You know when you get your hands on a beer that is so good and the entire time you’re drinking it you know you will never have it again?!? Well it happened to me this past weekend with Cat Sabbath from Former Future Brewing. It’s such a love/hate thing for me when that happens. I love that I am getting to taste this amazing beer, but I’m also super bummed I will probably never have it again.
If you’ve dabbled in the craft beer world for any length of time you’ve probably heard the terms “whale,” “whalez,” or “whalez bro” being thrown around. A whale beer is a rare beer that is super hard to find. Like incredibly hard to find. The internet and trading groups have made these rare beers a little more possible for people who don’t live near these releases, but often times you end up trading an arm and a leg to get them. Sometimes worth it and other times not so much.
So you might be wondering how exactly Cat Sabbath falls into the mix of rare beers? Former Future Brewing released Cat Sabbath on January 30, 2015 as their one year anniversary beer. At this time, Former Future simultaneously had a secondary brand known as Black Project that was dedicated to wild and sour ales. One of their Black Project beers won a medal at the Great Basin Beer Festival in 2014 and quickly gained popularity. Testing the waters, Former Future switched their taps over to the Black Project beers. Quickly outselling the other beers, Former Future decided mid-2016 to officially change their brand to Black Project and switch their focus to sour, wild beers. And let me tell you, they are amazing! I’m a huge fan of Black Project sours! Unfortunately, this also means their delicious Cat Sabbath beer is no more.
I’m very fortunate that my dad lives in Colorado and is a bigger craft beer nerd than I am. He was able to get a Cat Sabbath to share with us over the holidays. He also told me after we drank it that he could have gotten two bottles…but we don’t need to bring up that kind of negativity. I did hear a rumor that Black Project may be brewing some Cat Sabbath for the Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival in January. I’ll be there so I can only hope that rumor is true!! If any of you are lucky enough to come across a Cat Sabbath, enjoy every last bit of it! It truly is an amazing beer.