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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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Featured Brewery: Left Hand Brewing Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Left Hand logoWhen traveling anywhere around the Front Range area, yeah even Pueblo, try to get to Longmont to visit Left Hand Brewery. Left Hand has established itself as an excellent craft beer in Colorado AND all the way out here in NYC.  Left Hand Milk Stout had a great showing in the BFFF and for good reason, it's an excellent beer which the Beer Friends got to try on Nitro pour at the brewery's tap room.  The Beer Friends visited Left Hand and had a few beers and a really good time.  Special thanks to Joshua Goldberg, the Head Bartender who provided great conversation and slung pints that would make any NYC bartender proud!

Brad:

Haystack Wheat- Pretty typical hefeweizen, hints of banana, cloves and a little nutmeg.  A very drinkable easy and light beer.

Sawtooth Ale on Nitro pour- On nitro this has a much smoother taste... A delicious beer made better by the nitro.  Having this in bottles in NYC really proves that this is a excellent beer no matter how you get it.

Jackman's Pale Ale- Simple pale ale, I think this needs more favor- struggling to find a good pale after Midsummer Pale Ale and Great Divide DPA.

Oktoberfest- Tasty Oktoberfest beer, a lot of favor but not overpowering.  Perfect step between the light summery beers into the darker porters and stout of a winter.  Looking forward to having a few more of these.

Milk Stout on Nitro Pour- This beer is always amazing.  Winner of several awards - including the Silver Medal at GABF in 2008 and Silver Medal at World Beer Cup 2006 and 2008, both for the Sweet Stout category.  On Nitro it becomes a creamier version of itself, smoother but loses a touch of the flavor.

Graham:

Polestar Pilsner - Easily drinkable pilsner.  Crisp with light citrus, grass and earthy flavors.  The flavor is there, but very mild, which would allow one to refill their glass with this brew many times over.

Jackman's Pale Ale - The hop aroma jumps out at you with this one, followed quickly by an equally impressive hop flavor.  The malts balance this one out beautifully, but I'm sticking around for the hops.  I liked the hop flavor in the Jackman's more than in the 400 lb. Monkey.  Even though I'm traditionally an IPA guy, I think I would grab this one for the hophead in me.

400 lb. Monkey - Definitely an English style IPA with an American craft twist on it.  The hops are a little more reserved than other American IPA's and the malts give it a real bready taste.  It combines that bready Englishness with a uniquely American take on an IPA.

The Left Hand Tap Room is located at 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, Colorado 80501

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The Tap Room Hours Are: Monday to Thursday: 3p - 8p Friday and Saturday: 12p - 9p Sunday: 2p - 8p