Left Hand Brewing Company debuts mixed eight-packs... on nitro

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Left Hand Brewing Company's nitro beer eight-packs will feature a rotating seasonal beer. For autumn, they'll offer this chai spiced version of their signature milk stout. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Left Hand Brewing Company's nitro beer eight-packs will feature a rotating seasonal beer. For autumn, they'll offer this chai spiced version of their signature milk stout.

Longmont, Colorado-based Left Hand Brewing Company has released mixed eight-packs of its nitro beers, available on liquor store shelves nationwide. Left Hand and nitro beer fans can pick up eight 13.65 oz. cans, with two each of the brewery's signature Milk Stout, Sawtooth amber ale, Flamingo Dreams blackcurrant-raspberry blonde ale and a rotating seasonal beer. For autumn, they're including Chai Milk Stout Nitro.

"Nitro is part of who we are, and we're driven to continue to be the innovators and leaders of the style" says JiIll Preston, Left Hand Brewing Company director of marketing, in a press release.

We recently received promotional cans of both the Chai Milk Stout and Sawtooth amber nitro beers. The former, a mellow 5 percent ABV, pours deep brown-black with a foam the color of Irish cream liqueur, matching its flagship progenitor. On the nose, we get the cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper from Left Hand's house-blended chai spice mix. When we sip the dark brew, we get cinnamon and cardamom again, but ginger supersedes pepper. The spices pair nicely with the roasty, coffee-like notes of the smooth stout. Fans of dirty chai will dig this beer.

As for the latter, it's the same hoppy 5.3 percent ABV amber ale that they've sold for a long time. We're fans of the balance between nutty malts and bright hops this beer has always had, but for my taste, the creaminess of the nitro version takes away from the crisp finish of the beer. Still, good beer, and nitro fans have and will continue to enjoy this version.

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