Afternoon Beer Break: Left Hand Brewing 1265

Today’s beer is one I waited a long time to get around to reviewing. Why? Well, we can blame the pandemic for that. When my office shut down, there were still a few packages arriving there – and this one, from Left Hand, was one that languished a bit. So, once I was able to get it, I was curious as to how the Left Hand Brewing 1265 would handle the unintended aging.

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Brew your own with BEERMKR

When you start getting into beer, you also start to hear whispers of the world of homebrew. I’ve had some really good homebrews from folks that have gotten some rather impressive setups. When you see those, it can seem really daunting to get into. I mean, I can get around a kitchen just fine, but there’s a lot of stainless to go with the science. And yeah, you could get one of those plastic brew kits, but at that point, why bother? Or, you could embrace your inner tech geek (I mean, you’re reading this site) and go for the all-in-one BEERMKR.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Left Hand Milk Stout

Sometime next week, a number of folks around the world may be lifting a pint to a fellow who used to call Ireland home. While I don’t celebrate the day, per se, as I share a name with this historical figure, I can’t help but to feel an affinity with it. Given that, I was quite pleased when I saw this special can Left Hand Milk Stout come in with it’s green shamrock on the can.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Stone Delicious IPA

In our last Afternoon Beer Break, we featured a gluten-reduced offering from Stone Brewing that was very much in the “sessionable” category with it’s lower ABV (and lower carbs and calories, to boot). If you’re interested in the gluten reduction, but want something with a bit more “oomph”, then perhaps the Stone Delicious IPA is the one for you.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Stone Features + Benefits

In the world of IPAs, it can feel like there’s some sort of arms race where the ABVs keep climbing higher and higher. And sure, those can be great flavor bombs, but sometimes it can just be a bit much. That’s why we’re seeing brewers experiment more with lighter offerings, that cut down on some of the excess. Recently, I tried some Stone Features + Benefits which does just that.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Stone Sublimely Righteous Black IPA in review

So, remember when we told you that Stone was bringing back the Stone Sublimely Righteous Black IPA? If not, that article is right here (you may want to check it out, as it explains how a black IPA is made). As we mentioned at the end of that article, we were working on getting a bottle in, and that’s precisely what we did.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Left Hand Nitro Imperial Coffee Milk Stout

Over the last year or two, I’ve found myself leaning more towards the IPA styles of beers, particularly as the hop varieties have been played with, and all sorts of interesting flavors unfold. Before that, however, I was a “the darker the better” sort of a guy, and in the cold weather months, I tend to drift back to those stouts and porters. Given the amount of coffee I regularly consume, I was quite interested to see the Left Hand Nitro Imperial Coffee Milk Stout show up in a recent sampler we got in.

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Afternoon Beer Break: Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

I know, I know – we normally bring you this series on Friday afternoon. Well, the website had some other ideas for us, so what better way to celebrate getting things back from the brink than sharing a cold one. In this case, a cold one that hasn’t seen shelves for many a year – the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA.

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