WINNIPEG — Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. and the Fort Garry Brewing Company have launched Delta 9 Legal Lager.
Now for sale at MLLC (Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation) liquor outlets across Manitoba, it’s the first beer produced as a collaboration between a brewery and a legal cannabis company. Delta 9 provided the raw hemp material for the beer, while Fort Garry Brewing is responsible for production and marketing. Both companies shared the cost of research and development.
Legal Lager is an alcoholized beer infused with material from hemp seeds and therefore contains no cannabis or any other psychoactive-agent produced from the cannabis plant. However, the hemp-beer released this week is a first step in an ongoing research-and-development project to jointly produce a cannabis beer that contains THC.
The two companies are currently developing a co-branded, cannabinoid-infused beer that contains no alcohol. Release of that phase-two product would be developed internally as a concept beverage and would not be sold or made available to the public until it is approved by Health Canada and relevant provincial regulatory bodies.
“Legal lager is a hemp-based beer, so it’s something new we’ve created,” says Fort Garry’s head brewer Daniel Geddes. “It’s quite unique in the industry — there’s not a lot of hemp beers available. We wanted to add a little more complexity to this beer, as well as showcase the hemp itself.”