Why Can’t Kansas Drink New Belgium’s Hemp Beer?

As the New Belgium Brewery releases its Hemperor HPA around the country, Kansas bans it because the state’s booze officials don’t care for hemp as an ingredient in any alcohol.

Their rationale?

The Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control board’s decision to ban the beer is based on its current interpretation of Kansas’s industrial hemp law.

This, however, which makes little sense in view of Kansas’s Department of Agriculture’s recent announcement that it intends to oversee the cultivation of hemp in a research program.

It is also worth mentioning that Hemperor HPA does not contain THC or any other psychoactive ingredients.

In that Federal law prohibits brewers from using hemp leaves or flowers, New Belgium creatively circumvented the law by brewing their new beer with shelled hemp seeds. Hemperor HPA is also brewed with Simcoe hops and experimental HBC 522 hops to produce the beer’s signature aroma, according to the company’s website.

“This beer has been over two years in the making, most of the time spent learning and reacting to laws that really suppress this crop’s usage,” said Ross Koenigs, New Belgium’s research and development brewer, per Craft Beer.com….

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