Back in 2009, Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) introduced one-off Cask beer that was brewed with vanilla, blueberries and a slightly more unusual ingredient: Catnip. Their press release below says it was called Kitty Kat Blues but I can also recall a version (which you can still get) of Kitty Kat Blues mixed with Trickster IPA – called Tricky Kitty.
The combination of ingredients worked well and, despite it’s slightly unusual description, Kitty Kat Blues has become one of my favorite Black Raven beers. Until now it’s been a seasonal offering, so it wasn’t always available when I wanted one. Now that’s all changed. This Friday, March 3rd Kitty Kat Blues joins Black Raven’s stable of year-round beers during a Cat Shirt launch party.
Here is the full press release from Black Raven Brewing Company:
Redmond, WA-Black Raven Brewing is excited to announce that Kitty Kat Blues will be going year-round in 22oz bottles and draft starting Friday, March 3rd. With the addition of Kitty Kat Blues to their line-up, Black Raven will become the world’s number one producer of catnip beer! To celebrate, they are throwing a party at their Redmond taproom and invite you to don your favorite cat-themed T-Shirt and join in toasting Kitty Kat’s everywhere. And they will be raising money for the Humane Society and donating $1.00 of every pint and 22oz bottle sold. Now you have an excuse to show off your fancy cat shirt!
About the beer: Kitty Kat Blues started as a one-off cask for the brewery taproom in
2009. Based on the customer feedback, it was eventually refined, improved and tinkered with to become a seasonal offering as part of the Blackfeather series. The beer itself begins as unassuming pale ale and then the screws are turned a bit with additions of dried blueberries, vanilla bean and mountain-grown catnip. The result is an easy drinking pale ale that finishes like this morning’s blueberry muffin. 6% ABV. 35 IBU’s.
About the Kitty Kat Blues Cat Shirt Party:
Where: Black Raven Taproom 14679 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA 98052Note: Black Raven Taproom is 21 and over, no minors
When: Friday, March 3rd @ 5pm – 9pm
What: Wear your favorite cat-shirt! $1.00 of every pint and 22oz bottle sold will be donated to the Humane Society.
About Black Raven Brewing:
Black Raven is an award winning brewery founded by Beaux Bowman and Kathryn Gillespie in 2009 in Redmond, WA where it operates a 15-barrel brewery as well as a taproom. Head Brewer Beaux Bowman’s goal is simple: build a brewery that not only crafted beer that he wants to drink, but also be a brewery that he wants to work in.
Current distribution is limited to Washington state. Signature beers include Trickster IPA, Coco Jones Coconut Porter, Second Sight Scottish Ale, as well as seasonal favorites such as Beaktweaker IPA and Grandfather Raven Imperial Stout. For more information, contact Matt@Blackravenbrewing.com or call 425-881-3020.
So dig out your favorite cat shirt and come down to Black Raven Brewing this Friday to enjoy some Kitty Kat Blues on tap and grab a few 22 oz bottles to go. As noted above, $1 from each pint or bottle sold will be donated to the Humane Society.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.