Our story began back in 2009, Old Dominion Brewing Company had been brewing and serving craft beers in Loudoun County Virginia since ‘89 and was a beloved fixture in the county. However, in 2009 the company had been bought by AB InBev and later relocated their operation to Delaware, which of course left a large void in the local craft beer community.
During this transition, Matt Hagerman, Lost Rhino’s founder, had managed to purchase some of Old Dominion’s brewing equipment, including its 25 barrel brewhouse and started getting together a business plan.
By starting his own adventure in brewing, he would also help bring the spirit of craft beer back into Loudoun County. Since Matt had been a brewer at Old Dominion, and knew exactly what he needed to make this goal a reality. So he found his own space, set up the brewhouse, fermentors, brite tanks and not too long after in 2011, began brewing some of our first and most beloved brands: New River Pale Ale, Rhino Chasers Pilsner, and Face Plant India Pale Ale right here in Loudoun.
Lost Rhino Brewery opened a second brewery and restaurant in the Brambleton Town Center in 2015 called the Lost Rhino Retreat, taking over the space next to Fox Cinema, which was formerly a tex-mex restaurant called Caliente. The new restaurant and brew pub is similar to Lost Rhino’s current tasting room, but has a more expanded food menu, with a full-service restaurant and bar. The location brewed their hand-crafted beer at the Brambleton location.
The Lost Rhino Retreat, location closed in 2020 when their lease in the Brambleton Town Center expired. They were unable to come to terms on a new lease that was be a win for both the Landlord and the brewery.
First off, what’s the deal with the name Lost Rhino? Well, the “Rhino” in our name was actually inspired by a surfing term, a rhino chaser: someone out to find the best waves, the biggest waves – a true adventurer. The “Lost” we just added because we have a West Coast/surfing vibe, and there’s not an ocean in sight of Ashburn, Virginia. We think it makes some sort of sense.
Lost Rhino has grown quite a bit since it’s founding, but we have never lost sight of our love for the craft. In the brew house, we take pride in bringing classic styles and local flavor in all of our beers. Everything we craft is personal; we thrive on choosing the scenic route, the tough challenge, the road less traveled.