The Hemponair is not your typical New York City based entrepreneur, far from really. Jason Lazar is his name and he is certainly a real New Yorker, born and raised. So he knows a bit more than most about the who’s, what’s and why’s of NYC. He works with a substance known as Cannabis. Jason, through his online publication aptly named The Hemponair, offers splashes of up to the minute information in the online Cannabis space. He offers alternatives to the typical media blasts and gets directly to the point of what is the very best way to help spend your hard earned bitcoins and dollars. In a city as massive and as ‘taxing’ as New York City, doesn’t it make sense for the well-heeled gentleman to have an ultra-lux guide all to themselves?
His newest craft-style beer will come with a much more potent additive: cannabis.
“What we’re going to offer is going to give a shot in arm to the beer industry,” says Villa, whose new label, Ceria, is expected to launch later this year, offering three different styles of brew: a light American-style lager, a medium-bodied Belgianwhite, and a heavier India Pale Ale, all infused with various levels of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Images courtesy of Warren Bobrow: the Hoochie Coochie Man cocktail (left) and the non-alcoholic Rose, Saffron and Cardamom Lassi (right) from his latest book Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails and Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations.
Earlier this year, Warren treated our readers to a sneak peek of the book before it was available for purchase! If you missed that post, click here to get his recipe for the Mezzrole Cocktail, with a little dose of history regarding cannabis beverages.
Author’s note: Originally, I sought to work in the wine business. My parents encouraged the enjoyment of wine at the table and in our deep European travel in the 60s and 70s. This eventually evolved to a career in the culinary arts. Writing about wine, tasting wine, wine travel and, of course, the study of culture through wine became a career. As a former trained chef who started at the very bottom— the dish sink, wine appreciation is a wonderful way to teach the palate (and the mind) about the best things in life. Culturally, wine is part of our civilization. We learn to follow the drinking of wine and history is written shortly thereafter. Soon, the creation and the documentation of cocktails became another passion of mine, but in life, I believe that things happen for a reason. A lifetime of tasting wine has offered me knowledge, making it easier to enjoy small-producer, hand-crafted organic and biodynamic wines— my favorites! These are the ones that almost always grace the dinner table because they go so well with the kinds of foods I prepare, from scratch with love. For me, wine is the art that inspires memories and deepens relationships. A special bottle of wine shared between friends makes for experiences that never end. Every sip in the future reminds one of the past. It’s just that easy!
When owners Will and Danyelle Prouty first opened Division Wines in 2011 on Portland’s Division Street, they did so with the intention of creating a small wine store they believed would add value to their neighborhood. After all, the shop would be a mere 12 blocks from their home of 23 years, where they currently raise two teenage boys and their accompanying two cats, an anecdote mirrored on the Division Wines website. Danyelle and Will have 30 and 35 years experience, respectively, in the restaurant business–Will, positioned at downtown Portland’s South Park for the past 19 years, running their esteemed wine program for the most recent 13. As time beckoned for the couple to venture out on their own, the wine business was a natural segue. With eCommerce and big box stores ruling retail, they sought to create a neighborhood place where people know who you are and remember what you like to drink, a spot people can trust while exploring wines from around the world.
“What first attracted me to wine over 30 years ago still defines the shop today. Wine is connected to everything around it. Wine is farming, science, politics, religion, history, ambition, ego, grace, beauty, calamity, and more,” Will shares. Speaking with him for just a few moments, it becomes obvious why Will sees wine in everything. “The story of the vine is the story of the human experience. It needs to struggle a little to find true expression. Too much stress and it could break. Not enough, and it grapples with finding character. This journey defines me, and it defines our humble shop,” he says.
What are those things in your walk-in? Yellow in color and oh, so many of them in a case! They are, of course- lemons. And going forward towards the sticky seasonwhen you just cannot get any cooler, yet everything that you do to get cool- well, let’s just say they get hotter! And the lemons? Well my friends, they are there to make lemonade. A simple enough concoction of tart, to bitter, to sweet, to sour and back again.
Behind the stick, there is nothing that beats lemonade for sheer refreshment. Here are four ways to enjoy lemonade as spring shifts into summer:
Le Bernadin, New York’s internationally acclaimed four star seafood restaurant, was the location for a luncheon to celebrate the American Craft Council, sponsored by Balvenie Scotch Whisky. You see Klaus, like American Crafts are a finite resource.
Klaus was asked to drink whiskey during the day! Or was it that fact that I was asked, and Klaus came with me? I’m not sure. But the opportunity arose to ask five questions that suddenly became four questions, yet Klaus, the soused gnome was so interested in lunch, he forgot the last one. But that’s another story for another day.
You see Klaus, like American Crafts are a finite resource. High end craft (not roadside crafts) is a fine art form. In many ways, Klaus is the same. He was handmade! Many years ago as well!
At any rate, Klaus was thirsty for whiskey and day drinking is his favorite thing to do.. next to drinking everyone else’s drinks of course.
Klaus is lucky…
He got to meet Anthony Bourdain!
Nearly everyone has been to their local garden store and ogled over the varieties of fresh herbs that you can grow on your windowsill garden. Who knew there were so many different kinds of basil? And how about all that mint? Are there enough days of growing season left for every different kind of mint, pared with all those incredible bourbons on your groaning shelves?
I was honored to be in the Mercedes-Benz “Mystery Talks by me” at the Palm Park during the SXSW in Austin with Rachel, Tricia, Lisa- Our topic was “Healthy and Hyper-digital: Learning to Make the Most of Leisure Time ” – Please, watch it at the link below!Cheers!
Economists once speculated that with the growth of technology, humans would have more time on our hands, and with it we’d expand into leisure activities. In fact, the opposite has happened: we’re working now more than ever. It’s hardly surprising: work gives us activities, meaning, purpose and community. But what if there’s more to life? Many feel the urge to take a step back, but it’s easier said than done. So how can we slow down while keeping up? This discussion draws insight from neuroscience, mindfulness and more to offer some answers.
Nina doesn’t want to dwell on the past, nor does she relish the thought of doing anything else but what she’s doing right now. And that would be raising her daughters and establishing her future in print. Well, not really in print, not just yet- but in the virtual space, and what a beautiful space it is! The periodical is called the Highly and it’s a guide to the ‘good, good’… Not just the swag or the ‘so-called’ kind. But the very best. The top of the house. Where you go to find that everything is green and submarine. Well, to paraphrase Pink Floyd is heading in the right direction. At least chronologically anyhow. You see, Nina has a formal finance background and a not-so-formal now. She lives in the now, not the former Nina, the one that she glosses over, the international business star, mom, business-woman, living viscerally while all others sleep. No one is complaining. It brought her here- but that’s about all she wants you to know about the past. The present is what she is proud of and it’s named the Highly. What Nina does is write about processes, people, places, products and emotions- all that are intrinsic, pure and deeply authentic. They involve the finest medical cannabis that money can buy- that is for certain, but they also serve as a metaphor for fabulous health, good living and overall wellness. The wealthy with high-end tastes are aging like all of us- and their individual methods for alleviating ills can be quite revealing. The Highly is the guide to that form of medicating. By our own hand and in the direction that we see fit, using the best ingredients that money can buy. Because, Health is Wealth. And what Nina has founded is a form of brilliance that only comes through utter determination, passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Sarah is not your typical cannabis entrepreneur. She is brimming with excitement and wants to share her own personal story of how she got into this business and the way of cannabis- and why now? But first the Viride Geopipe, which is how this article got started in the first place. The Viride Geopipe is made of heavy stoneware and is shaped like a crystal, a geode. Geodes offer good energy and healing, certainly the basis for the healing uses of cannabis, which Sarah is certainly exemplifying in her life. In short, this is a very intellectual individual working in a new market as an entrepreneur. And the Viride Geopipe is the tool that brought me to meet Sarah. I saw it- searched and found… Sarah Remesch, living- right here in NYC!
So I asked her if she would like to answer some interesting questions, not the usual ones- certainly unlike any interview she’s ever been asked to do! One that will… quite literally change the world as we know it.