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Punch Bowl Social, HopCat To Expand Dining And Drinking Options In Detroit

By Edward Cardenas

DETROIT (CBS Detroit) - A big week is on "tap" for foodies, craft beer lovers and nightlife in Detroit as Punch Bowl Social and HopCat Detroit prepare to open.

The two high-profile openings bring locally sourced menus, a wide-array of beers and unique entertainment options to downtown Detroit.

Punch Bowl Social - located on the ground floor of the Z parking lot - starts the festivities with a grand opening party Wednesday, with menu sampling, punch tastings, activities, and live performance by Kaleido, from 7 - 9 p.m., and at 10 p.m., the venue will be open for those 21 and over.

Tickets are $10, with proceeds donated to The Salvation Army.

Wednesday night. Tickets can be purchased in advance, and at the door (upon availability), for $10 per person. ALL proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.

This is the fourth location for the Denver-based "Gastro-Diner,"which offers locally sourced food and drink in a modern, mountain lodge-like setting with games including bowling, darts, marbles, ping-pong and vintage arcade games. The 24,000-square-foot  "eatertainment" concept will be located on the ground floor of "The Z" parking structure on Broadway.

Some of the unique creations include chocolate whiskey milkshake with bacon-infused Maker's Mark Bourbon, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, candied bacon and an extra-wide straw; Dearborn- made Scotty O'Hotty hot sauce and tender belly pork shoulder Frito pie.

HopCat Detroit will open the largest beer bar in the city at 11 a.m. Saturday. Bellaire-based Short's Brewing Company will attempt a world record beginning at 11 a.m. with tap takeover of at least 101 different varieties of Short's beers.

Here are the beers Short's will offer for the world record attempt:


  • Beard of Zeus- India Pale Lager/ 4.5% ABV
  • Black Diamond- American Black Lager/ 5.1% ABV
  • Bourbon Sustenance- Bourbon Barrel Aged Schwarz bier/ 6.5% ABV
  • Cerveza de Julie- Mexican-Style Lager/ 5% ABV
  • Crunchy Grooves- Bohemian-Style Pilsner/ 5.2% ABV
  • Der Norden- German-Style Pilsner/ 5% ABV
  • Devil's Lettuce- Wet-Hopped India Pale Lager/ 5.7% ABV
  • Electric Mullet- Imperial Cream Ale/ 6.7% ABV
  • Kolsch 45- Kolsch/ 4.8% ABV
  • Lectronic Lager- Bohemian-Style Pilsner/ 5% ABV
  • Lil Wheezy- India Amber Lager/ 7% ABV
  • Local's Light- American Light Lager/ 4% ABV
  • Nectar De La Vida- Mexican-Style Lager w/ Lime & Blue Agave Nectar/ 6.2% ABV
  • Night Wheeler- American Black Lager/ 4% ABV
  • Pontius Road Pilsner- American Pilsner/ 5.2% ABV
  • Spruce Pilsner- Imperial Pilsner w/ Spruce Tips/ 7% ABV
  • The Curl- Imperial Pilsner/ 7% ABV
  • The Empire Hops Back- India Pale Lager/ 5.2% ABV
  • Twist of Cain- American Dark Lager/ 7.5% ABV
  • Village Reserve- California Common/ 4.5% ABV

Pales & IPAs

  •  '05 Anniversary Ale- American Imperial IPA/ 10% ABV
  • '06 PART 1 Anniversary Ale- Bourbon Barrel Aged Triple IPA/ 11.6 % ABV
  • '06 Part Deux Anniversary Ale- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial IPA / 9.5 % ABV
  • '08 Anniversary Ale- American Imperial IPA/ 9% ABV
  • Bonafide Legit- American Pale Ale/ 6% ABV
  • Bourbon ControversiALE- Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA/ 6.7% ABV
  • Bourbon Huma- Bourbon Barrel Aged American IPA/ 8.2% ABV
  • ControversiALE- American IPA/ 6.5% ABV
  • Declaration Ale- American IPA/ 6% ABV
  • Ermagerdness- American Pale Ale/ 5.5% ABV
  • Freedom of '78- American IPA/ 6.9% ABV
  • Giggle Bush- American Pale Ale/ 5.9% ABV
  • Ginger In The Rye- Rye Munich Ale w/ Ginger/ 7% ABV
  • Good Feller- Imperial American IPA/ 8.5% ABV
  • Hellacious Rock- American Imperial IPA/ 8.2% ABV
  • Huma Lupa Licious- American IPA/ 7.7% ABV
  • I Got 5 On It- American IPA/ 6.2% ABV
  • Kind Ale- Wet-Hopped American IPA/ 5.5% ABV
  • Olfactor Spectacular- American Pale Ale/ 5.3% ABV
  • Pandemonium Pale- American Pale Ale/ 6.4% ABV
  • Pretty Vacant- Extra Pale Ale/ 4.5% ABV
  • Prolonged Enjoyment- American Session IPA/ 3.5% ABV
  • Quasar Dank- American Rye IPA/ 6.5% ABV
  • Space Rock- American Pale Ale/ 5% ABV
  • Stache Bender- American Imperial IPA/ 9% ABV
  • Stellar Ale- American Pale Ale/ 5.3% ABV
  • Stroker Ace- American Session IPA/ 4% ABV
  • Tapawera- American IPA/ 6.7% ABV
  • Yeager's Puff- American Pale Ale/ 3.8% ABV


  • Papa Burgundy- Dunkelweiss/ 5.5% ABV
  • Snow Wheat- Hefeweizen/ 4.5% ABV
  • Thimbleberry Crush- Berliner Weisse/ 2.3% ABV
  • Wit Happens- Belgian-Style Spiced Witbier/ 4.9% ABV

Ambers & Browns

  • Aorta Ale- Imperial Amber Ale/ 8.5% ABV
  • Autumn Ale- Extra Special Bitter/ 6.5% ABV
  • Bellaire Brown- American Brown Ale/ 7% ABV
  • Good Humans- India Brown Ale/ 8% ABV
  • Happy Jack- Scottish Ale/ 5.5% ABV
  • Magician- English-Style Red Ale/ 5.3% ABV
  • Noble Chaos- Marzen/ 5.3% ABV
  • Queen Bee- Imperial Amber Ale w/ Honey/ 8% ABV
  • Woodmaster- Imperial Brown Ale w/ Maple Syrup & Pecans/ 9% ABV

Porters, Stouts, & Black Ales

  • Big Style- American Stout w/ Brown Sugar & Molasses/ 6.9% ABV
  • Bim Bam Boom- American Stout w/ Cocoa, Cayenne, & Orange/ 7.4% ABV
  • Black Cherry Porter- American Porter w/ Black Cherries/ 7% ABV
  • Bludgeon Yer Eye- American Black IPA/ 6.2% ABV
  • Bourbon Ben's Asthma- Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout/ 11.5% ABV
  • Carob Stout- Imperial Stout w/ Carob/ 6.4% ABV
  • Chocolate Giddyup- American Stout w/ Coffee & Cocoa/ 6.6% ABV
  • Chocolate Pretzel Stout- American Stout w/ Chocolate & Pretzels/ 6.8% ABV
  • Cup A Joe- American Milk Stout w/ Coffee/ 7% ABV
  • Dark Daze- American Porter/ 6% ABV
  • Goodnight Bodacious- Imperial Black IPA/ 9% ABV
  • Imperial Black Cherry Porter- Imperial Porter w/ Black Cherries/ 8.7% ABV
  • Mystery Stout- Imperial Oatmeal Stout W/ Cocoa & Molasses/ 8.4% ABV
  • Publican Porter- American Imperial Porter/ 9% ABV
  • Slow Jam Stout- Sweet Stout w/ Strawberries & Chocolate/ 6.5% ABV
  • Smugglin Plums Stout- American Stout w/ Plums/ 5.8% ABV
  • Swirl Stout- American Milk Stout/ 6.4% ABV

Strong Ales

  • Abnormal Genius- English-Style Golden Ale/ 8.3% ABV
  • Bourbon Aphasia- Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Ale/ 8% ABV
  • Bourbon Hammer Jack- Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale/ 8.8% ABV
  • Double Barrel Bourbon Wizard- Bourbon Barrel Aged American Barleywine w/ Raisins/ 11.8% ABV


  • Celestial Critter- Belgian-Style Blond Ale/ 6.4% ABV
  • Deacon Blues- Belgian-Style Pale Ale/ 4.4% ABV
  • Dubbel Down- Belgian-Style Dubbel/ 7.4 % ABV
  • Ectoplasmo- Belgian-Style Stout w/ Raspberries/ 6.9% ABV
  • Evil Urges- Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale/ 8.4% ABV
  • Love Knife- Belgian-Style Amber Ale/ 6.7% ABV
  • Oblivion- Belgian-Style Quad/ 12% ABV
  • Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster- Belgian-Style Imperial IPA/ 8.4% ABV
  • Pig Pen- Bourbon Barrel Aged Wild IPA/ 7.7% ABV
  • Richard in the Dirt- Belgian-Style Tripel/ 9% ABV
  • Steely Danzig- Belgian-Style Brown Cream Ale/ 5.5% ABV
  • Van Dammage- Belgian-Style IPA/ 6.5% ABV


  • Agave Peach Wheat- American Pale Wheat w/ Peaches & Agave Nectar/ 5% ABV
  • Black Chai- Spiced American Black Ale/ 5% ABV
  • Black Licorice- Black Lager w/ Vanilla, Anise, & Mint/ 7% ABV
  • Bloody Beer- Spiced Vegetable Beer/ 7% ABV
  • Bourbon Carrot Cake- Bourbon Barrel Aged Spiced Vegetable Ale/ 7.5% ABV
  • Brew Ninja- Experimental Ale w/ Rice, Yuzu, & Sake Yeast/ 4.5% ABV
  • Gitchy Gitchy Ooh La La- Kolsch w/ Cucumber, Lemon, & Lilac/ 5.5% ABV
  • Gone Commando- Vienna-Style Lager w/ Red Currants/ 4.5% ABV
  • Imperial Soft Parade- Imperial Fruit Rye Ale/ 8.3% ABV
  • In the Wheat of Passion- American Wheat Ale w/ Passion fruit/ 5% ABV
  • It's About Thyme- American IPA w/ Orange Blossom Honey & Thyme/ 7.5% ABV
  • Jitterbug Perfume- Belgian-Style Golden Ale w/ Beets, Lemon, & Jasmine Tea/ 6.4% ABV
  • Key Lime Pie- Fruit Ale w/ Marshmallow, Lime, Lactose, and Graham Crackers/ 5.5% ABV
  • London Fog- English-Style Brown Ale w/ Earl Grey Tea/ 5.3% ABV
  • Loyalty Ale- American Pale Ale w/ Blood Orange & Guava/ 6% ABV
  • OMGWTFBBQ- Smoked Fruit/Spice Ale/ 6.7% ABV
  • Peaches N Cream- Imperial Cream Ale w/ Peaches/ 8.3% ABV
  • Schnozzleberry Griffin- American Wheat Ale w/ Blackberries & Tea/ 5% ABV
  • Shadow Assassin- Rauchbier/ 5.3% ABV
  • Soft Parade- Fruit Rye Ale/ 7.5% ABV
  • The Gambler- Bourbon Barrel Aged Smoked IPA/ 6% ABV
  • Whiskey Sour- Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Ale w/ Limes/ 6.7% ABV
  • Wowee Zowee- American Golden Ale w/ Mint & Mango/ 6% ABV
  • Nicie Spicie- American Spiced Wheat Ale/ 5% ABV

Additionally, the first 200 customers ages 21 and up in line prior to opening will receive a card good for a free order HopCat's Crack Fries every week for a year, and there will be live music in the evening with a free concert with the Pitch Blak Brass Band and  Howling Diablos in the Huma Room at HopCat.

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