Two breweries celebrate Washington’s legalization of the sticky icky with ‘Joint Effort’ brew
Whaddup Craft Brew Sippers!
Thanks to two collaborating breweries reppin’ the state of Washington—Redhook and Hilliard's—there’s a new beer cleverly called “Joint Effort” using hemp in their recipe. It was brewed in celebration of last November’s passing of Initiative 502, legalizing moderate use and possession of marijuana. Originally served in draft mode complete with a bong-shaped tap handle, the popularity of this “session ale” (although its 5.6% ABV, 25 IBUs) made it graduate to bottle status—22 ouncers to be exact.
Coming directly from Redhook, Joint’s described as a “session ale brewed with hemp seeds and dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, and Summit hops. Joint Effort has a dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from hemp seeds.”
The sad news is Joint Effort’s only available in the “Evergreen State” (this 120-year-old nickname should gain a lot more legs now), there are no records of getting the munchies afterwards, and hearing music in crystal clarity after sipping a glass is yet to be proven. Also note that this is not the only hemp-infused beer; there’s the Homegrown Hemp Ale by C’Est What? out of Ontario, Canada, and Paso Robles, California’s Humboldt Brown (formerly called the Hemp Ale but changed for political reasons) to name a few, but hey, you gotta love the creativity and ballsy move by Redhook and Hilliard's. Like the late reggae great Peter Tosh chanted, “Legalize it!”
I haven't tried it yet, but the Joint Effort would be an awesome brew for conversation during bottle shares to say the least.