HopCat beer bar chain will celebrate nine years of business Saturday by giving away baskets of its signature side: crack fries.
The Detroit location, 4265 Woodward in Midtown, will serve complimentary crack fries (french fries with a special blend of seasonings) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don't fill up, though, because at 3 p.m. the restaurant will host a crack fries-eating contest that benefits Cass Community Social Services. The winner gets a $500 HopCat gift card and free crack fries for a year. There's also a chance to the world championship crack fries-eating contest taking place this summer at the Michigan Brewer's Guild Summer Beer Fest in Ypsilanti.
This is a beer blog (not a crack fries blog) though, so let's get to it. Saturday's special tappings include several Imperial Stouts with more than 10 percent alcohol by volume. Look for Lagunitas High West-ified Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, Griffin Claw Brewing Company's Flying Buffalo Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Oskar Blues Brewery's 2014 Ten FIDY Russian Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Brewing's 2015 Narwhal Imperial Stout and Dogfish Head's World Wide Imperial Stout (which has a whopping 17 percent ABV). There also will be Almanac Beer Co.'s Farmer's Reserve: Wine Barrel Aged Blueberry Golden Ale and Bell's Hopslam Imperial IPA.
The Ann Arbor HopCat, 311 Maynard, also will have free crack fries and an eating contest, but a different line up of beers, including Bell's Hell Hath No Fury Ale. The anniversary will be celebrated in some way at all 11 HopCat locations.
HopCat was founded in Grand Rapids in 2008, and opened its Detroit location in December 2014.