From the Michigan brewery that brings you Strawberry Short’s Cake (golden ale brewed with strawberries, 4.3 percent ABV) and Key Lime Pie (brewed with marshmallow and lactose with lime and graham crackers added, 5.5 percent ABV) comes Psychedelic Cat Grass (triple dry hopped IPA, 7.1 percent ABV).
This “Without Delay IPA” from Short’s Brewing Co. arrived in bottle shops the same day it was bottled.
Short’s partner, Scott Newman-Bale, came up with the idea to package and distribute the beer within 24 hours to deliver the freshest possible product to customers. According to Newman-Bale, “We originally talked about executing this at our pub only, but in true Short’s fashion, we decided to push ourselves further and extend this to the states of Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Why not go all in and see just how psychedelic we can get?!”
Since I knew that this was going to be an extremely limited release, I had my local bottle shop hold a couple of bottles for me. While driving home from Indianapolis on release day, I got the call at 3:33 p.m. to let me know that it had arrived.
After returning to Goshen around 4:30 p.m., I headed to the bottle shop. I left my rain coat in the car since it was not raining, but got drenched as I got back in the car around 5 p.m. After stopping to share a bottle with a friend, I popped my own bottle at home around 5:30 p.m. My bottle was packaged around 2 a.m. that morning, which meant that I was enjoying my Psychedelic Cat Grass about 15 1/2 hours after bottling.
I poured it fairly aggressively into a pint glass, which created a healthy light-colored head. The aroma was all about the hops, just as Shorts promised, with a good balance between piney, citrus and earthy characteristics. The flavor followed with a slight sweetness up front, which quickly moved to dank tropical flavors with a strong bitter finish.
Psychedelic Cat Grass was first brewed for HopCat, where Short’s has regular tap takeover events. Limited amounts of six-packs made their way to the Michiana area. There are a limited number of kegs available but, as of now, I am not aware of any that will be in our area. Each six-pack included a pair of 3-D glasses, which somehow I did not get. Luckily I had a pair at home which allowed me to view the three dimensional label art work.
Most likely, local bottle shops sold out that day, however, you might find a bottle somewhere if you are lucky. Overall, this was a huge accomplishment by Shorts and hopefully they are raising a pint to celebrate their success!