This last weekend, Oregon announced a legislative change that will allow the combination of locally-cultivated hemp and alcohol.
Oregon is known for its thriving craft brewing and distilling industries. Portland, Eugene, and Bend are meccas for craft brew fanatics while Southern Oregon is predicted to become the next Napa Valley. Allowing hemp-infusion has the ability to breathe some fresh innovation into Oregon’s booming alcohol industry in Oregon.
This opportunity opens the doors to endless combinations from CBD-infused wine and beer to flavor-enhanced liquor.
While this is a historic move, don’t get too excited — the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has made it clear that marijuana-infused alcohol remains prohibited.
Oregon’s hemp industry has been growing exponentially since last year’s legislative changes reduced the high barriers of entry to cultivate industrial hemp and made the regulations more friendly to cbd-only cultivators.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced, “Hemp-infused beverages are only allowed if the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved the beverage formula, in accordance with the April 2000 Hemp Policy.”
Prior to manufacturing or selling hemp-infused beverages, the formula and label of the drink must be approved by the OLCC.
Many breweries are already blazing the hemp-infused trail. During Weed Week in Portland, I had the opportunity to sample Coalition Brewing’s CBD-infused “Two Flowers IPA”. Hemp and hops are closely related in the plant world, it’s only natural to combine these two medicinal flowers into one potent and delicious brew.
Let’s just say, it is an exciting time in the world of hemp.
Brewers interested in learning more about approval can contact OLCC Agent Kelly Routt, 503-872-5007 or Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the full OLCC News Brief here