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tannins & terpenes

T H E A RT OF PA I R I NG C A N N A BI S

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his month’s Tannins and Terpenes pairing are quite literally made for each other. Oakshire Brewing and Focus North Gardens have teamed up to create the tempting Tropicana Cookies Smoothie Sour Ale – a sippable representation of the famous GSC and Tangie cross. Originally bred by Harry Palms, Tropicana Cookies is known for its tantalizing citrus profile, sweet Cookie notes and subtle spice. Focus North Gardens fine tunes this flower into long, densely-frosted nugs flaunting flecks of deep purple. It’s a strain that offers an uplifting and pleasant experience, from the nose to the effects. At first sniff, strong citrus tones are followed by a beautiful, candy-like aroma. But the strain’s GSC lineage becomes more noticeable as it’s smoked, adding a creamy confection kick. A euphoric focus often follows consumption and as anxiety slips aside, a blanket of relaxation wraps itself around the body – minus the heavyheadedness of sleepier strains. Call it a solid daytime toker for the seasoned smoker! As you reach for that post-rip sip, Oakshire’s Smoothie Sour Ale boasts a beautiful deep reddish-purple color. It’s hard not to notice the fruit pulp dancing deliciously about the glass. Much like the flower, this ale offers a strong citrus smell as your nose reaches the glass, but it’s balanced out by the sweeter notes that follow. Hints of cinnamon tingle the tongue, adding a gentle complexity without complicating the flavor. To concoct the Tropicana Cookies profile, the folks at Oakshire begin with their base Smoothie Sour (containing marshmallow and vanilla bean), then condition the ale on blackberry, tangerine and Cara Cara orange purees, 50-pounds of Girl Scout Cookies, and a smidge of cinnamon. The result is an astonishingly accurate replica of this flower’s flavor – a beautiful balance of tangy citrus and sweet berry that presents the perfect pairing with Focus North’s flower.

“ M u c h like t he f lo w e r, t his ale of fe rs a st rong citr u s s mell as yo u r n os e reaches t h e g lass .”

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OAKSHIRE BREWING TROPICANA COOKIES SMOOTHIE SOUR ALE

5% ABV | @OAKBREW

APR. 2021

OAKSHIRE BREWING TROPICANA COOKIES SMOOTHIE SOUR ALE & FOCUS NORTH GARDENS TROPICANA COOKIES

FOCUS NORTH GARDENS TROPICANA COOKIES

21.18% THC | @FOCUSNORTHGARDENS OAKBREW.COM | FOCUSNORTHGARDENS.COM

REVIEW & PHOTO by AMANDA DAY @TERPODACTYL_MEDIA for OREGON LEAF