Mission Statement

The Left Hand Brewing Foundation is committed to brewing a stronger community where we work, live and play. The LHBF supports primary needs, community support groups, arts and cultural activities, housing projects, medical research, and responds to issues and emergencies in the Longmont Community and beyond.

Executive Director

Eric Kean

Eric is the Community Outreach and Events Manager for Left Hand Brewing Company and the Executive Director of the Left Hand Brewing Foundation where he oversees the production and execution of all LHBF events and initiatives. Prior to his work at Left Hand, Eric worked as the Event Manager for TEDxMileHigh producing the largest ticketed TEDx events in the world, as Operations and Ranch Manager at Planet Bluegrass and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and founded his own concert production and promotion company. Eric also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Visit Longmont and is a member of the board of directors of 5280 Explorers.

Board Members

Eric Wallace

Eric is the Co-Founder & President of Left Hand Brewing Company. In 1993, after attending the Air Force Academy and traveling the world, Eric settled in Longmont with the mission to make the world a better place one pint at a time. He is also the current Chair of the Brewers Association Board of Directors.

Chris Lennert

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for Left Hand Brewing Company. He has been a member of the brewery since 2005. Chris is the National Team Captain for Bike MS - Team Left Hand. Since 2008, he has participated in 25 Bike MS rides and helped Team Left Hand raise over $2.8 million dollars.

Mark Boelman

Mark is the Director of Accounting & Administration at Left Hand Brewing Company. He joined the Left Hand team in 2013. Mark is also an avid homebrewer, taking home a bronze medal in the Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am category in 2017.

Jill Preston

Jill is the Director of Marketing for Left Hand Brewing Company. She joined the team in 2018. Her prior experience includes 20+ years developing and marketing iconic brands in the retal, CPG, restaurant, hospitality and craft beer industries.

Chris McVay

Chris McVay is the Longmont Market President for High Plains Bank. He's been a supporter of Left Hand Brewing Company and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation since 2013. Through his work at the bank, Chris has helped finance a number of small businesses - restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cideries and many others. He's also proud of the Bank's philantrhopic arm that has helped over 100 non-profits in the Longmont community. He previously served as Board President for the Safe Shelter in Longmont

Grant Applications

Need assistance? See the LHBF Granting Guidelines. If you meet the criteria, please don’t hesitate to fill out the LHBF Grant Application. For more information, please contact us through our contact form.

2017 IRS Form 990, Tax Exemption Determination Letter, Application for tax exempt status available upon request,
please request through the contact form.