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ROASTED MALT AND COFFEE FLAVORS BUILD THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CREAMY SWEET STOUT. Milk sugar in your stout is like cream in your coffee. Dark and delicious, America’s great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. “Preconceived notions are the blinders on the road to enlightenment.” Udderly delightful.
|COLOR: Black, 47 SRM BODY: full ABV: 6% IBU̵7;S: 25 PLATO: 15.5° PKG: 6-Pack, Keg MALT: Pale 2-row, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Flaked Oats, Flaked Barley and Chocolate HOPS: Magnum and US Goldings OTHER: Lactose|
|Our story started in December of 1990 with a small homebrewers kit. Dick Doore, the co-founder of Left Hand, received the kit as a Christmas present from his brother. According to Dick, “it was all downhill from there.” His obsession with homebrewing led him back to Colorado in August of 1993, where he met up with a former college buddy and soon-to-be Left Hand co-founder, Eric Wallace. Vintage LHB BottlesIt didn’t take the two long to start brewing beer. Dick had been homebrewing for years, and Eric had traveled extensively internationally, seeking out great beers wherever and whenever he could. After brewing several batches that impressed their friends and lucky neighbors, they became more confident in their craft. It was only after drinking quite a lot of really good dry stout that Eric had brewed that they had their epiphany: “Let’s start a brewery.” A few weeks later, in September of 1993, we incorporated as Indian Peaks Brewing Company, in honor of the serrated ridges and jagged peaks of the Indian Peaks wilderness that you can see nearby. Then the search for the location was on from Golden to Loveland. In November of that year, home became a former meat packing plant nestled next to the St. Vrain River near downtown Longmont. In just a few weeks, the brewery was starting to take shape, labels were being produced, and kegs and bombers were purchased. The place was hopping. However, the euphoria was quickly sidelined when a conflict of interest surrounding the brewery name surfaced. Indian Peaks was being used by another brewery for a beer style. So, not wanting to start off on the wrong foot, we quickly changed the name of the company to Left Hand, in honor of Chief Niwot, whose tribe wintered in the local area. (The name Left Hand is derived from the southern Arapahoe word “Niwot” meaning left hand.) Finally, we opened our doors for business on January 22, 1994. Our first batch of beer was Sawtooth Ale (still kicking after all these years!). It didn’t take long for the public to notice that we were brewing great beer. In October of that year, at the Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand took home 2 medals, a Gold Medal in the Bitter Category for Sawtooth Ale, and a Bronze Medal in the Robust Porter Category for Black Jack Porter. We were on our way! Over the next several years we started to grow. We added people. We added machinery. We added several styles that are still with us today: Good Juju Ale and Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. And we had a few styles that we remember fondly: Jackman’s, Motherlode, Maid Marion and Deep Cover Brown Ale. In 1995, we were able to start putting our logo on bottle caps. But when it came down to shrinking down the original logo to put on a crown, you couldn’t read it. We created a small hand to be the logo. It morphed into a sticker, and eventually into the company logo as you see it today. By 1998, we had merged with Tabernash Eric and Dick with Original LHB SignBrewing from Denver, which helped both breweries to start packaging 12 oz. bottles for 6-packs (we had only been bottling 22 oz. bombers and kegs to that point). In the same year, we started our own distribution business, Indian Peaks Distribution Company. The next 10 years added some interesting chapters in the life of the brewery to be sure. Tabernash was phased out and Indian Peaks Distribution Company was sold, allowing us to do what we do best… brew beer. All that hard work has paid off. Fast forward to the present, and we’re prospering and growing like never before! Beginning with over 30% growth in 2010, Left Hand is breaking barrelage records each year, even making the Brewers Association’s Top 50 Craft Brewers list in 2012. What started as a humble brewhouse extension in 2008, has turned into a 5 year $9 million expansion, as our brewery races to keep up with our thirsty fans. In recent years, the brewery has added no less than six 480 barrel fermenters, an additional 500 barrel bright tank, and a new KHS keg line. Moreover, we also expanded the Left Hand property, purchasing the warehouse across Boston Avenue to house offices as well as the site of our new cooler, bringing the total brewery acreage to 5.5 acres. In the fall of 2012, we welcomed our most anticipated renovation, a new bottling line that runs four times as fast than our previous system and fills 200 bottles per minute! On the first night of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand changed craft beer history forever with the introduction of Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle. Left Hand is both the first American and the first craft brewery to master the science of bottling a Nitrogen beer without a widget. Two years later, we expanded the bottled Nitro series with Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro. To our fortunate & delight, the beers have met overwhelming excitement and reception, as fans can now enjoy the draft experience of a Nitro beer from home! Since we started out 21 years ago, we’ve racked up 24 medals at the Great American Beer Festival, 9 World Beer Cup awards, 7 European Beer Star Awards, and a growing loyal customer base in 29 states, the District of Columbia and throughout Europe & Japan.|
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