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The most insane tap takeover ever

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Last year, Sierra Nevada and Cannery Row set the record for the largest tap takeover, featuring 70 beers from the Chico, Calif., brewery. On Thursday, Aug. 22, that record will get decimated when Short’s Brewing arrives at the grand opening of HopCat-East Lansing (you may recognize HopCat from here) with 100 beers in tow.

I find it good fortune when I’m able to sample a mere two or three beers from Short’s. One-hundred beers is simply insane; as are the logistics.

According to the brewery’s Scott Newman-Bale, the huge tap takeover came about as a joke: Each year, brewery founder Joe Short celebrates his birthday with a tap takeover at the original HopCat location, and matches the number of beers they put on draft with his age. Last year, someone asked if they could ever do 100 beers. They laughed. Then they thought about it. Now they’re doing it.

“In reality logistics has been an issue,” says Newman-Bale. “We have been short on kegs and have been using them for this event. We are short on space, which the kegs have taken up. We have to do quality checks and get all the beer there safely and will have to switch over all the taps for the day and therefore storage in East Lansing is going to be a challenge for HopCat to contend with.”

The final list of beers hasn’t been settled (just assume everything will be there; it’s 100 beers) but some highlights will include Superfluid, Alien Einstein, a bourbon barrel-aged version of Evil Urges and the mango-and-mint-spiked Wowee Zowee.

Make sure you eat a big breakfast: The event kicks of at 11 a.m. (Important note: The first 200 people who show up will get one free order of Crack Fries every week for an entire year).


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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