Lakewood Brewing Company is excited to release Grim Shearer, the final of three unique, wood-aged beers in a miniseries within their limited Legendary Series, which has spanned over 16 months. The Legendary Series is LBC’s specially brewed beers inspired by both worldly and local myths and legends, each brewed only once with the intention of never being brewed again.
The tenth individual release in the Legendary Series, and third & final installment in the Three Fates mini-series, Grim Shearer is a Rye Whiskey barrel-aged Rye Wine clocking in at 11.4% alc/vol. Gracefully aged over 8 months in rye whiskey barrels, it lends flavors of sun-dried cherries, toffee, maple, and a subtle spice from the rye.
“We’re excited to complete this story and series of beers, showcasing the amazing qualities that come with varying malt bills to complement the different barrels,” stated Wim Bens, Founder & President of Lakewood Brewing Company.
The Trilogy chosen for this project is based on the famous legend of the Three Fates – Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. The three sisters determined the fates of both Gods and mortals alike with their infamous thread of life. One sister spun the thread (birth), one sister measured the thread (life), and one sister cut the thread (death). You can pair Grim Shearer with the other two offerings previously released in the miniseries – Thread Spinner Bourbon barrel-aged Barleywine (released fall of 2016) and Grand Allowance Chardonnay barrel-aged Wheat Wine (released spring of 2017) – for an epic vertical experience.
“We love seeing how the personality of each beer comes through, how the difference in age and cellar time influences each beer, and how they relate to each other when tried side-by-side,” added Bens. “It’s been a long project, but one we’ve really enjoyed.”
The brewery once again enlisted the artistic talents of illustrator Nathan Walker to create the visually dynamic bottle art for the series. “Nathan’s art is so rich and visually dynamic, and fans have loved the previous bottle art,” stated Bens. “Now you’re able to put all three bottles together for a beautiful, eye-catching triptych.” LBC has also used Walker’s illustrations for their Seduction Series and DFW collaboration brews.
Collectors and craft beer fans can enjoy Grim Shearer, now available in select craft retailers, both on draft and in 22oz bottles across D-FW.
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!
Lakewood Brewing Company Announces Much Anticipated 2017 Craft Beer Releases
Dallas, TX: Lakewood Brewing Company has been ‘brewing up’ a great lineup of 2017 releases. Customers across North Texas and other regions can look forward to these upcoming craft beers in LBC’s 5th year of brewing customer favorites.
“We took 2016 to look at what was working and what needed to be tweaked. We’ve been hard at work preparing for this all year and we’re excited to announce our 2017 releases,” stated Wim Bens, Founder & President of Lakewood Brewing Company.
Goatman Imperial India Black Lager makes its triumphant return in early spring in 4-pack bottles. This 9.3% ABV brew originally made its debut as the third release in LBC’s Legendary Series, one of its most popular…and is the first to be brought back. Dry hopped with copious amounts of Simcoe, this dank, roasty, malty beer is described as a ‘hybrid between a German Schwarzbier and an Imperial Cascadian Black IPA.’
The Seduction Series will be moving from 22oz bottles to its new packaging in 4-pack bottles. In addition to introducing a fifth variation to the Seduction Series lineup later in the year, LBC will also be barrel-aging a portion of all the Seduction Series as very limited, draft-only releases throughout the year.
Red Wine Till & Toil, a fan favorite, will be in limited release, 22oz. bottles for the first time. Artsy Tartsy, LBC’s fruited Berliner Weisse, will make a return this summer as a refreshing draft only release, while Zomer Pils will now be sold exclusively in cans and dry-hopped with a combo of Lemondrop, Sterling, and Saaz hops.
“We keep listening to our fans and our brew crew keeps innovating delicious new beers,” Wim emphasized. “I’m very excited to share these with craft beer fans across the state.”
Starting this week, Lion’s Share IV will start roaring onto store shelves and into bars and restaurants across the state. I took a few moments to talk about this year’s anniversary release with Tim Deemer, LBC Lead Brewer and the owner of the most majestic, lion-like mane of hair in the company. We touch on keeping up with beer trends, the role of traditions in the brewing field, and what he was aiming to accomplish in brewing Lion’s Share IV, his… quad goals, if you will.
Starting this week, Troll Toll will emerge from the darkness and make it’s way to stores and taps across the state. To commemorate the arrival of this legendary beast, I took a moment to again chat with Shawn Vail, Head Brewer here at Lakewood Brewing Co. As our most elite hoperative and a troll hunter of some repute, I knew he was the man to teach me the ways of vicious Troll Toll, and his bitter IPA brethren. Beware the night, man, for the Troll Toll cometh…