HopCat Celebrates 12th Anniversary with Famous Annual Fries Eating Contest and Rare Beer Release

HopCat celebrates 12 years of proudly serving guests award-winning food and craft beer. The celebration includes free Cosmik fries, the tapping of rare craft beers, specialty menu items, and the annual fries eating contest on Saturday, January 25th.

“This 12-year milestone is a testament to our HopCat mission. Our passion for serving great food and beer to our loyal guests has only grown stronger since day one,” says Joe Sonheim, Director of Marketing. “We are excited to celebrate this milestone with the guests who made these 12 years possible.”

Event Details:

  • Free Cosmik fries for all guests between 11:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Annual fries eating contest held at 3:00 pm
  • Tapping rare craft beers specific to each location

Guests (18+) are able to enter the fry eating contest by contacting their local HopCat to sign up.

First Place: $500 and bragging rights
Second Place: $100 and a great story
Third Place: $25 and a full belly

In addition to the anniversary celebration, Hopcat announces new and featured menu items launching at all locations on Monday, January 27th. The menu introduces a permanent spot for ‘Decide the Fries’ winner: Shakshuka Fries, along with the addition of Funnel Cake Fries to the dessert menu. More items include Chicken & Waffles (not just for brunch!) and the Honey Sriracha Veggie Bowl.

For more information on the anniversary, visit or your local HopCat Facebook page. To sign up for the fry eating contest, visit your local HopCat location.

Founded in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 2008, HopCat is the flagship brand of BarFly Ventures. HopCat is a destination for locals; tourists and beer fanatics alike, earning international accolades such as: “No. 1 Brewpub in the United States” by “No. 2 Beer Bar in America” by and “No. 3 Beer Bar on Planet Earth” by Beer Advocate Magazine. HopCat has 17 locations all over the Midwest, Florida, and Great Lakes regions.