Good Friends in search of great craft beer
The Lost Borough Brewing Company is the realization of a dream for two life-long friends - Dave Finger and Dan Western - in search of the perfect pint of locally brewed craft beer. Two former Technology Education Teachers who shared a passion for building and design, but more importantly, a love of all things craft beer, decided to leave their mark by opening a local brewery where they could share their creativity with others while providing a truly different craft beer experience.
This is the uber abbreviated version, but you’ll get the picture.
Guys Night Begins
It all began as a simple weekly guys night out. No frills, just a group of friends committed to getting together on the same night each week to enjoy some grub, catch up, and imbibe in some great craft beer. Who knew it would eventually yield the birth of a business?
The Lost Borough is Born
An idea spurred at a guys night years back begins to take shape. Could they take Dan’s high quality home brew and open a brewery? The boys decide it's time to stop joking and start doing. During a weekly guys night, the boys officially form an LLC, and The Lost Borough is born.
Before the guys dove head first into building their new business, they wanted to test their recipes with a larger audience. On a crisp fall day in October, they hosted a small tasting event at a local park for friends and family. The guys went through 50 gallons of home brewed beer in just under four hours. The most frequent question asked was, “When can I get more?” That’s all they needed to hear.
Opening a craft brewery is not cheap. In order to supplement their budget and introduce their project to the community, the boys turned to an online Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The goal was simple: raise 20k dollars in 30 days. The campaign was a massive success with 198 backers pledging $22,503. With this accomplishment, the Lost Borough moved a little closer to becoming a reality.
The Buildout Begins
After months of searching for the perfect location the boys sign a lease at 543 Atlantic Avenue in the City of Rochester, the future home of the Lost Borough. But the journey is far from over as the space is basically four walls and a roof. The boys start the massive task of hand building everything in the brewery themselves with a lot of help from good friends.
The Dream Team is Formed
Beer lover Carl Langsenkamp reaches out to Dan and Dave at just the right time to offer his services to help with the cause. Carl joins the brewery as co-owner bringing a vast business and public rleations background. The newly strengthened team focuses all their efforts on completing the buildout.
The Lost Borough Opens Its Doors
On November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, The Lost Borough Brewing Co. officially opens its doors to a massive crowd. With an initial offering of six signature beers, the brewery goes through almost 500 gallons of beer in its first weekend. The rest is history...