Developing a legal cannabis beverage can be a daunting challenge considering the required investment in time and money, complicated by state-by-state regulations controlling sales. But that didn’t stop Keith Villa, Ph.D., co-founder, CERIA Brewing, Arvada, CO, as he set out to create the state’s first THC-infused beer.
Villa, who holds a Ph.D. in brewing science and fermentation biochemistry, first made waves as the creator of Blue Moon during his 32-year career at MillerCoors. So when news about CERIA was announced in late March 2018, it quickly went viral. In December 2018, Grainwave, a dealcoholized Belgian-style white ale, became available at Colorado dispensaries. The company is now ramping up production to meet demand.
Rose Shilling, managing editor of Food Engineering magazine, reached out to get the inside scoop.