Province Brands of Canada — the Canadian company developing the world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant — today announced an agreement with Lost Craft Beer, one of Ontario's fastest growing and award-winning craft beer companies.
The agreement will allow Lost Craft Beer to license Province Brands of Canada's patent-pending technologies (developed by Province Brands of Canada to mash and ferment cannabis and enable the creation of the world's first beers brewed from cannabis instead of barley) and brew beers in Province Brand's 123,000 square foot facility in Grimsby, Ontario (currently under construction). This process will start once the manufacture and sale of such products are legalized in Canada.
Under the agreement Lost Craft and Province Brands will collaborate to launch non-alcoholic beer brewed from cannabis, which will intoxicate using marijuana instead of alcohol. The beer will be sold wherever cannabis can be legally sold in Canada under the Cannabis Act once such sales are legal. All beer brewed under this agreement will be marketed under the Lost Craft brand name.
"Lost Craft is proud to partner with Province to develop approachable non-alcoholic cannabis-brewed craft beer. We chose to work with Province as a result of their significant expertise and are looking forward to expanding the breadth of our beer portfolio with products at the forefront of brewing innovation," said Shehan De Silva, Founder of Lost Craft Beer.
Over the past two years, Province Brands of Canada has developed a patent-pending process for brewing a premium beer from the cannabis plant. The first steps in the brewing process, milling and "mashing" (i.e. saccharifying or extracting fermentable sugars from the cannabis plant) require specialized equipment and technology, which would not be found in a normal brewery.
Lost Craft will work closely with Province Brands' master brewer, Rob Kevwitch to develop non-alcoholic cannabis-brewed craft beers. Since the beer is brewed from cannabis, rather than barley, it will be naturally gluten-free and low in calories and sugar. The products that are developed will be consistent with Lost Craft's brewing style which emphasizes approachability and balance.
"This is a dream come true," said Dooma Wendschuh, CEO and Co-Founder of Province Brands. "I've loved Lost Craft beer for quite some time and it's an honor and a privilege to work with a company whose values and dedication to quality and craftsmanship so closely mirrors ours at Province. I really can't wait to taste the beer we come up with together. We look to form more of these partnerships as the market for cannabis-powered beer expands."
source: press release