01 April 2010
Last year mybeerbuzz broke the news that a new hop strain called KP1 would be entering the brewing markets. For those that missed the story you can CLICK HERE to read the original post. This was a big news in the beer industry, and I’m proud to say we published it first.
We’ve followed the story religiously, and as the year has progressed it is worth noting that production has increased in a considerable way. Just last summer Tinkelle Farms contacted me to say they would be dedicating another 250 acres to KP1 farming and space for an additional 200 cats on the farm. At that time they predicted an increase of over 7000 production pounds of KP1 for the brewing market and a commitment to ship the first batch east.
While I am not at liberty to disclose the brewery, I’m incredibly proud to announce that the first beer produced using the high alpha KP1 will be brewed by one of OUR local breweries. Since the beer is in the tanks and label approval is underway, I’ve been given exclusive permission to release the name of the beer.
The beer will be named Cat Scratch DIPA, and I’m told that although it is not a traditional double-IPA, the DIPA naming will be used because of the extremely high IBU rating the beer was able to reach using KP1 hop strains AND because of the high ABV.
As you can see above, I’ve also been given permission to post the actual label, (with the brewery name and logo blacked out of course.) The beer will be initially brewed in a smaller batch for keg and 22oz production runs to occur simultaneously. I am not at liberty to release the IBU rating, but suffice to say it’s a number higher than I’ve ever seen before. Assuming all goes well, the beer will be released in the brewery only on or about May 15th. Beyond that I can’t say much until the TTB label approval is complete and the beer is released…so stay tuned local beer lovers.