Manager, Brandon Freeman, at, 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 $500 HopCat gift card 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 HopCat gift card, the first-place winner will be provided a travel voucher worth up to $500 to cover the costs of getting to the 2018 Summer Beer Festival.

2nd place winner gets a $100 HopCat gift card.

3rd place winner gets a $25 HopCat gift card.

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