In Brief: January 7, 2013

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HopCat to celebrate fifth anniversary

GRAND RAPIDS — A crack fry eating contest, limited releases and free crack fries will help kick off HopCat’s fifth anniversary, this Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m.

Since opening, HopCat has been named the No. 3 bar by BeerAdvocate, and was recently awarded “Favorite Bar in GR” by Grand Rapids Magazine.

HopCat will release five specialty flavored varieties of its limited-edition Imperial Stout, Oil Rigger, on tap. Additionally, guests who spend $5.00 or more at the bar will receive a free order of Crack Fries.

“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.”

New Bell’s seasonal to debut in February

COMSTOCK — Bell’s Brewery has announced it will release Smitten Golden Rye on draft and in six packs, in early February.

Coming in at 6% ABV, Smitten pours a hazy gold appearance.

“This is the perfect beer to help brighten those gray winter days and help warm your heart,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director for Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

Drawn from one of Larry Bell’s oldest recipes, Smitten began as part of a series of rye beers at the Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo, where a variety of new and old favorites are still brewed right next door at Bell’s original location.

That series also included Black Rye, Rye Stout and Kal-Haven Ale.

Formerly called Golden Rye Ale, Smitten is the first new regular bottle release since Oarsman Ale debuted as a year round offering in 2010.

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