When Jim Bendis, owner of Crater Lake Spirits, approached his son Max, a CBD enthusiast, about the idea of crafting CBD-infused beverages, Max got to work, creating the first beverage that would launch their joint venture Ablis in 2014.
Ablis of Bend produces six nonalcoholic, CBD-infused beverages, three of which are juices made with organic cane sugar – Strawberry Mojito, Cranberry Blood Orange, Lemon Ginger. They also make three sparkling waters – Lemon, Berry Lime, Blood Orange – with no added sugar or sweeteners.
“That’s what sets Ablis apart – our variety of flavors and our options with or without sugar,” Max says. Enjoy Ablis beverages straight from the can or on ice or mixed with your favorite spirits.
Both Jim, a triathlete, and Max, a mountain biker, share a passion for being active and focused on the body’s recovery and feeling good. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the active ingredients in cannabis, or hemp, and is believed to have some health benefits.
“We’re really into the whole nature thing, in being stewards of the Earth and protecting our wild spaces,” Max adds.
Ablis beverages are produced at Crater Lake Spirits’ resource-efficient facility, which runs a closed-looped cooling system to conserve water. Company priorities also include using recyclable materials in packaging and working with partners who embrace a sustainable ethic.
A member of the Conservation Alliance, Ablis supports local nonprofits, such as Central Oregon Trail Alliance and Oregon Adaptive Sports, among others, with employees encouraged and paid to volunteer in the community.
Ablis CBD beverages can be found at your Market of Choice and are available to customers ages 18 and older.
“We love Market of Choice!” Max says. “Local supporting local just feels good.”