Lost and Grounded arrived on the Bristol craft beer scene in 2016. We asked co-founder Alex Troncosco to provide us with a bit of backstory.
“The brewery was started by me and my partner, Annie Clements. We had been living and working in Australia, Belgium, and London. One day we came to Bristol and decided it seemed like a nice place to build a brewery!”
Born in Guatemala, Alex had wanted to be a brewer since he was 18. After moving to Australia in his early 20s, where he met Annie, he set about trying to make this ambition a reality. It took seven years and “about 30” rejection letters before he finally got a break. It came in the form of making cream liqueur at the now-defunct Stockade Brewery in Melbourne. It wasn’t the job he had always dreamt of, but he had a foot in the door at least.
Thankfully it led to him getting an offer from Little Creatures in Fremantle, Western Australia. Alex worked there until 2012 before deciding it was time to relocate again, this time to London, where Alex took on the role of Brewing Director at Camden Town Brewery. It was here that Alex cemented his reputation as one of the most forward-thinking, technically capable brewers in the world with his mastery of modern lager.
But by this time, Alex and Annie had by now started to yearn for a brewery of their own. It would be the culmination of a lot of thought and a lot of travel. It would be on their terms and by their rules. And they, for once, would be in control of their own destiny.
“Our aim is to make a humble and inclusive brewery, to try and make the best beer we can, and to never forget, that wherever we end up, to always remember what is important and what has gotten us here” Alex explains
Alex and Annie decided there would be just five beers (it was nearly just two!) in their core range. There wouldn’t be a Double IPA in sight. In fact, there wouldn’t be a pale ale at all.
“We were thinking about what to make and eventually figured out that we love the complexity of brewing lager and the idiosyncratic nature of Belgian beers. We don’t say we are really making ‘German’ or ‘Belgian’ beer, but rather we are taking influence from those great brewing nations and combining with all of our past experience in brewing other beers such as those that I used to make in my earlier career at Little Creatures in Australia.”
This week’s beer is Lost & Grounded’s Running with Sceptres. An India pale lager using Pilsner, Vienna and Caramalts and a huge hit of Magnum, Chinook, Mosaic and Ella hops to create what Alex calls a “ Special Lager Beer”
The result is a clean, crisp IPL with added complexity from those bold American hops. A top-class lager to see out the summer in style.
Lost: unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts.
Grounded: a person who is sensible and has a good understanding of what is really important in life.