One of the UK’s first cannabis-infused beers is coming to Manchester


Products containing hemp seem to be launching left, right and centre.

Now Green Times Brewery has come up with an IPA that contains cannabidoil, or CBD, a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis which is used as a health supplement.

Natural and 100% legal, CBD is a marketer’s dream. It’s increasingly being used for a variety of reasons across the UK with users saying it helps with muscle and joint pains, anxiety and even generally optimising health and wellbeing.

Green Times Brewery is a small brewing company that specialises in producing craft beers that are infused with cannabis oil extract, aiming to make unique flavoursome beers with relaxing after effects.

High Flyer Session IPA is a flavoursome ale which originally hit the headlines back in March but, due to a trademark block on the name Cloud 9 Brewing, the product had to be rebrewed, rebottled and rebranded under the new brand, Green Times Brewing.

Creators and business partners Thierry Florit and Manchester-born Carl Boon came up with the idea following a craft beer tasting night when the pair joked about the possibility and brilliance of producing a craft beer with cannabis oil.

Carl was already running one of the UK’s most trusted CBD online stores (CBD Ultra) making it easy for him to partner with one of the top organic hemp producers in the world.

Shortly after, they partnered up with an award-winning brewer to refine the recipe and get it just right. Numerous test batches were made containing different combinations of hops, aroma profiles and, of course the full-spectrum, water-soluble CBD.

After many – we imagine, enjoyable – tasting sessions, High Flyer Session IPA was born – the first in the UK.

Described as an easy drinking beer with a powerful hop hit and a refreshing citrus finish, this High Flyer Session IPA is sure to be a big hitter on the Manchester drinking circuit.

The beer does not contain the psychoactive compound THC that is responsible for the high associated with cannabis, so you won’t feel those effects, no matter how much of the 4.3% craft beer you drink.

Rumour also has it that you don’t get a hangover from over indulging on this IPA, although that is something you will have to test for yourself. Drinking responsibly, of course.

The beer brewed with cannabis sativa extract will be on sale from Wednesday 14th November at The Whiskey Jar in the Northern Quarter, with many more bars due to follow.

Beer-loving revellers will be pleased to hear that Whiskey Jar NQ will be giving out 100 free bottles of High Flyer on 14th November from 7pm. First come first served.

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