Redhook Brewery and Seattle Hilliard's Hemp Beer

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4/20 has come early: the beer celebrates Washington's legalization of marijuana
Courtesy of Redhook Brewery and Hilliard's beer
the Joint Effort Hemp Ale

We expect no less from two of Seattle's most beloved craft breweries: Redhook Brewery and Hilliard's Beer have joined forces to create the Joint Effort Hemp Ale, a beer brewed specially to celebrate Washington's legalization of marijuana. And it's not even 4/20!

A release says that the beer was inspired by the growth of the Ballard "Redhook District," where there are a number of Seattle breweries, like Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews, and Populuxe. "We have a real appreciation for the brewing energy in Ballard right now. Thirty years ago Redhook was exactly where guys like Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews, and Populuxe are today," said Karmen Olson, Redhook brand manager, in a release. "We’re stoked to be working with our friends at Hilliard’s and to raise a pint to our Emerald City heritage."

And even though it's about celebrating great Seattle craft beer, the new brew celebrates another little substance. "... Voting to legalize marijuana use in Washington is another example of the pioneering spirit that makes this state so great," said Hilliard's Beer co-founder Ryan Hilliard in the release. Oh, and the beer will be served throughout Seattle in bong-shaped pour handles.

The beer, according to the release, is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds that's rye-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, and Summit hops. "[The] Joint Effort has a dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from hemp seeds," say the two brewers. So, cheers Seattle — you have a lot to celebrate. 

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