I “found” Lost Nation a bit by chance a couple of years ago … I was reading an article in the local paper about the best new restaurant in Morrisville, and oddly enough it was at the brewery! … and I stopped in for an update. Well, I am happy to declare that it is, in fact, the best restaurant in town (more below) as well as a producer of fine IPAs. The brewery is located in a renovated warehouse at the end of the winding Old Creamery Road (off of Rt. 100) so be alert or you will miss it. Their slogan is perfect “We Who Wander Are Not Lost” … I am guessing a reference to one of the more famous trilogies.
Let’s start with the beer. They have an assortment of their own concoctions on tap and for take away (cans, growlers and kegs), as well as some “guest” beers. You can order a sampler of six beers, which will give you a chance to try the whole range, from a “Pitch Black Ale” down through the “Vermont Pilsner”. My favorites are the Petit Ardennes, a Belgian session ale (I took home a growler of this) at 4.2 % ABV and the Mosaic, a Mosaic-hopped IPA (grabbed a 4-pk. of cans) at 5.5% ABV.
Now for the food. Lost Nation has built a simple, BBQ-style restaurant off the side of the warehouse that is open during spring, summer and fall. The food is delicious, and includes ribs, “bloody” burgers, hot dogs, and sausages, along with daily specials and vegetarian dishes. There are great sides like corn on the cob, and my favorite, cowboy beans! The ingredients are primarily locally sourced. Diners sit at picnic tables wafting in the smells of the smoker and sipping on samplers. The whole operation is overseen by highly-accomplished Chef Eric.
If you’re passing by on Route 100 or Route 15, I highly recommend you make a stop at Lost Nation.
The Cicerone says: After enjoying the sampler, I suggest taking home a growler of one of your favorites … some of the better varieties (my opinion) are not available away from the brewery.
The Cicerone also says: Lost Nation touches the Lamoille Rail Trail, so you can take a break mid-ride for lunch and a beer.