(Longmont, CO) – Left Hand Brewing Company is excited to announce their return to the Iowa market in early August! Left Hand, in partnership with Johnson Brothers of Iowa, will officially re-enter the state and feature their award-winning portfolio of balanced and innovative brands including Milk Stout Nitro. “We’re thrilled to re-introduce Left Hand to the Iowa market and to offer our accounts and beer drinkers the full line of one of the most recognized breweries in the country,” comments Lyle Stutzman of Johnson Brothers.
Outpaced demand forced Left Hand to temporarily withdraw from the state in 2011, in order to maintain quality and service standards. In recent years, Left Hand has undergone a significant production expansion, including a new bottling hall, 6K sq. ft. cooler, and the addition of eight-480 bbl fermenters. As a result, barrelage has increased 78% in volume since 2011, yielding 65,879 bbls in 2013 and on track for over 80K in 2014. The increased capacity has allowed for Left Hand’s expansion, including entry into upstate NY, MD, DC, Western PA, and Iowa in 2014. The nearly 21 year old brewery is now the 38th largest craft beer brewery in the country by volume and distributed in 28 states and the District of Columbia.
Fortunately, growth has not compromised quality. Left Hand won 3 Gold medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a 2013 Gold European Beer Star and most recently a Gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup. “Left Hand has really pushed the envelope in the last couple of years by being the first craft brewery to bottle nitrogenated beer while continuing to produce beers that have consistently set the standard within multiple style categories,” notes Lyle Stutzman from Johnson Brothers. “Not only are we excited to have flagship favorites like Sawtooth Ale back, but also bring the Nitro series of beers to Iowa for the first time!”
Johnson Brothers will distribute Left Hand’s perennial line and Nitro series including: Milk Stout & Milk Stout Nitro, Sawtooth Ale & Sawtooth Nitro, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Black Jack Porter, Polestar Pilsner, Stranger Pale Ale, Left Hand’s variety pack – Mountain Mixer as well as seasonals and limited editions. A series of launch events will be held in Iowa the first week of August including release parties at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, el Bait Shop, Zombie Burger, and more!