A touch of green in a brew of gold. It’s all about that infusion of hops and hemp.
Unlike the relative popularity of CBD-enriched coffees, CBD beers continue to simmer in the horizon, with the first locally-produced brew — Oh CBD Beer HK — having launched just a little over a year ago in early 2020. To this day, the stigmatised reality of CBD, despite its very legal status, is a hard barrier to cross, perhaps even more so in combination with a controlled substance like alcohol.
For those of us looking to cracking open a CBD-enriched cold one with the boys (and girls), here are five locally crafted CBD beers for your perusal.
Oh CBD Beer HK
Founder Henry Leung’s past lives as a creative director and event producer can be patently felt, even merely through Oh CBD Beer’s zany, graphic packaging. Oh CBD Beer’s cans act as a rotating canvas for different graphic designers; each batch, therefore, will have a personalised touch unlike batches from before. Or after, for that matter.
Oh CBD Beer was born from Leung’s found love for CBD’s stress-reducing effects and a true desire to do his part in destigmatizing the substance in a geographical region not particularly known for being welcoming. Leung also claims his Oh CBD beers are “hangover-free”.
Young Masters’ CBD series is entitled ‘Hea’; those familiar with Cantonese slang will most likely have gotten a chuckle out of that. ‘Hea’, colloquially, teeters along the lines of ‘laziness’ or ‘lounging around with no apparent rhyme, reason or purpose’. Honestly, we’re keen.
Currently on the CBD beers roster are Hea Pale Ale (also: the winner of Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition’s bronze prize), Hea Session Ale and Hea Double IPA; the first two are infused with a 60mg dosage of CBD per litre of ale, and the third, a potent double-dose at 120mg per litre.
Slide into Young Masters’ Instagram DMs or WhatsApp them for orders. Otherwise, try your luck at various establishments within the YM Eats collective, including The Ale Project, Tap: The Ale Project, Second Draft, Alvy’s and Pub 1842.
Yardley Brothers Craft Brewery
A quick perusal through Yardley Brothers’ brews will make one thing clear: these brews are special. Irreverent. Rebellious, even. From IPAs cheekily named ‘Hong Kong Bastard’ to stouts creamy with caramel fudge and milk chocolate, there is a Willy Wonka-esque cadence of fun with Yardley Brothers’ creations.
In partnership with Open Book Extracts (OBX) Asia, the Yardley Brothers released their first CBD-infused beer earlier last month: the Lo/Hi Mango Cheesecake CBD Sour, doused with a 66mg dosage of Hydrobond, OBX’s proprietary Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-free, water-soluble CBD, per litre. It’s as mouth-watering as it sounds; reminiscent of an orange-gold mango-topped vanilla cheesecake that’s as decadent on the palate as it is on the eyes. All that saffron-yellow goodness. Treat yourself.
Lo/Hi Mango Cheesecake CBD Sour is currently only available by the keg at Craftissimo, Tap: The Ale Project and Yardley Brother’s own Beer Shack on Lamma Island.
Marketed as Hong Kong’s first CBD-infused beer ‘tailored for the ladies’, each bottle of plantB’s locally-produced brews are infused with 20mg of LIFE™ CBD — the very same doused through the coffees at Found.
A true tropical treat, plantB’s CBD beers are deliciously flavoured with coconut and lime. Or, summertime in a bottle; SPF not included. We’d reckon this batch would be a must-grab for junk parties and picnics come July and August.
Deadman Brewery’s Monsters & Robots
A self-proclaimed start-up nano-brewery, Deadman Brewery took home a whopping six awards at 2020’s edition of Asia Beer Championship. No nano-sized feat indeed. Jason Li, Head Brewer at Deadman Brewery, also have hands in the creation of Oh CBD Beer HK.
Deadman Brewery’s newest off-shoot, Monsters & Robots, will be dedicated exclusively to their line of CBD-infused brews. Currently on the list are Dazed CBD session Hazy IPA, Happy Camper CBD Czech pilsner and Life’s A Beach CBD dry hopped lemon saison.
(Header and featured images courtesy of Young Master)