The Dankly Delicious Blue Point Brewing Drink will be released on April 20th
Between the legalization of cannabis law passed in New York late last month and the ensuing 4/4 holidays earlier this week, weed lovers in the Empire State had a lot to celebrate in April. But don’t fret if all the smoking, vaping, and eating is slowing you down even though you’re still ready for a party. Thanks to a new release from Blue Point Brewing on Long Island, New Yorkers now have a THC-free way to experience the essence of cannabis while enjoying a frosty ale.
With a healthy dose of alcohol and terpenes found in one of the most popular cannabis strains in history, Blue Points new Legalize Wheat Ale is sure to stimulate the taste buds of the most discerning canna-philes. Legalize Wheat Ale is available now in Blue Point’s Long Island Pub or as part of the limited-edition HopBox across New York and offers the aroma and flavor profile of the infamous Pineapple Express marijuana strain.
“This dry-hopped wheat beer is loaded with some seriously potent terpenes that will put you in a different state of mind. With 7.0% ABV, Legalize Wheat is grateful and absolutely full-bodied, ”says a press release from Blue Point Brewing.
What are terpenes?
Just in case you don’t know your way around, terpenes are naturally occurring organic compounds that are responsible for a wide variety of fragrances that plants produce. At least 20,000 different terpenes have been identified in plants, of which more than 100 are found in cannabis.
“Terpenes are aromatic oils that are responsible for the distinctive flavors like citrus, berries, mint and pine that we find in many plants, herbs and yes … you guessed it, marijuana,” explained Blue Point Brewing.
Different cannabis strains have different terpene profiles, which is mainly responsible for the different aromas and flavors of the plant. Terpenes can also affect mood, health, and wellbeing, which is manifested in the practice of aromatherapy. And in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect, terpenes in cannabis can amplify or modulate the medicinal and psychoactive effects of the herb.
To give Legalize Wheat Ale the essence of the Pineapple Express variety, Blue Point Brewing relied on a water-soluble terpene blend from Abstrax Tech with sweet, floral and pineapple notes. The dominant terpenes in the mix include myrcene, alpha-pinene, and beta-caryophyllene.
Carrie Shafir, the executive director of Blue Point Brewing, told High Times in a virtual interview that the addition of terpenes is changing consumer expectations of a brew.
“As plant-based lifestyles gain momentum in the US, it’s inevitable that terpenes and other botanical elements will make their way into the beverage alcohol landscape,” Shafir said, teasing the possibility of future releases from the brewery. “The innovation with these ingredients was incredibly exciting for the Blue Point team. We’re just scratching the surface with Legalize Wheat. ”
Get your Legalize Wheat Ale in a HopBox
To make Legalize Wheat’s release even more special, Blue Point hired artist Helen Kennedy, the first artist-in-residence artist for the Grateful Dead, to design the graphics for the limited edition brew. Even better, the brand created the ultimate kit to celebrate the legalization of New York Blue Point-style cannabis with a limited-edition HopBox.
Available by dropship to consumers across New York and for pickup at the Long Island Pub, the kit includes the Legalize Wheat, LIIT Hard Tea Seltzer, and two IPAs – Hoptical Illusion and Peripheral Drift. And to complete the kit for any Sesh, the HopBox also includes roll papers, nibbles, a limited edition poster designed by Kennedy, and much more.
For more information on Legalize Wheat Ale and the HopBox, visit the Blue Point Brewing website.