Originally launched in 2017 in Miramar’s Miralani Makers District, where it shared a space with a cidery and kitchen, Lost Cause Meadery has just settled into a dedicated 3,000-square-foot facility in the Morena area near the I-8/I-5 intersection. Turning the Miramar location into a satellite tasting room, the new space now houses all production and barrel storage and thankfully offers plenty of outdoor seating across a front and back patio that the meadery will share with neighbor Deft Brewing.
Currently open Thursday through Saturday, the site also features a permanent wood-fired oven operated by mobile caterer Cucina Caprese that cooks up Neapolitan pizzas.
Co-founder Billy Beltz, who has won several awards for his mead, tells Eater that he has shifted production during the pandemic to focus on meads that take well to aging, rather than draft styles. Among his newest releases are two meads highlighting Western honey varieties, including one aged in Seven Caves rum barrels. Now that businesses are allowed to expand onto sidewalks and parking lots, Beltz says that the meadery will be using an adjacent parking lot for overflow seating on weekends and future events like outdoor movie nights.