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 like to have fun.
Lost Rhinoʼs founder, Matt Hagerman, wanted to start his own adventure, and that adventure was Lost Rhino Brewing Company. The adventure began back in 2011, Loudoun County Virginia was starving for local craft brews. Old Dominion Brewing Company, which had been in the county since 1989, packed up their operation and left for Delaware leaving void in the local community. Matt, having been a brewer at Old Dominion for some years, wanted to pick up where it left off. He purchased some of Old Dominion's brewing equipment, including its 25 barrel brewhouse. Matt wanted to bring the spirit of craft beer back into the county, and began brewing some of our first beers: New River Pale Ale, Rhino Chasers Pilsner, and Face Plant IPA. Nowadays, 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.