Portland based Coalition Brewing and True Terpenes team up to highlight CBD and terpene beers.
Portland’s Coalition Brewing is a brewery that believes in community. Since 2010, the 10 barrel craft brewery in the heart of the city has aimed to bring the American craft brewery experience to the community. Recently, the owners, Kiley Hoyt and Elan Walsky, expanded their community efforts with a festival that highlighted two of the cannabis industry’s most exciting components: terpenes and CBD.
One of Coalition’s goals has been to create a series of CBD and terpene beers. As Walsky told us, “The point of the project is to showcase the common threads that exist, not only between hops and hemp, but also, really, among all these different flavor compounds and these different agricultural products that are used in beer and in the cannabis industry and all that.” We here at True Terpenes are happy to be part of their community – not only as Portland residents – but also in having a hand in some of their dynamite brews.
For months, Coalition conducted research and development to determine how to integrate terpene profiles and CBD into the project properly. When it came time to address terpenes, Coalition liked what True Terpenes had to offer, and with it, extra points for being a Portland business. “Our whole motto at Coalition is ‘Community through beer,’ so it just fit the mold really well. Then, when we reached out to True Terpenes, they were just very enthusiastic about the whole project, and it’s just been a great partnership.” Around the end of 2017, Coalition released its first CBD beer.
“The point of the project is to showcase the common threads that exist, not only between hops and hemp, but also, really, among all these different flavor compounds and these different agricultural products that are used in beer and in the cannabis industry and all that.”
Creating terpene beers has been an exciting and interesting challenge for Coalition. One of the terpene creations working its way through production is Ensemble. Presenting the flavors cohesively led the brewery to work with OG Kush for its popularity and how it matched the aromatic profiles of the hops being used. In addition to Ensemble, Coalition has Herbs of a Feather also in development. In the meantime, be on the lookout for their Pineapple Upside Down Brew which uses terpenes from Pineapple Express.
Two Flowers Beer Festival
To celebrate the rising trend of CBD beers, Coalition hosted the Two Flowers 420 CBD Fest with Growlerwerks this past 4/20. “With Oregon being a state where recreational consumption of cannabis is legal, there’s a lot of crossover in the consumer segments,” Walsky explained. He added, “We’re not allowed to have cannabis itself around the brewery, but we wanted to find a way to bring those two consumer segments together, and there was always this beer festival.”
Source: The Weed Blog