With a new year comes big changes at Lakewood Brewing Company, including some exciting new releases and a few favorites being retired.
We’re very excited to announce the upcoming release of a brand new, year-round IPA lovingly called, well, Lakewood IPA! With a blend of Bravo, Citra, Mosaic, and Mandarina Bavaria hops, this balanced, highly-drinkable American India pale ale bursts with tropical fruit notes without an overly aggressive, bitter bite. It’s the perfect everyday IPA for both bonafide lupulin lovers and IPA newbies. It joins the ever-popular Temptress, Lakewood Lager, and All Call in our year-round lineup. Look for its release on draft exclusively at the Taproom early this year, with a full package release in 6 pack cans and draft this spring. 7% alc/vol, 50 IBU.
Hop Trapp Belgian IPA, Hopochondria Session IPA, and Goatman Imperial India Black Lager are all being retired from our year-round lineup, however. This is very bittersweet for us, as we view them as our children – hoppy, boozy children, but our children all the same. In fact, Hop Trapp was the second beer we released when we were but fledgling brewers back in 2012. Sure it’s a little difficult to say goodbye, but our new IPA has us very excited and we think you’re gonna like the new kid on the block.
On the seasonal front, both Punkel Pumpkin Pie-spiced Dunkel and Holiday Bonus Festive Porter are being retired to make room for two new, limited seasonal releases later this year – Artsy Tartsy Berliner-style Weisse w/ black currants and Cold Front IPA. Both Till & Toil Saison (spring release) and Zomer dry hopped Pilsner (summer release) return to the lineup.
The Seduction Series will see three favorites retired (for now at least) – Raspberry Temptress, Mole Temptress, & Sin Mint Temptress. French Quarter Temptress will be released in mid-January, just in time for your Mardi Gras celebrations! Coconut Temptress will return late spring/early summer, followed by two new variants (being kept under wraps) later in the year.
We understand if this comes as a shock. Hell, we were a little shocked when we came up with the idea, but innovation in brewing is what keeps things fresh and excites us. We view the Seduction Series as a rotating lineup of Temptress variants – a way for us to experiment and try new things with this amazing stout. Luckily, there’s no need to be all doom and gloom. Past variants aren’t going away forever ever – they’re just taking a little break. They may pop up again from time to time, or make another appearance down the road in some form or fashion. In fact, we’ll still feature many of these “retirees” from time-to-time in the Taproom at the brewery, including Raspberry and Mole Temptress! So if you’re really missing a little heat or sweet in your Temptress, you know where to get your fix.
We also have an array of unique, special offerings being released throughout the year! Grim Shearer, the third and final release in the Three Fates mini-series (and Legendary Series release #10,) is a unique, 11.4% ABV Rye Wine aged in rye whiskey barrels and will arrive in late January. Red Wine Till & Toil returns this spring, as well as this year’s anniversary beer – Lion’s Share VI (a blended, barrel-aged strong ale arriving this summer) and Bourbon Barrel Temptress (this winter.) Look for a couple of interesting collaborations with our friends from Jack Daniels to debut this summer, including Tennessee Temptress and Jack’d Up Lemonale, both of which will be draft only. We’ll also feature an occasional release from our Lakewood Barrel Works program, such as experimental sours and wild ales. Wild Manimal, our dry hopped American wild ale, will be released in 750mL bottles for the first time this February. These will be limited offerings with no real timeline for their release, hence why we haven’t listed them on our release calendar. Essentially, when the beer is ready and it tells us it go-time, we listen.
We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018, and look forward to sharing a glass with you very soon. Schol!