We have an overriding philosophy that guides our culture and sits at the heart of everything we do.
Simply put it is... To make the best contribution we possibly can to our industry, through pursuit of excellence in everything we do. To make beers that challenge and excite, hands-in-the-air-beer designed to delight. To keep experimenting and searching and never stand still. To always use the freshest, finest and most ethical ingredients we can obtain, in line with what mother nature demands. To share the love of this craft with as many people as we can. And of course, to have as much fun as possible along the way. This is why we brew after all!
We go about this manifesto in many ways, but it all stems from the earliest of days, when Lost+Found was a mere 5 gallon brew-lab finding its way in the world. Located in a townhouse garage in the heart of Brighton, we would brew and brew and then brew some more. Splitting and cascading batches as we went through the process, in order to find new and perfect combinations of malt, hops and yeast, with the aim of making fantastic beer we could stand behind and proudly share with our family of friends.
Nothing has changed in that respect. The same applies today as it did in those fledgling days, late at night, fiddling with temperature controls on a hijacked hotpoint fridge. We still strive to push the boundaries of our craft. We still are on that intrepid journey of unlimited possibilities. We still ask the questions - what if we try this and this or even this! (no maybe not that)
We have the same approach to exploration now as we did then. The same commitment to creativity and precision. We hold the same values and still do what we know works best. We stay true to our beginnings and these early ideals. Which is why we continue to pilot brew and acid test every drop we create to let only the best of the best make it through.
Our brewing is divided into 2 core areas that we focus on at any given time.
1. Pilot brewing (R&D) / 2. Commercial Releases
Both of these are informed by the way in which we frame our brewing operation. We like to think of the brewery akin to a fine dining kitchen. Yes we are making beer - but the construct of the two environments are very similar. The essence of great seasonal cooking is to go to the market and buy the freshest, most vibrant ingredients on offer and with them concoct exciting recipes that both nourish and delight. Where the the real beauty lies, we feel, is when the offering constantly changes and flows as the seasons unfold.
We whole-heartedly subscribe to this idea and this is what our pilot brewing sets out to replicate for the purposes of recipe development. It is there to provide us with a playground to invent. Somewhere where we can try out ideas and hone in on the details. To make mistakes, learn and quickly try again to make things better. It's home brewing at its core, but done on a meticulous level. 100% scientific, accurate and repeatable.
Commercial Releases (R#'s) are the result of this explorative R&D. When we have a beer that we feel is too good to not share, then it makes it onto our larger 20BBL setup and eventually out into the public domain.
We aim to brew various styles over the coming months as we move into and through the winter. Right now, our Golden Pale Ale and American Pale are on R2 in both kegs and cans, of which we have brewed 20BBL's each. We have R3 of the APA ready to unleash but feel we may hold off on this as we concentrate on some more elaborate one off brews, that have come through piloting, for when the nights draw in.