Four Saints Brewing Company and Founder’s Hemp, both based in Asheboro, NC, have brewed, and registered with North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control, North Carolina’s first hemp ale. The craft brewery’s co-owner, COO and head brewer, Andrew Deming, developed an English mild ale recipe that incorporated hemp seeds and spent flower provided by Founder’s Hemp.
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Being that the United States’ founders were hemp growers and brewers, the combination made sense on multiple levels. Four Saints has a tradition of using locally sourced ingredients, when possible and available, in seasonal and limited beer offerings. The feminized hemp seeds and spent flower were sourced and provided by Founder’s Hemp. Epiphany Craft Malts, of Durham, make up the majority of this beer’s malt bill.
Joel McClosky, co-owner and CEO of Four Saints, first heard about Founder’s Hemp during a presentation by its owner, Bob Crumley, during a Rotary presentation. A short time later, around Four Saints’ community table, Founder’s Hemp and Four Saints decided to work together towards North Carolina’s first registered beer using hemp.
Four Saints Brewing Company and their lawyer, John Szymankiewicz of Beer Law Center, worked proactively with the NC ABC to ensure that the product and process was within the letter (and the spirit) of the law and to bring North Carolina’s first legal hemp beer to market.
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The beer will be released to the public on Friday, August 18 at the Four Saints Brewing Company taproom, 218 South Fayetteville Street, starting at 3:00pm. Founder’s Hemp will be on-site with information, samples, and retail hemp products from 5:00-8:00pm.
Four Saints Brewing Company began operations in May 2015 in Downtown Asheboro, NC. Four Saints focuses on Great Beer for Great People through award winning beers and supporting the local community in numerous ways. Andrew Deming and Joel McClosky, the owners and executives, met in 2008 and began working towards opening a brewery in 2011. A successful Kickstarter campaign and tremendous support from the City of Asheboro and community drove the renovation of a century old building into a modern seven barrel brewhouse and English/Irish pub inspired taproom.