Monday, June 16, 2014

Lets Give a Warm Welcome to HopCat!

Where can you find unique beers on tap in Indy? Right now you can count the great spots we have on two hands. With the huge boom in craft breweries here in central Indiana, it only makes sense that we're going to need a lot more places to drink that beer.

Our growing craft community has caught the eye of the big guy up north. HopCat, a titan in Michigan's craft beer scene, is opening their third location right here in Broad Ripple. HopCat, Grand Rapids, was rated as the number 3 Beer Bar on Planet earth by Beer Advocate and number 1 Brewpub in the US by They have one hell of a reputation. Here they will have 130 taps available which will be the largest draft system in the state.

There are a lot of bars here in Indy that do a good job with craft beer, but not many that specialize in it. We have such great breweries that have been around for a while and that are brand new, it's awesome to see more bars that specialize in craft beer popping up. This will mean more unique beers on tap on a regular basis and more servers trained to talk about beer. It will help the overall education of the community. If we are going to keep the revolution moving we need more places pouring our beer all the time, where geeks like us can go in and try new things and talk to someone who really knows what's going on.

To bring a little more Indianapolis excitement HopCat had a hops planting instead of a formal ground breaking ceremony last week. Local news outlets came out to see the skeleton of the space that will hold the bar and restaurant. Clay from Sun King, and President of the Brewers of Indiana Guild came to talk about the new bar and what it would really mean for Indiana beer.

The official launch is August 16th and they are hosting a huge tap takeover with all 130 taps pouring delicious Indiana beer. That's more local beer than you see at some Indiana festivals! With HopCat already being engaged with the guild, I'm sure there will be some rare treats and crazy brews tapped at the take over.

"HopCat Founder Mark Sellers said the Hoosier tap takeover event will provide patrons with a chance to experience the incredible variety, artistry and creativity within Indiana's craft brewing community."

The first 200 customers in line before 11am will all get a magic card that gives them an order of deliciously addictive Crack Fries every week for the next year. For those of you who hate lines, everyone will get a free order of Crack Fries on opening day.

I'm really exited for another great craft beer bar. Hell, I'd be excited if we got ten more true craft beer bars. I'm excited for more great beers on tap regularly. I'm excited for a better platform to show off the great beer made here in Indiana. I'm excited for a menu that's all made to pair with beer. I'm excited to wait in line at HopCat Indy's grand opening!

Right now HopCat is hiring to fill more than 100 jobs at the Indy location. If you want to be part of the beer community here in Indy email them at

Check out HopCat on Social Media.

Facebook: HopCat - Broad Ripple
Twitter: hopcatbr
Instagram: hopcatbr

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