About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 24 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 7 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing was the first craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 35 states & DC. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”
Eric Wallace – President
Eric Wallace is the President and co-founder of Indian Peaks Brewing Company, parent company of Left Hand Brewing Company. Eric grew up around the world as the son of an Air Force officer, and was exposed to good beer at a precocious age in Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984 with a degree in international affairs, and spent 8 years in the Air Force as a communications officer in Italy and Turkey before moving back to the U.S. in 1993. Upon his return, he was inspired by the renaissance in craft brewing developing here in the U.S. and, along with co-founder Dick Doore, decided to jump headfirst into the craft beer business.
On the personal side, Eric has been married to his wife, Cinzia, since 1991 and has three beautiful children, Naomi, Noel and Nicolas. He’s an avid foodie (his business card says “Beer is Food”), loves good espresso, and seeks out the world-class and unusual beers that are being produced in this country and beyond. He is convinced that the US is the most interesting and creative craft brewing scene in the world today.
One of Eric’s focuses is giving back to the local community where he works, lives and plays. He serves on the Brewers Association Board of Directors, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board, is a member of Longmont Odd Fellows Lodge No. 29 and Skyline Kiwanis. Left Hand Brewing Company has been named both small and large Business of the Year by the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Left Hand generated over $490K in donations to many different non-profits through its various fundraising efforts.
Eric received the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award at the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference in April 2009 for successfully leading the charge to preserve beer drinker choice and selection in defeating damaging legislation in Colorado as chair of the Colorado Brewers Guild Legislative Committee and for two years as president of the Guild. He was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2012. Eric received both the Tom Brock Award for business leadership in the Longmont community and was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Mountain Desert Region in 2014.
Left Hand Brewing was founded by Eric Wallace and Dick Doore on September 21, 1993, and has been crafting a well-balanced portfolio of award-winning beers that are now available in 34 states with distribution in the UK, Scandanavia, Germany, and Japan. We believe in balance in beers, that beer is food, and we won’t make a beer that we don’t drink.
We’ve been fortunate enough garner many accolades over the years:
- 9 medals at the World Beer Cup
- 24 medals at the Great American Beer Festival
- 7 European Beer Star Awards
- 1st craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer.
- Sawtooth Ale: “Our #1 Bitter” – New York Times
- Milk Stout: “Malty, Roasty Goodness” – TIME Magazine
- Best Stout in America, Milk Stout – Draft Magazine
- Best Beer Ever Brewed, Oak Aged Imperial Stout – Modern Brewery Age
- Best and Most Drinkable Lager brewed in the US today: Polestar Pilsner – Beer Advocate
For more info, visit www.lefthandbrewing.com