Like many companies that wrangle our microbial friends, White Labs has temporary or “seasonal” offerings. Called “Vault Strains,” these microorganisms are released for a short while, then back in the vault for another million years! (Or however many years White Labs decides.)
About this strain they write:
Sourced from our friend Lars Marius Garshol, this kveik strain was isolated from a mixed culture which belonged to Harald Opshaug, a farmhouse brewer in Stranda, Norway. This strain was originally used in the 1990s to produce several kornøl-style beers. It is a clean fermenting yeast and has tolerated temperatures up to 95°F (35°C) while finishing fermentation within three to four days. The hop-forward, clean characteristics of this strain make it ideal for IPAs and pale ales.