Events List

December 19, 2017 - 5:30pm

Beer Dinner w/ River Rouge Brewing Co.

December 31, 2017 - 6PM

Poppin' Bottles On New Years Eve

Are you celebrating the year’s end or the bringing in of the New Year? Either way, come out to Hopcat as we break out the secret stash and pop some bottles! Won’t you join us? We’ll need a few friends to share the wealth! Bottles Available for here and to-go!

-Shorts Bourbon Black Cherry Porter // BBA American Porter w/ Sweet Black Cherries // 11.3%

-Bells 2017 Black Note // BBA American Stout // 10.8%

-Brasserie Cantillon’s Classic Gueuze // Gueuze // 5%

-Brasserie Cantillon’s Rose de Gambrinus // Raspberry Lambic // 5%

Plus more!

January 3, 2018 - 11am

Bangerz Only

The first Wednesday of every month, we’ll search our cellar and tap one of the rarest beers we have. Every Banger will be tapped at open, and will run until its gone!

 Lakefront Brewing Co. // Brandy BA Cherry Lager // Brandy BA American Lager w/ Cherries // 10.5%

 

January 9, 2018 - 11am

Hopslam Ale Release

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire.

Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Join us for the release of this highly sought after, extremely limited release from our friends at Bells!

 

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

10 Year Anniversary Party!

  

This year we're celebrating the HopCat family's 10th anniversary on Saturday, January 20th.   

We’ll start the party 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. 

Pouring: 

1. New Holland Cherry Burst Barley Wine (Exclusive) // BBA Dark Cherry Barleywine // 11.5%

2. Shorts Right in the Batteries (Exclusive) // Oak Aged Kettle Soured Barleywine w/ Fig & Jasmine Tea // 9.2%

3. Odd Side Treez Nut (Collaboration) // Imperial Porter w/ Maple & Pecans // 11%

4. Atwater Whiskey BA Imperial Voodoo Vator (Exclusive) // Dickel Whiskey BA Dopplebock // 10.5%

5. Blakes Sir Lushington (Excusive) // BBA Cider w/ Cherry

6. Rockford ApriCat Weisse (Exclusive) // Weissbier w/ Apricot // 5.6%

7. Saugatuck The Ghost of Neapolitan (Exclusive) // White Stout w/ Vanilla, Strawberry & Chocolate // 6%

8. Lagunitas Fusion 48 // New England IPA // 7%

9. Brewery Vivant Villiage Idiot (Collaboration) // Kettle Sour IPA // 6.5%

10. Vander Mill BA Totally Roasted (2017 Exclusive Batch) // BBA Hard Cider w/ Pecan, Vanilla &

Cinnamon // 6.9% 

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 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, LJ Hunt, at lhunt@hopcat.com or call 248-556-2202, 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 CraftBeer.com 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.

January 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

Beer Dinner w/ Epic Brewing Co.

February 6, 2018 - 6PM

Beer School w/ Brewery Vivant

Join us on Tuesday February 6th for a lesson on all things Sour! Brought to you by one of Michigan’s finest Belgian & French Inspired breweries and sour beer producers, Brewery Vivant. A brewery representative will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions. Featuring the following beers:

 

Paris // Red Wine BA American Wild Ale w/ Orange Peel & Black Peppercorns // 10.2%

Angelina // Wood Aged Mixed-Fermentation Sour Ale // 8.4%

Nothing But The Blood Orange & Cranberry // Wood Aged Mixed-Fermentation Amber Ale // 6.7%

 

Tickets Available @ www.breweryvivantbeerschool.eventbrite.com

February 7, 2018 - 11am

Bangerz Only

The first Wednesday of every month, we’ll search our cellar and tap one of the rarest beers we have. Every Banger will be tapped at open, and will run until its gone!

 Brewery Vivant // Wizard Burial Ground // BBA Belgian-Style Quadrupel // 11.5%

February 27, 2018 - 5:30pm

Odd Side Ale's Beer Dinner

Join us for an expertly paired tasting event with our friends from Odd Side Ales. Featuring 5 beers across 4 courses with locally sourced ingredients used in every dish.

Opening Beer: Bean Flicker // American Blonde Ale w/ Coffee // 4.8% 

1st Course: We Be Jammin // American Wheat Ale w/ Raspberries & Peanut Butter // 4.5% 

Paired w/ Mango & Kiwi Salad

2nd Course: Dirty Dank Juice(Surprise Variant) // New England Style IPA w/ TBD // 7%

Paired w/Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice

3rd Course: Car Ramrod // American Imperial Black IPA w/ Citra Hops // 9%

Paired w/ Curry Fried Chicken w/ Indian Okra

4th Course: Double Oaked Hipster Brunch // Double Oaked BBA American Stout w/ Maple Syrup, Coffee & Bacon // 11%

Paired w/ S'more bars w/ Marshmellow Meringue

 

Tickets available here