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Left Hand Introvert Session IPA Launches This Week

Left Hand Introvert Session IPA

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.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: May, 2015

4.9% ABV, 55 IBUS

Posted in Alaskan Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing, Beer News, Bell's Brewing, Deschutes Brewing, Dogfish Head, Firestone Walker Brewing, Founders Brewing, Goose Island Brewing, Great Divide, Lagunitas, Left Hand Brewery, New Belgium, North Coast Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing, Rogue Brewing, Russian River Brewing, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Stone Brewing Co., Surly Brewing, Troegs Brewing, Victory Brewing Company

Zymurgy’s Best Beers In America 2012

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
Posted in Beer News, Left Hand Brewery

Left Hand Getting New Fermenters

Left Hand Brewing is laying concrete today in anticipation of  3 new 480 barrel fermenters coming soon.  Rumor has it just to cover my yearly Milk Stout intake.

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.



Posted in Casks, Craft Beer Parties, Dogfish Head, Founders Brewing, Left Hand Brewery, Now Tapping, Rare Opportunity, Smuttynose Brewing, Terrapin Beer Company

CASK ALERT: Terrapin’s Moo Hoo

On Friday, November 12th, Taco Mac Kennesaw turns 3 yrs old.  To celebrate – they will be tapping a cask of Terrapin’s new “Moo Hoo” and a few other goodies.

Tap Rundown:

Terrapin – Moo Hoo CASK.  The new chocolate milk stout, gravity poured.

Founders – Breakfast Stout. Imperial Stout, XX% ABV.  Popular double chocolate, coffee, oatmeal imperial stout.

Left Hand/Terrapin – Oxymoron. – India Pale Lager, 7% ABV.  Latest edition in the Midnight Project.  Hoppy pale lager.

Brooklyn – Detonation. Imperial IPA.  Part of the Brewmaster’s Reserve Series.  Awesome hoppy DIPA.

Terrapin – Hopzilla.  Imperial IPA, 9% ABV.  Fresh hopped w/ Citra hops – this side project was here and gone quick.

Dogfish Head – Chateau Jiahu. Herbed Beer, 10% ABV.  This beer has an awesome story.  Read up on it.  Beer spotlight soon.

Red Brick – Vanilla Gorilla. Barrel aged Porter, 7.5% ABV.  Porter aged in JD barrels for 6 mos. Vanilla bean added too.

Bell’s – Sparkling Ale.  Tripel, 9% ABV.  Wildly popular seasonal tripel from Bell’s.  Look for it back on shelves soon.

Smuttynose – Really Old Brown Dog. Old Ale, 10% ABV.  One of the best old ales in the US.  The bombers came and went.  Draft is a rare find.

Taps flow Friday, 6 pm!

Taco Mac Kennesaw
600 Chastain Road NW # 600
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Posted in Coming Soon, Left Hand Brewery, Terrapin Beer Company

COMING SOON: Left Hand/Terrapin Midnight Project #3

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

Posted in Left Hand Brewery, Seasonal Return

Left Hand – 400 LB Monkey All Year

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

6.7% ABV

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

Posted in Casks, Left Hand Brewery, Rare Opportunity, Terrapin Beer Company

Rare Beer Opportunity TONIGHT! – Left Hand/Terrapin Collaboration Casks Tonight!

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 –

Brickstore Pub
125 East Court Square Decatur, Ga 30030