Special ‘Psychedelic Cat’ IPA speeding to Dayton tomorrow

A Michigan-based brewery, its Ohio distributor, and a downtown Dayton beer pub are collaborating to offer local beer enthusiasts a chance tomorrow afternoon (Aug. 17) to taste a special IPA on the same day it is bottled and put into kegs.

Short's Brewing Co. based in Bellaire, Michigan, will package up a fresh batch of its Psychedelic Cat Grass Without Delay IPA shortly after midnight tonight, then load it into trucks to deliver to its distributors in surrounding states, including Cavalier Distributing in Ohio. And those distributors will quickly deliver it to select retail accounts.

The Barrel House tap room at 417 E. Third St. in Dayton expects to receive a half-barrel of the special brew at about 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Aug. 17), and will tap it upon arrival, Barrel House founder Jeff Heater tells us. A limited number of bottled Psychedelic Cat Grass are also scheduled to accompany the draught beer, Heater said.

The collaboration will allow customers to enjoy the beer’s “out-of-this world freshness,” according to a brewery release. Short’s describes Psychedelic Cat Grass as a “triple dry-hopped American India Pale Ale … with aromas of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit” that accompany the brew’s “slightly hazy, pale orange color and lasting white head. A dry finish is preceded by balanced flavors of tropical fruit and bitter hops.”

The idea to package and distribute a beer in one day came from Short’s partner, Scott 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 state of Michigan and beyond. Why not go all in and see just how psychedelic we can get?”

Bottle labels for the Psychedelic Cat are printed in 3-D, and 3-D glasses come with each six-pack.