HopCat is coming to downtown Minneapolis this summer

HopCat, the notable chain of craft beer bars, is opening a new 100-tap location in downtown Minneapolis this summer. First started in Michigan in 2008, HopCat has grown to 15 locations and collected numerous accolades along the way. The original location in Grand Rapids, which is also brewpub that brews its own beer in addition to serving other … [ Read more]

Does the arrival of behemoth beer bars mean danger for smaller craft-centric pubs?

What makes a beer bar? Is it simply featuring dozens upon dozens of tap handles? Focusing on local-beer-only menus, or other carefully curated selections of specialty beers? It’s a big question, and one that isn’t easily answered. What is clear is that beer is booming and more bars are taking note that selection matters. But … [ Read more]

The Happy Gnome named Best Beer Bar in Minnesota

Late last year, the Brewers Association’s CraftBeer.com set out to find the best beer bars in every state and Washington, D.C. They enlisted their thousands of readers to nominate their favorite craft beer bar, and fill out a survey about what makes it special: atmosphere, staff, beer selection, special events. Over 9,000 votes were cast from August … [ Read more]