Left Hand Brewing Company was incorporated in September 1993, and in November of that year they found a home in Longmont, Colorado. The brewery was named Left Hand, after Chief Niwot (meaning left-handed), a Southern Arapahoe chief whom wintered his tribe in the Boulder Valley area of Colorado. They opened their doors for business on January 22, 1994. Their first batch of beer was Sawtooth Ale, solidifying their award-winning Amber Ale as their original flagship and longtime Colorado favorite.
In their first 20 years, Left Hand merged with Tabernash Brewing from Denver, founded a distribution company, released Milk Stout Nitro – founding America’s original Nitro bottles, and even survived a 500-year flood. In 2008, they tackled their first expansion and have never quite slowed down as thirsty beer fans kept coming back for more.
Over 20 years later, Left Hand Brewing is the 44th largest craft brewery in the U.S. with a growing fan base in 40 states, the District of Columbia and throughout Europe & Japan. Famous for their Nitro series and America’s Stout – Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Brewing is also one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 28 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and nine European Beer Star awards. With a longstanding commitment to their community and people, Left Hand has contributed $2.8M since 2008 in donations and goods to Colorado and beyond. In 2015, Left Hand became an employee owned, ESOP structured organization honoring their dedication to brewing independence and broad employee ownership.
Along the banks of the mighty St. Vrain river, beneath the snowcapped Rocky Mountains and with at least 300 days of sunshine a year, Longmont, Colorado is where our balanced portfolio of handcrafted ales and lagers are created. Join us for a guided brewery tour that includes a peek into our unique brewing process. Click here to reserve your tour today!
Next time you’re local be sure to swing by our brewery! No reservations are necessary to enjoy a few pints in our Tasting Room, either inside the comfortable surroundings or outside on our patios, soaking in the year-round Colorado sunshine. Beer and brewery merchandise are available for purchase during regular Tasting Room hours. Our brewery is also available for special events and group tours by appointment. No pets or smoking please.