For this late spring, early summer pairing, we wanted to find something light, versatile, and refreshing enough to capture the lively, vibrant mood of the season allowing for plenty of time spent outdoors with friends. This is a pairing that won’t make you want to cancel all your plans, but will instead make you want to stay out even longer. We also wanted to try something new and different for our pairing series, and Harlequin GDP, paired with Carmel Ridge Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc, fits the bill perfectly.
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For a Valentine’s Day pairing, we wanted a combo that would lay the groundwork for a holiday dedicated to spending time with one’s significant other. To celebrate this couple’s day, a great wine is high up on the checklist for many people. While wine might traditionally be paired with chocolate or a fragrant cheese, (and either one would make a great follow-up to this pairing) we wanted a combination for a different kind of Valentine’s Day.
With the holidays behind us, we wanted a midwinter pairing that would help to offset the cabin fever, and even the potential seasonal depression, that can come with this time of year. Often, this can reach its peak as January sets in, with the holidays over and the winters becoming more cold and grey and less festive. However, that doesn’t mean the season can’t still be enjoyed for what it is. Pairing warm spiced cider - with a little kick of Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon - alongside the uplifting Platinum Blue Dream, is just what the doctor ordered.
For this beer and cannabis pairing, we tried the tropical combination of the indica-leaning hybrid Pineapple Kush, alongside Ballast Point’s crisp and refreshing Pineapple Sculpin IPA. Together, this pairing features fresh, activating aromas that belie a decidedly mellow effect from the indica traits, and from the IPA’s high alcohol and hops content.
As summer wraps up, we could all use at least one more easygoing and mellow warm weather experience – if not several. What better than a cannabis and beer pairing for warm, breezy, late-summer nights? We chose the classic Northern Lights strain to go alongside Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s 805 Blonde Ale.
When it comes to a beer and strain pairing, summer is time for a refreshing and relaxing combination that allows you to enjoy the outdoors – something calming, but that won’t have you falling asleep on the beach and waking up with terrible sunburn. Maybe something good for stress, but also on the lighter side so you won’t blow off that hike you’ve been planning.
For this week’s pairing we are combining the indica dominant hybrid Berry White with anotherSierra Nevada beer. This time we are going to try out Sierra Nevada’s Old Chico Crystal Wheat, a beer that breaks out of the craft beer norm to mix high quality with high drinkability. This pairing is fun and easygoing, and great for almost any occasion.
American craft brewers have established a reputation for gravitating towards big flavors - bold, floral hops, or deep roasted maltiness both appear regularly in American offerings - especially here on the west coast. Certain historical styles offered new territory to explore for craft brewers since their rise in the late 70s and 80s. The most prominent style of which is the popular India Pale Ale (IPA), a style that is available coast to coast in the United States and is arguably the favorite style of the American craft beer world.
For this week’s cannabis pairing, we’re trying Blackberry Kush with Louis Jadot’s Beaujolais-Villages, from a French company who has been producing wines in the Burgundy region since 1859. Paring wine with cannabis offers different challenges than pairings with beer. Most, (though not all) wine, packs a strong, fruity, and at least somewhat acidic flavor, calling for a strain with a distinctive, full bodied flavor for a balanced pairing. The taste of most cannabis strains would be lost alongside red wine.
For this week’s pairing, we’re trying Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale - a classic, hearty, winter beer - alongside an old-school favorite indica strain, Mango. Together, the deeply sedative effects of the Mango and the high hop and alcohol content of the beer offer a heavy dose of intense relaxation, perfect for late night insomnia.
There’s nothing like a high quality beer or wine to highlight the taste, and compliment the effects, of a great strain of cannabis. Just like pairing food with beer or wine, the right combination of beer and cannabis will bring out the nuances in the aroma of both your drink, and your strain that you might miss otherwise. Furthermore, the relaxing effects of alcohol and hops can round-out and mellow the stimulating effects of your chosen cannabis strain, which in some cases, is a welcome counterweight.