Press | HopCat


#RealNews Michigan breweries join 'Hops Against Hunger' fundraising effort (2017)

"All six of HopCat's Michigan locations are participating, each supporting the food bank that serves their community. 'By partnering with local nonprofits such as Feeding America, breweries and bars have the opportunity to invest in the community that has spent time and money investing in them,' Carrie Veldman, sustainability coordinator for BarFly Ventures, said in a statement."


 The Food Network: America's 10 Best French Fries (2017)


"Some people order extra toppings, like cheese sauce, jalapenos and onion, and almost everyone orders a cold one on the side."

-- 13 rescue puppies get new names picked by Michigan breweries (2017)

"Maltdog got his name from HopCat in Grand Rapids, the inverse of the brewpub's moniker. 'We’ve always joked about the Bizarro version of HopCat being called MaltDog, so that name came naturally,' said Chris Knape, vice president of marketing and communications for BarFly Ventures. 'Now he just needs to get old enough to hold a beer in his paw, like HopCat.'"


Michigan Avenue Magazine: Chicago Poutines that are perfect for taste-testing Canada (2017)

"This dish definitely did not rig our Presidential election, but the combination of Hopcat’s Crack Fries (beer-battered fries dusted with black pepper seasoning) and a potato and cheese pierogi is more than enough to sway a vote or two."


LEO Weekly (Louisville): Rise of the super-bars: Will HopCat affect the craft beer scene? (2016)

"But lest anyone worry that Louisville’s breweries might be muscled out by this out-of-state super bar, HopCat is quick to show its good faith as a neighbor wherever it lands, it seems."


Western Herald (Kalamazoo): HopCat's influence on local breweries (2016)

"Some would believe that grass rooted bars and restaurants would be nervous about this new arrival. However, many people involved with breweries gave off the opposite tone for the future of these businesses and for Kalamazoo."


Model D: HopCat: the 'anti-chain' chain (2016)

"After living in Chicago, Sellers found Grand Rapids 'pretty boring.' So he opened HopCat, more to keep himself entertained than for anyone else. This meant good craft beer, comfort food, no smoking at a time when other bars still allowed it, and a laid-back atmosphere for employees."


Revue Magazine: Totally Fried: Grand Rapids' must-try french fries (2016)

"With its blend of seasonings whose secrecy is guarded like the nuclear football, the Crack Fries have become as much a Grand Rapids ambassador as a Founders beer or an Amway sales pitch."


The Chicago Tribune: HopCat beer bar comes to Chicago with 130 taps, a bit of funk (2016)

"Sellers lived in Chicago from 1997 until 2007, which made a location here all but inevitable once the business began to grow."


Lincoln Journal Star: Review: HopCat is much more than craft beer (2016)

"HopCat takes ordinary foods and makes them extraordinary."


Draft Magazine: Six best chain beer bars (2016)

"Each of this Midwest chain’s locations has ingrained itself into the local fabric of its city, mostly through excellent buyers who find the best of what’s brewing in town. The Crack Fries probably have something to do with its charm, too."


Detroit Metro Times: These women attempted to drink all 130 beers on tap at HopCat (2015)

"We're trying to start a conversation. We're tweeting about our experiences with the beers at the brewing companies. Hopefully we'll recommend something and someone will see it and they'll want to try it."


Daily Detroit: The Dish: HopCat's Crack Fries Make Us Fiend (2015)

"The fries are that perfect balance of sweet and salty with a peppery flavor that is unforgettable. They always come out of the kitchen super hot and crispy, another reason we can not get enough."


Food & Drink Magazine: BarFly Ventures (2015)

"BarFly Ventures founder Mark Sellers created a space he enjoyed spending time in when he opened the first HopCat restaurant and bar and ended up appealing to the masses."

-- The Detroit Outdoor Drinking Guide (2015)

"You and your beer-geek friends can compare notes on the open-air patio at this newly opened Midtown joint celebrating its first summer."

-- Great American Beer Bars (2014)

"HopCat opened its Grand Rapids location in January 2008, and ever since has been on an unending quest to ensure that they have the best beer selection in the world."

-- Best Craft Beer Bars in Detroit (2014)

"Aside from hoarding one of Michigan’s largest tap selections, HopCat offers over 100 varieties, including the Local 30, a curated list of our state’s finest brews. Don't expect to find Bud here -- the franchise is vehemently anti-Anheuser-Busch."


Detroit Free Press: Crowds line up early for free fries, 120 beers at HopCat (2014)

"Enthusiasm for the business's grand opening at Woodward and Canfield was high as people chatted in the 30-something-degree weather waiting for the 11 a.m. start. Opening less than a week after downtown's Punch Bowl Social...the bustling new business illustrates further progress toward revitalizing the heart of the city."


Draft Magazine: America's 100 best beer bars (2013)

"Powered by the seemingly endless supply of local beer energy (newbie Perrin Brewing launched here; Short’s claims a slew of taps; Founders is a few blocks away), HopCat’s as beer-serious as it ever was, though still upbeat and welcoming in that Midwestern sort of way."


Food Service Equipment & Supplies Magazine: HopCat Follows Its Own Beat (2013)

"Authenticity and originality help shape HopCat's identity as a craft beer bar. This remains visible not just in its beer list, but also in the space where HopCat serves those beers."


Draft Magazine: America's 100 best beer bars (2012)

"Never has a beer bar with so many offerings (about 200 here) been so unpretentious. Sure, the lineup’s stellar—think brand-new Greenbush brews on tap and bottles the likes of Norway’s HaandBryggeriet Dark Force—but beer dinners, group trips to area beerfests, Sunday jazz jams and a dog-friendly patio make it clear the place puts community before snobbery."


Draft Magazine: America's 100 best beer bars (2011)

"This craft beer juggernaut burst onto Grand Rapids’ beer scene in 2007 and hasn’t slowed down since. It’s still doing what it does best: pouring Michigan beers from 48 taps, 150 bottles and one cask; hosting regular beer classes; and cranking out solid pub food (the Crack Fries? A must.). But the bar’s upped its game with an annual barrel-aged beer fest and impressive house beers like Kymerica Beer 2010, an imperial brown ale blended with Vander Mill Cider."


Grand Rapids Business Journal: From music to money to museum exhibits to HopCat (2009)

'“If someone had told me three years ago that I’d be the guardian of the most famous shipwreck in history and own the No. 3-rated beer bar in the world — and that I’d do that while living in Grand Rapids — I would have thought they were off their rocker,” (Sellers) said.'