Hemp ales have become extremely popular among Canadian beer drinkers.
BC’s Bowen Island Brewing launched a Hemp Cream Ale in March 1998, after receiving permission from the feds.
It has become their most popular brand.
Newfoundland’s Storm Brewing had more trouble when they decided to launch their own hemp ale.
After their product launch, the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation noticed the cannabis-leaf logo, decided the drink contained marijuana, and forced Storm Brewing to pour their stock down the drain.
It took six months to finally get approval to market the Hemp Ale, but now it’s flying off the shelves at twice the rate of Storm Brewing’s other brands.