Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Wardensville Edition: Lost River Brewing Company
Lost River Brewing Company is actually located in Wardensville along this very cute stretch of shops. I don't know that I have ever had a Lost River beer before, so I had no idea what to expect. And, as soon as I walked in, I was impressed.
First of all, this place is beautiful. There's a huge bar with wooden stools, large dark wooden beams down the center, tall tables and decorative lighting that makes it feel warm, yet sleek. Plus, paper on the tables with crayons.
The menu is also incredibly diverse. They serve everything from salmon tartare to a jumbo soft pretzel. Bison meatloaf. Chicago hot dogs. If I were to run a restaurant, it would be the same way - just all of my favorite things in one place (ice cream, sushi, queso, pasta carbonara).
I didn't want to stuff myself too full because of the various stops we had planned during this day, so I instead ordered an appetizer of macaroni and cheese, a cup of the Maryland Style Crab soup and a side of hush puppies. Plus, of course, samples of each of the beers.
Let's start with the macaroni and cheese. It was a cup full of cheesy cavatappi noodles with caramelized shallots, cheddar and feta. Delicious.
The soup had these giant hunks of white crab meat and tons of veggies. Additional optional Old Bay on the rim. Definitely received the seal of approval from my Maryland native friend.
And the hushpuppies. Light, flavorful and so, so good.
Onto the beer. Easy enough: All of these were delicious. From a dark coffee beer to a lighter hoppy beer, they were all on point.
So, go. Go eat everything on the menu. Go drink all of the beers. Tell them they're your favorite. They'll probably like that. Enjoy.