This year is going to be a big one for Left Hand Brewing as the longstanding brewery from Longmont, Colorado releases its first two of a dozen or so new beers. St. Vrain Tripel returns to the brewery’s year-round lineup as it’s packaged in cans for the very first time. Found Fortune Double IPA features a wealth of premium hops and debuts as the brewery’s first CO2 seasonal of the year.
Named after nearby St. Vrain Creek, a tributary that flows from the Rocky Mountains, St. Vrain Tripel honors Left Hand’s location and the water source that contributes to their recipes. St. Vrain Tripel is one of legend at the brewery as it was rated the #1 American Tripel in a blind tasting by Paste Magazine. Previously only available in bombers, this Belgian-style golden ale with intricate aromas of fruit and spice is now available in can and bottle 6-packs.
“St. Vrain is all about the spicy and fruity Belgian yeast,” said Jeff Joslin, Director of Brewing Operations at Left Hand, in a statement. “The hops are late in the boil and support the yeast; the grain bill is mostly Pilsner malt to make the beer pale, bright, and beautiful. What you have is a classic beer that overflows with banana, clove, apple, and honey aromas.”
Found Fortune Double IPA features and abundance of El Dorado hops, inspiring the gold and fortune themed name. Dry-hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy, and Citra, this Double IPA is a treasure trove of hops.
“The standout hop in Found Fortune is El Dorado, giving a lot of orange and pineapple to the aroma,” said Joslin, in a statement. “Galaxy and Citra add to the citrus and tropical fruit, and the oats and Golden Promise malt bring a sweetness that works perfectly with the mountainous piles of hops.”
St. Vrain Tripel is now available year-round and Found Fortune Double IPA is available for the next three months in 6pks of 12oz cans, and on draft. St. Vrain is also available in select markets in 6pks of 12oz. bottles. Check out the Left Hand Beer Finder for locations nearest you.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.