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HopCat's Crack Fries-Eating Contest and 5th Anniversary

HopCat will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its opening with a party on Friday featuring special limited releases of its coveted Oil Rigger Imperial Stout, free Crack Fries and a Crack Fries-eating contest. Since opening, HopCat has been named No. 3 bar on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate magazine, No. 2 bar in America by and a top beer bar in America by Grand Rapids Magazine readers consistently vote HopCat as Grand Rapids' best bar with its brewery receiving honorable mention in the best brewery category.

Each year, HopCat brews a coveted limited-edition Imperial Stout, Oil Rigger, sold on draft and in bottles to mark its birthday. This year, HopCat will release five specially flavored varieties on tap representing five years as Grand Rapids' favorite watering hole.

What: HopCat's Fifth Anniversary Party, featuring:

  • Free crack fries from noon until 5 p.m. (One order per person with purchase)

  • Crack Fries-eating contest at 3 p.m. - $500 grand prize

  • Oil Rigger Russian Imperial Stout 22oz bottle release at noon (Two bottle limit per person)

    • 2013 Oil Rigger Imperial Stout on draft all day along with new varieties flavored with Jameson, Frangelico, Chambord, Grand Marnier or Patron XO

  • No cover charge

Where: HopCat, 25 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

When: Saturday, January 12, 2013

Noon 5 p.m.

Who: BarFly Ventures' co-owner Mark Sellers and ringleader Garry Boyd will be available for interviews.

"We're grateful the people of Grand Rapids and beer lovers around the world have embraced HopCat with such enthusiasm," said Mark Sellers, who co-founded HopCat with his wife, Michele. "Thanks to our employees and the more than 1 million customers served in our first five years, HopCat has far exceeded anything we could have envisioned when Michele and I opened the place with the goal of opening a bar we could hang out at."

Saturday, January 12, 2013
12:00 PM
05:00 PM


25 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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