Let’s drop right into this. Left Hand Peanut Butter Milk Stout has finally hit shelves, and it’s perfect.
Yeah, I’ve bolded that because it bears emphasis. We live in a time in beer history that might be best summarized in one word – adjuncts. Here at this publication, we’ve mentioned a wide range of beers that have everything from candy, cakes, and fruit, to scorpions, crickets, and grasshoppers. Some beer additions should be sprayed for by an exterminator, and not wind up in your mash tun. But hey, you do you.
It’s the wild west of adjuncts out there. Some of these creations are so sweet you actually have a sugar crash later, while others end up being little shelve grenades in aluminum. Trying the next hyped brewery science experiment can wear out your taste buds, your wallet, and even your faith in beer brewing at large.
Still, there are some great pastry/milkshake/candy/cookie/skittles/chicken wing/hamburger/dragonfruit/marshmallow/baklava/cheesecake/jelly/pizza/tomato/herb beers out there, so I do what anybody else would do. Find them all and drink them all.
When it comes to well-established breweries like Left Hand, I hold them to a higher standard when it comes to a beer like this, and with good reason. They know what the hell they are doing, as evidenced by their Milk Stout. As good as that beer is, brewers want to play and fans demand variety. According to Left Hand, a peanut butter variant was the top request. However, it was never going to be as easy as just tossing peanut butter (in any form) into their milk stout and shipping it.
The best evidence of this? Peanut Butter Milk Stout was slated for November. “Despite getting close to how we envisioned this beer, we hadn’t nailed it yet,” says national sales director Jason Ingram, “Our brewing team worked hard until they got it right and it makes a difference,” he adds. Ingram is right because it was love at first sip for us.
Left Hand held themselves to a very high standard for the seasonal, and you the beer drinker, is the winner for their efforts. Peanut Butter Milk Stout is crafted. Meaningful. And worth the money.
Now you can taste the result of their hard work across the brewery’s distribution footprint this month. This beer is adjunct hope in dark beer form, in and increasingly muddy, sludgy world of pastry beers. 2020 is tasting good already.
6% ABV, 25 IBUs
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Left Hand Push Pop Party Nitro is available at the brewery this week.
The Longmont, Colorado-based brewery continues to expand their “Nitro” series, recently adding Flamingo Dreams year-round ahead of hot weather. Left Hand Push Pop Party is described as a “citrus ale” with mandarin oranges, limes, and lactose milk sugar.
16-ounce cans of ‘Push Pop’ are available in the brewery’s taproom starting this week, available nationally through June 2019.
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Left Hand Flamingo Dreams Nitro joins the brewery’s year-round lineup in April.
Milk Stout Nitro is truly what puts Left Hand on the map. In recent years, the brewery has been building of the popularity of their “Nitro” lineup. This new creation is inspired by the upcoming days spent by the pool. According to Left Hand, most nitro beers lean toward stouts and porters. Not Flamingo Dreams. “You can’t find another beer like this on the market. It will definitely make you think differently about nitro beers,” says Jill Preston, Director of Marketing.
Flamingo Dreams Nitro is a blonde ale, brewed with fresh raspberries and blackcurrants.
Bursting with raspberries and blackcurrants and ready to jam, this berry blonde ale pours a striking pink. At 4.7% ABV, it’s super smooth and refreshing with a berry burst, frisky zing and nitro glide that will bring out your vibrant side, especially poolside.
Left Hand Flamingo Dreams Nitro will be available in 13.65-ounce cans and draft, nationally.
Left Hand White Russian Nitro
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Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing will be available in Nebraska starting in March. The brewery has signed a distribution deal with Premier-Midwest Beverage Company.
Initially, fans in Cornhusker State can expect renown Milk Stout Nitro, Death Before Disco Porter, IPA, Juicy Goodness Dry Hopped Golden Ale, Sawtooth Amber Ale, and 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout (draft) in the Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island markets.
Nebraska is the 42nd state of distribution for Left Hand Brewing.
If you go:
3/6, 2pm, Beercade, 6104 Maple St.
3/7, 5pm, Library Pub, 5142 North 90th St.
3/9, 12pm, Krug Park, 6205 Maple St.
3/9, 5pm, Session Room, 812 N 14th St
3/11, 5pm, Jake’s Cigars & Spirits, 101 N 14th St.
3/13, 4pm, Pour Craft Beer & Spirits, 4400 S 70th St Ste 100
Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is on the way.
Simply known as Milk Stout, Left Hand’s year-round offering is iconic in American craft beer. This month, that silky smooth icon has a new exotic sibling – Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro. The brewery teased the fresh cans this week.
The brewery chose a custom blend of ginger and cloves that melds well with the sweetness of their Milk Stout.
“It was such a favorite, we decided to share it with all of our nitro-loving beer fans as the newest beer in our nitro can series. The chai spice mixture is brewed in-house and gives the whole brewery an intoxicating aroma on brew day.”
Left Hand Chai Milk Stout Nitro is now available in 16-ounce nitro cans for a limited time.
5% ABV, 22 IBUs
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Left Hand Brewing made headlines a few years ago when they debuted their milk stout in bottles. At the time they were the first craft brewery to transition to nitro packaging. With the addition of cans to their lineup, many fans thought the lack of milk stout was an oversight. Not anymore Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will debut this year.
One of the most recognizable milk stouts in the world is finally getting the can treatment. The smooth and creamy (and chocolatey) milk stout will soon go everywhere you go, with no glass limitations. The best part of this news? These babies are a full 16 ounces. While the bottles are nitrogen injected, each for the cans have a nitro “widget” that’s stuck to the bottom of the can. Nitrogen gas rushes upward through beer upon opening. No glass needed.
While a glass is always recommended for the perfect pint, especially when you #PourHard a Nitro bottle, cans bring a greater drinking versatility, and bring Milk Stout Nitro to your lips with the crack of a can.
Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro cans will be available across the brewery’s 40 state reach starting in August.
Style: Milk Stout (w/ Lactose.)
Hops: Magnum, U.S. Goldings
Malts: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut (Cans): August 2017