This spring, the craft beer community will find something to be hoppy about — the opening of the relocated Belgian craft brewery, Lost Highway Brewing Co.
Lost Highway opened the doors to its Colfax location in October 2013. As the business grew, the company needed room to expand. The answer, owner Tina Pachorek said, was relocating to 12741 E. Caley Ave. in Centennial, near I-25 and Arapahoe Road. The new taproom is going to be dog and family friendly.
“It is all starting to fall into place,” Pachorek said. “Centennial was always our number one spot and location.”
The brewery needed more room, primarily for its new canning line. Lost Highway plans on canning five of its beers: Golden Ghost Belgian Pale, District 6 Pilsner, Longest Wickedest Wit, Hitchhiker IPA and the HopKat. They recently got picked up by the distributor, Colorado Craft Distributors.
“People want our beer,” Pachorek said. “Canning is a thriving market right now and we decided the best way to get our beer out to more people is to bring it to them.”
Popular beers at Lost Highway, Pachorek said, are the Coconut AlmondPorter, Golden Ghost, the HopKat and the Hitchhiker. The Hitchhiker is a favorite because the hops are constantly changing, making every batch of beer different, she said.
In 2016, Lost Highway’s Golden Ghost won bronze in the Belgian-style pale ale or blonde-ale category out of 60 entries at the World Beer Cup in Philadelphia. The competition takes place every two years and the entrants pour their brews from across the globe.
James Pachorek, Tina’s husband and co-owner of Lost Highway, is a BelgianBeer Knight. Every year in Belgium, a beer festival is hosted and brewers are knighted.
“They acknowledge and knight the people who, in their opinion, escalated Belgian beer in one way or another,” Pachorek said.
Lost Highway recently hired a new head brewer, Brian Connery, who has brewed for 20 years. In addition to feeling excited to work with the owners, Connery is most looking forward to experimenting with new brewing ideas.
“I am working with owners that have a better appreciation of the beer industry,” Connery said. “They are just as excited as I am to get started here. We are basically going to be throwing around the concept of `what if’ a lot.”
Connery will be leading a new program in which a saison beer — a type that is fruity, spicy and typically highly carbonated — will be released every six to eight weeks.
Other Centennial breweries are excited to welcome the newcomer to the community.
“We are more than excited to have Lost Highway come to Centennial,” said Andrew Duvall, community and sales manager for Resolute Brewery, which opened in August 2016. “The more great beer we can bring into Centennial, the better south Denver can be. We are a community in the craft beer industry and we look forward to having them as neighbors.”