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Jul 17, 2021

Cannabis in a can with CERIA Brewing's Dr. Keith Villa

As state's legalize the casual consumption of marijuana I think we knew a time would come when it found it's way into a beer.  No doubt that homebrewers have tried this combination out a time or two, but for CERIA Brewing THC and CBD is the focus of their brews.

Dr. Keith Villa is best known as the inventor of the iconic Blue Moon Belgian White.  Whether you're a fan or not, it's hard to argue the impact this beer has had on craft beer, and the beer world in general.  We promised Villa we wouldn't dominate the show with Blue Moon questions.  We lied.  We get a good segment in on the history of the brew and the small change that launched it to stardom.  It's a pretty great story.

But cannabis beers are the them of the day and we talk plenty about them.  They're are multiple levels of illegality in putting cannabis and alcohol together, so all of CERIA's brews are non-alcoholic, and 0.0% at that.  The brewery didn't want to run afoul of any regulations with the <.05% claim, so they took all the alcohol away.  Right now there are two offerings: Grainwave Belgian White (inspired by, but not exactly Blue Moon) with 5mg each of THC and CBD and Indiewave West Coast IPA with 10mg each of THC and CBD.  Villa said starting with two beers was plenty, no need to have 20 taps, make an impression with a couple of perfected brews and then grow from there.

Want to brew your own cannabis beers?  Buy the book!

If you want to dabble with some cannabis brews yourself (where legal, of course) then check out the newly released Brewing with Cannabis book from Dr. Keith Villa.  Although the book is geared towards professional brewers, we're told it has advice that any brewers can use.  From tips on brewing non-alcoholic beers to how to get your cannabis into a beer-friendly form.  It's available now via Brewer's Publications and Amazon (Affiliate Link).