The Transbay Challenge: Growers Battle for San Francisco Bragging Rights

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Final month, I was propositioned by a San Francisco pop-up art space to host an occasion for the duration of its two-month run in the city.

At 1st, I was a tiny squeamish. I hadn’t taken element in the production side of any key cannabis events in some time. Back in the day, I helped get the ball rolling on the original New West Summit cannabis conference in the Bay Location just before element of the ownership changed hands. Given that I’d exited the cannabis occasion space on such a higher note, I didn’t want to come back and do something that wouldn’t be up to previous requirements.

But the allure of placing some thing with each other in the art space just just before harvest season kicked into complete gear would prove also tempting. In current years, I need to humbly admit that I’ve been fairly ahead of the curve when it came to cannabis genetics journalism and I’m fortunate to have produced some good operating relationships. With so numerous Bay Location names from each sides of each and every bridge on the list, I figured The Transbay Challenge was a excellent moniker and I sent out the invites.

Sadly, about a week later, the art pop-up got shutdown. Fortunately the people at Gold Seal offered to host and we had been on after once more. In the finish, we’d have many time Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup winners in the mix, and one particular smoky barbeque.

Transbay Challenge judges from left: Elise McDonough, Jimi Devine, Ngaio Bealum and Ellen Holland. (Photo courtesy Jimi Devine)

I knew I had to get some good judges onboard speedy. Despite calling podium spots at The Emerald Cup the final two years, a handful of far more pros would be crucial to preserve the course of action as legit as achievable. The diverse group incorporated Cannabis Now Senior Editor Ellen Holland and longtime comedian, weed critic on Netflix’s “Cooking on High” and Emerald Cup Judge Ngaio Bealum, who supplied his years of encounter combing by means of the world’s greatest outside pot each and every November. When the competitors was flower only, major edible journalist Elise McDonough joined to remind all that she puffs difficult.

The flowers had been the star of the show. Each and every jar presented some thing unique than its peers on the table. In the finish, only one particular would be chosen unanimously by all 4 of the judges: the Ziablo from IC Collective.

We’ve talked about the Ziablo a couple of instances currently lately. It was one particular of our Strains of Summer and without the need of a doubt one particular of the greatest points in the space at Hall of Flowers final week, where growers showed their wares direct to purchasers. This batch was a pinch sweeter than some of the other batches we’d noticed on opening the jar, but a tiny crunch and that sugar-laced gasoline aroma jumped appropriate out.

“Puffing on the Ziablo reduce by means of the effects of the earlier two joints and got me extremely higher!” mentioned McDonough.

The runner-up was Red Congolese from hosts Gold Seal. 3 of the 4 judges had it on their list. Third location saw a tie between Commune’s fantastic Durban Poison x Gushers F1 and Triples SF’s exceptionally genuine Triple Scoop Gelato.

“I’m a sucker for landrace genetics so the Red Congolese from Gold Seal and F1 Durban x Gushers cross from Commune bubbled to the best,” mentioned Holland. “Both had incredibly impressive bud structures. The Red Congo buds had been certainly huge and the Durban x Gushers buds had been such a deep stunning purple hue. When the Durban x Gushers remedy was a bit fresh, the stone was an undeniable upper that had me feeling chatty. The Red Congo has this beautiful herbal spice, I pulled a taste of lemongrass from the dry hit.” 

McDonough agreed with Holland’s take on the Red Congolese, saying it is one particular of her go-to stains for creativity and power. She then gave her thoughts on the Triple Scoop Gelato. “The Gelato was the greatest smoking encounter of the bunch, it was expertly cured, smooth and creamy on the palate,” mentioned McDonough.

The third-location Durban x Gushers cross from Commune. Photo Jimi Devine.

Bealum was a major fan of the complete lineup.

“Weed wants far more tasting parties,” he mentioned. “I had a good time. We certainly will need to make space for craft growers and the Transbay Challenge does a good job highlighting cannabis produced with appreciate.”

And just simply because it didn’t win does not imply it wasn’t amazing pot. Compound Genetics was type adequate to bring by his astounding Marshmellow OG, which smelled like a person pressed peppermint patties against a pine tree. A further one particular the judges liked was the Old Mother Gorilla from Foxworthy Farms.

“The Foxworthy Farms’ Old Mother Gorilla, with that Old Mother from the hills of Laytonville crossed with Gorilla Glue #four, was a sleeper hit that brought on an quick potent stone,” mentioned Holland.

Sponsors for the occasion included The Cannabis Purchasers Club of Berkeley and Casa Sanchez San Francisco.

Inform US, have you ever had cannabis from the Bay Location?



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