EAST LANSING — Michigan’s largest beer bar is planning a record-setting grand opening, set for August 22.
HopCat East Lansing will open with 100 different Short’s beers on tap, surpassing previous records of 62 beers by Sierra Nevada and Cannery Row Brewing Company in California.
“We wanted to launch HopCat – East Lansing with a bang by doing something unique that no one has ever done before,” said Mark Sellers, owner of BarFly Ventures and a Michigan State University alumnus.
“This partnership with Short’s, another Michigan company that makes some of the world’s most creative beers, is a reflection of our commitment to supporting Michigan breweries.”
Guests will also be treated to free orders of HopCat’s crack fries, with the first 200 patrons receiving free crack fries for a year.
HopCat, founded in 2008 by BarFly Ventures in Grand Rapids, has received many accolades and awards, including being named third-best beer bar in the world by BeerAdvocate. The East Lansing location will be HopCat’s second location.
“Working with HopCat to attempt this record has been one of the most exciting challenges we’ve accepted at Short’s,” said Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing Co. “We’ve brought out all of our year-round brews, some seasonal favorites and an amazing selection of some new, experimental recipes that guests will be able to try for the first time.”
Following the event, HopCat plans to add a variety of other drafts from Michigan brewers. The 100 tap system will offer t he largest draft selection in the state.
HopCat East Lansing is located at 300 Grove Street.