DFW has an ABV of 6.4% and will debut during North Texas Beer Week (October 31 – November 9). It will be available on draft locally and will be sold at local retailers in 22 oz. bottles beginning the week of October 27.
“The decision to collaborate on a beer was years in the making,” Lakewood owner and founder Wim Bens said. “Rahr is where my brewing career began, and I’m very excited to team up on a beer that showcases the brewing heritage of both our breweries. To my knowledge, this is the first time two Texas production breweries have ever collaborated on a beer, so that makes it even more special.”
Bens, a Belgium native, contributed Belgian yeast and Belgian candi sugar. Fritz Rahr, owner of Rahr & Sons, has a strong German background and lent a German malt blend. The result is a malty, sweet Belgian-style ale. The two brewmasters hope to see more collaboration beers arise as a result of this, the first one in North Texas.
Rahr said, “Lakewood is a fantastic brewery with great people and delicious beers. When we started talking about doing a collaboration beer with Lakewood, for me it was easy. Of course we would engage in this project. Why not? It was a natural fit – two breweries specializing in different styles of beers, but in a roundabout way akin to each other. We are extremely excited about teaming up with Lakewood to create something special. A collaboration between two breweries? You bet!”