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HopCat drafts tap-takeover 'world record'

August 20, 2013
| By Pat Evans |
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HopCat drafts tap-takeover 'world record'
The 100 barrels of Short’s Brewing Co. beers for HopCat East Lansing’s attempt at a tap-takeover “world record.” Photo via

The new HopCat East Lansing was already looking to go big with its 100-tap bar — Michigan’s largest draft-beer setup.

But at 11 a.m. on Thursday, the restaurant and bar said it plans to open its doors for the first time and set a “world record” for the most brews on tap from a single brewery, with 100 beers on tap from Bellaire-based Short’s Brewing Co.

All of Short’s year-round and seasonal beers will be available, as well as plenty that have never been released.

The previous tap-takeover record was 62 by Sierra Nevada and Cannery Row Brewing Co.

The event has been six months in the making.

“We wanted to launch HopCat East Lansing with a bang by doing something unique that no one has ever done before,” said Mark Sellers, owner of BarFly Ventures, HopCat’s holding company. “This partnership with Short’s, another Michigan company that makes some of the world’s most creative beers, is a reflection of our commitment to supporting Michigan breweries.”

HopCat and Short’s

Sellers is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Broad School of Business and spent 11 years in the area, and one of Short’s partners, Scott Newman-Bale, went to Michigan State as well.

Short’s owner, Joe Short, has held an annual tap takeover at HopCat Grand Rapids for his birthday in recent years.

“Working with HopCat to attempt this record has been one of the most exciting challenges we’ve accepted at Short’s,” said Short. “We’ve brought out all of our year-round brews, some seasonal favorites and an amazing selection of some new, experimental recipes that guests will be able to try for the first time.”    

Crack Fries for a year

But Thursday isn’t all about beer.

The first 200 patrons in the door will receive an order of the restaurant’s famous Crack Fries once a week for a year, and every guest in the door on Thursday will be given a free order of the fries.

HopCat East Lansing and Short’s Brewing Co. 100-tap takeover

Abnormal Genius 8.30% Imperial English Golden Ale w/honey and sunflower seeds

Ale la Reverend 4.00% American IPA/Session IPA

Alien Einstein 5.50% Low gluten India Pale Lager

Alter Spalter 5.20% Altbier

Anniversary Ale 9.30% Wheat Wine w/ blood oranges and green peppercorns

Aorta Ale 8.30% Double Red Ale

Autumn Ale 6.00% Extra Special Bitter

Aww Jeah 9.00% Double IPA

Beach Wheat 4.50% Hefeweizen

Beard of Zeus 4.50% India Pale Lager w/ Zeus hops bitter orange peel

Bellaire Brown 7.00% American Brown

Ben's Asthma 11.00% Imperial Oatwine

Black Cherry Porter 7.00% Robust Porter w/ black cherries

Bloody Beer 7.00% Herb/Spiced Beer

Bludgeon Yer Eye 6.20% Black IPA

Bludgeon Yer Spruce 6.40% Experimental Cream Ale brewed w/ blue spruce tips

Bonafide Legit 6.00% American IPA w/ 100% Summit hops from Michigan

Bourbon Aphasia 8.00% Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels

Bourbon Evil Urges Belgian Dark Strong Ale aged in bourbon barrels w/ vanilla

Bourbon Huma 7.30% American IPA aged in bourbon barrels

Bourbon Sustenance 6.50% Schwarzbier aged in bourbon barrels

Bourbon Wizard 11.80% American Barleywine aged in bourbon barrels

Captain Fantasy 6.70% Pear Saison

Carob Stout 6.40% Imperial Stout w/ carob

Cerveza De Julie 5.00% Mexican Lager w/ key limes

Chocolate Wheat 6.10% American Porter

Cinnabilly 7.00% Cinnamon Dopplebock

Controversius Maximus 8.50% Double IPA

Crunchy Grooves 5.25% Bohemiam Pilsner

Cup A Joe Coffee Crème Stout 7.00% American Stout w/ Higher Grounds espresso beans and milk sugar

Dan’s Pink Skirt 6.40% American IPA

Dirty Sturks 8.20% Imperial Chocolate Stout

Dolly Dagger 7.40% Imperial Belgian Hoppy Red Ale

Dr. Zeus 4.50% Low Gluten IPA

Dubbel Down 7.40% Belgium Dubbel

Earl of Brixom 3.90% English Mild Ale

Empress Catherine 8.00% Russian Imperial Stout

Evil Urges 8.50% Beligan Dark Strong Ale

Freedom of ‘78 6.90% Fruit Beer/American IPA

Ginger in the Rye 7.00% Rye Munich Ale w/ real ginger

Gingersnap 7.80% English Dark Brown Ale with cinnamon, molasses and ginger

Gone Commando Vienna Lager w/ currants

Good Feller 8.50% Imperial American IPA

Goodnight Bodacious 9.00% Imperial Black IPA

Goodnight Jr 7.50% India Brown Ale

Hale Mary 4.50% Belgian Pale Ale

Honey Badger 8.60% India Black Ale w/ orange blossom honey

Hopstache 5.70% American IPA

Howlin' Chinaski 6.50% Dortmunder Lager

Huma Lupa Licious 7.70% American IPA

In the Wheat of Passion 5.00% American Wheat Ale w/ passion fruit

Irish Red 4.50% Classic Irish-Style Red Ale

Juicy Tree 7.50% An experimental India Pale Ale w/ blue spruce tips, juniper berries, and cranberries

Key Lime Pie 5.50% Experimental dessert beer with fresh limes, milk sugar, graham cracker, and marshmallow fluff

Kick Back 4.50% India Pale Lager

Kind Ale 5.50% Harvest Ale w/ 100% Michigan hops

Kiwi Destroy Mission 6.80% An experimental kiwi Saison

Kölsch 45 4.80% Kölsch

Lession Siberator 3.70% Session IPA

Liberator 7.50% Double IPA w/ lemon and orange zest

Lil Wheezy 7.00% Heavily hopped Amber Lager

Local's Light Beer 4.00% American Light Lager

Love Knife 6.70% Belgian Ale

MMMKAY 5.00% India Pale Lager

Mr. Biscuits 7.10% Experimental American Ale

Night Wheeler 4.00% Session Black Lager

Noble Chaos 5.75% Marzen

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster 8.40% Imperial Belgian IPA

Pandemonium Pale Ale 6.40% American Pale Ale

Peaches & Creme Ale 8.30% Golden Ale w/ lactose and fresh peaches

Pontius Road Pilsner 5.20% American Pilsner

Prolonged Enjoyment 3.50% Session IPA

Publican Porter 9.00% Imperial Porter

Rhu Caliente 4.50% Belgian India White Ale

Richard In The Dirt 9.00% Belgian Trippel

Rye Not? 6.50% American Rye IPA

S'more Stout 6.50% Robust Stout w/ milk chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker

Saison du Short's 6.00% Saison

Second Wind Rudi 4.20% Light hoppy lager w/ Dr. Rudi hops

Soft Parade 7.50% Fruit Infused Rye Ale

Son of Samurai 5.57% Red Saison

Spruce Pilsner 7.00% Double Pilsner w/ Northern Michigan blue spruce

Stray Cat Street Fighting For The Devil 8.00% Old Ale/Fruit Beer

Stroker Ace 4.00% Session IPA

Superfluid 7.00% Imperial IPA

Sustenance 6.00% Schwarzbier

Sweet Taters 8.40% Brown Ale w/ sweet potatoes, molasses, and brown sugar

The Curl (2006) 7.00% Imperial Pilsner

The Gambler 6.00% Tobacco themed IPA aged in bourbon barrels w/ lapsong souchong and rubious tea leaves

The Magician 5.30% Dark Red London Ale

Thirst Mutilator 6.00% Munich Helles

Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout (Nitro) 4.50% Dry Irish Stout

Van Dammage 6.55% Belgian IPA

Vanilla Porter 5.50% American Porter w/ Tahitian vanilla beans

Village Reserve 4.50% California Common Ale

White Falcon 5.50% Belgian White Ale

Wit Happens 4.90% Witbier

Woodmaster 9.00% Double Brown Ale w/ toasted pecans and Michigan maple syrup

Wowee Zowee 6.00% Golden Ale w/ fresh mint and mango

Yer My Boy Blue 7.50% Blueberry Milk Stout

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