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Downtown bar throws b'day party

January 15, 2015
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HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids ranks as one of the top beer bars in both the world and nation. Photo by Adam Bird

A growing bar is hosting a party this weekend to celebrate its seventh birthday.

The day

HopCat in Grand Rapids will begin its anniversary party this Saturday at 11 a.m. with limited bottle releases of its house-brewed beers Oil Rigger Russian Imperial Stout and Red Nymph Flemish Sour Ale.

There will be 150 bottles of each beer, available on a first-come, first-served basis and a limit of one per customer.

Each guest until 5 p.m. will receive a free order of Crack Fries.

“This celebration would not be possible without the support of our guests and our incredible family of employees,” said Mark Sellers, founder, HopCat. “Being able to use the occasion to support and raise awareness of the vital work being done by Well House makes the occasion even more meaningful.”

At 3 p.m., a Crack Fry-eating contest will take place with a $500 cash prize, and the $5 registration fees will head toward the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit Well House, which provides affordable housing to the homeless.

House-brewed beers

Other HopCat-brewed beers will see the taps to celebrate the day: the 2013 and 2014 vintages of Oil Rigger; a blend of Oil Rigger and Red Nymph called Oil Nymph; Coconut-Cherry-Chocolate Oil Rigger; Molé Oil Rigger; Chocolate Thunder; Bali Black; Midnight Marauder; No No Née Née Double IPA; Beer Right Meow; Light Side of the Sun; La Chouette d’or Belgian Tripel; and Renée IPA, a collaboration with New Holland Brewing and HopCat to honor the life of server Renée Stanford, who died in a car crash in 2014.


HopCat opened in 2008 and has been named on various rankings as one of the best beer bars in the world and nation, including BeerAdvocate,,, DRAFT and

HopCat also has locations in East Lansing, Detroit and Indianapolis, with two bar openings slated for 2015: Ann Arbor and Madison, Wis.  

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