LONGMONT, CO—Left Hand Brewing has had a monumental twentieth year. In addition to winning three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and halting production due to the Colorado floods, the company gave back to the community by contributing nearly half a million dollars in aid throughout the year. In recognition of Left Hand’s 20th year, the brewery proudly established the Left Hand Brewing Foundation and raised $449,822 for community causes and emergencies! Events and promotions hosted by the Left Hand Foundation included:
Longmont Oktoberfest & Left Hand Brewing Foundation CO Flood Relief – $70,604
Located within 100 ft. of the raging St. Vrain River, LHBC experienced the devastation of the CO Flood first hand, closing its doors for four days as the surrounding waters rose. In immediate response, the Left Hand Brewing Foundation redirected the focus of Longmont Oktoberfest to CO Flood Relief, in addition to facilitating a Text to Donate campaign and retailing CO Flood donation merchandise. With great thanks to the community, the Left Hand Brewing Foundation raised$70,604 for CO Flood Relief, directly contributing $15,302 each to Longmont Meals on Wheels and HOPE for Longmont as well as $20,000 each to the OUR Center and the St. Vrain Habitat for Humanity.
Hops & Handrails, Culture Jam, Leftapalooza, – $60,445
In 2013, Left Hand continued their successful community event series, with each event contributing proceeds to local organizations. Hops & Handrails, Left Hand’s hybrid craft beer and rail jam festival, raised $8000 for A Woman’s Work, $5000 for SOS Outreach, and $5000 for the Colorado Brewers Guild. Culture Jam, the brewery’s diversity celebration featuring Ozomatli raised $12,000for Intercambio Uniting Communities and $5000 for the Longmont YMCA. Leftapalooza, a tribute band competition and concert, raised $25,445 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Bike MS & Team Left Hand Brewing – $269,814
Bike MS is a two day / 150+ mile bike ride raising funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Guided by Left Hand leadership, Team Left Hand Brewing is a community team of 160 riders comprising of teams in Colorado and the newly added Carolina team. In 2013, both teams collectively raised $269,814 for the NMSS, as well as taking top honors for Best Corporate Team in Colorado and Best Rookie Team in the Carolina.
Homefront IPA – $18,148
Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer project produced by nine U.S. breweries to raise funds for Operation Homefront - a national non-profit providing emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors. Sales from Left Hand’s Homefront offering raised $18,148 for the Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains Office.
In addition to LHBC projects, Left Hand funded $30,811 in retail value of in-kind donations to local charities, bringing Left Hand’s final community contribution to $449,822. This Friday, Left Hand will continue their service efforts as the team joins Habitat for Humanity, working on repair projects for local homes. “Contributing positively to our community is an integral piece of Left Hand’s culture.”comments Josh Goldberg, LHBC Events and Community Manager, “We are proud to be a company that gives back to where we live, work and play.”