Left Hand Brewing Launch Party tonight at 5:30pm!

Here is some good news to brighten up yet another snowy day here in Warren.  Tonight we are proud to welcome Left Hand Brewing from Longmont, Colorado into Rhode Island.  This will be there first time in the state in almost a decade.  Since then they have been brewing some incredible beers that you could only get if you hopped across the boarder into Massachusetts.  

The night will consist of a bunch of guys from Left Hand and the Craft Beer Guild talking shop, giving away a bunch of Left Hand gear, and eating some food we have made to pair beautifully with the beers.  

Things kick off at 5:30 pm!

Here is what is on the menu tonight along with the beer pairing.

The Beer

Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey IPA: An english-style IPA with earthy, herbal hop notes, well-balanced by bready malt.   

The Pairing

Hummus: Roasted Eggplant hummus with pickled cranberry and pita chips

The Beer

[RARE] Left Hand Chainsaw: Chainsaw is a connoisseur version of our award-winning Sawtooth Ale, designed to befuddle silly generalizations about life. This Double ESB pours a brilliant deep ruby amber with a rocky near white head. The nose opens with bright spicy and herbal hops, with hints of dried fruit and port. The flavor starts with a chewy, bready malt and hints of brulee and kola nut that are suddenly swept away by thyme-like and hoppy bitterness. The strong herbal flavors then give way to a dry finish of licorice, gentian, and Italian bitters. We hope you enjoy! 

The Pairing

The Bratwurst Burger: Homemade creamy sauerkraut, crispy potato rosti, spicy dijon mustard, arugula

The Beer

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout: SUPER SMOOTH WITH SOFT ROASTINESS AND MOCHA FLAVORS. Dark & delicious, America's great milk stout will change your perception about what a stout can be. Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.

The Pairing

Slow Roasted Pork Belly:  Spinach & blue cheese grits, roasted tomato and garlic

What is the difference between CO2 and Nitro?

These guys are big on nitro beers, which begs the question, what the heck is the difference between CO2 and nitrogen beers.  Here is an excerpt from Left Hand's website.  

All of our Nitro beers both contain the same ingredients as their classic CO2 equivalents and are meant to be highly similar. The main difference is mouthfeel. Traditional CO2 beers have a much greater carbonic bite compared to the much smoother Nitro series. The addition of Nitrogen to a beer gives way to much smaller bubbles, creating a smoother, creamier experience. Beyond mouthfeel, there are variances in appearance and smell as well. Take Classic Milk Stout and Milk Stout Nitro. Visually, you will notice that as you pour Classic Milk Stout, it behaves like a normal beer with an instantaneous mahogany body and receding taupe head. As you hard pour Milk Stout Nitro, the beer will immediately begin to cascade, settling to reveal the body and developing a thick, billowy, off white head on top. In regards to smell and taste, Classic Milk Stout overall has a greater nose, as well as a more roasty character and a very slight hop bitterness. Milk Stout Nitro has a more creamy mocha essence throughout the beer, with no noticeable hop element.

See you tonight!