Grand Rapids and Asheville, N.C., are at it again in the chase for beer supremacy.
HopCat in Grand Rapids was voted the No. 2 American Beer Bar, followed by The Thirsty Monk in Asheville, according to a poll by CraftBeer.com. There were nearly 30,000 votes cast Sept. 13-20.
The two were named BeerCity USA this summer.
“It feels awesome and gratifying,” HopCat owner Mark Sellers said. Sellers also owns Stella’s Lounge, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon and the soon-to-be opened Grand Rapids Brewing Company under the Barfly Ventures name.
This time, however, they both were passed by Mekong Restaurant in Richmond, Va.
It’s the fourth list, that Sellers knows of, that honors HopCat as a top beer bar. The bar was voted the third Best Beer Bar in the world by BeerAdvocate, 24th on RateBeer.com and in DRAFT Magazine’s top-50 beer bars.
DRAFT’s list is unranked.
“I’m glad we didn’t get number one, then we’d have nothing to shoot for,” Seller’s joked. “But just maintaining it, if we can stay at that level, that’s a huge accomplishment.
“It’s harder than it used to be, because there are so many new beer bars opening up.”
HopCat will hold a party on Oct. 8, following the conclusion of ArtPrize. The deal will be the same as its BeerCity party — $1.50 Michigan pints. And the bar carries between 20-25 Michigan brews at any given time.
Founders Brewing Co.’s taproom came in second place in the North Central Region, behind HopCat.
Sellers had good things to say about The Thirsty Monk in Asheville.
“It’s a great town, great bar, they definitely deserve it,” he said.