BrewReview: Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company
By Steve Solito
BeerSeekers on the job: Steve and Tim
Lost Shoe, located in Marlborough, Mass., was one of the first breweries we went to for BeerSighted in early 2020. I immediately loved it. Great beer, the atmosphere was exceptional, the rustic and industrial interior was right up my alley, and they had an outdoor setup I knew I’d come back for in warmer months.
Two days later, COVID changed life as we knew it. Going to breweries certainly took a back seat.
I assumed we’d eventually get back, but I wasn’t sure when. Lucky for us, Lost Shoe was looking out for BeerSighted!
We got the invite to join them for their exclusive unveiling of their winter setup and I couldn’t believe it! For months I had been raving about the place and that message truly made my day when we received it.
So this will be a special Winter Edition Lost Shoe BrewReview! We leave open the opportunity to return come Spring/Summer and tell you more about whatever they have going on then! You better believe I will be there. Enjoying their patio setup is a must. For now, though, it’s all about “The Lost Forest.”
While they have decorated the whole taproom accordingly for the holiday season, half of the space was blocked off almost as if it were a VIP section of some sort with holiday lights hanging down from the ceiling and two decorated pine trees (not real trees, of course) serving as an entrance to The Lost Forest.
The Lost Forest was good for six separate sections of seating (give or take a section. It's hard to keep track of these things!); very well spaced to abide by the rules and regs here in the COVID era.
The space itself isn’t huge, but they did a great job of making it feel as if you were walking down a little path through a forest of small pines and white birch trees, all with a coating of snow and white holiday lights to make it a little winter wonderland.
Each space was set up just for four people at a time, and either had cushioned couches or chairs to sink into and a couple log chairs (again, not real logs) to round out the four-person arrangement and give it that cozy winter feel.
The real luxury, though, came at the end of the path where a wood stove appeared to be warming the most spacious VIP section of them all in what felt like a little winter cabin escape. I am not actually sure it was a real wood stove or fireplace. I couldn’t get close enough as that was not our spot. Please confirm, Lost Shoe!
It’s not easy to justify going out to eat, drink or do anything these days, but I assure you they set it up in a way that is safe and beyond compliant with pandemic rules. The bottom line is someone at Lost Shoe knows what they’re doing when it comes to winter décor and interior design! Get lost in Lost Shoe’s Lost Forest this winter and have a few brews.
And speaking of brews…
Before we get to the Double-Take Pick and our favorites, we have to thank Lost Shoe for really hooking us up for this event. We got an exclusive first taste of two newly unveiled concoctions Lost Shoe has created for the winter months ahead.
Tim and I were 100% on the same page with our Double-Take Pick, but had different favorites for the evening. Let’s dive in!
Say Goodnight, Kevin (Imperial Stout) 13.8% ABV
Yup, it was brewed with all of that…
Simply put, stouts typically aren’t for me. A lot of times they have a coffee flair to them and I ain’t into that. But this…this was something else.
Those ingredients combined with that ABV made this a must-try. Not to mention it was one of the reasons we were there in the first place, as this is one of Lost Shoe’s brand-new winter releases.
Say Goodnight was such a surprise that we named it Beer of the Week! Check out my writeup on that here. But then come back and read about our favorites! For now, I leave you with this:
Miracle on 19 Weed Street (IPA) 7.2% ABV
Brewed with spruce tips
This here is the second of the winter releases. I find winter IPAs intriguing. Not that it’s necessarily abnormal, but I find it especially fascinating when a brewery creates a winter beer that isn’t a behemoth of a stout or porter or the winter warmers of the world. There’s nothing wrong with those, of course, as noted in our Double-Take. It’s all in what you prefer I suppose.
Tim preferred this one! Of all the tasting notes, the pine certainly won out, but was in no way overbearing. With a subtle pine aroma, you knew what you were getting into from the start and the first flavor coming through was the pine.
Gradually throughout the sip, you get the addition of the fruitiness, followed by the bitter hoppiness to finish it out. The pine endures to the end and the whole sip is smooth.
Miracle, Say Goodnight and The Lost Forest are going to make for one heck of a winter at Lost Shoe!
Standpipe (German Pilsner) 4.5% ABV
For my final beer of the night I A) needed to settle down a tad on the ABV and B) wanted my go-to! I already knew I loved this beer coming into the evening. It was my favorite of theirs last time we went and I failed to share that with the world back then.
So here we are! As I often mention, I love Pilsners. I typically gravitate towards the Czech Pilsners since the German-style Pilsners tend to be a little wheatier than I’d prefer, but they’re starting to grow on me.
Part of the reason this beer hit the spot was definitely that it came after a couple of big boys, and it was just so crisp and refreshing. It’s such an authentic, somewhat earthy and not too wheaty Pilsner. There isn’t much else to say! That’s what I love about Pilsners and that’s why I love this one too.
The Final Word
Make sure you plan at least two visits to Lost Shoe: one this winter to experience The Lost Forest, and one after the winter to experience Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting in all its original glory. With their patio and spacious set up, you bet they are social-distance friendly no matter the time of year and who knows what season they’ll represent next!
One final bonus pick I will leave you with: they have my favorite flight holders I have come across so far!
For more information on Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company,check out their website. You can also check them out on social media @lostshoebrews. Cheers!