If you’re in the Longmont area Friday, swing by Left Hand Brewing for the second annual tapping party for Homefront IPA, a fundraising brew for Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families and wounded warriors.
First conceived and developed by brewer-philanthropists in Washington state and Virginia in 2011, the “Hops for Heroes” program has expanded annually. The result of a collaborative effort by nine U.S. breweries this year, Left Hand’s version of Homefront IPA will officially begin flowing at a 5 p.m. ceremony in the craft brewery’s tasting room, 1265 Boston Ave.
A majority of ingredients and packaging for the IPA were donated by Left Hand’s suppliers, and all profits from sales of the beer nationwide go to the charity. Last year, the American-style IPA helped raise $18,148 for the Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains Office, based in Colorado Springs. Left Hand is the only participating Colorado brewery and will contribute 56 barrels to the cause. Starting the week of May 18, the Longmont brew will be available on a select basis in the Springs and around the country, in 22 oz bottles and on tap at 11 breweries.
Locally, the brew will be on draft at Brewers Republic, which will host a tap takeover to mark the limited-supply release May 23. So far, shops including Coaltrain Wine & Liquors, Powers Liquor Mart and Veterans Liquor have signed on to carry the bottled version.
Left Hand describes the ale as being infused with orange zest and containing notes of biscuit, honey and grapefruit that will “play on your tongue,” which sounds fun. In defiance of the laws of fluid dynamics, it’s also “aged on Louisville slugger maple bats.” As we strive to maintain a courteous relationship with our bookie, we have never tasted a maple bat. We’re always game for a good cause, though, especially one involving beer.