April 20 is a day to toast and get toasted, if you work for a brewery. Brewers honor the date — which is known as 420, the high holiday for marijuana users — with pot-punny beer names, especially for IPAs.
You see, cannabis and hops are relatives, and both get their flavors and aromas from compounds called terpenes. That’s why brewers like to describe super-hoppy IPAs the way that they might talk about marijuana: “dank,” “resinous,” “sticky.” There are also hazes, a style of beer that has an opaque appearance, like juice — but also the name for a family of cannabis strains. There’s a lot to work with there.
We tried seven beers in the video above that you could share with your buds on April 20. Some of the names are pretty, uh, blunt. There’s Founders Brewing’s Redankulous, and Wicked Weed Brewing’s Lieutenant Dank, a nod to the film “Forrest Gump.”