Eric Wallace is president and co-founder at Left Hand Brewing Company. Eric grew up around the world as the son of an Air Force officer, and was exposed to good beer at a precocious age in Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984 with a degree in international affairs, and spent eight years in the Air Force as a communications officer in Italy and Turkey before moving back to the U.S. in 1993. Upon his return, he was inspired by the renaissance in craft brewing developing in the U.S. and, along with co-founder Dick Doore, decided to jump head first into the craft beer business. Eric received the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award in 2009.