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Left Hand’s Nitro Fest Brings Elevated Beer Festival Experience (Pour List)

Nitro Fest

In 2017, beer festivals have become a dime a dozen, but the ability to create a standout, memorable event, either through the curation of an impressive pour list, creating an immersive attendee experience, or bringing on vendors and acts that add some extra star-power, can take the mundane, run-of-the-mill festival to legendary status. Left Hand Brewing is no stranger to pulling out all of the stops when it comes to throwing a beer festival. Whether it involves constructing a three story snowboard ramp in the middle of Longmont, CO, signing national bands such as Reel Big Fish, and Jeff Austin band to perform live, throwing a massive 8-act tribute band showcase, or throwing one of the state’s largest craft beer Oktoberfest celebration, these festivals generally revolve around a uniquely curated beer lineup, big name artists, and creating an experience that attendees won’t soon forget.

This Saturday’s Left Hand Nitro Fest is the ultimate showcase of this type of fully immersive beer-event experience, featuring nearly 50 breweries, including four international breweries, over 70 nitro exclusive beers, circus acrobats, jugglers and performers, as well as nationally renowned band Lotus.

What: Left Hand Nitro Festival

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO

So what exactly is a Nitro beer? The process of nitrogenating beer, involves the use of introducing nitrogen bubbles to beer instead of the traditional route of injecting CO2 to carbonate beers. This creates for a smoother velvety finish. “In nitrogenated beer, a healthy percentage of large bubbles from carbonation are replaced with small nitrogen bubbles that rush to flee out of the beer when released into the glass. This fleeing out of solution creates the waterfall or cascade effect we so commonly think of when we see a Guinness or as I prefer, Milk Stout Nitro. As the cascade finishes, you’ll observe a thick, creamy head on top. As the beer hits your pallet, the usual prickliness from carbonation is replaced with a velvety smooth experience on your tongue. Careful, you’ll likely have a beer foam moustache,” notes Left Hand’s Community and Events Manager, Josh Goldberg.

Now in its 4th year, Nitro fest has grown from 20 breweries gathered under a small tent in Left Hand’s parking lot to a massive production taking place in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park. While the Cirque de Soleil-style circus acts have always been a mainstay of Nitro Fest, this year’s event will include several participating breweries who have travelled from much farther reaches to showcase their beer including the likes of Metalman Brewing from Ireland, Mapgpie Brewing out of South Korea, Great Leap Brewing in China and DevilCraft Brewery from Japan.

“As American brewers living and working in Japan, we always love to engage and work with our counterparts state-side,” said Jason Koehler, co-founder of DevilCraft Brewery. “Besides the obvious Fantasyland atmosphere of the event itself, we are really looking forward to the camaraderie of meeting and hanging out with fellow brewers and industry professionals, and trying their unique creations at the event.”

Tim Barber of Ireland’s Metalman Brewing recalls first connecting with the Left Hand team in 2014 while visiting Boulder to check out a canning line. After touring the brewery the Metalman team remained close with Chris Lennert, Left Hand’s COO. “We’ve kept in touch with Chris since then, meeting up for beers at Craft Brewers Conferences, welcoming him to our own brewery in Waterford and co-hosting a beer pairing dinner in Dublin earlier this year. We’re even more delighted to have been invited to come to Nitrofest, where we’ll be proudly representing Ireland and Europe!”

Tickets are currently available for Saturday’s Left Hand Nitro Fest taking place from 6-10pm or for the Elevated Experience featuring early entry at 5pm. All proceeds go toward the Left Hand Foundation. Check out the pour list for Saturday’s Nitro Fest (subject to change):


300 SunsLongmont, COSalted Imperial Brown Ale??
4 NosesBroomfield, COLaila Boss Russian Imperial Stout9.4%
4 NosesBroomfield, COCinnamon Stout Crunch Stout9.4%
Alpine BrewingSan Diego, CAWindows Up IPA7.0%
Big ThompsonLoveland, COThe Light Side Mocha Cream Ale5.4
Big ThompsonLoveland, COBent Hook Best Bitter4.5
BonfireEagle, COHigh Desert Nitro Stout6.1
BonfireEagle, CODemshitz Nitro Brown Ale5.8%
Boulder BeerBoulder, COSlope Style Red IPA6.4
Boulder BeerBoulder, COShake Chocolate Porter5.9%
BristolColorado Springs, COLaughing Lab Scottish Ale5
BristolColorado Springs, COBee Hive Wheat Ale4.0%
Broken CompassBreckenridge, COCoffee Chili Pale Ale?
Crazy MountainDenver, COHorseshoes & Hand Granades ESB6%
Crazy MountainDenver, COCara De Luna Black Ale5.0%
DeclarationDenver, COBus Stout6.60%
DeclarationDenver, COHardtack Copper Ale5.2%
DeclarationDenver, COMile Highlander Scottish Strong8.0%
DESTIHLNormal, ILMoonjumper Milk Stout6.10%
DevilCraftTokyo, JapanLeft-Handed Devil Mocha Java Milk Stout5.80%
DevilCraftTokyo, JapanEscape Pina Colada Pale6.8%
Dogfish HeadMilton, DEOak Aged Vanilla Worldwide Stout18.0%
EpicDenver, COBrainless Raspberries11.0%
EpicDenver, COHopulent IPA9.0%
Firestone WalkerPaso Robles, CANitro Merlin Milk Stout5.5%
FremontSeattle, WABrew 2000 English Barleywine Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels12.80%
FremontSeattle, WACoffee Cinnamon B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale with Coffee and Cinnamon14.0%
GiganticPortland, ORGigantic IPA6.90%
GiganticPortland, ORMost Premium Russian Imperial Stout10.0%
Great DivideDenver, COVelvet Yeti Stout5.0%
Great LeapBeijing, ChinaLiu the Brave Stout6.50%
Great LeapBeijing, ChinaHoney Ma Gold6.3%
Gunbarrel BrewingGunbarrel, COHolee Cow Lactose IPA7.5%
Horse & DragonFort Collins, COWhistle Blast Honey Brown6.3%
Horse & DragonFort Collins, COH+D Snug Vanilla Caramel Double Cream Ale8.5%
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COSawtooth Amber Ale5.3
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COMilk Stout6.0%
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COWake Up Dead Russian Imperial Stout10.2%
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COBittersweet Imperial Milk Stout8.9%
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COBarrel Aged Belgian Dubbel?
Left Hand BrewingLongmont, COCream Ale4.7%
Liquid MechanicsLafayette, COChocolate Coconut Porter8.60%
Liquid MechanicsLafayette, COPeanut Butter Porter8.6%
Little MachineDenver, COTractor Beam Oatmeal Stout6.3%
MagpieSeoul, South KoreaWinter Warmer Barleywine9.20%
MagpieSeoul, South KoreaFirst Train, Coffee Baltic Porter8.0%
MelvinJackson, WYScenario Robust Porter6.0%
MetalmanWaterford, IrelandIronmonger6.5%
MikkellerSan Diego, CARaspberry Blush Berliner Style Weiss4%
MikkellerSan Diego, CAWindy Hill Hazy IPA7.0%
Mountain SunLongmont, COIsadore Java Porter5.80%
Mountain SunLongmont, COChocolate Dip Stout6.3%
OdellFort Collins, COCutthroat Porter5.1%
Oskar Blues BreweryLongmont, CO
Platt Park BrewingDenver, COMadagacar Dream, Vanilla Cream Ale
Platt Park BrewingDenver, COThe Moo Lab, Dark Chocolate Stout
Ratio BeerworksDenver, CODarklands Dark Lager6.30%
Shoes & BrewsLongmont, COLumbersexual Winter Warmer6.5%
SingleCutAstoria, NYEric More Cowbell Chocolate Milk Stout
SingleCutAstoria, NYDean Mahogony Pale Ale
SKADurango, CONitro Euphoria Winter Pale Ale6.10%
SKADurango, COBump & Grind Imperial Coffee Cream Stout
St. Vrain CideryLongmont, COChokeberry Dry Cider6.9%
StoneEscondido, CAXocoveza Nitro Stout8.1%
TellurideTelluride, COFace Down Brown Ale5.7%
Two RoadsStratford, CTIrish Exit Dry Irish Stout4.60%
Two RoadsStratford, CTLil' Timmy English Pale Ale4.5%
UpslopeBoulder, COEnglish Pale Ale5.90%
UpslopeBoulder, COIrish Stout4.1%
VerbotenLoveland, COCoffee Milk Stout6%
VerbotenLoveland, COCherry Angry Banjo Kentucky Common5.8%
WibbyLongmont, CODouble Dunkel Dark Lager7.5%
Wiley RootsGreeley, COSomething Came in the Mail, Hazelnut & Almond Porter7%

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