It’s 4/20. Which means something for those of us in Colorado, Alaska, Oregon and Washington. It’s an opportunity to light up and celebrate the state law’s that allow us to use marijuana recreational. To celebrate, we’re going to let you in on the weed and beer pairing you need for today.
I’m doing Former Future’s sour division Black Project’s Ramjet, a spontaneous sour ale with cherries added and pairing that with Grape Ape budder from Kind Love here in Denver. I couldn’t think of a better potential pairing where it concerns the matching of hash terpenes with beer.
Photo courtesy of Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales
Beginning by opening the bottle of Ramjet, I pour the beer into the glass and am hit immediately with a pleasant licorice funk that smells like it’s been brewed by Willy Wonka with the Oompa Loompas. Incredible cherry tart then hits the back of my nose with leather and notes of good pipe tobacco as well. I take the first sip and the cherries dance around with notes of candy and sugared plums, a sweetness, but really well settled and taking a backseat to the tartness. The funk of the brett is also perfect and brings an excellent crisp bite I enjoy with fruity sours.
Now onto the flavor dab of Grape Ape. All I need is a small dab to get the terps onto my palate. It hits like hammer blow regardless. Notes of red grapes on the exhale turn to cherry jam and orange marmalade covered biscuits. Very nice.
Photo courtesy of The Greenery
More sips of the beer and I’m convinced this is a top five sour, and it saddens me that I don’t have more to hold onto, because this could be even more incredible in a year. The near perfect balance of tart, cherries, and funk is phenomenal and Black Project should be celebrated for this one.
I take a second flavor dab of the Grape Ape hash and get very citrus heavy flavors, sour mimosa’s with fresh cherries. Sugary, like grape taffy and a Hostess cherry pie, with that funk at the front end when I take a sip after the dab. So good, really, I want to trade for more as soon as I get a chance.
Taken together, I think the Grape Ape added something akin to grapes, with a smoky citrus that played well with the cherries. Would definitely try something similar again and I recommend to anyone wanting to try this out for themselves to think about how your tastes are in regards to beer and different strains of marijuana or hash. Like pairing scotch with cigars, the combinations are almost limitless.
For more beer and cannabis pairings from Ed, visit his Tumblr site Denver Bongcos.