It’s been over a half a decade now that I’ve been writing about cannabis-based products. Many of you reading this may not know that I have also written for a couple of years for a beer blog as well. Feel free to envision me as a total stereotype. I’m that guy from Colorado that likes craft beer and weed. I’ll proudly take my stereotypes where they’re due, but you should know I don’t own any plaid, my glasses aren’t square, my jeans fit me properly, I never wear a beanie, and I consider waxing your mustache on a daily basis to be an abomination. Now that I’ve gone off on a little tirade against hipsters and probably offended a quarter of my viewership, I can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for a brand-new cannabis product I just sampled. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of beers for sale that are loaded up with CBD. I personally have done my part in sampling several of these beers and found almost all of them to be extremely subpar. That’s why I had no idea what to think when I first heard about Ceria Brewing Co. Ceria Brewing Co’s new Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale is a dealcoholized cannabis-infused beer. Now, this isn’t a cannabis-infused beer like the ones that you may find at a liquor store. each can of Ceria Brewing Co Grainwave contains five milligrams of active THC. In other words, this is a beer that doesn’t make you drunk but gets you high. I remember early in the inception of Dope Directory as the THC content in products started to get higher and higher, I was lamenting with some of the other people working at the company that there’s no good option for someone who wants to casually get high. It seemed like a race to the top for THC content and no one was concerned about the old school smokers with our pathetic tolerances. Ceria Brewing Co. aims to change that. I went into this review with extremely high expectations and I was not let down at all by this Grainwave Belgian-style white ale. Hands down, this is one of my favorite new products to hit the shelf at any dispensary.
If you’re the least bit titillated by the prospect of sipping down a THC-infused non-alcoholic beer you can pick one up today at Emerald fields in Glendale, Colorado and Emerald Fields in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Currently, Ceria Brewing Co. Grainwave Belgian-style White Ales are only available in individual cans, but six-packs are slated to be hitting the shelf soon!
I would be lying to you if said that I didn’t find the concept of Ceria Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale a little unappetizing at first. For starters, I’m not typically a drinker of non-alcoholic beers. I usually put them about on the same level as mustache wax (which is very low). I wasn’t sure what to think but I was nonetheless excited to see what one of the world’s first true THC-infused beers would taste like. I started the process by getting the Ceria Brewing Co. beer nice and chilly. I bided my time until evening came, and the time of beer drinking was upon me. I started by quickly perusing the nutritional content on the side. 77 calories per can. In terms of beer that’s a relatively low caloric content. With a content of five milligrams of THC in the entire can it was a little bit of a gamble on to how hard this beer would hit me. Sometimes, five milligrams is plenty for a lightweight like myself to get quite the high. It only took me a moment to decipher the proprietary tamper-resistant system on the top of the can. It was relatively easy for me to open but would be exceedingly hard for children to get in to. After popping the top, I slid the mouthpiece back and the can opened in a rather sci-fi manner. I was practically flabbergasted by the delicious Belgian aroma that escaped. To further emphasize my hatred of mustache wax I found a glass in my cabinet that had a waxed mustache on it, go figure. I quickly and tactfully poured the entire can of Ceria Brewing Co. Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale into the glass. The initial color was amazing and while the head from my pour was far from robust, it was certainly present. I quickly snapped a mess of photos before the head disappeared and was finally ready to go in and take a closer smell. The aroma was absolutely spot-on for a Belgian-Style beer. If you’re at all familiar with true Belgian Styles, then you’ll immediately recognize the slight funk in the aroma. Off smell alone it would be incredibly difficult to make this out to be a non-alcoholic THC-infused beer. I did notice the overall color though was a little bit opaquer than most Belgian Styles I’m used to. I don’t claim to be at beer scientists but what I can say from the initial overview was that it aesthetically looks more like a New England Style or Hazy IPA. I can assume that this had something to do with the polyphenols bonding with the proteins utilized to infuse the THC into the brew. Because of this, I can only imagine that in the long run, Ceria beers might tend to have a shorter shelf life than their standard alcoholic equivalents. Regardless of how they did it, I’m sincerely impressed that Ceria Brewing Co. could maintain that kind of aroma in a dealcoholized THC-infused beverage. As I took one deeper whiff and appreciated the aroma yet again, I knew that is was time to sample some of this Belgian beer.
I’ve certainly been around the block when it comes to sampling cannabis product and I’ve also had experience with hundreds of local brews, and I was still impressed with the flavor of this Ceria Brewing Company Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale. My first sip burst with Belgium flavor complemented by a very light ale aftertaste. There was absolutely no skunkiness and there was absolutely no trace of cannabis flavor. Whether it was the funkiness of the Belgian-style brewing process that covered up the THC flavor or other forms of voodoo it didn’t matter because I was so damn impressed with this beer. This first sip immediately changed my concept of nonalcoholic beer. This really was some delicious stuff. In my typical beer-drinking fashion, I finished the entire can within a couple of minutes and sat back wondering if I would feel any effects. Again, I was shocked. Within ten minutes, of drinking the Ceria Brewing Co. Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale I was feeling the onset of a delightful heady-tingle. Whether part of this was simply psychosomatic from the thought that I just consumed a beer I may never know but the fact of the matter is I felt a perfectly balanced buzz off one can of beer. Not only was the drink itself extremely palatable but this is the potentially the fastest onset THC high I’ve ever experienced from an edible product. Simply put, I’m hooked. I have every intention of grabbing a six-pack of these next time I go to one of my friend’s places for a party.
Not only is this a revolutionary new concept but the execution is absolutely flawless. I was told at the dispensary Ceria brewing company is in the midst of working on an IPA and a lager as well. Considering IPAs are my absolute favorite style of beer I can’t wait until those hit the shelf. If you have been looking for a way to once again enjoy cannabis recreationally without getting ludicrously stoned, then I would highly recommend one of these Ceria Brewing Co. Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ales. Not only is the overall effect relatively mellow but this is a way that someone can truly enjoy getting stoned over a matter of hours instead of seconds. Consider my opinion on non-alcoholic beer entirely changed. I still refuse to change my opinion on wax and mustaches, however.