HopCat St. Louis to open with nod to #80MOBeers

St. Louis’ newest brewpub will be opening this week. HopCats will make its first pours at its new location at 6315 Delmar Boulevard in University City, MO.

I had not heard of HopCats before it was announced the Grand Rapids, Michigan based ‘anti-chain – chain’ was entering the St. Louis market, after opening more than a dozen location around the upper Midwest.

HopCats is the brainchild for Grand Rapids native Mark Sellers who says his love of music, specifically jazz, is where the name of the craft beer bar and restaurant HopCat originates.

“In jazz, if you’re a cool cat, you’re a hepcat. But beer has hops, so it became HopCat,” says Sellers, HopCat’s founder and CEO in an interview in 2016.

HopCat’s first location was established in Grand Rapids in 2008. Five years later, the place known for their famous “crack fries” and craft beers opened a second location in East Lansing. The Detroit HopCat followed suit a few years after that, in December 2014.

By the end of this year, there will be a dozen HopCats scattered throughout the Midwest—and even more are on the way. And that brings us to St. Louis.  HopCats introduced themselves to the St. Louis beer community in a Facebook post back in May of 2017.

And now more than a year later, HopCat is ready to make its long-awaited debut on the Delmar Loop just in time for St. Louis Craft Beer Week with #80MOBeers

To mark the opening, HopCats will feature 80 Missouri-made craft beers on tap — along with free Crack Fries all day for everyone who visits. The first 200 guests at this grand opening celebration even get a card good for free orders of HopCat’s famous fries every week for a year, plus other swag fitting for this unique new beer bar.

Here’s your sneak peek at the Grand Opening Tap List

HopCat will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 with the special #80MOBeers list

The tap list consists of its Local 30, made up of 30 Missouri made selections that represent the standards for their style in the Show Me State. These change only on occasion. The rest — 50 taps — rotate to feature the best beers and ciders available, whether they’re a seasonal offering, a rare cellar find or something made just for HopCat.

If you have friends who don’t like beer, we’ve got them covered with cocktails, wine and soft drinks. Got kids? Bring ’em. HopCat has got a kids menu and people under 21 are welcome at HopCat until 10 p.m. every night.

The Local 30
All Missouri made. All great. Representing a variety of styles. All available every day. These are also part of our Happy Hour program. Happy Hour beers are $1.50 off MondayThursday from2-6 p.m.

  1. Old 63, American Lager, 4.5%, Lager
    Bur Oak Brewing Co., Columbia
  2. Clemens’ Kolsch, Kolsch, 4.4%, Lager
    Mark Twain Brewing Co., Hannibal
  3. Forest Park Pilsner, Pre-Prohibition Lager, 5.2%, Lager
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., St. Louis
  4. Towhead, American Blonde Ale, 5.2%, Pint
    Mothers Brewing Co., Springfield
  5. Float Trip, American Blonde Ale, 4.5%, Pint
    Piney River Brewing Co. ,Bucyrus
  6. White Lager, Kellerbier, 5.5%, Lager
    Schlafly Beer, St. Louis
  7. Southside Blonde, Belgian-Style Blonde Ale, 5%, Tulip
    Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis
  8. Frisco 1501, Amber Lager, 5%, Pint
    Public House Brewing Co, St. James
  9. Ripple, Belgian-Style Witbier, 5%, Tulip
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St. Louis
  10. Half Wit, Belgian-Style Witbier w/ Whole orange, 4.5%, Tulip
    Charleville Brewing Co., St. Louis
  11. Schnickelfritz, Hefeweizen, 5%, Weizen
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., St. Louis
  12. Wheach, American Wheat w/ Peach, 5.1%, Tulip
    O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights
  13. Abbey Ale, Belgian-Style Abbey Ale, 6.5%, Tulip
    Cathedral Square Brewery, St. Louis
  14. Tank 7, Saison, 8.5%, Tulip
    Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City
  15. Saison de Lis,Saison w/ Chamomile, 5%, Tulip
    Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis
  16. Pale Ale, English-Style Pale Ale, 4.4%, Pint
    Schlafly Beer, St. Louis
  17. Lookout, American Pale Ale, 5.5%, Pint
    Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia
  18. Little Big Hop,New England-Style Session IPA, 4.9%, Tulip
    2ndShift Brewing, St. Louis
  19. Citrapolis, American IPA, 6.8%, Pint
    Modern Brewery, St. Louis
  20. Incarnation, American IPA, 6.5%, Pint
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St. Louis
  21. Double Dry Hopped Citra IPA, Double Dry-Hopped American IPA, 6%, Pint
    Six Mile Bridge Beer Maryland Heights
  22. Red Rye IPA, American Rye IPA, 5.9%, Pint
    Missouri Beer Co., O’Fallon
  23. Big Tree, American Double IPA, 7.6%, Tulip
    Bur Oak Brewing Co., Columbia
  24. Irish Red, Irish-Style Red Ale, 5.1%, Pint
    Earthbound Brewing, St. Louis
  25. STL Red, American Amber Ale, 5.6%, Pint
    O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights
  26. American Brown Ale, American Brown Ale, 4.8%, Pint
    Civil Life Brewing Co., St. Louis
  27. Velvet Underbrown, American Brown Ale w/ Lactose & Oats, 6.5%, Pint
    Heavy Riff Brewing Co., St. Louis
  28. Dark Matter, American Porter w/ Wheat, 6.6%, Pint
    Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia
  29. Revelation, Irish-Style Dry Stout, 5.4%, Pint
    Public House Brewing Co., St. James
  30. Cornerstone, Semi-Dry Hard Cider, 5.5%, Tulip
    Brick River Cider Co., St. Louis

Rotators
The remaining 50 of the #80MOBeers grand opening list. These rotators will often change. Organized by style, brewery, brand, description, alcohol content and glass style. Rotating taps will feature national craft beers, international selections and a few selections suitable for enjoying after mowing the lawn — think PBR. 

Lagers & Light Ales

  1. Civil Common, California Common, 5%, Pint
    The Civil Life Brewing Co., St Louis
  2. Hobby Farm Ale, American Blonde Ale w/ Honey & Basil, 4.5%, Tulip
    Piney River Brewing Company •  Bucyrus
  3. Friends In Public Places, Pre-Prohibition Lager, Lager
    Public House Brewing Company, Rolla
  4. Pop A Squat (Earthbound Brewing Collab), Kolsch w/ Watermelon, 4.8%, Tulip
    Public House Brewing Company, Rolla
  5. Munich Dunkel, German-Style Munich Dunkel, 4.5%, Lager
    Schlafly – The Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis

    Wheat

  1. Squeeze Box, American Wheat w/ Lemon Peel, 4.8%, Tulip
    Heavy Riff Brewing Company, St. Louis
  2. Mo’Wheato, American Wheat w/ Mint & Lime, 5%, Tulip
    O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights
  3. Coconut Crème, Cream Ale, American Wheat w/ Coconut, Pineapple, & Toasted Coconut Flakes, 5.5%,Tulip
    Schlafly Beer •   Saint Louis

    Pale & IPA

  1. Ca$h Mony, American Double IPA, 8.5%, Tulip
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St Louis
  2. Thai Basil IPA, American IPA w/ Thai Basil & Jaggery Sugar, 6%, Tulip
    Earthbound Brewing, St. Louis
  3. Eat A Peach, IPA American IPA w/ Peach, 6.8%, Tulip
    Heavy Riff Brewing Company, St. Louis
  4. Pineapple Snapper, American IPA w/ Pineapple, 7.2%,Tulip
    Logboat Brewing Company, Columbia
  5. BrewSkies American Rye Pale Ale, 5.5%,Pint
    Mark Twain Brewing Company, Hannibal
  6. Friends In MO Places, New England-Style Rye IPA, 6.5%, Tulip
    Missouri Beer Company • O’Fallon
  7. The BirdMan, New England-Style American Pale Ale, 6.8%, Tulip
    Modern Brewery, St. Louis
  8. Cattywhompus, New England-Style Double IPA, 10%, Snifter
    O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights

    Ambers & Browns

  1. Premium Bitter, Best Bitter, 5.6%, Pint
    The Civil Life Brewing Co., St Louis
  2. Mr. Moot, Imperial Brown Ale, 8.5&, Snifter
    Logboat Brewing Company, Columbia

    Porters & Stouts

  1. Coffee Liquid Spiritual Delight, American Imperial Stout w/ Blueprint Coffee, 11.5%, Snifter
    2nd Shift Brewing, Saint Louis
  2. Barrel Aged Bona Fide, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Espresso Coffee & Vanilla Beans, 10%, Snifter
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St Louis
  3. Double Barrel Madagascar, Whiskey & Port Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout w/ Vanilla Beans, 9.3%, Snifter
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St Louis
  4. Volume 1, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Cocoa Nibs & Coffee, 10.5%, Snifter
    4 Hands Brewing Co. •   St Louis
  5. Balthazar Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Stout, 7%, Snifter
    Cathedral Square Brewery, Saint Louis
  6. Balthazar w/ Raspberry, Jim Beam Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Stout w/ Raspberry, 7%, Snifter
    Cathedral Square Brewery, Saint Louis
  7. Rum Barrel-Aged Ulysses, Appleton Estate Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Black Strap Molasses, 9%, Snifter
    Modern Brewery, St. Louis
  8. Scotch MILF, Glen Grant & Laphroaig Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 11%, Snifter
    Mother’s Brewing Company, Springfield
  9. Ultimate MILF, Blended Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, 11%, Snifter
    Mother’s Brewing Company, Springfield
  10. Vanilla Abraxas, Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla Beans, Ancho Chili Peppers, Cacao Nibs, & Cinnamon
    10%, Snifter
    Perennial Artisan Ales, St Louis
  11. Barrel-Aged Raise A Ruckus Bourbon Barrel-Aged American Imperial Stout w/ Brick and Mortar Coffee & Vanilla, 9.7%, Snifter
    Piney River Brewing Company • Bucyrus
  12. Cinnamon Maple Stout American Stout w/ Maple Syrup & Indonesian Cassia Bark, 8%, Tulip
    Six Mile Bridge •   Maryland Heights

    Strong Ales/Barleywine

  1. 2017 Barleywine, American Barleywine, 10.5%, Snifter
    Charleville Brewing Co., Ste. Genevieve

    Belgian

  2. Mega Booze, Belgian-Style Golden Strong Ale w/ Tart Cherries, Vanilla, & Cinnamon, 16%, Mini-Snifter
    Charleville Brewing Co., Ste. Genevieve
  3. Alien Gold, Red Wine Barrel-Aged Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale, 8.5%, Snifter
    Logboat Brewing Co., Columbia
  4. Monk Down, Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale, 10%, Snifter
    O’Fallon Brewery, Maryland Heights
  5. Mercator, Flanders-Style Red Ale, 6.3%, Tulip
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Saint Louis


    Sour & Wild

  1. Blackberry Katy, Oak Barrel-aged Saison w/Brett & Blackberry, 5.4%, Snifter
    2nd Shift Brewing Co, St. Louis
  2. Cuvee Diable, Red Wine Barrel-Aged Wild Farmhouse Ale w/ Tart Cherries, 5.5%, Snifter
    4 Hands Brewing Co., St Louis
  3. Cuvee Ange, Cabernet, Merlot, & Gernache Barrel-Aged American Wild Ale w/ Raspberries & Blackberries, 5.5%, Snifter
    4 Hands Brewing Co. •   St Louis
  4. On Cue, Gose w/ Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Cucumber, & Hibiscus, 4.5%
    4 Hands Brewing Co.,  St Louis
  5. Hibiscus Gose, Gose w/ Sea Salt, Coriander, & Hibiscus, 4.2%, Snifter
    Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City
  6. Changeling, Whiskey & Wine Barrel-aged American Dark Sour Ale, 7.3%, Snifter
    Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City
  7. Sacred Sun, Blended Sour Saison, 5%, Snifter
    Burr Oak Brewing Co, Columbia
  8. Distant Land Saison w/ Brettanomyces, 6.2%, Tulip
    Perennial Artisan Ales, St Louis
  9. Suburban Beverage, Gose w/ Salt, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, & Key Lime Juice, 4.2%, Snifter
    Perennial Artisan Ales, St Louis
  10. Missouri Waltz w/ Blackberries, Missouri Oak Foeder-Aged American Sour Ale w/ Blackberries, 5.5%, Snifter
    Piney River Brewing Company, Bucyrus
  11. Prickly Pear Ku’damm, Bock Berliner Weisse w/ Prickly Pear, 6.2%, Snifter
    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, Saint Louis

    Ciders

  12. Brewer’s Choice, Hopped Dry Hard Cider 6.5%, Tulip
    Brick River Cider Co •   St. Louis
  13. Firehouse Rosé, Semi-Dry Hard Cider w/ Sour Cherry & Hibiscus, 6.5%, Snifter
    Brick River Cider Co •   St. Louis
  14. Proper Cider, Traditional Hard Cider w/ Raspberry, 6.8%, Tulip
    Schlafly Beer, Saint Louis

    Miscellaneous

  15. Jam Band Fruit Ale w/ Raspberry, Blackberry, & Cherry, 5.9%, Tulip
    Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City

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