Left Hand Introvert Session IPA officially launches this week. The Longmont, Colorado based brewery has been developing the recipe over the past six months.
Left Hand Introvert Session IPA is aggressively dry-hopped, and features CTZ, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Sterling, Comet hops.
An ale with hop aromas of tropical papaya and kiwi with woodsy pine, balanced by honey malt and a clean bitter finish.
Left Hand Introvert Session IPA is now available in 12oz bottles, and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: May, 2015
4.9% ABV, 55 IBUS
Zymurgy Magazine, the official Journal of the American Homebrewer’s Association just published their results from the reader’s rankings. For the 4th year in a row, Russian River’s Pliny The Elder takes 1st place. Bell’s Two Hearted and Dogfish Head 90 Minute aren’t far behind for best IPA in the country. Interestingly, the harder to find Pliny The Younger ranked at the other end of the list, at #48.
More than 16,000 votes were received in this years vote. Check out the full story for brewery rankings. (T= Tied) [AHA]
|1. Russian River Pliny the Elder|
|2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale|
|3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA|
|4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale|
|5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale|
|6. Bell’s Hopslam|
|7. Sierra Nevada Celebration|
|8. Stone Ruination IPA|
|9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo|
|10. North Coast Old Rasputin|
|11. Firestone Walker Union Jack|
|12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye|
|13. Bear Republic Racer 5|
|14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale|
|15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA|
|16. Firestone Walker Double Jack|
|T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA|
|T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot|
|19. Stone IPA|
|20. New Belgium Fat Tire|
|21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter|
|22. Avery Maharaja|
|23. Founders Breakfast Stout|
|24. Left Hand Milk Stout|
|T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA|
|T25. New Belgium Ranger|
|T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale|
|28. Deschutes The Abyss|
|29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout|
|30. Surly Furious|
|T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin|
|T31. Rogue Dead Guy|
|T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager|
|34. Troegs Nugget Nectar|
|T35. Lagunitas IPA|
|T35. New Belgium La Folie|
|T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron|
|T37. Founders KBS|
|T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA|
|41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale|
|42. Victory Prima Pils|
|43. Great Divide Yeti|
|T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter|
|T44. Anchor Steam|
|T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid|
|T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils|
|T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter|
|T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy|
|T48. Russian River Pliny the Younge|
There are some more changes too:
We plan on expanding out from the Malt Room and create a new patio where the original grain silos used to sit. But not until spring of next year.
Dogfish Head – Chateau Jiahu. Herbed Beer, 10% ABV. This beer has an awesome story. Read up on it. Beer spotlight soon.
Bell’s – Sparkling Ale. Tripel, 9% ABV. Wildly popular seasonal tripel from Bell’s. Look for it back on shelves soon.
Taps flow Friday, 6 pm!
Taco Mac Kennesaw
600 Chastain Road NW # 600
Kennesaw, GA 30144
This little nugget of joy was sitting in my inbox when I woke up this morning from my mole at one of these breweries. Left Hand/Terrapin’s Midnight Project #3 – “Oxymoron.” Now, in case you have been COMPLETELY out of it – Midnight Project #3 is a collaboration project between Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, Colorado) and Terrapin Brewing (Athens, Georgia.) I know there are various permutations of this story running around, but here is the version (and I think it’s pretty damn correct) of how this project got started.
A couple of years ago, Ro Guenzel and Spike Buchowski were having 1 or (7) beers at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. Around midnight, the idea was proposed that the two breweries get together and collaborate on a release. Thusly – the Midnight Project. (No, not the Midnight Society from Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Still waiting on those DVDs…) Anyway, the first edition was release 2 years ago – Terra’-Rye’ ZD. Terra was a black rye lager brewed at Left Hand. It was popular and fun, part of the agreement was the next edition would be brewed at Terrapin. It was – you know it as Depth Charge – and well, the rest is history.
The 3rd edition is on it’s way -“Oxymoron.” The edition is being brewed at Left Hand Brewery in Colorado. Oxymoron will be a stylistically confusing “Oxymoron.” The label explains why –
“Sometime around midnight in a city nobody can agree on, the idea for Left Hand and Terrapin to brew a collaboration beer was born. Oxymoron is the third in a series of one-time releases between our two breweries. A combination of contradictions embodied in liquid form, Oxymoron is an American-style IPA brewed with three German malts, six German hop varieties, and a lager yeast strain. Obnoxious yet reserved, elevated yet modest, it’s the embodiment of blending two brewing philosophies together in order to achieve singularity. Consider it an expression of the cruel kindness.”
Availability – 22oz Bombers, Draft. Estimated August 2010
Left Hand Brewing’s 400 lb Monkey is back on the shelves, and this time it’s not going anywhere. Starting now, this seasonal release by the brewery is going year round. The label artwork also got a facelift.
400 lb Monkey is an English Style IPA. Stylistically, this means this IPA is a slightly less bold in comparison to American IPA’s. This in no way equates to flavor. 400 lb Monkey is tasty IPA with noticeable grapefruit/citrus hops, but in the case of this English style IPA — the malt is a bit more pronounced.
Monkey uses a special hop called Boadicea. These hops boast a light floral/citrus tone, with some characteristics and bittering tendencies of a Noble hop. Boadicea hops draw their name from the warrior queen who resisted multiple invasions by the Romans. Why name this hop after her? Well, this strain of hop is especially resistant to aphids, an insect that destroys hop harvests. The strength to resist the onslaughts of it’s attackers makes this hop so aptly named.
Availability — 12oz/6pks, Draft, and Cask offerings. Year Round
Fun Fact: The name 400 lb monkey comes from Brewing OPs VP Joe Schiraldi. Frustrated with brewing practices said the now famous quote – “Any monkey can throw 400 lbs of hops in a kettle!” – beernews.org
Another rare “beerportunity” is upon you this July 16th…
If you don’t know already, Left Hand Brewery has been in Athens, Ga this past week working on a collaboration brew called “Depth Charge.” (Espresso Milk Stout.) More to come on that later…
In celebration of this collaboration, Left Hand and Terrapin will be bringing a cask each to Brickstore Pub in Decatur.
Left Hand is bringing Left Hand is bringing Jackman’s Pale Ale, Dry Hopped w/ Mt. Hood and Cascade Hops. Just a little knowledge – Mt Hood Hops are a genetic combination deriving from Hallertau hops around 1983. Mt Hood has a spicy flavor, and is implemented in many lagers. Cascade Hops are a derivative of Fuggle hops, dating back to the mid 70’s and are more floral. Often used in pale ales.
Dry hopping a beer ( for instance this cask) is an act of introducing hops after you have boiled your wort (wort = beer mixture.) Dry hopping gives your more hop flavor to your final product without adding a lot of bitterness. Trust me, is sounds complicated, but hopefully you get the general idea of what makes a special cask like this interesting…
Terrapin Brewery is bringing a sneak preview of their recent addition to their side project series – Maggie’s Farmhouse Saison. After speaking to a couple a of people at Terrapin, I can tell they are QUITE excited about this release.
Maggies Farmhouse Saison is a mixture of rye malt, wheat malt, and Dupont House yeast strain – the same yeast strain that is used in Saison Dupont. (Another Belgian beer. Tasty. Find it, try it… ) All the Terrapin Side Project series have been absolutely tasty, so I hope you are excited to taste this release as I am.
With that said, I hope to see you there. Don’t miss out. If you see me there, say hi…
Need to know info –
125 East Court Square Decatur, Ga 30030