San Diego based Thorn Street Brewery includes hemp extracts in its OG HighPA beer, which has an alcohol percentage of 4.20 percent. A slight hint of hemp is tasted with piney and citrusy flavors. A combination of Citra, Columbus and Mosaic hops are used.
Co-founder Eric O’Connor and Jetty Extracts created the first batch around April 20, according to Discover SD. Jetty Extracts is known for its marijuana industry oil products. The beer was released in May, and is gaining popularity in San Diego.
Thorn Street Brewery co-owner Eric O’Connor said, “We love experimenting with new flavors and aromas and being on the cutting edge of craft beer. Beer is all about how it tastes though, and the flavors from the extract really blend well with the hops. It’s a subtle flavor and the smell is unmistakable without being overpowering.”
O’Connor continued by saying, “Our assistant brewer became friends with the owner of Jetty Extracts after meeting him on a fishing trip in Baja. Matt Lee came by the brewery with some essential oils that he had recently made and asked me if I thought they would work well in the beer, and they did. We did a test run on 4/20, and everyone loved it.”
On searching for the perfect summer blend of flavors for the beer, O’Connor said, “We have been looking to make a Session IPA for the summer that was crisp and refreshing, and we wanted to use Mosaic and Citra hops. The hemp extract seems to blend perfectly with that idea so we went ahead and did it.”
The beer contains no THC, so it is non-psychoactive. Only hemp oil extracts are used.
O’Connor closed his commentary with, “As brewers, we love the beer because the essential oils in the cannabis plants are the same or very similar to the essential oils found in hops. By pairing the two, we can create exciting new flavor combinations not possible until now. We are always looking to create something new… as long as it’s delicious. We think we hit the mark with OG HighPA.”