HopCat

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HopCat
Private
Industry Restaurant
Genre Gastropub
Founded 2008
Headquarters Grand Rapids, Michigan[1]
Number of locations
14 (2017)
Parent BarFly Ventures, LLC[2]
Website hopcat.com

HopCat is a restaurant and craft beer bar based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, with several locations in Michigan and expanding rapidly to other states. Founded in 2008 in Grand Rapids by Mark Sellers, HopCat opened its second location in East Lansing, Michigan in 2013.[3] HopCat is best known for having a wide array of beers on tap, with several of their locations offering well over 100 different options.[4][5]

In 2015, BarFly Ventures secured $25 million in capital financing to support its effort to expand HopCat, which will open as many as 30 locations over the next several years.[6][7]

Accolades

The original HopCat in Grand Rapids is a brewpub with its own small brewery, which typically supplies 4-6 house-made beers alongside craft beers from around the country.

The Grand Rapids location was recognized as one of the best brewpubs in the United States by RateBeer.com from 2013 to 2015.[8][9][10] In 2010, HopCat was rated No. 3 on BeerAdvocate's list of "Best Beer Bars on Planet Earth."[11]

Locations

References

  1. ^ Robenault, Steve Hop Cat Michigan Journal. March 25, 2016
  2. ^ a b "HopCat Detroit Opening to Include World-Record Tap Takeover". Detroit Free Press. August 20, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Ellison, Garret (January 8, 2013). "Five Years and $13.5 Million in Sales Later, HopCat Has Become a 'Well Respected' Grand Rapids Brand". MLive. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ Allen, Robert (December 30, 2015). "Uber: Detroit's Top 10 Nightlife Rides in 2015". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ White, Laurel (July 10, 2015). "'Craft Beer Chain' HopCat to Open Saturday off State Street". The Capital Times. Madison, WI. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ Walsh, Dustin (September 2, 2015). "HopCat Owners Secure $25 Million to Fund Expansion". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ Sidorowicz, Josh (September 2015). "'It's a Big Deal,' 30 New HopCat Bars to Open up Across Midwest". Grand Rapids, MI: WXMI-TV. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "top retailers by country - ratebeer best 2013". www.ratebeer.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  9. ^ "The Best Beers in the World 2013". www.ratebeer.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  10. ^ "top retailers by country - ratebeer best for the year 2015". www.ratebeer.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  11. ^ "Magazine toasts Founders Brewer, HopCat as best in the nation". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  12. ^ Offman, Alysa (February 10, 2015). "HopCat Ann Arbor to Open on Valentine's Day". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  13. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "HopCat beer bar coming to Chicago but won't serve Goose Island". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  14. ^ Howell, Brandon (August 8, 2013). "HopCat East Lansing to Open with Attempted World-Record Tap Takeover of 100 Short's Beers". MLive. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ Benbow, Dana (June 12, 2014). "130 Hoosier Beers on Tap for HopCat Opening". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ "HopCat is coming to downtown Kalamazoo". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  17. ^ "Kansas City | HopCat". hopcat.com. Retrieved 2017-01-04. 
  18. ^ Patton, Janet (October 22, 2015). "LexGo Eat: HopCat Opens Saturday; BrewGrass Trail Tavern Opens Monday". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ "HopCat craft beer bar to open in Highlands". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  20. ^ Olberding, Matt (October 29, 2015). "Chain Restaurant, Craft Beer Bar Coming to Haymarket". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Lincoln | HopCat". hopcat.com. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  22. ^ Derby, Samara Kalk (July 2, 2015). "Restaurant News: HopCat Giving Away Fries to Those who Take First Crack". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, WI. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  23. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/03/02/craft-beer-galore-nic-on-fifth-lands-100-tap.html
  24. ^ http://www.metrotimes.com/table-and-bar/archives/2017/01/05/the-sunshine-state-is-getting-their-own-hopcat-in-late-2017
  25. ^ Baetens, Melody (September 23, 2016). "HopCat in Royal Oak to open in early 2017". Detroit News. Detroit, MI. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  26. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/04/hopcat_to_open_st_louis_locati.html

External links

  • Official website
  • BarFly Ventures
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