Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Brewing CompanyLeft Hand Brewing Company
Left Hand Brewing CompanyLeft Hand Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1265 Boston Ave
Longmont, Colorado, 80501
United States

(303) 772-0258 | map
lefthandbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.88
Beers:
70
Reviews:
8,056
Ratings:
27,304
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.25
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
182
pDev:
12.71%
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Cool little tasting room on the west side of town. Somewhat of a C-shaped bar on the right side of the entry that seats about 15 with a few tables up front and patios in both front and back. A dozen or so beers on tap, I had the Tuesday IPA, it was very nice. Friendly service and a nice food truck.

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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut, Oct 01, 2019
Photo of knp5280
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

One of the gems of Colorado. I haven't had anything I don't like, or want to drink more than once. My favorite is the popular Milk Stout, even though I'm lactose intolerant. I have moved to more of the other sections like Sawtooth or the Polestar Pilsner.

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knp5280 from Colorado, Dec 17, 2017
Photo of scud83rp
2.93/5  rDev -31.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Seriously... a food truck? That delivers food over a fence to you? Good thing the beer is excellent and the staff is friendly. Don't expect to grab a bite that's of worth. The pre-set flights were great, and the atmosphere and music was eclectic and spontaneous. It's been checked off the bucket list, but I would have expected this place to have a much better complement of snacks accessible or nearby to compliment the outstanding beer.

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scud83rp from New Jersey, Sep 14, 2017
Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Pretty chill taproom with some cool artwork. Friendly bartenders are happy to help. Tour was super fun and gave a great look into their history as well as how they do their thing. Local food trucks out front are always fun ways to get a quality bite to eat.

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RyanK252 from California, Aug 18, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of the few places I've visited that the location was better and more memorable than the beer. The drive out from Denver is really nice. You can tell the place has been around for a long time. It doesn't have that newer brewery feel, which is a plus. The beer here is fine, you've had the milk stout. Everyone has had the milk stout. Never really been blown away by their offerings, but you have to go here if you are in the area.

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Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Left Hand is, obviously, the go-to beer destination in Longmont. The beers are consistently very good to great, the stouts especially so, and you owe it to yourself to try the good ol' Milk Stout super fresh.

Unfortunately, the tap room suffers from the lack of intimacy that's inevitable with any successful brewery: late on a Monday, they were packed with tourists and neophyte beer people. You can't hold it against the place, and the crowd was friendly--I'm not criticizing tourists; heck I was one--but it just wasn't quite the beer geek destination I tend to seek out when traveling.

Still, like I said, everything was welcoming and everyone was friendly. The fact that it's not made to appeal to degenerates like myself should not be considered a knock against its objective quality. But if you are into degeneracy, my advice is that you stop here for a pint to two and then skedaddle over to Wibby for the remainder of your evening.

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mynie from Maryland, Feb 23, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

This place was ok, but my wife liked better because of their high quality stouts which I also liked. All other non stouts a little off to me, but would understand why others would like because of unique taste. Cool gift shop with the stout glass I want, but too thin for air travel. Overall, worth the stop to experience, especially when bringing my beautiful bride of 20 years to celebrate.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Copied from my Trip Advisor review.

Stayed in Longmont a few days with this being one of the main reasons. It was a nice brewery to visit. I was expecting to find several picks I couldn't get back home but most of what they had I can get back home. They had just tapped Warrior IPA but I didn't care for it too much. And make sure your ID is up to date. I had a temp drivers license and the manager took 5 minutes to look it over an approve, even though I have more gray hair than the two people I dealt with combined. The little taster glasses make cute souvenirs.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

left hand is an institution, a brewery that helped launch my passion for craft beer, and ive tried to have everything they put out over the years, i am a huge fan, so it was a real treat to finally get up there this weekend. the place is cool, a little outside of town up there, with a few buildings on site and a large tasting room. its cozy inside, with folks bellied up to the bar, playing games, just hanging out drinking great beer. the beer obviously speaks for itself, i like just about all they do, but i liked that they had a few one offs and stuff not available in the stores to taste, it makes the trip worth it. the staff could not have been any more friendly, everyone i met was super nice. i did not take the tour, but was impressed with the size of the brewery overall, cool all the beer comes from here still as far as i know. this is a great place to go visit and spend a day, pretty low key vibe and they definitely make some of the best beer in colorado. i had a great time here and would highly recommend it as a place to quench your thirst!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I have had some of Left Hand's beers here and there over the years, but I find myself buying more and more of their brews as time goes on - I guess that means I'm a fan! They do a great job with almost everything they put out, and it's easy to get 6-packs of most of their products so I can usually find what I want. Don't overlook them even though they may not be as big as other Colorado breweries. There's plenty here to like.

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dcscientist from Colorado, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Moonshae_D
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sitting right on the river. We coasted through pretty quickly due to time constraints, but I liked the overall atmosphere. Always a fan of the Milk Stout, and the waitstaff seemed friendly and attentive.

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Moonshae_D from North Carolina, Aug 06, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love Lefthand. Totally out of the way if your in a car, but right on the greenway if you are riding a bike. Excellent outdoor seating options. Super friendly and attentive staff. and excellent bears. I can't go and not get a Sawtooth, but they have a number of other styles they do really well. It attracts a wonderful group of beer drinkers with its unpretentious Longmont style charm. I live about a 10 min bike ride away, but I would still be here quite frequently if I lived anywhere in the Boulder county area.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - with a huge open bar, side room, and two patio areas it is hard to not like the space. The place can get loud when music is playing, but that is my only issue.

Quality - never had an issue with any of their beers

Service - very fast and quick. Actually had bartenders ask me for assistance while another was helping me.

Selection - Yes they have a TON of regular beers, but I would love for them to experiment more so that the trek from Denver is more worthwhile.

Overall - great place and love LH. Must visit while in Denver/ surrounding areas

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Photo of eluvah
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best beer that I tried was the Sawtooth ESB. We got there late so I didn't get to sample as many beers as I would have liked. I did pick up a sampler 12 pack when I got back to the place I was a staying, really good beer. I would recommend a visit to see them.

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eluvah from New York, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

07/14/12

Our merry band of beer drinkers stopped first today at Left Hand Brewing in Longmount. I like Left Hand but am not the number one fan of the brewery. However, Left Hand consistently brews pretty good beer—just nothing that I've fallen in love with.

We settled in and shared several samples at the large high top tables that fit our entire group.

Possibly the coolest bathroom stall divider of all time
I started with the Blackjack cask porter that was good but I preferred the Wake Up Dead Russian Imperial Stout, as did my wife. These were the highlights event though we tried Milk Stout, Chainsaw Ale Double ESB, Haystack Wheat German wheat, Polestar Porter, and Octoberfest Marzen Lager. Overall, the beer was as expected: well brewed, all good but falling short of great for me.

Fun stop with the bathroom being a weird highlight. The stall doors were made of different types of barley put into the frame like sand art. While a very odd conclusion from bathroom art, it's caring for the details that shows how much pride a brewery has in itself, which often transfers to the beer. Left Hand is taking care of business, and, by the full tap room, locals are very happy with them.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/05/left-hand-brewing-longmount-co.html.

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Photo of phishon6
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A place I had hoped to get a chance to visit because I've been a fan of their beers for a few years. Stopped by on a Monday afternoon while visiting Colorado. Happened to get there right as they were opening the doors. Took a seat at the bar and the tender was very friendly and knowledgeable. Pretty basic brewpub; small but not cramped. Could only stay a short while so got a flight based on the bar tender's recommendations and my favorites. Can't make a comment on the food because I was focused on enjoying the beers. Enjoyed the beer and atmosphere and will try to stay longer on my next visit.

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phishon6 from Illinois, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of SassieCassie
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I love this place! It was such a welcoming environment, filled with dedicated employees and great beer. Check out their milk stout, you wont be disappointed. They also have a pretty decent Oktoberfest. The tour was informative and laid back, and there's a great area in the back to hang out with picnic tables and hacky sack games. They also grow some of their own hops right on sight! All in all Colorado just kind of rocks, and if you're passing through Longmont definitely stop in and hang out with these folks.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Another brewery? Well, how often are we in Colorado? Why am I asking questions? Let's go have a beer or two. It's not far from The Tasty Weasel, and there is a decent amount of parking, but remember, this is the week of Great American Beer Festival. We were lucky to find a spot, ordered an empanada from a food truck that was there, and walked inside where it was warmer.

Two formal ordering stations are located at opposite ends of the bar. The bar is long, and there is additional seating running parallel to the bar, an extra room with more tables, and for those who want to brave the cooler weather there's more room outside to drink.

17 different beers were available from the taps, many of which were special variants which you can't get year-round. While they have regulars Sawtooth and 400 lb Monkey on-tap, other beers like Bard's Ale and nitro-infused Wake Up Dead were on the list. And let's not forget about the two casks which were running. Glassware sways from the standard shaker pint glass, and instead offers a few pieces of glassware, including a special snifter for stronger beers and tulip pint glasses.

The beer's of Left Hand aren't my favorite from this region, but they do put on a good show in their tap room.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Oct 19, 2012
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4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Left Hand is one of the places you just need to go to... cause then you'll go back for more. It's a little out of the way and a little hard to find, but well worth it. Great atmosphere and helpful service with bartenders that know their stuff. Try the sampler trays. They will help you choose styles to your liking. They have a bunch of great beers on tap. It can get crowded week ends and prime time, so go early and stay late. Indoor and outdoor patio seating with nice views. A great brewing company and cool place to hang out.

Just go there.

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cbcrunch from Wyoming, Oct 08, 2012
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4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Wow, this was my favorite stop on my 10 day beer exodus to Colorado last year. We came here 2-3 times.

The brewpub side of the brewery is all wood, and has an open-air patio and wall that allows a lot of sun and air in the place. The wood architecture and molding everywhere was really nice and rustic, yet clean and modern. It creates a really warm and welcome environment for tasting beer.

The selection is top notch. I was greeted with all of their current bottle offerings, plus a handful of brewery-only beers, a collab between them and Terrapin, AND they were offering specialty beers all week due to GABF. I got to try Beer Week Sauce and Brandy Wake Up Dead.

You can get full pours at a reasonable price or cheap samples.

The tour was amazing. I home brew and have been on over a dozen brewery tours to date, and as such most tours are mundane and very basic. Our tour guide spoke quite technically and answered my in-depth questions very well (I guess he helps brew occasionally). I got to learn about their high-tech newer equipment like auto-keg washer and centrifuge. Very cool.

Left Hand (like many other CO breweries) is very environmentally conscious as well which is always pleasant to hear about.

I really had no complaints at all here, and would be hanging out here on a daily basis if I lived nearby. Don't miss it.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great brewery! Worth traveling for. They have a nice place to try there beers and a very good brewery tour for those interested. Beer flights are the best way to try as many of there beers as possible. I have had many LH beers over the years and just about all of them have been very good or excellent.
Service was very good and they were more than willing to discuss the beers and talk about favorites. Selection is very good. Many styles of beer and special brews as well. Excellent brewery overall. One of my favorites anywhere in the US.

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dexterk1 from Illinois, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Left Hand brewery is an excellent example of the way a brewery should be set up. Its a little tight was fairly busy at the time I was there (Friday night). Many beer genres are represented and they are all above average in quality. There are many choices. The service was overall good. The atmosphere is definitly one for beer drinkers. The people were friendly and I noticed a lot of people from out of town which shows that this is a popular destination for beer lovers. A few bottles were available as well.

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kylehay2004 from Illinois, Sep 27, 2011
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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Loved the atmosphere of Left Hand. All staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. A staff member took the time to write down a list of all Colorado beers we needed to seek out while in the area. Had a sampler, and the waitress labeled every beer for me. Had a ton of fun talking to all the regulars in the place, and they all talked very warmly of the taproom and the staff. It felt like a place I would love to call home if I lived in Longmont. Highly recommend making a stop if you are in the area. You will not be disappointed if you love a small town vibe.

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sullenbee from Michigan, Jul 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I had a great time and some great beers at Left Hand's tap room in Longmont, CO. The brewers are knowledgable, relaxed, know their regulars and love a good conversation. It seemed that the crowd was a good mix of after-work locals and tourists like myself (drawn into town just to check out the brewwery.

The Good JuJu on tap was wonderful as was the Milk Stout on nitro. Tried several others and am still trying to wrap my mind around my first taste of TNT (do I love it or despise it?). My only disappointment is that they happened to be out of both the cask brews the day I was there. Bummer, I guess I'll have to plan another trip to the Boulder area!

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fltmedic from Missouri, Jun 05, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere- Went during the mid-afternoon on a weekday, so I imagine it was more subdued than usual. Very mellow, with people visiting fairly quietly. Have a nice porch to enjoy a beer outside.

Quality- Beers were good and served in correct glassware.

Service- Bartender was very nice. Labeled our sampler tray so that we'd know what we were drinking. He was also fairly personable and upbeat. We had scheduled a tour, and when we got there, another group wanted to go to. The bartender was polite enough to ask if we were willing to have the other group go as well, and delay the tour a half hour or so, so that the group could finish their sampler tray. We agreed, and the bartender offered to buy us a beer when we got back. Very nice.

Selection- All of the regular releases were on tap, as well as Wake Up Dead, which I was excited about.

Value- Samplers were a dollar a piece, as I remember. Pints were also reasonably priced.

Also went on their tour. The tour guide was really nice and knowledgeable. Provided a lot of info on the history of the company, and also about brewing process.

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Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, CO
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 27304 ratings