We can’t make this stuff up, but it’s true! Two Washington craft breweries, Redhook Brewery and Hilliard’s Beer, have collaborated to create Joint Effort Hemp Ale as a celebration of “the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.”
The beer, Joint Effort, is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds. The pun-laced press release describes it as “Dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, Summit hops, Joint Effort has a dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from hemp seeds. It’s the perfect brew for hanging with your buds, grabbing some munchies and enjoying a beer. ABV 5.6%, IBU 25.”
Of course, just leaving at that would be mundane. Oh yes, the tap handle is most creatively shaped like a bright yellow bong.
“We’re really excited to release Joint Effort with Redhook because we have a lot of respect for how they helped shape craft beer in Washington,” said Hilliard’s Beer co-founder Ryan Hilliard. “It’s the first collaboration beer either of us has done with another brewery and it’s fitting they started in Ballard a few blocks from where we are. Voting to legalize marijuana use in Washington is another example of the pioneering spirit that makes this state so great.”
Joint Effort has been available on draught only since July 15th and will launch in 22oz bottles under the Blueline Series in late October. The beer will be available in Washington State only.