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Keith Villa created a beer that transformed many light beer drinkers into craft beer drinkers: Blue Moon. The two nationwide flagships of his new endeavor, Ceria Brewing Co., are not cannabis or CBD-infused, but non-alcoholic beers. Still, part of the reason Villa retired from MillerCoors and the Blue Moon empire he built was to pursue brewing with cannabis. And he now makes those beers for dispensaries in Colorado and, soon, California. He recently went on a big PR tour supporting a new book: “Brewing with Cannabis: Using THC and CBD in Beer.”

There’s a natural connection, too, when it comes to beer and CBD. Cannabis and hops both belong to the same Cannabaceae plant family. That’s why there are so many beers a novice IPA lover might take a big whiff of and say, “Whoa, that smells like weed.” Don’t be surprised if, as weed becomes more normalized in the world, more beers start to utilize the herb to further enhance its beers. Breweries are combining booze and weed, or booze and THC. But they’re also hopping on the health crazes and mixing CBD oil with non-alcoholic brews. Here are our favorite hemp, CBD, and cannabis beers.

If New Belgium, one of the nation’s largest brewers, can jump on the hemp-derived bandwagon (earlier than most at that), then it’s likely only a matter of time more breweries make beers infused with hemp, CBD and THC. Unlike many of the beers on this list, The Hemperor is wildly distributed. For those who’ve purchased the beer, whether for true enjoyment or pure curiosity, you’ll remember how pungent the weed-like smell was when you cracked open the cap. Really, though, all the hemp in The Hemperor does is amplify the hoppy flavors of the “Hemp Pale Ale.”

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Two Roots has a great array of cannabis-infused beers, all registering below 0.5% alcohol. The IPA-spired New West and the new take on a hefeweizen, Tropical Infamy both offer up 5MG of THC with a burst of beer flavor. Grapefruit Fight, Mango Dango and Straight Dank can punch up the fruity hoppiness with 10MG of THC. Shadow Monk drops the THC back down but allows the Dubbel-inspired non-alcoholic beer, perfect for an after-dinner treat.

Flying Dog Brewing Co.’s labels are, on their own, plenty eye-popping. The beers, like its infamous Raging Bitch Belgian IPA and Doggie Style Pale Ale are fabulous beers. So Flying Dog’s partnership with Leaf Medical Cannabis provides a delicious example of what a cannabis beer can be. The beer was non-alcoholic, but really, when you’re sipping on a weed drink, what’s the need for booze?

Best Hemp Beer By A Beer Giant: The Hemperor

With CBD legalized across much of the U.S. (though not at the federal level) and marijuana legalization slowly — or quickly — sweeping its way across the country, breweries don’t want to be left behind. CBD or cannabidiol has found its way into pretty much every product, whether it makes sense or not. Some of the best examples are the CBD creams and muscle balms for athletes, like those from Beam, and mellow smoking products like Dad Grass. Even a sports drink company, BioSteel, is starting to push products infused with CBD. It’s no surprise the laidback beer industry, which is often associated with marijuana, wants a piece of the industry it’s so close to.

Unlike a lot of hemp- or cannabis-derived beers, the long-time brewery Humboldt decided to stray away from the hop-heavy IPA and pale ale style for its hemp beer. Thankfully, Humboldt took a creative route with its beer. The Humboldt Hemp Ale is brewed with toasted hemp seeds to give off the earthy-dank herbal notes. The best part about a well-brewed brown ale is how a well-hopped schedule can actually improve it. That’s the case here, as well.

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Hops and hemp are old friends. In fact, they’re family. Perhaps that’s why they go so well together. And now you can enjoy them combined, in our range of full flavoured craft brews, each with a twist of organic, hemp-derived CBD. They’re the world’s first low alcohol, low calorie, vegan beers to contain CBD without THC – the part that makes you ‘high’. So you can unwind, and keep your cool.

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Craft brews for how we live now

We love great-tasting craft beers. We also love a clear head in the morning. That’s why we made it our mission to create the world’s first range of premium brews for today’s hectic lifestyles. They’re low in both alcohol and calories, so you can savour the flavour and stay in control. They’re vegan too. And the twist of organic, hemp-derived CBD, currently making headlines worldwide for its wellness properties, gently takes the edge off your day.

We love great-tasting craft beers. We also love a clear head in the morning. That’s why we made it our mission to create the world’s first range of premium brews for today’s hectic lifestyles. They’re low in both alcohol and calories, so you can savour the flavour and stay in control. They’re vegan too. And the twist of organic, hemp-derived CBD, currently making headlines worldwide for its wellness properties, gently takes the edge off your day.

A new kind of craft beer

I should add that another two of my colleagues (who would fall in the same latter camp as myself with regard their views on CBD) independently drank Lucid Lupulus on separate occasions, and both also reported a similar feeling of being more relaxed than if they had had a ‘normal’ beer.

Personally, I very much fell in to the latter camp with regard to my views on CBD. So when I sat down last Thursday with a chilled bottle of Lucid Lupulus shortly after my 2 and a half year old son had launched his tomato based pasta against the wall that had been painted 4 days earlier, and my 4 month old daughter had been screaming continually for 2 hours after having her 3 rd set of immunisations – I would frankly, have tried anything to relax! I duly drank the beer and it had a similar effect to when I usually drink a beer after a long day. It was fragrant with aromatic hops, it had delicate tropical fruit on the palate and it was mighty refreshing as any 4% Pale Ale should be. But after a short while it also made me feel rather non-plussed by what I now considered as my son’s ‘creativity’ and my daughter’s ‘singing’. Was my mind playing tricks on me because I wanted to believe it was having an effect on me? Maybe. But CBD, like beer generally, is subjective. I don’t deride people because they like drinking macro lager, or because they think East Coast IPA’s are better than West Coast IPA’s (although they are wrong!). Similarly, I am not here to tell people that CBD does or doesn’t work for me, therefore it clearly does or doesn’t work for them. I know what I felt, whether it was CBD induced, alcohol induced….or a combination of both.

As I imagine you’ll know by now, here at Thornbridge we always strive to produce innovative and exciting beer and Lucid Lupulus is no different. The beer we have produced has more CBD/CBDA in it than any other beer on the market in the UK currently with 20mg per 330ml bottle – double most other beers. Our view on any new beer release is that we are going to do that style to the best of our ability and ensure we produce a product with credibility and passion.

However, CBD is big business, really big business… currently $10 Billion per year to be more precise and set to be double that by 2024. That to me, suggests that for every person claiming CBD to be no better than Snake Oil, there is somebody who believes in the properties of the product and is using it regularly to aid with any number of illnesses or conditions.

For those who are in the former camp, it is likely they take CBD in any number of formats – sprays, droplets, vaping, chewy sweets, pills, beauty creams etc. Each person will have a preference and it is fair to assume that some CBD users may also be partial to a Hazy Pale or two. Again, as with all documentation on the effects of CBD, there is nothing that is taken as ‘gospel’ about whether alcohol and CBD have negating or complimenting effects on each other. Therefore, it stands to reason until such time as an official paper is produced on the subject, that consumption of CBD in beer can be added to the exhaustive list of methods of ingestion. If you like great beer and you like CBD – perhaps this is the product for you.

This week we release our first ever CBD/CBDA infused beer (‘Lucid Lupulus’ – 4% Hazy Pale Ale). The decision to do this was not one that I took lightly and I have digested dozens of papers, reports, essays, blogs, commentaries etc on the supposed benefits and side effects of CBD, and in all honesty, I am none the wiser on the whole subject, which is why I am not going to try and get in to the technical claims of CBD/CBDA – I will leave that up to you to make your own informed decisions. All I can do is assure you that we have taken great care to source our CBD from a leading, reputable supplier (I know how that sounds!) and that the ‘Broad Spectrum’ element means there is no THC (the psychoactive part of cannabis) which means the product is 100% legal.

I consider myself very fortunate in that I have never suffered from anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cancer, severe acne or any other of the multitude of conditions that CBD is reported to help with. Truth be told, I have never even smoked marijuana in my life, so the idea of taking a ‘supplement’ which is extracted from marijuana and which has so much stigma surrounding it, has simply not entered my sphere of consideration.

My view is that there are 3 different camps that people fall in to with regard to CBD – people who use it and understand the effects it has on them personally, people who flat out refuse to believe it’s anything over than hocus pocus, and people who have no strong views either way, but are willing to try it and see if it has a positive effect for them.

I should add that there is a significant cost to making CBD beer! The cost of the CBD alone nearly trebles the total cost of the brew which should go a long way to re-assuring people we are not adding a token amount of CBD to try and ‘cash in’ on a fad. Despite this huge added cost, our beer will retail at a similar price to other beers in the category that have half the amount of CBD/CBDA. Now might be a good time to also highlight it’s a damn good beer in its own right regardless of what has been added.