US craft brewer Left Hand Brewing Co is aiming to raise its presence in the UK after signing a distribution deal with James Clay.

As part of the agreement, James Clay is distributing the Colorado-based brewer’s portfolio of beers, including Milk Stout, Black Jack Porter, and Polestar Pilsner. Limited releases will include Milk Stout Nitro, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, and Sawtooth Ale.

Among the outlets selling the beers will be London-based bar chain Barworks, Whole Foods and online store Beer Hawk.

Left Hand, which also sells its beers in Scandinavia and Japan, is the 38th largest craft brewer by volume in the US.

Chris Lennert, the brewer's operations VP, said: “We have been fortunate to have presence over the years in mainland Europe. Our partnership with James Clay will provide us an established distribution in the UK and set us on the right path for years to come.”

Left Hand has also appointed its first in-market international sales representative, Sharona Selby, who will work with the brands in the UK.

Financial details and the length of the tie-up were not disclosed.