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HopCat Ann Arbor opens Saturday

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor will get an onslaught of craft beer and "crack" fries at 11 a.m. Saturday when the fifth HopCat opens to the public.

The "Tree Town" location will have 100 beers on draft, many of them highly rated and hard to find, including Founders Brewing Co.'s KBS, Gulden Draak Brewmaster's Reserve and Bell's HopSlam.

HopCat's most popular menu item, "crack" fries (seasoned french fries) will be free to customers all day Saturday. The first 200 people in the door Saturday will receive free crack fries every week for the next year. Besides the fries, HopCat Ann Arbor will offer burgers and other signature items such as pretzel nuggz and mac and cheese and vegetarian options, which have recently been expanded.

HopCat Ann Arbor, at 311 Maynard, is the fourth Michigan location. The original in Grand Rapids was named the No. 1 Brewpub in the country by RateBeer.com. When HopCat Detroit opened at 4265 Woodward in December, the line to get in wrapped around the block and some folks waited as long as three hours to get in.