BBT ’16 Barrel Aging Q&A with Shawn Vail

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To mark this week’s barreling of BBT 2016, I took a few minutes to chat with Shawn Vail, Head Brewer of Lakewood Brewing Co. He heads the company’s barrel aging program and is the authority on the matter here at LBC. He gave me a crash course in barrel aging, BBT, and all things round, wooden and filled with delicious, delicious beer.

It’s a Sock Hop at the Stewpot!

Last summer, we got off on the wrong foot with a local publication after some rather heelish remarks on their part comparing our beer to the footwear of the homeless. Their mean-spirited comments made light of both our commitment to brewing DFW’s finest craft brews and the plight of the city’s less fortunate, and let me tell you, we were ready to kick some dust up over them.
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While we’re not one to let people walk all over us like that, we cooled our heels and decided to use the opportunity to help those most in need. With some assistance from our friends at PXP Solutions, The Common Table, The Trinity River Tap House and Alamo Drafthouse DFW, we dug in our heels and socked away charitable donations for The Stewpot. The unnamed offenders even joined in to toe the line, and together over 1300 pairs were handed out to Dallas’ homeless and at-risk population.
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Call us goody two-shoes, but this is one instance we’re happy to put our foot in our mouth.
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Feel the Love with Raspberry Temptress

Keep an eye out for our new Revival-style Raspberry Temptress glass!

Keep an eye out for these new Revival pint glasses at a bar near you! Check our calendar for upcoming events.

February is for lovers, and we here at Lakewood love our beer… Each and every batch means something special to all of us. Were you to ask around, though, there’s one particular beer that stands apart from all our others—our one brew love, as it were. We call her The Temptress… and there’s no Temptress that steals our heart quite like Raspberry Temptress.
What makes Raspberry Temptress so enticing? We take the already alluring Temptress milk stout and set her up with nearly a ton of fresh Oregon raspberry purée to really get her juices flowing. This lovely lady spends a small honeymoon conditioning and really getting to know her raspberry beau before we send her off to kegs and 22oz. bottles, where she makes her way to store shelves and taps to help spread the love.
Sadly, Raspberry Temptress isn’t a relationship built to last, as this Seduction Series release is only around for a limited time. Look for her all over DFW, Amarillo, Abilene, Wichita Falls, and surrounding areas. The hottest passions fade first, so get your hands on her now before she leaves you wondering what could have been.
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Start the year in mint condition

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We’re happy to announce that our brand new Seduction Series release, Sin Mint Temptress, is out now on area DFW bar and restaurant taps! The fourth release in this series pays homage to a little guilty pleasure in the form of a very popular cookie. This exhilirating offering infuses mint, vanilla, and a touch of graham cracker into our decadent imperial milk stout post-fermentation, creating a fresh, cooling treat that will leave you craving more. Harmony never tasted so good.

Keep your eyes out for her at your favorite drinking spot or growler station. Schol!

2014 Bourbon Barrel Temptress Out Now!

We’re happy to announce that starting today, you can find our limited release 2014 Bourbon Barrel Temptress (BBT) on North Texas area store shelves and taps! We take our popular imperial milk stout and age it in freshly emptied oak bourbon barrels for almost 6 months, imparting luscious notes of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, and roasted coffee. This barrel-aged beauty is back only for a short time in 22 ounce bottles and draft – just in time for the holidays. Drink this dangerously smooth treat now or let it age. Either way the reward will be worth it. 9.8% alc/vol
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Photographs by Veronica Bradley @ Veronica’s Camera

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