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2023 Alaska Edibles Special: Tundra Brewing Beverages

The potent effects delivered from the fast-acting nano emulsification made happy hour seem more like a full-day buzz.

Photos by Bailey Stuart

Tundra Brewing is on a mission to deliver infused drinks to the Alaskan marketplace that are always yummy on their own … but also perfect for mixing up a Cannabis mocktail to bring on the holiday spirit.

Americans are ditching booze and turning to Cannabis in record numbers, and up here in the Last Frontier, there’s no easier way to make such a swap than to pick up one of the delicious offerings from Tundra Brewing – a Leaf Bowl 2023 award winner known for nano emulsification, resulting in drinks that hit hard and fast. With a wide variety of flavors and the sweet and simple slogan of “Drink your Weed,” feeling festive is as easy as poppin’ a bottle. 

We started with the Blueberry Mojito, which we mixed with a Sprite to make a fizzy-berry mocktail that tingled the senses and delivered a potent buzz. We had the pleasure of mixing a few flavors over multiple visits to the Pakalolo Lounge and Tasting Room in Fairbanks last month, where we discovered that mixing any Tundra Brewing flavor with a fizzy soda or seltzer water takes them to the next level. The Pomegranate and Orange is tart and sharp with a kiss of citrus sweetness, while the Strawberry Mango turns the juice loose to the funky moose when mixed in with a fresh glass of POG or OJ.

The potent effects delivered from the fast-acting nano emulsification made happy hour seem more like a full-day buzz. And speaking of happiness, we experienced significant levels of joy when first sampling the new Happy Apple flavor! It’s a delicious blend that tastes like apple cider and apple juice had an infused love child, and is a true palate-pleaser when mixed with a store-bought Martinelli’s cider – resulting in a bubbly glassful of cheer that’s a heady and healthy way to ring in the New Year!


Photos by @stuart.consulting

About Wes Abney

Wes Abney is the founder and CEO of the Leaf Nation brand family, which began in 2010 as Northwest Leaf magazine. Recognized as the first Cannabis publication in the region, Northwest Leaf defined and developed the medical and recreational Cannabis communities in Washington with free publications focused on quality content and truthful journalism. The model’s success has led to Oregon Leaf in 2014, Alaska Leaf in 2016, Maryland Leaf in 2019, California Leaf in Spring of 2020, and Northeast Leaf in Fall of 2020. Wes’s writing and publishing background began with his college newspaper, The Ebbtide, which included a love for multimedia and creating content on many platforms. The nickname “Bearded Lorax” came after years of publishing millions of free magazines, using his voice to speak for a plant and those that benefit from it. Wes is an activist not only for Cannabis but for alternative medicine treatments, ending the drug war and freeing prisoners who have been wrongfully incarcerated for non-violent crimes. His passion for reaching people with written and spoken words led to the concept of Leaf Life Podcast in partnership with Mike Ricker, which began development in 2018 and launched in January 2019. With the combined passions of Cannabis and a love for broadcasting, the creation of Leaf Life was a natural progression for Leaf Nation as it spread roots across the United States. With over 100 shows recorded, and printing over 100,000 monthly copies, Leaf Nation has become the world’s largest Cannabis media company, while still celebrating the humble roots and truthful journalism that the model was founded upon. Beyond leading a team of 40+ passionate Cannabis creatives, Wes is the father to two beautiful daughters and two furry cats. He lives in Seattle, drinks coffee, and enjoys Cannabis daily, and hopes to eventually transition from a successful Cannabis journalist to a classic coffee shop author as the Leaf continues to grow in the coming decades. In true Lorax fashion, he enjoys hikes in the forest, communing with nature, and reminding people that “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”

This article was originally published in the December 2023 issue of Alaska Leaf.

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