Manchester and Leeds pub-goers are now able to enjoy a beer and CBD mash-up in the form of Northern Monk’s new Green Heathen, a hoppy and earthy IPA containing the hemp-derived ingredient. Cannabis beer is here!
CBD products have swept the nation recently, and there’s no reason that drinkers have to be left out of the fun, with the two flavours said by Northern Monk bosses to be a ‘symbiotic’ combination.
The beer is made in collaboration with Green Times at the Northern Monk’s Leeds brewery. It’s the second cannabidiol beer made by Green Times – with their first called High Flyer being released earlier this year. Although they both contain 10mg of CBD per bottle or can, Green Heathen certainly packs a bigger punch alcoholically, with 7.2% ABV compared to the earlier iteration’s 4.3%.
According to Northern Monk’s founder Russell Bisset, innovation was key in the creation of the new drink. “The collaboration with Green Times Brewing gave us the opportunity to brew a groundbreaking beer,” he said.
“Above all, we really enjoy creating twists on our core range beers, and pushing the boundaries of our existing recipes. Green Heathen does just that.”
It has been served since July 5 at Northern Monk’s sites on Manchester’s Tariff Street and Leeds Refectory.
Given that CBD and hops come from the same plant family, the mix appears to be a natural fit, and the creators say that the IPA has ‘soft, resinous, tropical flavours’.
Although you may get somewhat tipsy after a pint of Green Heathen cannabis beer, it won’t get punters high, as it doesn’t contain THC; the substance in marijuana that alters the mind.
Green Times Brewing’s managing director Carl Boon, from Cheadle, said: ‘A cannabis infused beer really is a perfect partnership.
“Northern Monk is also a well-respected brewery with global reach and we really like their ethos of collaborating with other businesses to help strengthen the north for positive change.” He also added that it’s likely to fly off the shelves – or out of the kegs as the case may be – so you’d better get down there quick!