Brewery Name: Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Type of Brewery: Retail Brewery
Location: Ashburn, VA
Facebook: Lost Rhino Brewing Co.
Background: Lost Rhino breaks the mold of corporate-style city breweries in the best of ways. Their namesake is a reference to the theme of “chasing the big one” in surfing. They channel this attitude to create a really chill, very approachable brewery both in venue and beer portfolio. I’d come across a few of their beers in cans and on tap throughout the city, but we definitely wanted to make it to the brewery and check out some of their Genius Loci (experimental) series beers and, of course, all the new releases.
Growlers: Absolutely! Tons of people came through with growlers while we were visiting. Some pretty cool ones for sale as well.
The Beers: The Face Plant IPA and the Rhino Chaser Pils are both beers we had all enjoyed prior to visit. Both are part of their main distribution set and always a good grab from the shelf. Here are a couple of the others we got to have at the taproom:
Vibe: The vibe fits Lost Rhino's theme perfectly. We were met by incredibly friendly staff members who got really excited when we responded "all of them" to the question of which beers we wanted to try. They walked us through their suggested order for tasting and gave us the backstory on a few of the new releases and less distributed brews.
The tasting room is in a suburb of DC in an industrial park, but Lost Rhino is probably the best version of a brewery in this type of space that I've come across. While the outside is hard to distinguish from a daycare or dentist's office, they’ve really done amazing work with the interior space. A large seating area with picnic tables and high tops, plus the rounded bar to order from. The food counter is separate from the beer, which helps keep everything moving. They have live music twice a week and seemed to have about dozen events going on in the near future.
All of the cans, bottles, swag and even the draught board fit the surfer vibe, with tons of color, impressive art, and, of course, rhinos with surfboards. We walked away with some stickers, some beers, and a great start to our day.
Dogs: No dogs here, sorry pups.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $$$. Very average for a city/suburb brewery. Pints are mostly around $8 but dip as low as $6, and they offer both tasters and half pours. Food is all fairly priced as well.
Food: Perfect amount of food here. They do a bunch of appetizer-type dishes, plus salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc. All food that helps keep you planted to drink beer, but can still be done quickly and well. It also looked like they do a bunch of specials throughout the week (notably Friday Pie Day, which I’m very sad to have missed).
Final Thoughts: Lost Rhino really exceeded my expectations. Incredible use of space, including all of the art and local lore around the tasting room. Top notch staff, great beer, and a really fun atmosphere is just about all you can ask for.
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