5 Cannabis-Infused Beers to Drink on 4/20
Calling all stoners, occasional weed smokers, or any beer-lover looking for a smoke-free high: Cannabis THC-infused beer is now a thing and these weed beers are the perfect drink to sip on to celebrate a pot-head’s favourite day; 4/20.
By Justin Beerber on Apr. 18, 2019
Since the legalization of marijuana in Canada (2018) and in some US states, the trend of using cannabis as an ingredient in the brewing process has gained popularity. There are also stats and reports that show beer consumption has decreased in Canada and in the states where recreational pot is currently legal, it is no surprise why brewers want to “keep up with the times” and start brewing cannabis beers. Many big, macro brewers, like Molson Coors and Steam Whistle have made no secret of the fact that they are also wanting to tap into the marijuana market. Most of these brewer’s goal when brewing “weed beers” is to get rid of the stigma that comes with the use of cannabis.
Most THC infused beers are non-alcoholic and the THC is what causes your “buzz”. Because these beers are alcohol-free, they are most likely healthier for you.
What is cannabis beer and how is it made?
Cannabis beer is a non-alcoholic beer, brewed with the marijuana plant. Cannabis beer is brewed with crushed stocks, stem and roots of the marijuana plant itself as opposed to being infused with cannabis oils. The marijuana replaces the use of barley in the brewing of cannabis beer.
To read more on cannabis beer, thc-infused beers, etc., and what effects it has on you, click here!
5 Cannabis Beers / THC-Infused Beers / CBD-Infused Beers to Drink on April 20th
Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale De-alcoholized Cannabis Beer
This refreshing, medium-bodied, cannabis ale was brewed with blood orange peel and coriander to achieve a Belgian-style white ale-like brew. The beer was then infused with THC for a new spin on the Belgian classic.
ABV: 0% | THC: 5mg
Where can you purchase Ceria Brewing’s “weed beer”?
Grainwave cannabis beer is being sold at a number of dispensaries in Denver, Colorado and surrounding areas.
About Ceria Brewing Co.: Owned by the man who created Blue Moon beer
Ceria Brewing’s love for brewing great beer doesn’t stop at what’s been done before. Beer has always had an essential role in their culture at the center of celebrations, connections and even relaxation. Now, with the opening of markets and minds to the amazing experience of cannabis, Ceria Brewing Co. is marrying beautifully crafted beers with the magic of cannabis, proudly bringing into the mainstream an experience both happily familiar and entirely extraordinary.
Ceria Brewing Co. crafts their beers using traditional, proven brewing techniques and high-quality malts, hops and spices for optimal flavor. Once they’ve arrived at the perfect liquid, they take the alcohol out and add the cannabis extract in, carefully metering to get an exact amount of THC in every beer and taking samples constantly to ensure the Ceria brew you are enjoying is an incredible tasting beer delivering an extraordinary experience every time.
Ceria Brewing Co. is excited to announce their plans for 2 more cannabis infused beers coming soon!
Hi-Fi Hops IPA-Inspired Cannabis Beer
This IPA-inspired sparkling beverage is made using everything Lagunitas knows about hops — but with zero alcohol, zero calories, and zero carbs. Infused with THC from the finest, sun-grown cannabis at AbsoluteXtracts.
“We’ve often dreamed of hops and their cannabis cousin partying together at the family reunion. We wanted to bring this party to life in a beverage. It’s high-time that good beer inspired a provocative, yet refreshing non-alcoholic alternative. With a smidge of California sun-grown cannabis in every sip.” — Jeremy Marshall, Brewmonster
ABV: 0% | THC: 5mg
Where to buy Lagunitas’ Hi-Fi- Hops Cannabis-Infused IPA Beers:
You can find Hi-Fi Hops in California dispensaries. Lagunitas also offers a 10mg Hi-Fi Hops IPA-Inspired cannabis beer. Two doses, same hoppy fidelity!
About Lagunitas Brewing Company: IPA-loving brewers who dabble in cannabis-infused beer
It was Northern California in 1993. Tony Magee started brewing on a stovetop homebrew kit and, after a couple batches, some stray wort had spilt down the back. When Thanksgiving night came, and the wort caught fire and burned the turkey to a crisp, Tony’s wife Carissa kindly asked him to move his new hobby elsewhere… He moved into an old storage shed in the town of Forest Knolls, Calif. (next to the town of Lagunitas, which Tony thought had a cool-sounding name…) and he started brewing more and more. The beers ranged from vile and repugnant, to delicate and exceptional. And then came IPA, and he knew he could never go back. Eventually, Tony grew out of that space and moved just down the road to Petaluma, bringing his recipes and the Lagunitas name with him.
Now, Lagunitas beers are available in 20-ish countries and growing. And whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or simply fueling stories and songs with IPA and other fine ales, Lagunitas’ brewers learned one thing (aside for how to cook a turkey)… Wherever you go: beer speaks, people mumble.
Hop Chronic THC Infused India Pale Ale
“For people who don’t want to smoke, don’t want to vape, there’s no path of experiencing the therapeutic benefits. It feels good to be a part of creating a delicious IPA where people who want to experience cannabis that way can do that.” — Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery
Flying Dog Brewery claims their Hop Chronic beer will be more hop-forward than their regular beers as they have practice in creating strong hop characteristics in low-alcohol beers.
ABV: 0% | THC: unknown
Where is Hop Chronic THC India Pale Ale being sold?
Hop Chronic is currently not on sale as Flying Dog and Green Leaf are still awaiting approval from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission as production and distribution of recreational edible cannabis products is still illegal in Maryland. They predict distribution will start in summer of 2019. So, stay tuned!
Once approved, the non-alcoholic beer will be sold in 6-packs and 12 oz. single-serve cans containing varying THC and CBD dosages at licensed dispensaries throughout Maryland.
About Flying Dog Brewery: Makers of Maryland’s first THC infused non-alcoholic beer
More than 30 years ago, a group of oxygen- and alcohol- deprived amateur hikers convened in a Pakistan hotel room after summiting the world’s deadliest mountain. It was there that Flying Dog was born. The brewers at Flying Dog Brewery are craft beer crusaders who stand tall and never eat shit.
Not exactly a beer… but this THC infused root beer is just as great! Sip it on its own or pour it over ice cream to create the ultimate root beer float. Bubba Kush Root Beer was voted the winner of the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Edible!
ABV: 0% | THC: 10mg
Where to purchase Keef Brands’ THC infused beverages:
Keef Brands sells their products in dispensaries in Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, and Nevada. Keef Brands cannabis products are also sold in Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
About Keef Brands: THC infused beverages in Boulder, Colorado
Keef Brands develops, produces, and distributes multiple cannabis-infused products. Their long product list includes cannabis-infused sodas, energy drinks, sparkling juices, shooters, oils, CBD & THC distillates, and more. Founded in Boulder, CO, the company has been at the forefront of innovation around social cannabis product development and education since 2010. In 2015, Keef’s Bubba Kush Root Beer won Best Edible at the High Times Cannabis Cup, beating out over 150 entries from across the United States.
Two Flowers IPA CBD Infused Beer
While we know that CBD doesn’t really count as “cannabis”, we thought we’d include this CBD infused beer in the list anyways.
Brewed by Coalition Brewing Company, Two Flowers IPA has the base style of a west coast IPA that has been infused with CBD (Cannabidiol, a natural substance found in hemp plants). After the brewing process, the result is a light, crisp, bitter and refreshing brew. The bitter grassiness increases the hop bitterness, while the citrusy terpenes (aromatic metabolites found in the oils of all plants) in the CBD balance the aromas and flavours of the hops. As for the effects this beer has on you? Reviewers have described the effect as having a few beers in a hot tub. Others describe sensations such as “elevating” and “naturally calming”. It is important to note that Coalition Brewing is NOT making any specific health claims about the effects of the CBD hemp beer.
ABV: 6% | IBU: 60 | THC: 0mg | CBD: 10mg
Where to find Two Flowers IPA CBD Beer:
About Coalition Brewing Company: The makers of Oregon’s first hemp and CBD infused beer
Coalition Brewing is a 10 barrel craft brewery located in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Coalition Brewing was very excited to announce the release of the first commercially produced Cannabidoil infused beer in Oregon. Their mission was to “encompass a true sense of synergy that exists among plants that we know and love”, whether they be hops, barely, fruit, – the list goes on, but the common denominator is the amazing beers that can result from them.
“It was vitally important to us to avoid making this a ‘gimmick’ product, so the knowledge of the cannabis industry was instrumental in the development of Two Flowers. With the help of a chemical engineer and maker of infused edibles — and through lots of taste testing — we learned about the unique flavours, aromatics, and chemical properties of hemp and CBD, and how to properly and safely incorporate them into our beer.” — Kiley Hoyt, Coalition owner
It is important to note that cannabis THC-infused beers will give you a different type of intoxication than regular alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
What is “420” a.k.a “Weed Day”?
420, 4/20, 4:20 is slang in the marijuana culture used to refer to the consumption of cannabis. April 20th is considered a day to celebrate the smoking of marijuana. Many smokers believe that 420 is what binds the cannabis community together.
What is the significance of 420?
There are many rumours when it comes to the origin of 420 day. Some believe that “420” comes from a number of chemical compounds in cannabis, while others suggest that it is a police code for cannabis use. These are false.
420 started in 1971 at San Rafael High School, in California. A group of friends, nicknamed “The Waldos”, heard news of weed that was being illegally grown by a U.S. Coast Guardsman in the forrest on Point Reyes Peninsula. Because the guard became nervous that his cannabis patch was going to be found by his commanding officer, he gave his brother (who was a member of The Waldos) a “treasure map” guiding them to the weed so they could pick it.
The Waldos met after school at 4:20pm, lit up a doobie, and with treasure map in hand, they set off on an adventure to find the patch of free marijuana. While the first attempt of finding the dream field was a failure, they decided to meet at 4:20pm the next day to try again. Several months went by and they still had not found the cannabis patch. Everyday in school, the boys would pass each other in the hallway and say “420”, as a reminder that they we’re set to meet at 4:20pm again that day to look for the marijuana.
The Waldos started to notice their other friends using the term “420” to signify that they were planning to smoke weed together. Soon their siblings picked up on the phrase and they began to see “420” carved into benches or spray painted onto walls.
Today, The Waldos’ minds are “boggled” that what started out as a private, secret code / joke has now turned into a world-wide phenomenon. The Waldos are proud of their contribution to the cannabis community, and pleased that 420 is celebrated annually by so many around the world. Lagunitas Brewing Company brewed a beer to honour the Waldos’, check it out here.
Want more information about the origin of 420? Listen to the Criminal podcast – episode #64 (on Apple Podcasts or Spotify) where they interview the group of men who claim to have started 420. The Waldos also have an official website where they continue to document their story.
P.S. The Waldos never found the cannabis patch.
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