Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Left Hand Brewing's 2010 release schedule

Left Hand Brewing CompanyLeft Hand Brewing Company has been busy making plans for 2010 all during the holidays and has recently published their plans for this year in their January 4th newsletter. If you haven't gotten on their newsletter list yet, don't bother because they are switching to all social media outlets for spreading the word in the future (Twitter, Facebook and their blog).

The following is a snippet from their latest (and last?) email newsletter. Lots of changes coming to their beer labels over the coming months. Read on...

"2010 is a going to be a crazy year. Lots going on that we’re excited about! First – this is the year that you’ll see updated packaging on all of our beers – it’s been a while, and we really need a face lift. So, be on the lookout for the new stuff rolling out all year. Plus, we’ve got a brand-spanking new, year-round beer affectionately called 400 Pound Monkey coming your way sometime in late January. Packaged in 6pks and kegs, we’re really excited about this new beer. It’s an IPA, but this one ain’t like them others. Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having, right? Using hops of a different color, earthy and herbal, well-balanced by bready malt. The result? An English-style IPA that separates itself from the ubiquitous bunch. Cartloads of bitter monkeys flinging wasteful amounts of bananas into the jungle – we’re so done with that."

2010 Left Hand Seasonal Release Schedule

Chainsaw Double Sawtooth
Available – Late-February
Packages – 22oz bombers & kegs
Back from a 2-year absence, Chainsaw kicks off 2010 with a new logo, but still the same bad-ass beer. It attempts to address an old saying that has plagues mankind since its inception. Many times we've heard "more is not always better." Invariably the person on the other side of such a statement scowls at the ramifications. Here at Left Hand we realize that life cannot be reduced to or understood in absolute terms. Our 2008 version attempts to take exception with such broad statements about the human condition. Chainsaw is a connoisseur version of our award-winning Sawtooth Ale, designed to befuddle silly generalizations about life. It opens with toasted malt, toffee and fruit flavors, yet closes with a swirling effect of garden herbs, cardamom, dry port and black cherry. Full-bodied, 9.0% alcohol by volume.

Good Juju - formerly Juju Ginger
Available – Late-February thru July
Packages – 6pks & Kegs
A little Juju voodoo – fresh ginger kisses the lithe malty body, copulating with the hop in this pale ale ancestor. Emancipate yourself from the dead of winter, none but the vernal equinox can free the light. A refreshing frivolity. Hey mon. Shuccha fwangaa! Better a witch doctor than a trouble maker. Quit yor’ bitchin’ an’ get to witchin’. Check out the new label on Beerpulse.com.

Twin Sisters Double IPA
Available – Late-May
Packages – 22oz bombers & kegs
Also Back from a 2-year absence, Twin Sisters comes back with a vengeance & a new logo. Named after the Twin Sisters peaks in nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, Twin Sisters Double IPA is a double IPA Left Hand-style - double the hops also means double the malt in our book. The sisters grab your nose up front with its sweet piney and citrusy aromas. An assertive attack of sharp, flinty hop flavors takes you from dreaming about wildflower honey to the tongue awakening earthy, bitter hop resins that swirl in to finish. Balanced with a robust, malty backbone, Twin Sisters is incredibly drinkable. Full bodied, orange copper in color, with 9.6% ABV and 87 IBU's.

Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
Available – Late-February thru July
Packages – 6pks & Kegs
This is no festivus for the restuvus – on the contrary – we start brewing in the Spring and it takes a full two months to reach lagered perfection. Biscuity, malty goodness dominates upfront while the noble pedigree hops lend a properly spicy, dry finish. Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi. Time to roast your chicken and upend your stein before the air gets crisp, the leaves flame and fall and the skies fade to black. Auf geht’s!

Midnight Project Collaboration with Terrapin, Brew #3
Available – September
Packages – 22oz bombers & kegs
Sometime around midnight in a city nobody can agree on, the idea for Terrapin and Left Hand to brew a collaboration beer was born. Year one was a black rye lager called Terra-rye’zd, brewed @ Left Hand, and last year was an espresso milk stout called Depth Charge, brewed @ Terrapin. This year it’ll be brewed back @ Left Hand, but we have no idea what we’re going to brew! Hold on, it’ll be a wild ride…

Warrior IPA
Available – Late September
Packages – 22oz bombers & kegs
The vibrant aromatics and flavors that are derived from the use of exuberant amounts of fresh flower hops are what helps create and set apart this most unique beer. 100% of the Fresh Hops are grown right here in Colorado – from Rising Sun Farms in Paonia, CO (there are a few other varieties from our hop farm here @ the brewery, as well as from local growers right here in our area, but the majority are Cascades). We use Warrior hops for bittering, and Goldings for dry hopping. True to our fundamental belief system, the strong hop character is balanced by a strong malt foundation, allowing for an approachable, drinkable IPA that finishes amazingly clean. The beer is full-bodied, bronze in color, and tips the scales at 6.6% alcohol by volume and 60 IBU's.

Fade to Black, Volume II
Available – Late October thru February
Packages – 6pks & Kegs
Our non-traditional, kick-you-in-the-ass ale that mirrors the available sunlight from October thru March. The name will stay the same (as well as the packaging) each year, but the style won’t. Ah, wouldn’t you like to know what Volume II will bring? You’ll have to wait until the fall…

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Available – Late November
Packages – 22oz bombers & kegs
We be a-rackin’ the Imperial Stout into Heaven Hill Brandy barrels early in 2010, and will blend it with un-aged Imperial Stout to woody perfection. At 22 degree plato and 10.2% ABV, it’s the perfect warmer for those cold winter nights. Enjoy the complex flavors revealing hints of raisin, black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and, of course, a hint of brandy.

For a list of Left Hand sponsored beer events, check out the 2010 Colorado Beer Festivals & Events calendar listings.

Related articles:
- Left Hand tosses Snow Bound for Fade to Black.
- Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout review.
- Left Hand Sawtooth Ale review.
- Tour of the Left Hand tasting room.

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