Here in the Colorado Rockies, we have the good fortune of living in one of the most – if not the most – thriving microbrewery communities in the U.S. The very warehouse complex where The Tea Spot has its operations center is also home to Asher Organic Brewery. Within five or so miles of our place are at least a half dozen other well-known front range breweries and tasting rooms. So, as you can imagine, our company happy hours generally have us transitioning from “Iron Goddess Oolong” or “Meditative Mind” white tea to libations such as Asher’s “Greenade Double I.P.A.,” Avery’s “Karma Belgian Ale,” and Left Hand’s “400-lb. Monkey I.P.A.” My personal favorite is Left Hand’s “Fade to Black,” a pitch-black stout with a super deep aroma and notes of chocolate, malts, hops, and caramel – sweetness in a snifter glass!
Last month, Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company released a limited-edition beer infused with our Lapsang Souchong black tea. Jared Kochik, our Director of Operations and a former employee of Left Hand Brewing, was the liaison who kindled the partnership for this blend:
“As a long-time beer geek and general tea enthusiast, it was exciting to see these two worlds collide in Left Hand Brewing’s TNT. The unique, smoky notes of the Laspsang Souchong black tea ride quite smoothly alongside the powerful flavor of the Weizenbock. We are honored to have lent a helping hand in Head Brewer Ro Guenzel’s modern combination of the world’s two oldest brews: tea and beer.”
The beer, dubbed TNT, is a Weizen Doppelbock – a strong wheat beer – infused with black Lapsang Souchong tea leaves, most notably known for their smoky character.
So now, both tea and beer enthusiasts can taste their worlds in one sip with Left Hand’s new Lapsang Souchong brew. The tapping of this limited-edition beer was held at Left Hand’s Tasting Room in Longmont on Friday, March 4. In the TNT label, you’ll find our signature Tea Spot swirl, as well as the faces of Jared Kochik and Jessica Burtenshaw (our Director of Product Marketing and Development) and an acknowledgment of our tea. Exciting infusions are happening in Colorado!