The Faces Of Craft Brewery
Lost Forty Brewing
Undeniably at the forefront of Arkansas’ craft brewing boom, Lost Forty Brewing is a production craft microbrewery in the heart of downtown Little Rock. “We aim to craft beers as wild, unwavering and uniquely Arkansas as the storied forest from which we take our name,” according to the brewery’s website.
Lost Forty produces everything from IPAs to seasonal pastry-flavored options, and creativity is at the heart of the business. Although Lost Forty’s namesake swath of timber in south Arkansas was difficult for surveyors to locate (resulting in the nickname and preservation of the land), the brewery and its beers are easy to find statewide. The company, which is the largest brewery in the state, has gained widespread popularity and acclaim both statewide and nationally, even winning two medals at the 2018 World Beer Cup. But every drop of Lost Forty beer is brewed and sold in Arkansas. According to quality manager Grant Chandler, Lost Forty’s success comes from the staff’s commitment to creativity, ambition, quality and dedication to promoting beer culture in Arkansas.
Chandler joined the Lost Forty team less than a year after the brewery opened in 2014, following a couple of years home brewing. He has a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Hendrix College. It was the perfect opportunity at the perfect time, and since then he has enjoyed combining his interests in science, community, nutrition and business to contribute to Lost Forty’s mission. Chandler is currently enrolled in an MBA program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
For Chandler, the great joy in working at Lost Forty comes from creating a product that brings people together — across the state, across demographics and across a table with a cold one cracked open.