HopCat Detroit to Open in November with Free Concert


 DETROIT — BarFly Ventures plans to launch Detroit’s largest beer bar and its newest entertainment venue in November with a free concert by the Pitchblak Brass Band and a world-record tap takeover by Bellaire-based Short’s Brewing Co.

Ther event will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 with at least 101 different varieties of Short’s beers — breaking Short’s own previous world record of 100 different beers available at HopCat East Lansing’s opening in 2013. The first 200 customers (ages 21 and up) in line prior to opening  at 4265 Woodward, near Canfield, will receive a card good for a free order HopCat’s famous Crack Fries every week for a year. Everyone who visits on the day of the grand opening will receive a free order of the fries.

To commemorate the launch of Detroit’s newest entertainment venue, HopCat Detroit will welcome Brooklyn-based Pitchblak Brass Band for a special free show on its second floor, which holds up to 400 guests during concerts. Pitchblak is a 10-piece hip-hop brass band that has played The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge and Toronto’s NXNE Music Festival, among others.

“HopCat Detroit’s opening will be our biggest yet, so we wanted to pull out all the stops and throw a party no one will soon forget,” said Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat.

“Short’s Brewing Company’s ability to come up with more than 100 incredibly interesting beers, breaking its own record for most beers from one brewery ever available in one place, shows the genius of Joe Short and his entire team,” Sellers said.

Short’s set a new world record for most beers on tap from one brewery, 100 varieties, during HopCat East Lansing’s grand opening on Aug. 22, 2013.

“Our goal with these tap takeovers isn’t just to set another record,” said Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing Co. “We are out to create more than 100 unique, interesting beers that challenge us and provide a truly unique taste experience for those who drink them.”

HopCat is currently booking acts for shows after Nov. 15. Details of the music venue are available at hopcat.com/detroit. Bands interested in playing HopCat Detroit are encouraged to email bands.detroit@hopcat.com for more information.

Like all BarFly Ventures establishments, HopCat — Detroit will implement an extensive composting and recycling program that will divert more than 90 percent of the waste it generates from landfills and incinerators.