Cannabis IPA beers launched in cross-pennine brewing partnership

Speciality Manchester-based cannabis craft beer brewery, Green Times Brewing, has worked with Leeds brewery Northern Monk to launch an IPA that contains cannabis oil.

The partnership brings together an internally renowned, award-winning brewery, and a CBD specialist at the forefront of its field, which the companies say creates a truly unique beer experience.

Named Green Heathen, a twist on Northern Monk’s core range beer, Heathen, the IPA boasts 10mg CBD (cannabidiol) per pint, a legal and highly popular supplement derived from the cannabis plant, that is currently used by more than 250,000 people in the UK to improve general health and wellbeing.

Launched in keg nationwide at The Northern Monk Refectory in Manchester, Green Heathen will be the second cannabis beer to be added to Green Times Brewing’s speciality range, the brainchild of directors Thierry Florrit and Carl Boon.

It follows on from High Flyer, the UK’s first session IPA with cannabis oil, which launched in September 2018.

Green Times Brewing and CBD Ultra Managing Director, Carl Boon, said: “We are honoured to be collaborating with Northern Monk on the second cannabis beer in our series.

“For more than 10,000 years, both beer and cannabis have been used to enhance both health and mood and so 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 added: “We are very proud of Green Heathen, and based on the success of High Flyer, we expect this beer to fly off the shelves.”

Founder of Northern Monk, Russell Bisset, said: “We always aim to be progressive in our approach to brewing, and we believe that CBD has real, tangible health benefits.

“The collaboration with Green Times Brewing gave us the opportunity to brew a groundbreaking beer. 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.”