Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Lakewood Brewing Co. serves up tequila barrel-aged beers this weekend
Who knew tequila and beer would be such good friends?
EAST DALLAS Hopheads love the opportunity to try any brew deemed “rare” or “exclusive.” This Sunday, they can taste both in one glass at the Ay Dios Amigos tasting at Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House, where Lakewood Brewing Co. will be serving single-batch, tequila barrel-aged beers.
Lakewood Brewing Co. used barrels from College Station-based distiller Pura Verde to house small batches of the Lakewood Lager (4.6% ABV Vienna-style lager) and La Dame du Lac (7.5% ABV strong pale ale). The beers aged for about a year, according to a press release, before brewers added ancho chiles to the lager and prickly pears to the pale ale.
The tequila barrels add a subtle smokiness to the flavor profile of the beers without overwhelming or stinging the palate, said Wim Bens, Lakewood Brewing Co. founder and president. Though the tequila comes through in the aroma, Bens said barrel aging ultimately mellows the brews' bite by increasing maltiness and decreasing bitterness.
Ay Dios Amigos party begins Sunday, February 23 at 12 p.m. Beers cost $7 and are available while supplies last. Attendees also have the option of pairing their beers with a Puro Verde tequila flight for an extra $8. Local bands The Hazardous Dukes, Psycho Pony and Hell Texas will be rocking the house beginning at 3 p.m. No food purchase is required to enjoy the suds, though it may be hard to resist — just look at these burgers.
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