Flying Dog, Green Leaf to partner on new medical marijuana brew

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Hop Chronic, brewed by Flying Dog in partnership with Green Leaf Medical, will be Maryland’s first THC-infused beer and is slated to be released this year.

FREDERICK, Md. — Flying Dog Brewery and Green Leaf Medical Cannabis are working on a plan to release Maryland’s first THC-infused beer.

The non-alcoholic India Pale Ale, named Hop Chronic, will serve as a medical delivery system to provide Maryland medical cannabis patients with therapeutic cannabinoids including CBD, CBG and THC without the patient having to smoke or vape the cannabis, according to a news release.

The release is subject to regulatory and legal approvals.

Hop Chronic IPA will be available only at licensed dispensaries and only to people who have a medical recommendation for the use of cannabis. Hop Chronic IPA will be available in a variety of THC and CBD potencies in six-pack or single-serve 12-ounce cans.

“We see a lot of interest in cannabis from the craft beer community, and we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Green Leaf on a product that captures the passion and energy you see in fans of both craft beer and cannabis,” Flying Dog CMO Ben Savage said in a news release. “There are definitely similarities between the natural flavor profiles we extract from hops and the terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis.”

Green Leaf and Flying Dog are both headquartered in Frederick, Md., less than a half-mile from each other. Both companies also said they see opportunities to partner on products beyond the release of Hop Chronic this summer.

“In a way, the cannabis industry is a lot like the craft beer movement was a few decades ago,” Green Leaf CEO Phil Goldberg said in the release. “We have to educate people and change the overall perception of what cannabis is, what it could be, and how it might benefit people. Partnering with Flying Dog seemed like another great way to get more people interested in cannabis.”

Green Leaf anticipates that its beer partnership with Flying Dog will continue the momentum the company has built over the past four years. The cannabis provider has raised $23 million since its inception in 2014 and expects to raise an additional $20 million, through its recently released Series E round of fundraising, to help fuel the acquisition of additional dispensary assets and production resources in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Flying Dog will also be working with Green Leaf on developing specific beer-inspired proprietary cannabis strains, as well as cannabis strain-inspired beer recipes and other products.