Czech hemp beer
KONOPEX live hemp beer is created by combining plants from the Cannabaceae family (hops and hemp).
Idea of our beer
The experience of the brewer, quality local ingredients, and traditional craft skills. Quality takes precedence over quantity and passing trends.
Although the combination of hops and hemp in beer may seem unconventional, in fact, these two cultural crops belong together. Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and hops (Humulus lupulus) are botanically related plants and belong to the Cannabaceae family.
In the fine-tuned recipes, we use hemp in its purely natural form. We don't work with purified cannabis extracts, isolates, or botanical terpenes. Rather than current trends and high CBD content, we focus on choosing high-quality, properly stored, and fragrant Czech hemp, which is used in the right amount and at the right time. We can thus impart the pleasant aroma and taste of selected varieties of hemp to the beer using traditional craft methods.
The full and rich taste of KONOPEX hemp beer is completed not only by the raw materials but also by the brewing process and its freshness. Our beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized. This means that although it has a shorter shelf life, it will remain "live" and retain all the beneficial yeasts, probiotics, and aromatic elements. That offers a full-fledged taste experience and other benefits associated with the content of beneficial living cultures that have not been degraded by heat (pasteurization) or filtration.
Cheers! Na zdraví!
Beer festivals, music events and milestones
Hemp beer was originally created as a means of promoting the KONOPEX trade show, but it caught on so much that we started touring various events and festivals with it. Finally, we also used this idea as a communication channel to spread awareness and an opportunity to talk to people about the beneficial properties of this universal plant. The idea worked – how else and better to get the public's attention in the Czech Republic than with beer? 😀
2016 – Looking for a brewer
The plan was clear – to find a craft brewer and an experienced matador who would be willing to learn how to work with cannabis. Both in the fermentation tank and with the authorities.
2017 – First batch of hemp beer
Liters of samples drunk and a long search paid off. We started to cooperate with the Skrečoňský žábák brewery. Our cooperation works and flourishes until now.
2018 – Festival ride
This year we started it in full swing, and from spring to autumn we managed to cover around 30 events. So almost every weekend in different corners of the Czech Republic – beer and music festivals, city celebrations, food events, private events, club parties, etc. It was a challenging year, full of travel, tapping, and debating about cannabis. There were even some festival awards for our hemp beer!
2019 – The ride continues
From spring to autumn, again on the road around our beautiful homeland. There were also several tap stops in Poland, Slovakia, or Austria.
Production of hemp beer
The pleasant alchemy starts with the choice of variety. Yield, cannabinoid content, and other properties of hemp are taken into account. The aroma and flavor of cannabis beer are influenced by the terpene profile of the variety, harvest, and degree of ripeness, as well as the harvesting method (hand harvesting). The subsequent gentle and gradual drying process is also important.
By drying slowly in ideal conditions and at naturally lower temperatures, the material keeps its healthy color and fragrance. The dry material is then stored, and further curing takes place. This allows the material to undergo further processes, which then positively influence the properties of the dry material and thus the pleasant taste experience.
KONOPEX lager 11°
Bottom-fermented, live, unfiltered, and unpasteurized Czech light lager of the Pilsner type
It differs from traditional beers in that it stimulates rather than inhibits consumers. It is characterized by its high fullness, appropriate bitterness with a golden-orange color, and the delicious aroma and taste of cannabis. It is harmonizing! Brewed on a base of high-quality Czech hops, supplemented with hemp. Hemp has a low THC content (max. up to 0.3%) and a high content of other cannabinoids, such as CBD or CBG, which are very beneficial for the human body.
Hemp beer, light lager of Pilsner type
Alcohol content: 4,6%
Color: 12 EBC
Bitterness: 33 IBU
Ingredients: water, Moravian malt, Žatec hops, Cannabis sativa, brewer's yeast
KONOPEX Landrace 10°
Top-fermented, live, unfiltered, and unpasteurized Pale Ale beer
Characteristic by its caramel-to-copper color, it is similar to forest honey with a pleasant aroma of wildflowers. A full-bodied, full-flavored, honestly bitter beer with a delicious combination of two related crops – hops and cannabis. Hand-picked and traditionally crafted. The uniqueness of this beer lies in the ingredients used. The wild Czech hemp (Landrace Cannabis ruderalis), together with the wild hops, can be considered the heritage of our region. Pure strength and qualities that have been selected, cultivated, and shaped by nature for generations. The taste of wild freedom is in every sip.
- Hemp beer, Pale Ale
- Unfiltered, unpasteurized
- Alcohol content: 3,6%
- Color: 18 EBC
- Bitterness: 36 IBU
Ingredients: water, Moravian malt, wild hops, Žatec hops, wild hemp (landrace Cannabis ruderalis), brewer's yeast
Where to get hemp beer?
If you are interested in retail or wholesale, please contact us. Hemp beer is available by appointment. We fill 1 liter PET bottles or beer KEGs with a volume of 15, 30, or 50 liters.
Jine Kafe – CSC
Cannabis store Havířov