HopCat’s Morning Wood & Wild Fest will celebrate the world’s biggest and best ales on Nov. 4

Annual beer fest offers 20+ specialty taps & brunch all day

Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 25, 2018) – HopCat – Kansas City is gearing up for Morning Wood & Wild 2018: A Barrel Aged, Sour & Wild Beer & Brunch Fest, an annual celebration of the world’s biggest, rarest and best ales. The party happens all day Sunday, November 4th, starting at 10 a.m. 


For this event, HopCat turns its beer experts loose and challenges them to track down the boldest, most unique brews they can find. HopCat – Kansas City, located at 401 Westport Road, will dedicate 24 draft lines to barrel-aged behemoths, flavorful sours and complex wild ales, with tappings staggered throughout the day. There will be something for every level of beer nerdery, from the barrel-aged superfan to the newcomer who is curious about craft beer but isn’t sure where to start. 


“These are the kind of hard-to-find beers that you often have to stand in line for hours at a brewery just to taste,” said Adam Roberts, HopCat’s Regional Beverage Program Manager. “The best part of the festival is being able to try many of the special releases and rarities from the entire year, all in one place at the same time.” 


HopCat – Kansas City’s Beer Program Lead, Brandon Freeman, has curated a tap list that includes gems such as:

- Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Rye On Rye On Rye, a rye BA rye ale (14.6%) [tapping at 10 a.m.]

- Moonlight Meadery’s Utopia Virtue, a Utopia barrel-aged mead (18% ABV) [tapping at noon]

- Avery Brewing Co.’s Tweak, a bourbon BA Imperial Stout with coffee (17.5%) [tapping at 10 a.m.]

- Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Sucaba Bourbon BA English Barleywine (13.5%) [tapping at noon]


This year, HopCat is adding a “morning” theme, serving brunch all day and encouraging guests to wear their pajamas. HopCat will have a limited number of custom-designed mugs that will be available first-come, first-served to early-bird guests. For more information, and full tap lists, please visit HopCat – Kansas City’s Facebook event page at


All media are welcome to attend Morning Wood & Wild or visit beforehand to sample some of the beers that will be available. To arrange advance or event coverage, contact Julia Armstrong at or 816-384-2956. 

About HopCat:

HopCat’s first location opened in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 2008. HopCat has been recognized as one of top craft beer bars in the U.S. and around the world by authorities such as Draft Magazine, Beer Advocate and The HopCat brand belongs to the BarFly Ventures restaurant group, which also includes Stella’s Lounge, Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and the Waldron Public House. HopCat Kansas City is located at 401 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 64111. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. – midnight Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. – midnight on Sunday. Visit HopCat online at