Craft brewers put a lot of things in their IPAs. Fruit, chicken nuggets, you name it. Now there’s finally a craft brewery putting cannabis in their beer.
California-based Lagunitas Brewing Company, perhaps best known for their Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ and Laguintas Sucks beers, recently released a beer called SuperCritical with marijuana terpenes.
Cannabis is a natural companion for craft beer. Hops, one of the most defining ingredients in craft beers, are in the same Cannabaceae family as marijuana (though obviously lack THC or CBD). Lagunitas uses terpenes that the company AbsoluteXtracts removes from cannabis plants. There’s not, however, any THC in the beer.
To make the beer, Lagunitas “pulled the terpenes from some of Nor-Cal’s Finest Cannabis (sans THC) and brewed it with some of Yakima’s Finest hops … Together, it’s like giving our brewers a whole new set of colors to paint with!”
Lagunitas follows a few Colorado winemakers in adding marijuana to its alcohol. In Oregon, though, alcohol brands are forbidden from infusing marijuana.
The beer is only available in California, but Lagunitas threw in a “for now” after stating its state-wide release, so more may be to come.