Left Hand Brewing Co., one of the original pioneers in craft brewing, released the first two beers of the dozen brands they are bringing to market in 2021. St. Vrain Tripel makes its return to the lineup as a year-round beer available for the first time in cans. Found Fortune Double IPA features a wealth of premium hops and debuts as its first CO2 seasonal of the year.
St. Vrain Tripel has a legacy at Left Hand as one of its most critically acclaimed ales. The last release was rated the No. 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 six-packs.
“St. Vrain is all about the spicy and fruity Belgian yeast,” said Jeff Joslin, director of brewing operations at Left Hand. “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.”
Left Hand is located along the Longmont, Colorado-based St. Vrain Creek, a tributary that flows from the Rocky Mountains. The beer is named in honor of the location and the water source that contributes to the brewery’s recipes.
Found Fortune heavily features El Dorado hops, inspiring the gold and fortune-themed name. This Double IPA is dry-hopped with El Dorado, Galaxy and Citra.
“The standout hop in Found Fortune is El Dorado, giving a lot of orange and pineapple to the aroma,” said Joslin. “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 six packs of 12-oz. cans and on draft. St. Vrain is also available in select markets in six packs of 12-oz. bottles. Check out the Left Hand beer finder for locations nearest you.