Another Colorado brewery is in the news this week. The Left Hand Brewing Company of Longmont Colorado was selected as the #1 Best Bitters in the country by the New York Times. Left Hand's Sawtooth Ale was selected tops over 24 other beers as a beer that best fit the traditional English bitter style. For an American made beer, it even beat out some British made bitters. A pretty good compliment I think. You can check out the full story over at the NYC in their article. I reviewed the Sawtooth Ale previously back in January of this year. The NYT nod makes me want to revisit this local brew again soon.
Up and Coming Releases
In other Left Hand brewing news, the brewery just released their June 2008 newsletter. You can sign up for their newsletter by visiting their web site. Or you can visit them directly and visit their tasting room and try out some of their award winning beers such as the Left Hand Milk Stout and the Sawtooth Ale.
Left Hand recently released one of their popular seasonal beers - their Rye Bock. This European style brew can be purchased in 22oz bombers. The Rye Bock is described as:
"Opening with an initial tangy, sweet, dried cherry nose alongside the spicy tingle of the malted rye, this most unusual lager finishes long and savorable. The sweetness of the malt is nicely balanced by the tanginess of the rye malt, causing one to perceive a loaf of bread in every bottle. Full bodied, dark brown in color, the Rye tips the scales at 7.6% ABV, and is available in our 750ml silk-screened Belgian beer bottle and kegs."
Coming later this summer in late July, Left Hand will release another seasonal, their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager. Ya, I know. Summer just barely got started and they're already talking Oktoberfest? Left Hand plans ahead and it already formulating this year's brew. Their Oktoberfest Marzen is described as:
"...an alluringly clear copper color, with a short white head and good lacing. The malt bouquet is accented by toasty, bready aromas. As you lift your stein in high anticipation, your palate is well rewarded for its patience. The sweetness of the German malts dominate upfront, while the noble pedigree hops allow for a proper dry finish, true to style. Medium-bodied, with the subtle elegance of a well-balanced beer."
Left Hand Concert Series
Music is also on tap at the Left Hand tasting room as they are hosting their Spring Concert Series. Concerts run from 4:30pm to 6:30pm each Sunday. Visit the tap room on these dates for some good tunes and good beer:
June 1st: Kort McCumber (American Folk)
June 8th: Sugarloaf String Band (Bluegrass)
June 15th: Hugh Jazz Quartet (Jazz)
June 22nd: Scott Von (Folk)
June 29th: Mile Markers (Jazz)
Left Hand Brewery Upgrades Equipment
Left Hand recently received new brew house vessels from JV Northwest. These large containers were rolling down the highway and luckily missed being swept up by the recent tornado in northern Colorado last week. Left Hand is upgrading it's auxiliary systems including work on the compressed air, hot and cold liquor tanks, water filtration systems, electric and other related items. All these upgrades will help Left Hand automate even more of the brewing process, cut costs and reduce errors. We loyal LH beer drinkers look forward to the fruits of their labors.
Left Hand Brewing Company - 1265 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501 - (303) 772-0258 Read the full article here...