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Recap of APICS NoCo's Stay Connected Event at Left Hand Brewery in Longmont

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Recap of APICS NoCo's Stay Connected Event at Left Hand Brewery in Longmont

Tour & Networking Happy Hour

We had a fantastic guided brewery tour that included a peek into our brew house, bottling hall and cellar with one of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Beer-tenders.

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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 Left Hand's balanced portfolio of handcrafted ales and lagers are created.

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 9 European Beer Star awards.

With a longstanding commitment to our 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 our dedication to brewing independence and broad employee ownership.

This tour prompted rave reviews as Left Hand Brewery's Bubba Love led us on an engaging jaunt through their Longmont facilities.

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Not your average "here's our brewing process" tour, we learned about the brewery history, cultural significance of their name, microbrew industry transition from bombers to packaging in 12 oz cans, federal regulations for unique identification of storage tanks (say hello to Athena, Bertha, Clarise, and Daphne!), impacts of the 2013 Big Thompson flood, packaging lines, canning processes for the nitro brew experience, and more.

Want to join our next event? See what's on the calendar here.

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Bubba explained Left Hand's decision to start their own distribution service with three other microbreweries, how they spun it off, and the impact from their first external distributor failing to store their beer properly, damaging a large shipment.

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We learned about hops supply vs demand, and that Left Hand staff does their own sourcing expeditions to harvest hops by hand for select recipes. The business aspects of running a brewery were smartly explained, along with several key decisions since they opened their doors in 1993.

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Left Hand maintains a strong vision, plays to their strengths, and trusts their instincts about brewing. Our APICS NoCo attendees were impressed with Bubba's eloquence and wealth of knowledge. To cap it all off, we were serenaded in the pilot room at the tour's conclusion!

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Left Hand conducts tours daily; if you missed our event, we highly recommend you check them out at... http://lefthandbrewing.com/

Highlights of our networking portion of the event included two visitors from out of state, hailing from Omaha and Seattle. Megan Loritz from Larimer County Workforce joined us and explained some of the TEC-P funding available for the APICS classes and made some great connections with several interested parties.

Summit Tacos provided delicious fare from their food truck. They also offer breakfast and lunch, and have very reasonable prices if you find yourself in greater Longmont and hungry. Check them out at https://www.eatsummittacos.com/

 

Many thanks to Left Hand, Summit Tacos, and everyone who joined us at this fun event!

 

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Want to join our next event? See what's on the calendar here.