Outside the brewery at Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

Outside the brewery at Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing Company, founded in Longmont, Colorado, is one of the original pioneers in craft brewing. From a humble homebrew kit beginning to becoming one of the top 50 craft breweries in the U.S., Left Hand has continued to grow and innovate throughout our 26-year history.

Famous for our Nitro series, Left Hand launched America’s original Nitro bottle with our flagship Milk Stout Nitro and the first production run of U.S.-made Nitro widget cans. We’re proud to be one of the most honored and recognized breweries in Colorado with 29 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards and 9 European Beer Star awards.

Our collection of year round and seasonal beers are available in 44 states, Washington D.C., and internationally.

Brewery History

Left Hand began in December 1990 with a homebrewing kit founder Dick Doore received from his brother. According to Doore, “it was all downhill from there.” By 1993, Doore had teamed up with college buddy Eric Wallace and they resolved to start a brewery.

On September 21, 1993, they incorporated as Indian Peaks Brewing Company, and purchased a former meat-packing plant next to the St. Vrain River outside downtown Longmont, Colorado. A few weeks after beginning production, it was discovered that the name Indian Peaks was already in use by another Brewery, so the name was changed to Left Hand, in honor of Chief Niwot (the Arapahoe word for “left hand”) whose tribe wintered in the local area.

Left Hand’s doors opened for business on January 22, 1994. Their first batch of beer was Sawtooth Ale, which has since become their most popular brew. In October of that year, Left Hand took home two medals at the Great American Beer Festival, a Gold Medal in the bitter category for Sawtooth Ale, and a Bronze Medal in the Robust Porter category for Black Jack Porter.

In 1995, the brewery was able to start putting its logo on bottle caps. But when it came down to shrinking down the original logo to put on a crown, the design was illegible. Left Hand created a small hand to be the logo. It morphed into a sticker, and eventually into the company logo used today.

The year 1998 offered big changes for the still young brewing company. In April, Left Hand merged with Tabernash Brewing, and doubled the size of their brewery. In June, they began packaging 12 oz. bottles for 6 packs (up to that point they had been bottling 22 oz. bottles and kegs exclusively). In November, they started their own distribution business, Indian Peaks Distribution Company. Tabernash was phased out and Indian Peaks Distribution Company was sold, allowing Left Hand to focus and redirect their energy back to brewing.

In recent years, the brewery has experience significant growth. With over 30% growth in 2010, Left Hand has steadily increased its production, making the Brewers Association’s Top 50 Craft Brewers list in 2012.

The brewery has added six 480 barrel fermenters, an additional 500 barrel bright tank, and a new KHS keg line. Left Hand has also expanded the brewery property, purchasing the warehouse across Boston Avenue to house offices as well as the site of a new 6,000 square foot cooler, bringing the total brewery acreage to 5.5 acres. In the Fall of 2012, Left Hand opened a new bottling line that runs four times faster than their previous system and fills 200 bottles per minute.

On the first night of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand introduced Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle, making it both the first American and the first craft brewery to bottle a nitrogenated beer without a widget. Two years later, Left Hand expanded the bottled Nitro series with Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro.

Left Hand produced approximately 65,879 barrels in 2013.

For more information, please visit the brewery website at lefthandbrewing.com.

Left Hand Brewing Company is an independent craft brewer.

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Inside the Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

Inside the Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

This brewery has multiple locations.

Outside the Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

Outside the Left Hand Brewing Company taproom in Longmont, Colorado

Longmont

  • 1265 Boston Ave
  • Longmont, CO 80501-5809
  • United States
  • (303) 772-0258

Taproom Hours The schedule provided is based on the information available from the brewery at the time this page was published and is subject to change. Hours may also vary on holidays or for special events. Refer to the brewery website or check out their social media accounts for the latest information. Submit corrections via the form on this page.

  • Sunday: 12 PM - 8 PM
  • Monday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 9 PM

No Brewery Tour Info

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This brewery has multiple locations.

Left Hand Brewing Company will open its second location in the heart of Denver’s booming Curtis Park neighborhood

Left Hand Brewing Company will open its second location in the heart of Denver’s booming Curtis Park neighborhood

Denver

  • 2403 Champa St
  • Denver, CO 80205
  • United States

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Beers

A selection of beers from Left Hand Brewing Company

Beer NameStyleABVIBUsCal.Rating
A Blessing And A Curse Review American Double IPA9.52853.96
Ambidextrous Step 5 Review Altbier3.77
Ambidextrous Step 7 Review Quadrupel11.23363.93
auriferous Review Belgian Strong Pale Ale8.82642.78
Barrel Aged Fade To Black Review Foreign Export Stout8.52553.87
Belgian-Style Dubbel Nitro Review Dubbel7.92373.72
Berserker Öi ReviewFinnish Sahti7.72314
Bittersweet ReviewEnglish Sweet / Milk Stout8.92674.14
Bittersweet Nitro ReviewEnglish Sweet / Milk Stout8.92674.07
Black Jack Porter Review English Porter6.82043.75

News

Left Hand Brewing Company in the News

Left Hand Brewing to Release “Gettin’ Tiki With It” Nitro

Left Hand Brewing Company, pioneers in Nitro beer styles and technology, is debuting a new Nitro seasonal, Gettin’ Tiki With It, a Piña Colada Wheat Ale. Read More

Colorado Brewers Guild and Left Hand Brewing Create Colorado Strong Fund

Colorado Brewers Guild and Left Hand Brewing Foundation created the Colorado Strong Fund to help breweries and suppliers while raising funds for Colorado workers. Read More

Left Hand Brewing to Open New Pilot Brewery in Denver

Left Hand Brewing Company plans to open its second location outside of Longmont in the heart of Denver’s booming Curtis Park neighborhood. Read More

Left Hand Brewing Launches “Galactic Cowboy” Nitro Imperial Stout

Left Hand Brewing Company, industry pioneers in Nitro beer styles and technology, is launching a new year-round beer, Galactic Cowboy Nitro. Read More

Left Hand Brewing to Debut Brand Refresh in 2020

Left Hand Brewing Company, one of the original pioneers in craft brewing, unveiled a new logo and packaging designs as part of their total brand refresh. Read More