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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016

•HopCat, the Michigan-based bar chain with a craft beer focus, is poised to enter Illinois. The company has struck a deal for a new location on Chicago’s North Side, at 2577 North Clark Street. An opening date has yet to be announced. HopCat was founded in 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been in expansion mode since raising $25 million in new capital last summer. Last fall, HopCat opened a 300-seat restaurant with 140 tap handles in Lexington, Kentucky, and it’s also operating in Indianapolis, Madison, Wisconsin and Lincoln, Nebraska. Plans call for 30 additional locations across the Midwest over the next five years. HopCat is owned by BarFly Ventures LLC and is led by Mark Sellers.

•New York’s Bronx Brewery has introduced a new imperial rye IPA, Rye Fidelity. Part of Bronx’s B-Side series of limited brews, Rye Fidelity is at 8.1% abv and is available on draft through April. Bronx Brewery, which produced 7,350 barrels in 2015, has a year-round lineup including American Pale Ale, Belgian Pale Ale, Rye Pale Ale and Session IPA.

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