Happy 4:20 Day everyone! And what a better way then to sling back some hemp infused beers on a beautiful day like today! So sit out on your patio, light one up, crack open a hemp beer, and enjoy this 75 degree weather!
But first… let’s learn about hemp and beer.
Hemp Beer: A Refreshing and Nutritious Twist on Traditional Brews
Beer has been a beloved beverage for centuries, but what if we told you that there’s a new twist on this classic drink that can take your taste buds to new heights? Enter hemp beer – a refreshing and nutritious option that’s quickly gaining popularity among beer enthusiasts.
Hemp beer is made by adding hemp seeds, hemp oil, or hemp extract to traditional beer recipes. While this may sound like a new concept, hemp has been used to brew beer for centuries, with evidence dating back to ancient China and India. In fact, some sources suggest that the original recipe for Budweiser included hemp in its list of ingredients!
So, what makes hemp beer so special? For starters, hemp seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. They also contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source. When added to beer, hemp seeds can enhance its nutritional profile and provide a unique nutty flavor that’s sure to satisfy.
In addition to its nutritional benefits, hemp beer is also eco-friendly. Hemp is a sustainable crop that requires minimal water and pesticides to grow, making it a more environmentally responsible choice than traditional beer ingredients like barley and hops.
But let’s not forget about the taste – after all, that’s what matters most when it comes to beer! Hemp beer comes in a variety of flavors, from light and refreshing to dark and full-bodied. Some popular options include hemp ale, hemp lager, and hemp stout. Many breweries are also experimenting with different flavor combinations, such as hemp and citrus or hemp and chocolate, to create truly unique brews.
Of course, no discussion of hemp beer would be complete without addressing the elephant in the room – is it legal? The short answer is yes – as long as the beer contains less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana), it’s legal under federal law. However, it’s important to note that laws regarding hemp and CBD products can vary by state, so be sure to check your local regulations before indulging.
So, whether you’re a beer enthusiast looking to try something new or just someone who wants to explore the world of hemp-based products, hemp beer is definitely worth a try. With its unique flavor, nutritional benefits, and eco-friendly production methods, it’s no wonder this refreshing twist on traditional brews is quickly gaining popularity. Cheers to hemp beer!
Craft Beer Meets Hemp: Exploring the Benefits of This Exciting New Trend
When it comes to craft beer, brewers are always on the lookout for new and exciting ingredients to add to their recipes. One trend that’s been gaining traction in recent years is the use of hemp – a versatile plant that’s been used for everything from clothing to food to medicine for centuries. But what exactly is hemp beer, and what makes it so special?
First things first: hemp is not the same thing as marijuana. While both plants come from the cannabis family, they have different chemical profiles and are used for different purposes. Hemp contains very low levels of THC (the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana its “high”), but it’s rich in other beneficial compounds like CBD, terpenes, and flavonoids.
When it comes to beer, hemp can be added in a variety of forms – from hemp seeds and hemp oil to CBD-infused hops and hemp extract. Depending on the recipe, hemp can add a range of flavors and aromas to the beer, from nutty and earthy to fruity and floral.
But what are the benefits of adding hemp to beer, beyond just the novelty factor? For one thing, hemp is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and zinc, and it’s a great source of protein and healthy fats. When added to beer, hemp can enhance its nutritional profile and add a unique depth of flavor.
Hemp is also a sustainable crop that’s relatively easy to grow, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for beer makers. Compared to traditional beer ingredients like barley and hops, hemp requires less water and fewer pesticides, making it a more eco-conscious option.
Another benefit of using hemp in beer is its potential health benefits. While research on the effects of CBD and other hemp-derived compounds is still in its early stages, some studies suggest that they may have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and neuroprotective properties. Of course, it’s important to note that these benefits are not yet fully understood, and more research is needed to determine their efficacy.
So, what does hemp beer actually taste like? The answer, of course, depends on the recipe and the brewer’s techniques. Some hemp beers have a nutty, earthy flavor that’s reminiscent of hemp seeds, while others have a more fruity or floral profile. Some breweries are even experimenting with adding other ingredients, like fruit or chocolate, to create truly unique flavor combinations.
If you’re curious about trying hemp beer for yourself, there are plenty of options out there to choose from. Some popular brands include New Belgium’s “The Hemperor,” which uses hemp hearts and CBD extract to create a hoppy, earthy IPA, and SweetWater’s “420 Strain G13,” which features hemp seeds and terpenes to create a dank, skunky flavor.
In conclusion, the trend of adding hemp to beer is an exciting one, with plenty of potential benefits for both brewers and drinkers. Whether you’re a seasoned craft beer enthusiast or just looking to try something new, hemp beer is definitely worth a taste. So why not raise a glass to this innovative new trend and see where it takes us next?
Hemp Beers in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is home to several breweries that produce hemp beers. Here are a few examples:
Appalachian Brewing Company – The Harrisburg-based brewery offers a hemp ale called “Water Gap Wheat.” It’s brewed with hemp seeds and has a light, refreshing flavor with notes of nuttiness and a slightly bitter finish.
Victory Brewing Company – Based in Downingtown, Victory offers a hemp beer called “Twisted Monkey.” This Belgian-style blonde ale is brewed with hemp hearts and has a fruity, spicy flavor with a slightly dry finish.
Troegs Independent Brewing – Located in Hershey, Troegs offers a hemp beer called “Haze Charmer.” This hazy IPA is brewed with hemp flowers and has a tropical, citrusy flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company – The Easton-based brewery offers a hemp beer called “Mellow Monks.” This Belgian-style ale is brewed with hemp seeds and has a smooth, malty flavor with hints of spice and a slightly bitter finish.
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company – Located in Ephrata, St. Boniface offers a hemp beer called “Hemp Ale.” This American-style pale ale is brewed with hemp seeds and has a light, refreshing flavor with notes of nuttiness and a slightly hoppy finish.
Rusty Rail Brewing Company – Located in Mifflinburg, Rusty Rail offers a hemp ale called “Hemp Alembic.” This amber ale is brewed with hemp seeds and has a nutty, toasty flavor with a slightly sweet finish.
Pizza Boy Brewing Company – Based in Enola, Pizza Boy offers a hemp beer called “The Grass is Always Greener.” This IPA is brewed with hemp flowers and has a dank, earthy flavor with hints of citrus and pine.
Round Guys Brewing Company – Located in Lansdale, Round Guys offers a hemp beer called “Industrail Hemp IPA.” This West Coast-style IPA is brewed with hemp seeds and has a hoppy, resinous flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
Bonn Place Brewing – Based in Bethlehem, Bonn Place offers a hemp beer called “Hempel’s Ale.” This American-style amber ale is brewed with hemp seeds and has a nutty, toasty flavor with hints of caramel and a slightly bitter finish.
Lancaster Brewing Company – Located in Lancaster, Lancaster Brewing offers a hemp beer called “Hempfield Haze.” This New England-style IPA is brewed with hemp seeds and has a juicy, tropical flavor with a slightly bitter finish.
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