New Belgium The Hemperor, an India pale ale brewed with hemp, debuts in April.
India pale ales have always been hot in craft beer, but lately, their popularity has skyrocketed. You can thank new strains of dank hops, the New England IPA trend, even cheaper ways for small breweries to can their lineup. New Belgium is always experimenting with the green hop-star, but this time the green is a little different.
New Belgium got started in Colorado, known for scenic mountains, breweries and most recently – legal weed. That legal green has given New Belgium the inspiration for what they believe is a new style of IPA, brewed with hemp.
The brewery has developed a way to recreate the terpene flavors in hemp seeds. Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of the hemp plants. They are major components of resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. Those potent hemp seed flavors, plus hand-selected hop varieties, promise a truly new and unique “HPA” (hemp IPA).
You’ve probably heard weed referred to as “dank”. You most certainly have heard that term used to describe hops. New Belgium is fusing the two flavors and aromas into one “dank” beer. It is important to note, hemp seeds and other products are not legally allowed to contain the cannabinoid known as THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) in them. Any trace of this would be so small it would take an exorbitant amount of consumption to even remotely show up on drug tests, etc. The Hemperor uses the terpenes or essence of hemp, not the cannabinoid THC.
…we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
New Belgium The Hemperor will start shipping in April, in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018
Redhook Brewery has just announced a new beer celebrating the legalization of marijuana in Washington State. The hemp beer brewed in collaboration with Seattle’s Hilliard’s Beer, aptly named “Joint Effort.” Hilliard’s Beer opened in 2011 in the same area where Redhook got their start in 1981.
So… onto this “legal” beer. Joint Effort is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds, and aggressively dry hopped. The says Effort is “the perfect brew for hanging with your buds, grabbing some munchies and enjoying a beer. Look for draft starting in mid-July, and bottles starting in October, 2013. To our knowledge, the tap handle seen above is not a working bong.
Style: (w/ Hemp Seeds)
Hops: Zeus, Cascade, Summit
Availability: Draft (July), Bottles (October)
* Initiative 502, passed by voters in November 2012, legalized possession and use of moderate amounts of marijuana in Washington State.