Ready to take that beer buzz to the next level? Coalition Brewing, a Portland, Oregon brewery, recently introduced their CBD-infused beer to masses. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive active ingredient in cannabis and is known for its medicinal properties. The folks at Coalition Brewery wanted to bring weed and beer together in a way never tasted before.
“Our goal with this project was to showcase the synergy of hops and cannabis,” Elan Walsky of Coalition said in a recent interview. “We chose to accomplish this by not only infusing the beer with CBD, but also by incorporating elements of the plant to augment and complement traditional ingredients and flavors of the beer.”
The popularity of craft micro-brewed beer has exploded across the country in recent years, and as states continue to legalize marijuana, it was only a matter a time before the two crossed paths. Walsky notes that the CBD beer Coalition has created features Centennial and Cascade hops, which tend to have a citrus-forward flavor, and hemp juice.
“The goal here is to mirror some of the citrus-like notes from the terpenes in the CBD and create a rounded whole.”
The brew is the first of its kind, with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) approving production only recently. THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that gets you high, cannot be mixed with alcohol. CBD, however, can. The cannabinoid is often used medically to treat epilepsy, chronic pain, and insomnia.
“Luckily for us, THC is only one of the things in cannabis that make us like it so much,” Walsky explained in the interview. “Since we can’t make a THC beer, what we’ve elected to do is infuse this beer with CBD in an effort to showcase and augment the effects and flavors of hops. So as an added bonus, you’ve got about 10 MG of CBD per glass. Smoking a CBD-rich strain has long been regarded by people in the know as a traditional hangover cure, so it is possible that adding it to beer may result in a less traumatic morning after.”
Plans to expand distribution outside of Oregon are not yet in motion, but beer aficionados across the country can hope and wait as public opinions towards cannabis shift in the positive direction. Until then, a pint and a pinchie will have to do.