Driving west on I-40 from Memphis toward home one Saturday afternoon, I decided to stop in Brinkley, Arkansas and pick up a few beverages for "Sunday Grill Day." I stopped, looked over the selection and decided to try Lost Forty Brewing's Pale Ale.
Now, I'm generally a dark beer kind of guy. No, that's not true. I'm almost always a dark beer kind of guy. Anything below a nutty brown, usually, doesn't get a second glance for me. However, spring had finally sprung up from a wet, cold patch and it was finally grilling time again (not that I didn't get out in a ski mask and grill in mid-winter...I love to grill).
So, I gave Lost Forty Brewing, out of Little Rock, a shot. Lost Forty was founded in 2014 and, after a little research, I found out the name was taken from a forty acre forest in Calhoun County. It also seems that the brewery not only makes beer but also serves food and does tours (I'm going to have to check that out too). The brunch pics on their Facebook page have me wanting to head toward Little Rock as soon as possible.
The beer itself is a winner in my eyes. It won't become my go to, but this is a solid craft American Pale Ale. And, hey, I'm not a pale ale guy. To get a smile from me, a guy that won't even try a craft IPA anymore, must mean it is good, right? The best term I saw while looking up reviews online was that it is, "Laid back," and when you're having a laid back, lazy day this beer matches very well. Not overly bitter with a dark-ish orange color, I enjoyed the citrus and caramel hints, and I liked that it was mellow enough to not overpower the all-American dishes we made for Sunday Grill Day.
David Thornton is a two time national award winning writer, chef, husband, father, and fitness enthusiast.