Toke of the Week: High Style Brewing

Photo by Jefferson VanBilliard

I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but for the most part, I think beer sucks. There was a time when brands were routinely churning out new and inventive ways to get us all a little loose after a long day, but things got a little out of hand. Who really wants to drink a chocolate coconut porter when it’s 80 degrees outside? Not me. For every 10 locally brewed, overpriced beers on the market right now, there’s probably only one that would actually end up in my cooler on a weekend trip. 

Unfortunately, this column isn’t about my ability to chug Coors Light while getting a good base tan, but rather it’s about cannabis. 

With an inner tube in one hand and my sense of childlike adventure in the other, I recently spent four long days drifting lazily down Kern River, which is so pure you’d almost forget you were only an hour away from Bakersfield. Instead of joining my fellow Americans in our greatest pastime of getting wasted before 11 a.m. in a natural body of water, I planned ahead. With Blüm’s usual selection of hard-to-find strains and edibles already lining my basket, its latest infused-beverage offering caught my eye.

High Style Brewing was born in the heart of San Diego’s renowned craft beer scene, and it shows. Besides being non-alcoholic and great-tasting at 50 calories per serving, this brew contains a 10 milligram dose of potent THC to keep you partying without the possibility of drunkenly cracking your skull on one of the Kern’s infamous rocks. 

And now that I’m back in OC, I find myself daydreaming about sipping on that magical elixir while enjoying California before that long-overdue earthquake sends us all plunging into the Pacific. 

Available at Blüm, 2911 Tech Center Dr., Santa Ana, (949) 238-4203;

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