Cannabis-infused craft beer buzzes its way into Colorado

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DENVER — The 2016 election season allowed voters to approve recreational and medical marijuana in even more states than ever before.

Colorado led the way in that effort several years ago. Now, combine the Centennial State’s love for beer, plus a thorough analysis at a sanctioned Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau facility, and you’ll get the first federal approval for the patent-pending process to make cannabis-infused craft beer.

The brewmasters at Dad and Dude’s Breweria were inspired by Patent #6630507, held by the U.S. Government’s Department of Health and Human Services on cannabinoids, which lists them as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.

General Washington’s Secret Stash IPA is the first brew using stalk and stem from the cannabis sativa plant, or industrial hemp. This is made possible due to the fact that the hemp oil used does not contain THC, the psychoactive property which gives users the “high” effect.

The oils are provided by Bluebird Botanicals in Broomfield, who extract the THC elements in a process only leaving other cannabinoids, mainly the more accepted and legal CBD.

“That’s really the primary constituent, the one people have been very interested in, and specifically for what Mason is using. It goes through the processes to pull all the THC out, so there’s no possibility, absolutely none of it being psychotropic,” said Mike Harinen from Bluebird Botanicals.

The public reaction has been overwhelming.

“We’re currently sold out. So, I’d have to say it was profound. We’ve had guests from across the world travel to our little brewpub just to try the beer. It’s been very exciting,” said Mason Hembree, owner of Dad & Dude’s Breweria.

The beer is currently for sale on tap at their Aurora location, and they plan to bottle and package for mass distribution in Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in early 2017.

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