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By Todd R. Berger

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.’s CBD and THC offerings CREDIT Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Last July, Minnesota clarified a 2019 law to legalize small amounts of hemp-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the same psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, for consumption and sale in the state for those over the age of 21. This law, focusing on the purchase and sale of hemp-derived THC, is unique nationwide and has launched a new industry within the state’s borders. The amount of THC is capped at 5 milligrams per serving and 50 milligrams per package. The law also legalizes hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD), which is not psychoactive and may have positive health effects. 

The Minnesota law, unlike laws in every other state, does not make any restrictions on who can buy or sell THC products, aside from the age requirement. Not surprisingly, breweries with THC drinks are sprouting all over the state, and many have meetings and events spaces. Here are three of Minnesota Meetings + Events’ favorites. 

Bent Paddle Brewing Co. » Duluth
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. has two sparkling waters differing in flavors and in the amount of CBD and THC. Passion fruit and orange guava CBD+ has less THC and more CBD, while mango-tangerine THC+ balances the two, with THC at the 5-milligram limit. The brewery opened Cann-A-Lounge + Market in mid-February, a space for adults to drink THC and CBD beverages, as well as to consume hemp-derived gummies and buy hemp products from Minnesota purveyors. 

Burning Brothers Brewing LLC » St. Paul
For those with a sweet tooth, venture to St. Paul’s Burning Brothers Brewing LLC to sample its THC Kite Soda in citrus, ginger ale, and root beer flavors. The root beer is vegan, as well. The brewery’s taproom is in the city’s Midway neighborhood 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. 

Dangerous Man Brewing Co. » Minneapolis
Dangerous Man Brewing Co. serves two fruit-and-THC-infused, nonalcoholic sparkling waters in its taproom a short distance from downtown in Northeast Minneapolis. Both branded Canna Blissed, the tonics come in pomegranate, blueberry, and mint, as well as mango, tangerine, clementine terpenes, mango terpenes, and a focused terpene blend.