Would You Drink Hello Kitty Beer? Or, um, a Weed Drink?

Get ready for a brave new world in the drinks aisle.

When it comes to fizzy drinks, we could have sworn the general public hated change. Remember the backlash over New Coke in the '80s? Well, beverage consumers are apparently more comfortable embracing wacky newcomers these days. Did someone say "marijuana energy drink"? Read on.

Cannabis Energy Drink

Cannabis Energy Drink


First up? Cannabis Energy Drink. Yes, you read that right: A weed energy drink is now available for public consumption. That said, it doesn't contain any THC, and so it won't get you high. What it will do, so it claims, is give you a burst of energy and a bunch of B vitamins. It will probably get you a lot of attention too, if you're drinking from a can clearly emblazoned with a marijuana leaf in a public place.

Hello Kitty Beer

Hello Kitty Beer


And then there's Hello Kitty beer. The new drinks bearing Sanrio's beloved character come in an array of mostly fruit-based flavors that sound more like varieties of hard candy than beer (lemon lime, peach, banana), according to MSN. We're rather tempted to get up in arms about marketing alcohol to kids (though the percentage is low, at 2.3 percent by volume) -- but then again, we know plenty of legal-age grown-ups who'd buy this, if only for the WTF factor...

Guinness Red

Guinness Red


Last, we present to you one that might majorly tick off beer purists: Red Guinness. The iconic Irish brand is out with a new offering made with the same ingredients as the original, but with the barley roasted just a bit less to produce a lighter red color -- and, according to Guinness, a lighter taste. (And hey, it occurs to us this version could be easier to dye green for St. Patrick's Day-- not to mention that this shade of red can pass as orange, in a pinch, for your Halloween boozing needs.)

So let's hear from you: What do you think of all the new beverages on the market: cool or just plain crazy?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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