This Cannabis Beer Is About To Hit Supermarket Shelves

Two California businesses have teamed up to release a new product in by combining 2 of the largest industries around; beer and cannabis.

Lagunitas Brewing Co. last week released its SuperCritical Ale, a hoppy beer that is brewed with terpenes (aromatic compounds of essential oils that are extracted from some plants, including cannabis and hops).

The brew, available only in select California locations, unfortunately contains no THC, but we are still headed in the right direction.

Because there is no THC, products like this could soon become available country-wide due to the fact that there aren’t any mind altering substances in the beer, besides the alcohol.

Lagunitas is based in Petaluma, and gets their terpenes from Santa Rosa-based CannaCraft Inc. *(a cannabis-extract manufacturing facility)

For SuperCritical, Marshall used terpenes from the Blue Dream and Girl Scout Cookiecannabis strains, which were combined with seven different hop strains. The beer registers 6.6% alcohol by volume, rather low for Lagunitas.

It should be available for sale in about five weeks, said Dennis Hunter, CannaCraft founder.

According to estimates, California’s annual cannabis crop is worth $7 billion, making it the state’s most valuable agricultural crop.

A Santa Rosa symposium was held this month to explore opportunities for the wine industry to partner with cannabis producers.

There, one brand — Legion of Bloom — introduced a sparkling wine infused with terpenes from a cannabis strain cultivated in the Russian River Valley.

That product also did not contain THC. For more about Legion of Bloom, see the source links below.

“I think it will be no different than other mainstays in my spice rack I can use,” Marshall said of terpenes.

Hunter said terpenes are an emerging cannabis category that is likely to grow in terms of marketplace acceptance.

They could work especially well as an aroma and flavor enhancement for food, he said.

“A few years ago … it was hardly talked about,” Hunter said of terpenes. “It’s the buzzword everywhere now.”

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