DC’s Newest Beer Release Smells Like Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Tuesday night, a protest beer from the District’s own DC Brau brewery will cater to fans who savor the flavor of marijuana. “Smells of Freedom” is DC Brau’s newest seasonal india pale ale, made in collaboration with Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery. It does not, however, contain actual weed. Instead the smell and taste was created with a combination of three hops, which created the unique cannabis aroma. The two breweries planned the flavor in advance of the legalization of recreational marijuana in D.C. back in November.

DC Brau co-founder Brandon Skall told The Washington Post that he doesn’t smoke pot, although he does believe that people should have the freedom to smoke it, comparing the fight for the legalization of marijuana to ending prohibition. If anything, Skall sees the beer more as a demonstration for freedom inspired by the annual tax bill that he pays in the District.

The beer reveal happens tonight at 5 p.m. at Meridian Pint, a watering hole in the Columbia Heights neighborhood that celebrates the art of the American beer craft, according to its website. The watering hole drew a crowd of Initiative 71 supporters celebrating the legalization on last year’s Election Night. Skall told told Washington City Paper that he expects the beer to sell out quickly, especially given that there are only 120 barrels of Smells Like Freedom, which is only available in the District.


Legal Marijuana Could Give A Buzz To Beer, Analyst Says

COLORADO:  Beer has no need to fear weed.

The legalization of medical marijuana has helped beer sales, contrary to previous research that pointed to a decline, according to a note from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Trevor Stirling. Recreational pot use in Colorado and Washington, the two states where it’s legal, has so far not had a “significant impact” on beer, he said.

“The average blue-collar Bud drinker is less likely to be smoking pot,” Stirling said. “As far as medical marijuana is concerned, it does not appear to be a big threat to the beer industry.”

The research could relieve one concern for beermakers Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI)and SABMiller Plc (SAB), which have seen U.S. volume decline over the past five years due to high unemployment and a shift to spirits like bourbon and gin. Twenty-three states have allowed medical marijuana and about a dozen, from Florida to Alaska, are considering legalization in some form.