Summer is winding down, and fest beers are arriving. Left Hand Oktoberfest marks the transition into cooler days.
If the brewery is continuing their brewing trend, Left Hand started work on this malty lager this past spring. It takes two months to perfect.
In the past thanks to the pains of brewery expansions, Oktoberfest wasn’t found in every market. Fans will be happy to know it’s in all the brewery’s markets these days. Fest follows this summer’s Good JuJu in the seasonal lineup.
Pouring a brilliant copper in color, the mÃ¤rzen lager entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. Oktoberfest begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV.
Left Hand Oktoberfest is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft, seasonally.
Hops: Magnum and Spalter Select
Malts: Munich and Pilsner
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Fun Fact: Head Brewer Guenzel’s silhouette is blended in the left side of lion’s mane, a signature feature of many of Left Hand’s beer labels.
Left Hand Well Played Red IPA is coming to the brewery’s lineup in 2017.
In 2017, expect new styles, and more cans from the Longmont, Colorado based brewery. In February, expect Well Played Red IPA to debut. This is “red” India pale ale is brewed with a blend of experimental hops that will rotate based on availability.
Experimental hops and specialty malts compose a beer which is malty up front with robust hop character and a dry finish.
Left Hand Well Played Red IPA is now available in 12 ounce cans and draft starting in March, 2017.
Style: Red IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Feb-April
Debut: February/March, 2017
6.8% ABV, 70 IBUS
Left Hand Travelin’ Light Kolsch debuts this month, part of the brewery’s year-round can lineup.
Designed with warmer weather in mind (or for us, repeated day drinking), Travelin’ Light features Willamette and Mt. Hood hops, and is touted as crisp and refreshing.
Look for 12 ounce cans of Left Hand Travelin’ Light to start hitting shelves across the brewery’s entire distribution network starting this month.
Hops: Willamette, Mt. Hood
Malts: 2-Row, Vienna, Acidulated
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: March, 2017
4.8% ABV, 22 IBUs
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Left Hand A Blessing & A Curse joins the Colorado brewery’s ‘Big ‘Mo” lineup in May.
The brewery partners hops from the northern and southern hemispheres when creating this imperial India pale ale. The finished beer boasts citrus, pine and tropical fruit.
This double IPA delivers a synthesis of hops from opposite hemispheres with an aggressive disposition of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit characteristics for a delightfully juxtaposed consequence. Count your blessings, accept the curse.
Left Hand A Blessing & A Curse is slated for a May, 2017 release.
Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: May, 2017
Left Hand Good JuJu, the brewery’s crisp, ginger forward offering, will be available in cans in 2017.
In the fall of 2016, Left Hand Brewing released Milk Stout and Fade to Black in cans for the first time. The canned format is quite popular, prompting the Colorado based brewery to expand canned offerings in 2017.
In 2013, Left Hand Good JuJu’s recipe was tweaked to include a heavy dose of ginger. You can thank the acquisition of an industrial juicer for that change.
A little Juju voodoo – fresh ginger kisses the lithe malty body, copulating with the hop in this pale ale ancestor.
Expect 12 ounce cans of Left Hand Good JuJu on shelves nationally in May, 2017
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. May-July
Debut (Cans): May, 2017
Colorado based Left Hand Brewing is introducing a new saison series dubbed “Les Quatre” in 2017.
This fall, the brewery introduced 12 ounce cans for the first time, starting with Milk Stout, Fade to Black and Extrovert IPA. Next year, the brewery will add 16 ounce cans to the lineup, as well as a new series of seasonal saisons.
Each release will debut with the turning the season, brewed with local Colorado ingredients. Saison au Miel, brewed with wildflower honey will be first.
Other saisons will include Saison au Bledeminuit (brewed with midnight wheat), Saison Au Genievre (with juniper berries), and Saison Aux Baies Ameres (with chokeberries). Chokeberries, often called aronia berries, are very distinct in flavor, often described as sour and slightly bitter. The result will most likely be quite a memorable saison.
Expect the first Left Hand Les Quatre Series release to debut in March, 2017 in 16 ounce cans (4 packs).
Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, CO) is entering the Wyoming market in July. The brewery has signed distribution deals with Cheyenne & Laramie Beverage.
“We’re really looking forward to bringing Left Hand up I-25 to our Northern neighbors. Craft beer is alive and well in Wyoming and there’s never been a better time to be here.” – Steve Tamas, CO/WY Region Sales Manager.
Left Hand will ship Milk Stout & Milk Stout Nitro, Sawtooth Amber Ale, Extrovert IPA, Polestar Pilsner, as well as seasonals, limited editions and their Mountain Mixer variety pack.
Release events: WY release events