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  • Post Time Posted February 21, 2019
Dad & Dudes Breweria is the only brewery in the United States with federal formula approval to brew beer infused with CBD, a non-psychoactive hemp extract. Now the company has been acquired by San Diego-based company Cannabiniers.

Cannabiniers is a “cannabis brand management company” that’s behind four product lines of cannabis-infused beverages and a line of hemp-derived CBD creams called Bask. Its beverage line includes Brewbudz (coffee pods designed for Keurig brewers), Brewblendz (coffees and teas), Just Society (cold-brew coffees and teas) and Two Roots Brewing Co. (non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beer).

Dad & Dudes owner, Mason Hembree, doesn’t expect to see any immediate changes following the commencement of the partnership, pending a six- to 12-month evaluation period of its brand.

“They’re going to keep our brand going while they evaluate what we’ve established in the local market and where we’re going in respect to CBD beer. The most exciting changes that are coming are the impressive executive team at Cannabiniers and its sister companies, who I believe will help us further our brand and add strength to our expertise in CBD beer.”

Hembree started the company with his dad, Thomas, in 2010. The 3,200-square-foot breweria - a combination of “brewery” and “pizzeria” - is also known for its popular pizzas.

Dad & Dudes didn’t launch with a CBD focus originally, although its initial offerings did include a 420 Pizza and a “Dank” IPA. Hembree claims he’s “always been a proponent of cannabis.”

“I wanted to see how interested people were in CBD beer. To no surprise, we had lines stretching around the building.”

Hembree began the process of getting federal formula approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and was awarded approval in July 2016. However, in December 2016 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced that it considered all cannabis derivatives, even non-psychoactives, to be Schedule 1 drugs, which are illegal to transport across state lines.

Hembree said the TTP asked the brewery to surrender the formula but Hembree declined and says he “continues to do so.” As part of negotiations, the brewery did cease production of its CBD beers for over a year but have started brewing (and selling) CBD-infused beer last July.

Source: https://businessden.com/2019/02/19/cannabis-company-buys-aurora-brewery-known-for-cbd-infused-beer/

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