Established in August of 2014, Lost Province Brewing Company is the High Country’s newest craft brewery and gastropub. Come Friday night you might find yourself kicked back inside their spacious and homey dining room—the lights of downtown Boone visible through floor to ceiling windows—sipping a pint of Mill Town Logger and enjoying some live bluegrass.
Lost Province has strived to create a social hub for this mountain community, one that combines the elements of authentic microbrews, environmental and ethically sound business practices, and a locally sourced menu of wood fired fare. Already renowned for exceptional customer service and community partnership, it has been warmly received by local residents and visitors alike.
For the early part of the 20th century, the Northwest corner of North Carolina was cut off from the remainder of the state by the foreboding Blue Ridge, earning the nickname of The Lost Province. Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghanie counties remained culturally and economically isolated until a road was laboriously cut through the mountainous geographic barrier.
Lost Province Brewing found inspiration in this chapter of local history, and serves to pay tribute to the unique and celebrated culture of the High Country. It may be a long and ( extremely !) winding road that connects Boone to the more urban and industrious portions of North Carolina, but it is well worth the journey.
Local greens, Ashe-County cheese, and country ham are just a few of the ingredients sourced from nearby farms. The traditional pizza crusts take a total of 72 hours to mix, leaven, and bake inside the copper-kettle wood fired oven. Choose from traditional toppings like slivered garlic and house-made Italian sausage, or try a creative concoction like the Nutella Elvis, made with bacon, cheddar, Nutella, marshmallows, and jalapeño honey. (Trust us- it works!) Salads, daily soups, and lunch specials round out this mouth-watering menu.
The beer selection is equally tempting and innovative. Bald Guy Breakfast Stout is dark and rich with a creamy tan head, brewed with oats and custom coffee beans from local roaster, Bald Guy Brew. Towards the other end of the spectrum, the Wildberry Saison is a crisp and light Belgian Farmhouse ale. Aged for over two months with dark cherries and raspberries, this purple-hued and dangerously drinkable ale is a refreshing finale to a day of hiking through the wealth of wildflowers that carpet the Appalachian Mountains in the spring and summer.
From his seat at the bar, Lost Province regular Brian Stiller strongly recommends the Hazy Holler IPA, brewed with Amarillo and Chinook hops. He enjoys Lost Province because it is a small, family-owned business that takes good care of their patrons and employees. (Full time workers enjoy perks such as health benefits and a company profit sharing plan.) Happy bartenders translates to a great customer experience.
Your visit to the brewery would be remiss without dessert—a stout float with frozen French vanilla custard, seasonal cobbler, or chocolate porter cake, to name a few. Even the most voracious of appetites will only be able to sample a portion of their many delicious offerings, but don’t worry: Lost Province Brewery is here to stay.