Colorado based brewery plans to market their cannabis-infused beer nationwide

AURORA, Col. (KUSA) – There are hundreds of breweries in Colorado, but “Dad & Dudes” in Aurora is doing things a little differently.

“They’re coming from around the world wanting to try cannabis-infused beer,” says Mason Hembree, the “Dude” of Dad & Dudes.

Hembree is the beer creator and has waited a year to get the federal green light on his recipe. He’s on the way to selling General Washington’s Secret Stash in all 50 states.

“You know when we first released everybody believed, oh a Colorado brewery doing that make sense. But they didn’t think we could sell it outside Colorado,” he said. “The coolest part is the fact that we can bring the debate about cannabis and beer to the entire country.”

The beer may get you drunk, but it won’t get you high.

But before getting the go-ahead from the government, he needed to get past a much higher authority.

“My anti-alcohol, anti-pot mom,” said Hembree.

“I really actually always had a negative attitude about marijuana,” said mom Judy Hembree.

Although she’s a brewery co-owner, she’s not a drinker and definitely doesn’t smoke weed.

“We don’t have pot in our beer. There’s no THC in it. Why would anyone put pot or THC in a beer?”

There are a few reasons why someone would add the high-causing ingredient, but it’s not legal. After some explaining, Judy’s son convinced her of what some consider potential medical and therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant that doesn’t cause a high.

“I honestly don’t think it’s the big, evil thing that I always thought it was,” she said.

For beer drinkers that think this latest brew is a fad, customers said the IPA is actually pretty good.

“I’ve already had two,” said Kennie.

Dad and Dudes Breweria hopes to have the beer canned in November and off to all 50 states by January.

There is a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for General Washington’s Secret Stash.