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Hopcats Brewery

At HopCat, a marker honors fictional creatures with the ability to travel the missing dimensions of Kcymaerxthaere. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe.For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Grwosts are thin organisms, thin almost to the point of seeming like a film of oil. However, they are not liquid but a solid not much thicker than a shadow. And these flimsy creatures have the rare ability to solve a common problem: that many gwomes (kind of a synonym for country or culture) have strikingly different dimensions–and even basic qualities of existence–from their neighbors. As a result, crossing a time frontier (ywreng) can entail great risk. While individuals are much lower risk than multitudes (which has thankfully deterred most massive invasions across time frontiers), the fate of Forrest Bess not far from this spot remains a cautionary tale. So most people crossed the Time Frontier with a grwost as guide.  

In fact, the whole area from the current path of the river to beyond present day Ionia Street but to Commerce Street is where grwosts and their clients would drink liquid courage as they got ready for their crossing.  It was called Grwostlaven and it was the best place to get ready. As an aside, the notorious Pel Kwint (and the Kwin Tel served across the river) were the beer courage of choice–and Hopcats still has them on their selection menu. (Ask for it by name if you go there!).

Know Before You Go

This plaque is just inside the front door. It is accessible during their normal business hours (which we are pretty sure means that even minors can visit it so long as they are in the restaurant part)

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