St Albans’ newest craft beer brewery: Meet the Lost Boys
This new craft beer brewery creates sweet and fruity ales
Are we about to witness the next generation on Herts’ craft beer scene? Meet 23-year-old friends, Jon Howarth, George Sanderson, Jordan Manfre and Joshua Kitt, who all went to Marlborough Science Academy secondary school in St Albans, who have just launched their own unique venture – Lost Boys Brewery.
It started when Jon began brewing beer at his home in Watford, and his friends were so impressed they decided to help him sell it. ‘We could see Jon had an amazing talent and we all wanted to back him financially, emotionally and with our time and effort,’ says Jordan, the outfit’s head of marketing.
These are not your average brews – they are flavoured with real fruit and syrup, creating sweet, rich and easy-drinking beers made using Cluster hops, which pair harmoniously with the fruity flavours. So far the brewery has created raspberry, peach and strawberry ales, which they hope will please both established beer fans and novices.
The four friends, whose current day jobs include carpenter, police officer and Campaign for Real Ale employee, have big plans, with hopes of taking the venture full-time soon at a bigger brewery site.
Their first bottled beers have just gone on sale direct from the brewery, while a beer in a party-friendly bag or box is in the pipeline. The aim is to get the brews into St Albans’ thriving pub scene.
‘Our tagline is Turn any story into a fruitale,’ Jordan says. ‘And we hope that wherever the beer is consumed it adds something new and exciting to the atmosphere and taste buds.’