Tapped into Craft, Libations and Victuals: Lefthand Brewery Milk Stout
It all started back in 1990
with a home brewing kit for
a Christmas present. After
brewing a few batches Dick
Doore then moved back to
Colorado and ran into his
old college roommate Eric
Wallace and the two decided
to open a brewery. In 1993
they opened the brewery
under the name, Indian
Peaks Brewing Company
but later found out someone
was already using that name for a beer so they decide to change the name to Left Hand Brewing Company. They named the brewery after Chief Niwot whose tribe used to settle around the local community. The name Left Hand is derived from the southern Arapahoe word “Niwot” meaning left hand. In 1994 the first year they started selling their beer to the public they took home two medals at the Great American Beer Festival (Gold for the Sawtooth and a Bronze for the Black Jack Porter). In 2011, they changed the craft beer scene in America by being the first to bottle a Nitrogen beer without a widget, Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout.
Left Hand Milk Stout
The Left Hand Milk Stout is an English style of beer, aka Sweet Stout or Cream Stout. This beer contains lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Lactose is unfermentable by yeast so it adds sweetness and body to the beer. Early brewers touted the health benefits of the milk sugar in this beer which today relates mainly to the increased amount of calories.
This is a very good stout to be enjoyed year round because of the sweet, light body yet rich mouth feel you get on the finish
We tried this on The Less Desirables and two of the three hosts rated it 4 out of 5 stars or higher (the one who didn’t isn’t a fan of stouts, in general). Creamy but not too heavy. It’s a good drinking beer, especially to fans of the stouts, milk or otherwise. Left Hand has it right and are a well-achieved and solid brewery. We recommend the beer for anyone wanting a break from the sometime vicious hop-cycle we seem to be on. Great taste, great mouthfeel and easy without weighing you down. Slàinte!!
Spencer Davis is owner of his family’s company, City Beverage, which has been selling fine beer and wine since 1946. They’re located at 915 Burke Street in Winston-Salem and on the web at www.citybeverage.com. Tim Beeman is co-owner, co-host and producer of The Less Desirables Podcast and The Less Desirables Podcast Network ft. The Less Desirables,
Tart & Tangy Triad, The Beer Dads, Electric Camel Pod and Fan Interference podcasts. Find out more on their Facebook page or www.thelessdesirables.com