December 2017

California’s Lagunitas brewery creates cannabis-infused IPA

Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, food and drink companies have been turning to weed for ideas. From pot oil to pot ice cream, plans to sell marijuana-laced items have taken off.

Now it’s alcohol’s turn to get in on the action.

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Lagunitas Brewing in Petaluma, CA, has teamed up with vape cartridge manufacturer, CannaCraft, for a limited-edition canna-collaboration.

The SuperCritical IPA, which launched this month, is made with marijuana terpenes – fragrant oils that give each strain of cannabis its unique aroma. The strain Lagunitas chose for this special brew is a mix of Blue Dream and Girl Scout Cookies.

The cannabis collection is then brewed with Yakima hops to create the 6.6. ABV IPA.

Though cannabis is a prime ingredient, the drinker won’t experience anything other than an alcohol buzz because terpenes contain no THC. Instead, the additive provides an unusual tasting profile, described as earthy with “hints of pine and citrus.”

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Beer aficionados will have to be quick to try out this newest concoction. The beer is only available for limited release in its home state of California.

There are no immediate plans for a nationwide release, but the brewery has sent samples of SuperCritical to beer critics around the country. 

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The Iconic Hollywood Sign Got A Dope Makeover For The New Year

The iconic Hollywood sign looks a little different in 2017. 

Los Angeles residents awoke on New Year’s Day to find the 94-year-old sign on the side of Mount Lee had been altered overnight to read “Hollyweed.” 

A lone individual changed the sign overnight, Sgt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Security Services division told the LA Times on Sunday; the incident, which the LAPD called the work of a prankster or a “thrill seeker,” will be investigated as misdemeanor trespassing.

Security footage indicates the sign was changed around midnight on Saturday, but the LAPD has no suspects. It has been changed a number of times over the years in different ways.

This time, the letters in the sign were altered by hanging tarps over the original two O’s  similar to the way the sign was changed back on Jan. 1, 1976, when a Cal State Northridge student draped curtains over the letters to herald the state’s newly relaxed marijuana laws.

(California voted to legalize recreational marijuana during November’s election. Recreational use is legal now, but portions of the law regarding taxation and licensing aren’t set to go into effect until Jan. 1, 2018.)

Danny Finegood, the art student who altered the sign in ‘76, doctored the sign to make political statements at least three other times before his death in 2007.

According to his obituary in the LA Times, Finegood also changed the sign to read “Holywood” for Easter in 1976; to “Ollywood” in 1987 during the Iran-Contra hearings in protest of then-Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, who sold arms to Iran; and to “Oil War” in 1990 to protest the Persian Gulf War. 

“For a long time, he had this idea that if you just changed the two O’s you could change the whole meaning of the sign,” his wife, Bonnie, said following his death. 

Finegood had long objected to characterizing his actions as “vandalism,” arguing that he did not create lasting damage or permanent alterations to the sign, and he relented when a security fence was later installed.

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