“We are excited to begin the transformation of a long-time industrial area into a vibrant walkable downtown community with an artisan focus for people from all walks of life to enjoy,” said Owner and Co-Founder Stacia Familo-Hopek. “The Lost Druid’s taproom and small-plate focused kitchen is largely being driven by the area’s need to have more gathering places with a social focus. We chose Avondale Estates because of its vision to build a pedestrian-focused artisan community and its amazing growth potential. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have an excellent team and are confident of the outcome.”
The Lost Druid will be an “own-premise”-oriented brewery, focusing on bringing beer lovers to the brewery’s taproom to enjoy its liquid refreshments rather than selling its beers through traditional retail channels. The 6,800 square foot venue features the brewery, a cellar/wood-aging facility, kitchen, taproom and upstairs mezzanine with private event space, along with both front and rear pet-friendly patios. Extensive landscaping and bike racks will be found throughout the brewery grounds. The taproom will feature 20 frequently rotating taps, providing a diverse selection of beers for all discerning beer lovers. Twelve taps will be served directly from the tanks that are visible behind a glass wall on the rear of the 43-foot long bar.
A primary goal of The Lost Druid is being kind to the environment, and as such, its Head Brewer and Co-Founder, Rob Hopek, is diligent in implementing a non-traditional brewhouse that does not vent brewing vapor to the outside environment and harnesses the heat being expelled during the brewing process to maximize the efficiency of the system, reducing overall energy consumption.
“Small steps over the long haul can make a dramatic difference. These initiatives are just the beginning,” said Hopek.
Throughout the entire brewing lifecycle, processes for water recapture and reuse are being implemented to reduce waste. Additionally, a 36kW solar array is being installed on the roof of The Lost Druid to reduce its dependence upon energy generated from fossil fuels. Its patio floors are being constructed of pervious materials to reduce storm water runoff, the leading source of pollutants entering our waterways, and address the “urban heat island” effects of elevated ground temperatures.
The Lost Druid will begin hiring employees in January for an early 2019 opening. For more information, stay tuned for updates on the brewery’s website, thelostdruid.com, and on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @thelostdruid.