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Between celery juice, kombucha, kale smoothies, and green tea, there are plenty of healthy beverage options for when you want something with a little more kick than good ’ol agua. But it might be time for a new drink to become your go-to — CBD-infused soda.
That’s exactly what you’ll find at clēēn:craft, a local CBD carbonated beverage startup selling buzzy drinks out of a speakeasy-inspired “experience center” in Belltown.
The CBD drink company started when co-founder Marcus Charles (of Local 360, The Crocodile, and Neumos fame) began to learn about the positive effects that people were reporting after using CBD. Industrial hemp—where we get CBD from—also happens to be the world’s fastest-growing and most versatile crop, meaning lots of good things for Mother Nature.
So, he started thinking up ways he could use his background and knowledge gained from the restaurant and bar industry to create a product that would not only benefit consumers, but also the planet. Enter: clēēn:craft, a CBD-infused carbonated beverage company that creates all of its products from natural, eco-friendly ingredients.
With the idea nailed down, Charles needed somewhere to make and distribute his bubbly new sips. So, at the end of August 2019, he opened clēēn:craft, a 1,100-square-foot production facility and tasting room on 2nd Ave. and Bell St.
The charming taproom serves everything from their lime-, ginger-, and cola-flavored sodas on-draft to clēēn:craft-blended cocktails and mocktails, along with a few other local brews. If you’re going for a cocktail, we highly recommend the happēē:rita, a chill take on a traditional margarita made with clēēn:craft’s lime CBD soda. Mocktail more your style? The blackberry buzz, featuring the CBD ginger soda, blackberry syrup, lemon, honey, and mint, is perfectly sweet and refreshing. Just make sure to keep an eye out for rotating seasonal concoctions on offer. If you want to see how it’s all made, you’re in luck because the taproom also happens to include a pass-through window that will give you an up-close look at the production process.
And while no, these CBD sips won’t get you high, plenty of people describe feeling less stressed and anxious as a result of consuming CBD regularly — although the jury is still out when it comes to any scientific-backing on the matter.
Either way, whether you’re looking for a tasty beverage or just want to relax on their outdoor patio (during the summer months, of course) with a healthier soda in hand, clēēn:craft has you covered. Can’t make it down to Belltown? No problem, you can also find their canned beverages in select stores and bars across the area.
So, pick up a few cans at your local watering hole or stop by the taproom and grab a growler to go, whichever you choose, you’re in for a mellow afternoon.