Thursday, March 1, 2012

Got Milk...Stout Nitro?


Ground-breaking Left Hand Nitro is now in Atlanta!

Whaddup Brew Heads?
Here is the latest from one of the best breweries in the nation, Left Hand Brewing Company. They are revolutionizing the game by stocking shelves throughout Atlanta’s fine package stores with their new Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle, the first of its kind! The “Nitro” bottles create an amazing effect by making the brew pour and sip smoother than a freshly shaven Billy Dee Williams. Seriously, I’m talking about the similar cascading effect in the glass when poured, plus the creaminess that could rival gelato minus that widget noisemaker found in other cans that creates the similar nitro characteristics. 
The original
Don Dada!
Left Hand promises it will be like a pub pour, but out the bottle instead of the tap. The original Milk Stout is an awesome fusion of coffee and dark chocolate, but this one will leave a “Got Milk… Stout Nitro?” mustache after the first sip. I am down to see how gangster this brew truly is. In fact, I am going to Leon's Full Service tonight to taste it for the first time thanks to Left Hand making a stop there to pour us some! They will also be having a ton of other tastings today and tomorrow (see below for locations and a Q & A on the newbie) but I am out of town, heading to Charleston for their Food + Wine Festival. 
Anyway, check out the Milk Stout Nitro because I damn sure am!
Cheers!

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Left Hand is the first craft brewer in country to release a Nitro beer in a bottle!

(LONGMONT, CO) – That’s right. Since this past February, craft beer’s FIRST nitrogen bottled beer has been rolling out of Colorado and making its southeast debut in Atlanta! After 2 ½ years in R&D, Left Hand Brewing Company took Milk Stout Nitro from its draft variety and perfected the science of bottling the innovative beer. Since the Nitro bottles inaugural unveiling during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, craft beer fans across the U.S. have been eager to pick up a six pack of their own.
“Customers have really taken to Milk Stout on nitro. They’ve supported us around the country in bars & restaurants – psyched to have a nitro stout that’s made right here in the US,” said Chris Lennert, VP of Operations for the brewery. “Now we’re happy to offer Milk Stout Nitro in 6pks for them to take home.”
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 2012 national rollout of Milk Stout Nitro will cover seven cities, kicking off in Chicago and ending on March 23rd in New York City. Atlanta will be the first & only city in the South where Nitro will be available for the initial rollout. During the Mar 1-2nd kickoff, craft beer fans will have the opportunity to try Milk Stout Nitro at 12 different tastings across Atlanta. What's more, each evening will cap off with Nitro release parties at Leon’s Full Service and the Fred Bar.

For more information, including “How to Pour the Perfect Pint”, go to www.milkstoutnitro.com.
Please see the attached schedule for a complete look at the complete Milk Stout Nitro Atlanta Rollout.
Here are the Nitro Tastings:

Thursday
Friday
Whole Foods 4-7pm
650 Ponce De Leon Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Whole Foods 4-7pm
650 Ponce De Leon Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Whole Foods 4-7pm
2111 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Whole Foods 4-7pm
2111 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Whole Foods 4-7pm
77 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Whole Foods 4-7pm
77 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Whole Foods 4-7pm
5930 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30328
Whole Foods 4-7pm
5930 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30328
Whole Foods 4-7pm
1311 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Marietta, GA 30068
Whole Foods 4-7pm
1311 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Marietta, GA 30068
Octane 5:30-7pm
1009 Marietta Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318
Total Wine 4-7pm
124 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30346

Rollout Parties

Thursday
Friday
Leon’s Full Service 9pm
131 E Ponce De Leon Ave Decatur, GA 30030
The Fred Bar 8pm
5600 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342

Milk Stout Nitro FAQ’s

Q: Where do you get your nitrogen?
A:GMOs.

Q: Do you use a special bottle?
A: The bottle is specifically designed to release the beer as you empty it.

Q: What does the n2 do for you?
A: Nitrogen forms small densely packed bubbles which create a beautiful head on beer.  Nitrogen bubbles are also less resistant to breakage in the atmosphere, because our atmosphere is mostly nitrogen.  This lends itself to long lasting, visually stimulating head.

Q: Why does it cascade?
A: It is due to the friction on the side of the glass.  The bubbles on the side of the glass have to fight with the friction of the glass surface.  The bubbles in the center rush up the middle and then get pushed to the side by the bubbles behind them.  This causes a downward flow on the sides of the glass as they cannot flow up they flow down into the center and out.

Q: What made you decide to do this?
A: Our Milk Stout Nitro bottle is designed to replicate our draught product that has been so successful. We love drinking our beer in our bars and restaurants, but wanted people to have that same experience at home.

Q: When do you add the nitrogen?
A: It starts in the brewhouse with designing the beer.  We also take specific steps during fermentation, filtration and packaging to end up with the nitrogenated beer.

Q: How do you get the nitrogen into the beer?
A: Very carefully with tiny tweezers.

Q: Why don’t you use a widget?
A: We found that due to the unique physical properties of our Milk Stout, the development of a widget would be an unnecessary waste of millions of pounds, er… dollars.

Q: Why is it necessary to “pour hard?”
A: In order to force the nitrogen out of solution in the beer to create the desired head.  This is similar to using a restrictor plate on a draft nitro faucet.

Q: Whose idea was this?
A: It was a total team effort.  It didn’t take long for the whole company to buy in as we strived to become the first craft brewery to put nitro beer in a bottle.

Q: What about regular (CO2) Milk Stout 6pks?
A: We will continue to brew and package Milk Stout 6pks. We have found that some customers prefer Milk Stout carbonated with CO2, which is more effervescent, where others prefer Milk Stout Nitro for its silky smooth creaminess. Why deny our fans either one?

About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating eighteen years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. The brewery has received 17 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 8 medals at the World Beer Cup, and its beers are now available in 27 states. “Sometimes you’re not in the mood for what everyone else is having.”

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