Showing posts with label Oregon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oregon. Show all posts

Friday, July 23, 2021

Brew Dr. - Tranquil CBD Kombucha High Notes

I first tasted kombucha in 2015 at a cannabis legalization party in Portland. 
Brew Dr.'s Clear Mind was on tap.  A single sip is all it took to spark my love for SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).

There are aspects of alcohol I appreciate but cannabis has always been my preference. And Brew Dr.'s fermented tea blends are a sparkling cannabis companion. It made sense for them to be mulling ideas for an infused version. With their Tranquil CBD series, that beverage is now in the bottle.  

At Life Source Foods in Salem Oregon, I bought the two variations of Brew Dr.'s Ginger Lemon blend, original and the new CBD-infused Tranquil offering. This is what I noticed in comparing them.

At the start, the difference is eye-catching.  The original is a light clear amber whereas the CBD-infused Tranquil Ginger Lemon presents that shade with a creamy translucence.  The initial flavor profile in both versions is a lemon tang with an appealing ginger bite. With Tranquil, though, the experience lingers in a luscious toothsome texture.   

The most notable sensory distinction between the two is Tranquil's taste and aroma that hint at CBD's cannabis/hemp origin.  To me it is analogous to that trace of new mown meadow found in grass fed dairy products, a surprisingly fresh addition typical cannabis users will immediately recognize but newcomers are likely to discover as an intriguing enhancement.  

My own cannabis use has always been non-medical and centered on THC so I'm not well attuned to the effects of CBD. However, I have experienced its ability to counteract the effects of THC. The old jokes around cannabis and paranoia can sometimes come true. The usual result is anxiety and I've effectively relaxed it with CBD.  

For those who've found benefit from it just by itself, this non-psychoactive cannabinoid is said to promote a calm sense of well-being. Without question, individual responses to comestibles and experiences are as varied as life itself.  

A final factor worth mentioning is the price difference between Tranquil and the original.  Using CBD as an ingredient requires a host of more involved processes and requirements that add to the production cost.  But even at a higher price point, I favor Tranquil because of its sensual sensory qualities, especially the creamy appearance and mouthfeel. It brought to mind a refreshing sorbet. 

Brew Dr. sources CBD from Oregon's East Fork Cultivar, a family operation grounded in personal understanding of therapeutic hemp and cannabis applications. Nathan and Aaron Howard started East Fork to provide their brother Wesley with medication for a rare genetic disease that eventually took his life. Their focus is on the value of purpose rather than opportune profit. 

To finally end the Drug War we must normalize cannabis use. A direct route to that result is legally allowing social conviviality in cannabis consumption spaces like alcohol has enjoyed. I dream of the day when there will be a Brew Dr. THC on draft in a public lounge.  Until then, Tranquil is a luscious preview. 

Drink up! Calm down. Be Tranquil. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Goes Rogue

Mount McLoughlin overlooking Central Point
The Month of March has hosted notable celebrations since early Roman times.  Today its most popular association is with Saint Patrick, drawing crowds on March 17th to Dublin, Boston, and even Butte, Montana.

But the tastiest mid-March party on the planet has been quietly growing near the Rogue River in southern Oregon for more than a decade with roots extending into the 1930's when Rogue Creamery founder, Tom Vella, held annual community picnics in Central Point on the company grounds.

Rogue Creamery Shop in Central Point
David Gremmels and Cary Bryant purchased Rogue Creamery from the Vella Family in 2002 and re-established Tom's tradition of public celebrations.  Starting with a few years of informal gatherings in their cheese "make" room, David and Cary went on to organize the first Oregon Cheese Festival in 2005.

Tillamook Cheesemongers go Incognito!
A year after launching the Festival, David and Cary helped to form the Oregon Cheese Guild which is now responsible for producing the event. Under its guidance, the Oregon Cheese Festival has grown to over 4,000 visitors from an original 100 and delivers an affordable, unforgettable touch of magic for all age and interest levels.

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The 2015 Oregon Cheese Festival happens on Saturday, March 14th at the Rogue River Creamery in Central Point, Oregon.  General Admission is $15 and includes a full day of tasting, entertainment, and fun-to-swallow education. Those 12 years old and under are welcome free of charge.

Located at 311 North Front Street (HWY 99) in Central Point, events take place in two heated tents covering over 15,000 square feet.  It's a big, warm, and wonderful party.

A Cheesemakers Dinner (menu), benefiting the non profit 501 (c) (6) Oregon Cheesemaker Guild, is scheduled on Friday, March 13th, from 6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M, at the Inn at the Commons in Medford, OR. Each course highlights a cheese made by one of the Festival's artisans, paired with a local wine or beer. Master of Ceremonies for the dinner, John Greeley of Gourmet Foods International, will also present pairing and appreciation classes, free with Festival Admission on Saturday. (Festival Details and Registration.)

Mid-March at the Rogue will certainly deliver a Touch of Heaven, if not a Pot of Gold.  Attending your first Oregon Cheese Festival will mark the beginning of an annual affair!

2014 Photos and Video
Rogue Creamery's Oregon Blue
Official Rogue Creamery Truck
Outstanding Rogue River Blue
Culture Magazine Table
Antique Milk Bottles
Oregon Bee Store
Clear Creek Pear Brandy
Judges - Lassa Skinner & Janet Fletcher 
Oregon Olive Mill
Sarah Marcus & Jim Hoffman - Briar Rose Creamery
Peggy Smith & Sue Conley - Cowgirl Creamery
Allison & Don Hooper - Vermont Creamery
Curds and Whey Goat Cheese
Rogue River Brewing
Handmade Cheese Plates