Jindong hemp farmers and Busselton brewers have teamed up together to bring WA its first hemp beer which will be unleashed at the Fremantle Beer Festival.
Dr Weedy’s Hemp Ale is a collaboration between up and coming craft brewery Rocky Ridge Brewing Co. and Vasse Valley hemp farm.
While hemp foods and beverages are commonplace in the rest of the world, hemp is still illegal to consume in Australia and New Zealand, but that is set to change.
November 12 is the official date of the nation-wide legalisation of hemp seed for human consumption in Australia and both Rocky Ridge and Vasse Valley are ready for it.
Chris Blake of Vasse Valley is foaming over the upcoming release of Dr Weedy’s Hemp Ale.
“Take beer and hemp, two of my biggest passions, put them together and you have a dream come true” he said.
“We took a major punt in investing to grow hemp.
“When we applied for our licence we had no idea if or when there would be a market for our products in Australia.”
“Our goal was to harvest seed for food, and we just kept on farming in hope and preparation that it would soon be legalised.”
“In the meantime we’ve been experimenting and have developed an amazing product by roasting our seed in just the right way to bring out its full flavour.”
Hamish Coates of Rocky Ridge Brewing Co. said he was blown away by how much flavour the seed has given this beer.
“Chris and Bron approached me with their product and after one sniff I knew it had that wow factor I’ve been looking for,” he said.
“I thought long and hard about what type of beer would suit it and decided on a hemp seed brown ale.
“The result is Dr Weedy’s and we can’t wait to share this delicious beer with WA.”
Cape Cellars Busselton have put their hand up to be one the first stockists.