Lost Railroad Brewhaus is an American brewery just outside of Dayton, OH. They’ll be the only craft brewery in this Americana town. Lost Railroad plans to launch in 2019 and grow into distribution in Ohio, the 7th largest craft beer producing state in the US.
During the days of the industrial revolution, as the railroad companies forged westward through the prairie lands of middle America… a special golden lager was crafted. As they cleared paths through the fields of barley, wheat, and hops, a small band of brewers began collecting the finest of these grains.
After the long hot days of hauling railroad ties and driving spikes with heavy hammers, they settled under the glowing sunset, around roaring campfires brewing what would become the first batch of the Golden Lager. The legend of Lost Railroad Brewery was born.
You'll Love Our Beer Styles
We’ll serve our favorite selection of American & German style IPAs, lagers, pilsners, & stouts born out of the gilded age of the industrial revolution. The 1818 Golden Lager is at the heart of our beer line-up to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of when Lewisburg was founded.
What's Our Goal?
Lost Railroad Brewhaus will be a destination brewpub at the center of town in Lewisburg, Ohio bringing together our love of craft beer & food. Our specialty craft beers will be paired with a food menu built especially around the beer styles.
Our 8,400 sf brewpub features a family-friendly taproom serving lunch, happy hour, and dinner for up to 350 people. It includes a seasonal outdoor patio where we'll have live music, games, fire pits, and a private event space. Lost Railroad Brewhaus will offer brewery tours, tastings, and specialty beer releases.
We're the Only Brewery in Town
As craft breweries continue to pop-up across America, Lost Railroad wanted a location where we could be first. We found the perfect spot in Lewisburg where we'll be the only BrewPub in a 15 mile radius with 115K people in the surrounding area. We're just feet away from the center of town with traffic counts averaging 1.6 million vehicles a year.
Compared to other craft beer destinations in the US, we’re in a prime location to establish the brewery. "There aren't any breweries of any size at all," said Dick Ewing in the Dayton Business Journal, "So, it's a good location to draw from a large area. People are loyal to their own area, so it'd be nice to have a local area craft beer."
The Village is Behind Us
The Village of Lewisburg has rezoned our property so it's within the city limits, and they will give us a 15 year tax abatement and water & sewer tap-in at no charge. Since Lewisburg is a factory town, we seek to to become the community watering hole for people who work at Lewisburg's numerous factories that include: Pratt Industries (655 employees) across the street, Lewisburg Container (75 employees) and a new factory built by Cargill (100 employees) who’s $50M expansion opens in 2019.
Craft Beer is Still Growing
The Craft Beer industry is growing 6% a year, capturing 13% of the overall beer industry. Ohioans especially seem to love their craft beer, and the Buckeye state is a $2.7B market. Lost Railroad Brewhaus is positioned to capture its fair share of the market in SouthWest Ohio, where very few breweries exist. Since we’re right off I-70 and minutes from I-75, we’re an easy access point for traveling beer enthusiasts near & far. Plus, it gives us the ability to distribute with two major arteries in Ohio and beyond as we grow.
Big Belly Brewing, LLC (dba Lost Railroad Brewhaus) is offering preferred equity in their company.
Raise Target: Minimum of $10,000 and up to $600,000
Minimum Investment: $50
Preferred Dividend: 6% of your investment amount annually for four years as a distribution of profits
Post-Money Valuation: $2,600,000. This is what the company is valuing the business. You can determine your ownership % by dividing your investment amount by this valuation. For example, An investment of $26,000 is worth 1% of the company.
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Meet the Management Team
I’m Dick Ewing, fellow beer enthusiast & entrepreneur. I'm thrilled to bring you Lost Railroad Brewhaus. My son, Adam and I began brewing as a way for us to connect over our common love: craft beer.
Soon, we began sharing our specialty beers with family & friends, and they’ve been clamoring for more. Now we just can’t keep pace brewing at home anymore, and it's time to share this with you.
That’s why in 2019, we plan to open Lost Railroad Brewhaus in Lewisburg, Ohio, near our hometown. We’re so excited to engage our community and invite the public to share in this investment opportunity.
We look forward to having a beer with you in the new taproom!
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How did you come up with Lost Railroad Brewhaus?
In the mid-1800’s the L&S railroad was scheduled to build through Lewisburg, but the company fell on hard times and closed before they could complete the railroad through Lewisburg. Thus, it became known as the Lost Railroad. Also, my wife was raised in Germany with a family tradition of great beer making. We honor that heritage by using the German spelling of the Brewhaus.
Why a Brewery in Lewisburg, Ohio?
Lewisburg is a industrial & manufacturing center for commuter jobs in located right between Dayton, OH, and Richmond, IN. There is no competition of breweries within a 15 mile radius of Lewisburg, and the village has accommodated us with tax incentives and water and sewer tap in at no charge.
Do you have any concerns about getting enough traffic in the area?
Not at all. Breweries thrive from its local neighborhood. Plus, there are five industrial plants within a mile of the brewery. There are close to 1,000 factory workers who commute to this village every day working at Pratt, P&G, Lewisburg Container, DM Too, and Cargill. They don't have many choices for lunch, happy hour, or dinner. Lost Railroad Brewhaus will be the destination brewery this town needs.
What effect does seasonality have on your business?
People tend to drink beer no matter the time of year. Tap room sales we hope to be at their peaks in the spring, summer, and late fall months as people seek special activities and outdoor dining & drinking. We expect the slowest months to be January and August, when we plan to distribute more beer to retail establishments. We plan for limited edition beers and bottle releases produced for different seasons, along with special activities to get visitors to Lost Railroad Brewhaus.
Are there other breweries places close by that you consider to be competition?
No, there are no brew pubs within a 15 mile radius of Lost Railroad Brewhaus. Closest would be in downtown Dayton, Ohio, just to the east of us.
What are your plans to grow and scale the business?
The building sits on 7.5 acres of land, and is designed with growth in mind for both the pub & brewery. As the business grows, we can expand the structure, and parking with minimal disruption. We would like to expand the product line to include on-site canning lines for production. We'd also like to get into complimentary products down the road including distilled spirits and coffee.
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