Hop Cat is Coming to Detroit!

Detroit is buzzing with the news that HopCat is coming, so Eater contributor and beer enthusiast Courtney Ochab spoke to Mark Sellers, founder of the original HopCat in Grand Rapids and the man behind the new Detroit location about his plans and why he chose Midtown:

HopCat is going to become Detroit’s largest beer bar. The $3.3 million investment will bring jobs for 120 employees and the best selection of craft beer, in Michigan and from around the world. The taps are expected to be pouring in August.

Mark Sellers speaks highly of the new location. “I’ve spent a lot of time in Detroit over the years. I’ve always been a Tigers and Lions fan, and what’s going on in the city is really exciting. The new M-1 Rail line will have a stop right near us,” Sellers said, “Which will be a vital connector for our customers and our team members.”

The building is in a prime location, within walking distance of the future home of the Red Wings, Tech Town, MOCAD, and it’s also within a few blocks of Wayne State University. “We do like college areas,” Sellers said, “Both as a source of customers and a natural base of employees, servers and bartenders.”

The first HopCat location opened in downtown Grand Rapids in 2008 and was followed by an East Lansing location last July. The bar concept has generated numerous craft beer industry accolades in its six-year history. Last week, the Grand Rapids HopCat was named the No. 1 brewpub in the U.S. by RateBeer.com for a second time.

Detroit’s HopCat will be the largest of the three, with an outdoor biergarten and live music venue on the second floor, featuring rock, jazz, bluegrass, and soul artists-reflecting Detroit’s great musical heritage.-by Courtney Ochab

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Significant Steps Needed to Ensure Improved Viability of Great Lakes

Whenever Congress takes up the issue of water and water-related resources, those of us living near the Great Lakes Basin should take notice. By a vote of 83-14, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill No. 601, which is entitled the “Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013” (WRRDA) and contains 410 pages of insomnia-curing text in 11 separate titles. The House of Representatives’ companion legislation, House Resolution 3080, passed by a vote of 417-3 in October, but the Senate made changes to it and sent it back to the House. The bill is now in conference committee to iron out the differences.

The WRRDA’s purpose is defined as providing for “improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation of water and related resources, and for other purposes.” Most importantly to those of us who live in the Great lakes, its scope includes provisions that will affect the Great Lakes.

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