"We firmly believe the future of the hospitality industry will feature cannabis quite extensively," said Ryan Soroka, 8th Wonder Brewery & Distillery president and co-founder. "As stewards of the cannabis industry in Texas, Bayou City Hemp's emphasis on innovation, quality and collaboration not only produces the best products, but helps normalize cannabis in a safe and trusted way."
8th Wonder Cannabis' first brick-and-mortar dispensary and consumption lounge will be housed inside 8th Wonder Distillery in Houston. A soft opening of the anticipated space is set for Oct. 17. 8th Wonder Cannabis plans to open additional locations throughout Texas in the coming years.
Every 8th Wonder Cannabis outpost will carry a range of products, including gummies, edibles, pre-rolls, vapes, and flower, as well as water-soluble options such as additives, nano-shots, and seltzers. The dispensaries will feature top brands, including Third Coast Blends, Mixer Elixir, and Leaf Life Wellness in addition to the 8th Wonder brand. Offerings will cater to canna-curious consumers and experienced cannabis lovers alike.
Cannabis-infused beverages will anchor 8th Wonder Cannabis, building upon the collaboration 8th Wonder Brewery and Bayou City Hemp Company first introduced in 2021, when the companies unveiled the first two cannabis-infused seltzers in Texas. Handcrafted in Houston, Delta-8 Wonder Water and CBD Wonder Water are non-alcoholic, zero-calorie, sparkling waters featuring natural hemp-derived ingredients. Additions to the line followed, including seltzers such as Bun B's Trillionaire, Third Coast's Beach Break and Mixer Elixir's Ranch Water, Botanical Greyhound and Blackberry Bramble.
"Bayou City Hemp is light years ahead of other cannabis manufacturers in regards to their nano-emulsion technology," says Aaron Corsi, 8th Wonder Brewery & Distillery co-founder and brewmaster. "This results in a water-soluble solution that is fast acting, effective, and tastes great."
The 8th Wonder and Bayou City Hemp partnership has vertically integrated the entire value chain from production to distribution and fulfillment. Both 8th Wonder and Bayou City Hemp maintain industry-leading production standards, relying on premium ingredients and a meticulous refinement process. Research and development underpins both companies and will guide 8th Wonder Cannabis as well: A key member of the Bayou City Hemp team holds a PhD in chemistry, while one of 8th Wonder's core leaders holds a PhD in beverage sciences.
"Our partnership with 8th Wonder to launch Texas' first cannabis-derived seltzer helped us truly scope the demand and opportunity for the canna-curious market through beverages," says Ben Meggs, CEO and co-founder of Bayou City Hemp Company. "8th Wonder has established itself as a trusted name for quality and innovation, and we're excited to partner with them to expand our footprint and further vertically integrate our businesses."