Beer lovers near Lake Norman take note: Lost Worlds Brewing in Cornelius anticipates a March 2020 opening.
The brewery is a joint venture between Dave and Allison Hamme, former business consultants who have been home-brewing for 25 years. They’ll be sticking with the business side of things, though, and leaving the actual beer-making to David Gonzalez, who spent time at NoDa Brewing Company and Foothills Brewing.
The exact address will be 19700-D One Norman Blvd., in Cornelius. It’s in the One Norman Plaza.
The beer: Dave said that their proximity to the lake will influence the selection found at Lost Worlds. You can expect “sessionable, lower alcohol, more drinkable” brews. ABVs will be around five percent, lower than most other IPAs. “The intent is come to our brewery, have a couple of beers, sit in our beer garden with your dog, have a great time, and then when you want to go on your boat, grab a crowler, and go,” he explained.
The name: “The Lost World” (the sequel to “Jurassic Park”) was certainly an inspiration for the brewery’s name, but the moniker has a deeper meaning. “We want to be aspirational for people to go out and explore the world. We want our brewery to be the thing that gets them to find their lost worlds and find their adventures,” Dave explained.
The space: Lost Worlds will feel like a “turn-of-the-century explorers’ club.” Look for old maps and other artifacts on the wall, all keeping with the brewery’s “find your adventure” tagline. They’ve got 4,800-square-feet inside and a 3,000-square-foot beer garden outside. Total guest capacity is about 300. They’ll also have a 40-person event space available for rent, which they’ll allow non-profits to use free of charge.
The offerings: They won’t have a kitchen, but they’ll have food trucks on-site. They’ll partner with local restaurants, too. Guests will be able to order food from an iPad and have it delivered directly to their table. Instead of the typical trivia nights found at many breweries, they’ll focus on having guest speakers talking about adventure-focused topics, ranging from hiking the Appalachian Trail to getting scuba certified.
Though the brewery is still in the construction phase, if you’re anxious to sample their wares, Lost Worlds has partnered with Catawba Brewing to produce a collaboration brew called Worlds Collide. They’ll have a release party on Friday, December 13. One dollar from every pint sold will go to Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center.
Renderings/photos courtesy of Lost Worlds