Our nation’s capital is currently fighting for its voting right to legal pot, and beer is helping out.
Washington, D.C.’s DC Brau Brewing Company began tapping a special craft brew on Tuesday that bears a similar taste and smell to marijuana, reports the Washington Post.
The brewery named their new seasonal India pale ale “Smells Like Freedom,” their own way of raging against congressional Republicans’ blocking of the voter-approved Initiative 71 measure legalizing marijuana for recreational use in the capital.
“The experimental hops were definitely unique,” said DC Brau brewer Christopher Graham in an interview with the Washington Post. “Some were over the top with melon. Some had a lot of berry notes. But all had that undertone of piney, resinous, dank quality that someone would expect from a nugget.”
DC Brau chief executive and co-founder Brandon Skall teamed with Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, whose brewers found three experimental hops that combined to produce the distinct smell of pot.
DC Brau’s new beer is simply their form of protest, in the spirit of burning Benedict Arnold effigies and drawing political cartoons.
“I’ll tell you straight up, I don’t smoke pot,” Skall told the Washington Post. “But I believe 100 percent in people’s freedom to do so. I think that if we didn’t have people standing for the end of prohibition . . . this business would not be here today.”