I didn't get a chance to go to Hopcat, but I did hit up Founders.
It was pretty neat. I tried their Spite. It was a pepper pale ale according to the bartender. He said it had a "little heat." I initially passed on it, but my curiosity got the better of me. It was light and refresh-holy crap. The burn. It started off light and crisp, but before I could even start to pick out flavors, the peppers hit. Then I noticed my lips were tingling. Then burning. Then reached over and grabbed one of the many glasses of water the barback had set up. It was hot. Very hot. For dinner I had their Big Easy (phenomenal sandwich) and their chips and salsa. Spite had at least twice the bite of their salsa. It was an, um, interesting beer.
I've also been picking through various liquor stores to come up with beers unavailable in KY. So far:
- Fat Tire
- Blue Paddler
- Yeti Imperial Stout
- Boulevard Brewing Co Dark Truth Stout
- Keweenaw's Widow Maker Black Ale
- Atwater's Vanilla Java Porter
The New Belgium's were not new to me, but I've never had the others. I just picked up the Yeti and it is fantastic.
I'm seriously debating the three hour drive to Wisconsin to pick up some New Glarus brews...