All families have their arguments. Plant families are no exception. Hops and Cannabis, both part of the Cannabaceae family in the plant kingdom, have vied for human attention for millennia. But now this rivalry has ended in a union of beautiful cooperation, and we all get to enjoy the fruit of their peace. Introducing SuperCritical, the first two-way collaboration of beer and bud.
Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993, according to their bio. Since then, its small batch craftsmanship and talented team have grown considerably.
Now, the operate breweries in California and Chicago, expanding to a 1.5 million barrel capacity, and are still barely keeping pace with demand. Recently, they partnered with and eventually became part of the Heineken family of brewers. In doing so, they bring American style brewing to an international status.
But the only big head Lagunitas flaunts is from the tap. They still have the same rebel attitude and microbrew artisanal flavor their family of fans grew to love. Now, the take that rebel spirit even further, joining forces with CannaCraft’s Absolute Xtracts for a “hiiiiiiiighly limited” edition brew with a whole new flavor palate.
CannaCraft’s Absolute Xtracts is one of the premier concentrate companies in the world. From family farms in Northern California, they bring only the best, quality tested cannabis to their facilities for clean, supercritical CO2 extraction. The CannaCraft family also includes:
- Care By Design, a CBD medicine company
- Satori, an award winning artisanal cannabis chocolate company
- Critical Extractions, who make their CO2 extraction equipment
With each extraction, they isolate cannabinoids and terpenes to a specificity of parts per trillion. Then, they blend the individual components back together in standardized ratios giving every vape cartridge a consistent, repeatable product. The strains aren’t blended, however, giving consumers 18 different strains to choose from.
A match made in heaven
Being both from the same region, and fans of each other’s work, it was only a matter of time before they came together for an inspirational idea. Lagunitas wanted to create a brew with something extra in it… the special flavors of cannabis. Absolute Xtracts loved the idea, and let brewmaster Jeremy Marshall cull through their library of terpenes.
Terpenes extracted from strains like Pineapple Afghani, Blue Dream, Girl Scout Cookies, and OG Kush pair with select hops for a tasty beer like no other. SuperCritical contain only terpenes, no THC. However, the 6.6% alcohol will still give quite the buzz.
But unlike the few other pioneers out there in brewing, this collaboration goes both ways. Absolute Xtracts asked for pairings of their own, and hops-blended vape cartridges were born! The pairings complement the flavors of the SuperCritical brew, and this incarnation DOES contain THC.
The only downside to such a match made in heaven is finding it. The brews are limited to on tap only at about 70 locations across California, for now. But as patrons fall in love with the new flavors, the companies hope to expand to a full time bottled offering. The vape cartridges are also limited to California dispensaries only.
If you decide to head to the Golden State, then be sure to keep a thirsty eye out for this rare prize.