Beer52 aids relaunch of Lost+Found Brewery
Craft beer discovery club Beer52 has invested in the Brighton-based brewery Lost+Found.
The brewery, which was founded in 2015 by Simon Checkley and Chris Angelkov, will be relaunched with “greatly increased capacity” as a result of the partnership.
To celebrate the releanch Beer52 will send the brewery’s four core beers to its 60,000+ members from June 8, along with a selection from other nearby craft brewers. The beers in this month’s case including Hold it Down (Session IPA); Roady (IPA), Zero Gravity (Brut IPA) and C-The Mango (Mango IPA).
James Brown, founder of Beer52 said: “Originally Lost+Found caught my eye because the design of the can was incredible, but the thing that impressed me most was the consistently high quality of the beer. I was gutted to hear the guys had hit a run of bad luck – the kind of external stuff that happens to small breweries every day – so I gave Chris Angelkov a call to see if there was anything we could do to help.”
As part of the partnership Lost+Found will have brewing access to Beer52’s capacity at the De Proef Brewery in Belgium. De Proef is home to a number of leading craft brands including Mikkeller, To Ol and Omnipollo.
Simon Checkley, co-founder of Lost+Found said: “This is a logical next step for us. It means we can produce large volumes at totally repeatable quality. We can now confidently talk to big outlets, pub chains, and take the beer beyond where it’s been to date.”
Under the new partnership Angelkov will have oversight of the brewing at De Proef, giving him more time to focus on recipe creation. The team at Beer52 will share the beers with their community, host special tasting events and take care of order fulfillment and logistics.
Lost+Found’s third partner, Jon Rutter, will concentrate on UK sales while Checkley will grow the business internationally.
Angelkov said: “I think going forward, with the infrastructure we have in place, we can push it right out there! I’ve got some interesting concepts around recipes that we can now implement. Historically we have never been able to get enough through the brewery to supply everybody who wants it, which has limited our capacity on the experimental side, but that’s not a hurdle any more.”
Beer52 has more than 60,000 active members, each receiving between eight and ten craft beers a month, along with a snack and a copy of Ferment magazine. It was founded in 2013 by James Brown and Fraser Doherty, and is based in Edinburgh.