Beer drinkers will begin enjoying craft brews in central Nassau County at Lost Farmer Brewing Company’s May 1 opening in Mineola.
Co-founders Domenick Petralia and John Strom are childhood friends from Garden City. They began construction on the 2nd street location in 2020, with much of the work done by Strom and the crew from his firm, Strom Home Remodeling.
“We developed a passion for craft beer over the years and decided to take the next step,” Petralia says.
Their beers at Lost Farmer will use local and exotic ingredients to produce high-quality brews.
“Our name pays tribute to the small, unknown lost generations of farmers and farms across New York State who grow the ingredients we use,” Petralia says. “It also refers to the location and our ‘Get Lost’ atmosphere and retro environment in an utterly booming area.”
It’s a Craft Malt Certified brewery, committed to using malt from local providers.
“We get the majority of our malts from Hudson Valley Malt, an artisan craft malthouse in Germantown, New York,” Petralia says.
Lost Farmer’s 2,200-square-foot space features a taproom overlooking its custom-designed 7-barrel brewhouse with 9 fermenting tanks. The taproom’s garage door opens onto a courtyard with wooden picnic benches and decadent wooden wine barrels. The retro atmosphere has TVs playing MTV music videos from the 1980s and 1990s, along with free PAC-MAN and Donkey Kong games for patrons.
Beers on tap include Juicy IPA, a hazy New England-style IPA, and a wide variety of other beer styles. Customers can enjoy flights and take away beers in 32-ounce growlers and 64-ounce growlers.
The brewery plans to start a barrel-aged beer program to make barrel-aged sours, gose, and stouts using 20 barrels from Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes.
Taproom snacks include locally handmade focaccia bread and hot Bavarian pretzels. Biscuits & Barbecue, a standout for Cajun and Creole food located a block away, will offer a special menu for Lost Brewing patrons on Tuesdays to Thursdays; there will be food trucks and occasional live music on weekends. The taproom is dog-friendly and kid-friendly, and Sunday is family day, with an occasional Mister Softee ice cream truck appearance.
Lost Farmer plans to self-distribute to local bars, restaurants, and beer stores, so craft beer lovers won’t have to get lost to find delicious fresh craft beer.
Lost Farmer Brewing Co. is located at 63-A 2nd St. in Mineola. For more info visit lostfarmerbrewing.com.
Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.
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