Thursday, March 21, 2013
Lakewood Brewing Company is lining up four new beers for spring and summer
We're here to tell you first.
GARLAND For some, there's no going back from the Temptress. In its short, wonderful life, Lakewood Brewing Company's sweet milk stout has garnered a rabid cult following -- and made appearances in and on a number of national "best beer" contests and lists. But that's not all Lakewood can do. The young brewery has plans to release one new beer per month over the next four months.
Lakewood Brewing Company owner and founder Wim Bens laughed when we discussed the Temptress' die-hard constituency: Many are beer fans who would rather just have another dark lady than try something new.
"Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Bens joked, saying he is happy to keep tempting drinkers with more Temptress. But, he is also experimenting with a bevy of new flavors, mostly in the style of his native Belgium.
The first release, Brabo's Cut, came out this month. It's a Belgian-style Dark Ale made with what Bens calls is "extremely local honey." It uses two honeys culled from bees that the brewmaster's father and sister raise about a mile from the brewery. In addition, it also uses Belgian dark candy syrup and Belgian brown sugar, which Bens said was shipped from Europe.
April: Till and Toil is a springy Saison. Broadly speaking, this style is a low-alcohol pale ale, historically brewed in farmhouses. Saisons are typically light, airy, and suited for warmer temperatures.
May: La Dame du Lac, or "Lady of the Lake," in honor of the ghostly inhabitant said to reside in White Rock Lake, is a Bière de Garde, or a strong pale ale.
June: French for summer, Zomer Pils is a Flemish summer pilsner. The beer is another light but flavorful lager, with a distinctive hop flavor.
Looks like four good reasons to head back to Lakewood on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. for the brewery's regular tours. The Temptress-heads have been keeping a bench warm for you.