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Left Hand Brewing Funds Art Jukkala Scholarship Fund

by Bill Ruskin |

(Longmont, CO) On January 3, Chris Lennert, Director of Sales and Marketing for Left Hand Brewing presented Stan Linnertz (MSO '61) with a check for $800 for the Art Jukkala Scholarship Program. In an email to Doug Houston, President of the NSA Lennert said, "attached is the press release and the photo that was sent out today in regard to the money raised for the scholarship program. Once again, thanks for the partnership opportunity, as well as what all of you do and have done for our wildland areas. We're proud to be linked to such a great organization."

Doug Houston, on behalf of the NSA extends his appreciation to Chris and the staff at Left Hand Brewing for their great effort in honoring smokejumpers.

The press release can be read below:


(LONGMONT, CO) – In a tribute to those fearless experienced wildland firefighters who give themselves to protect our natural heritage, our homes and our lives here in Colorado and across the nation, Left Hand Brewing Company, together with the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO and the Big Hoss Grill in Denver, CO, staged three different fundraising events in the month of December. Each event featured the "Official Beer of the National Smokejumpers Association", Left Hand's limited release Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter.

Benefiting the National Smokejumpers Association's Art Jukkala Scholarship Program for children of fallen Smokejumpers, the events raised $800.00 for the fund. Stan Linnertz, Smokejumper Life Member, Missoula Class of 1961, called the partnership "...just spectacular. The National Smokejumper Association's primary focus is to contribute to and maintain the quality of our wildlife areas for generations to come, and getting the word out to people about what we do is great. And to raise funds for the scholarship program for young people whose parent(s) were killed in action just means a great deal to us."

The Art Jukkala Scholarship Program was created in 2006 so that children of Smokejumpers killed in action would be given an opportunity to apply for a college scholarship. The funds collected by the family and friends of Art Jukkala (honorary Life Member) at his Memorial Service and later donations by the Smokejumper community were used as seed monies to start the scholarship program in Art's name. For more information, or to make a donation to the Art Jukkala Scholarship Program, contact the National Smokejumpers Association @ P.O. Box 4081, Missoula, MT 59806, or visit

About Smokejumper Smoked Imperial Porter

As the "Official Beer of the National Smokejumper Association", this truly hand-crafted smoked imperial porter is made with hot and cold-smoked barley malt using a combination of several hardwoods. Roasty black in color, the long-lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of sweet molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. The beer is full-bodied, black with garnet undertones in color, and 9.2% alcohol by volume. It will be available in 750 milliliter silk-screened Belgian beer bottles and kegs in Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

About the National Smokejumper Association

The National Smokejumper Association, through a cadre of volunteers and partnerships, is dedicated to preserving the history and lore of smokejumping, maintaining and restoring our nation’s forest and grassland resources, and responding to special needs of smokejumpers and their families. Learn more @

About Left Hand Brewing Company

Celebrating thirteen years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. For more information, check out our website @, call the brewery @ 303-772-0258, or, better yet, swing by our tasting room (over 21 please) and sample Smokejumper yourself!