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Lagunitas Is Now Selling A Cannabis Terpene-Infused IPA

Lagunitas Brewing Co. has built a solid reputation in the craft brew industry thanks to its line of hoppy IPAs, which deliver a strong buzz. With that said, Lagunitas created an even bigger buzz, when it became the first craft brewer t0 test a cannabis-infused ale that includes two very popular strains of weed.

Thanks to a three-way partnership between Lagunitas, Northern California cannabis grower CannaCraft, and the extraction company AbsoluteXtracts, Californians have the chance to try the first-ever cannabis-infused ale with cannabis terpenes — the aromatic oils that contain the aroma and unique flavors found within cannabis and hops.

Lagunitias SuperCritical Ale is infused with Blue Dream and Girl Scout Cookies terpenes and showcases how marijuana can be used to compliment hops.

“Giving brewers access to these terpenes from cannabis is like having notes in a musical scale that you didn’t have before,” Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas so-called ‘Brewmonster,’ said in a YouTube clip.

Due to the earthy, rich flavor of the Girl Scout Cookie strain, and the pungent, citrus-like aromas of Blue Dream, SuperCritical delivers, a “very earthy taste with hints of pine and citrus — very different from that of a typical IPA,” according to Fortune.

While SuperCritical doesn’t contain THC and won’t get you high — it definitely tastes like it could. Kial Long, Vice President of Marketing at AbsoluteXtracts added that that this one-of-a-kind batch of Lagunitas also contained six different hops that were handpicked for this project.

“These are created using a combination of dozens of terpenes that we isolate and refine during cannabis extraction, and they are what give our strains their unique flavor and sensory profiles,” Long told the SF Gate.

This cannabis-infused ale is a perfect example of brewers focusing on flavor as the driving force.

While visually similar, some people may not know that cannabis and hops have many other similarities. Both are categorized within, “the Cannabaceae family of flowering plants, and both rely on compounds called terpenes to provide their essential flavors and aromas,” according to the SF Gate.

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Moreover, “Supercritical” is a term familiar to brewing and cannabis extraction processes, it involves converting liquid Co2 (carbon dioxide) into gas with heat and pressure, in order to extract valuable flavor molecules off the cannabis plant.

“Supercritical is the common denominator between our industry [beer] and their industry [extraction].” — Jeremy Marshall, Lagunitas Brewmonster, co-creator of SuperCritical

Here’s a video AbsoluteXtracts posted to Instagram that gives a detailed visual of the state-of-the-art processes behind cannabis terpene extraction.

Interestingly enough, the Lagunitas X AbsoluteXtracts collaboration extends further than a cannabis-infused ale. A SuperCritial vape cartridge infused with hops and terpenes, which will be the pyschoactive alternative to the ale, is in the works.

SuperCritial is only available in California on tap. You can find a list of SuperCritical stocked bars here.

Featured image credit: AbsoulteXtracts/TheRepublic_Covina
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Fireman’s Brew Debuts A New IPA, Their First New Beer In Nearly A Decade


Fireman’s Brew, a popular LA-based craft beer company, just announced they will introduce a new beer for the first time in nearly a decade. The new brew will be a Fireman’s take on West Coast-style India Pale Ale.

The new Fireman’s IPA will feature a blend of Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, and Galena hops. With the introduction of the new IPA, Fireman’s Brew will also offer their product in new 16-oz cans.

Rob Nowaczyk, founder of Fireman’s Brew, said that the can will allow for greater access to activities once deemed impossible. Customers can now have the craft beer at concerts, tailgates, and other locations deemed “off-limits” for glassware. The beer will also be available at California-based venues like Dodger Stadium for those looking to enjoy an IPA while watching the game.

You can find the new IPA brew in late September at Total Wine & More locations and expect a nationwide release in Winter 2016.



This Company Turns Brewery Waste Into Beer-Flavored Granola Bars

Despite how much we all love beer, and how worthwhile it is to make it, we waste tons of grains a day just to make a few batches. Well, the San Francisco-based ReGrained has found an excellent use for those grains.

According to Business Insider, we waste an average of 30 lbs of grain for every 5 gallons of beer that we brew. Ignoring the “math skills” I achieved in college, I did the conversion using Google and it turns out that we use 50 lbs of grain for every 41 lbs of beer. While that number isn’t too bad in terms of spending and earning, it still amounts to tons of useable food being thrown to waste.

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In order to make beer, breweries extract the only ingredient necessary from the grains (sugar) then toss the rest. ReGrained has found a way to not only turn a profit using trash, but to provide the world with delicious beer-flavored grain bars that aid in helping you forget you’re eating grain, and that’s a good thing.

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Since many breweries (craft breweries in particular) only use the finest grains to achieve pure, subtle flavors, ReGrained always managed to get the best of the best. Their bars are even named after the beer they were used to make, such as “Honey Almond IPA Bar” and “Coffee Chocolate Stout Bar.”

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“Eat Beer,” their simple yet clever slogan, tops off their successful inaugural campaign by combining two of America’s favorite things: eating and beer.

Who said you can’t drink beer and be healthy at the same time?



Photo Credit: ReGrained 


How To Pair Your Favorite Halloween Candy With The Perfect Beer

Sure, some of us might be a little old to go trick-or-treating. However, if you’ve got a kid of your own to tag along with, there’s an exellent new way to enjoy that Halloween candy. Pair it with some beer.

Let’s Grab A Beer has a few ideas of what to pair your favorite types of Halloween candy with your favorite beers. Actually pretty excited to try these out this weekend. Though if you’re hanging out with your kids, you might want to keep the drinking to a minimum.

Nah, we’re kidding. Go nuts.


Chocolate Bars with Caramel and Nuts


Pairing: English-Style Bitter

Notes: The bitter has a fruity hop aroma and rich malt middle that plays off the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate. It also balances the nuttiness of the candy bars.

Peanut Butter


Pairing: Imperial Stout

Notes: The stout has chocolate undertones that enhance the taste of the peanut butter candy. If there’s two sweets that go great together, it’s chocolate and peanut butter.

Choclate Bar with Wafers


Pairing: Belgian-style Dark Brown Ale

Notes: The Dark Brown Ale is said to go great with the wafer bar thanks to its slightly sweet flavor and dark roasted malt. It brings the crispy wafter center of the vanilla into focus.

Sour and Fruity


Pairing: English-style IPA

Notes: When paired with the English-style IPA, the combination of sour and fruity candies set off by a dry malt middle balancing the flavors and allowing for a long hop finish.

Sweet and Fruity


Pairing: German-style Pilsner

Notes: German-style Pilsner has a round malt character and a robust hop bitterness that makes it a nice pairing for sweets like candy vines. The beer cuts though the sweetness and refreshes the palate.

Candy Corn


Pairing: Belgian Pale Lager

Notes: The Lager complements the ridiculous sweetness of the candy corn with its own malty sweetness. The result is a refreshing effect that uplifts the flavors of the candy corn.


Photos: Let’s Grab A Beer


The Walking Dead Is Finally Getting An Official Beer

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As fans patiently wait for the next season of The Walking Dead, some exciting, boozy news has come from the zombie franchise.

On its official site, the popular comic-turned-TV show announced a partnership with Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. for “The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA.”

The zombified turtle beer will be an India Pale Ale, brewed with orange peels for an extra citrusy taste.

The label that’s pictured shows an undead turtle with “The Walking Dead” written across in similar font as the comic.

Just like its new season trailers, this announcement was just a tantalizing tease as they have not given an official release date for the new beer.

h/t comic book


How To Pair Your Favorite Seafood With The Right Beer

Shark Week is quickly approaching and the folks at Let’s Grab a Beer want to celebrate the occasion with a new graphic. Celebrating the multitude of seafood dishes soon appearing on restaurant menu’s the graphic pairs each one with a specific beer.

If you’re a fan of tuna, you might want to try a Pilsner. IPA enthusiasts may want to go for some crab cakes. Check out the graphic below and see what sea creature you should drink to.



How To Pair Your Favorite Dinosaur With Your Favorite Beer


With Jurassic World coming out this weekend, it’s safe to say most of us have dinosaurs on the brain. While you’re out enjoying drinks before the movie, why not put yourself in the footprints of the dinos themselves.

The folks at Let’s Grab A Beer designed a pretty charming infographic pairing popular dinosaurs with popular beers. Imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex downing a pilsner or a Brachiosaur chugging a IPA.

Check out the graphic below and see what kind of dinosaur drinking buddy you have the most in common with.



Danish Beer Knows You’re a Drunk, Tells You When to Stop Drinking

“Finally, you can drink to solve your problems.”

Clearly, employees at marketing agency CP+B Copenhagen have never met an American. The agency teamed up with Danish brewery Rocket Brewing to add some science and marketing gimmicks to an age-old creative stimulant: alcohol.

University of Illinois researchers discovered that we reach peak creativity at 0.075 blood alcohol content. Using the resulting study as a base, the ad man+brewery bro collaboration produced The Problem Solver: a 7.1 percent India Pale Ale, complete with a drinking guide.

Each bottle is marked by sex and kilograms. When you reach your weight (in kg), you stop drinking. No, really, you have to stop.


While this will definitely be useful to creative types, this kind of bottling system also works really well for monitoring your alcohol intake (read: responsible adults, breastfeeding moms, and DUI probationers). Unfortunately, The Problem Solver is only available in Copenhagen at an after-hours workshop.

Maybe they have met some Americans…

H/t and picthx Engadget