Lakewood Brewing Co. in Garland celebrated a milestone last weekend. The brewery, which opened in 2012, recently took over an adjacent space adding 14,000 square feet of new brewing space, room for a new canning line, a barrel aging facility and a large taproom. The expansion immediately affords Lakewood double the brewing capacity, up to 18,000-20,000 barrels annually, according to founder Wim Bens.
The taproom is especially cool because it means Lakewood Brewing is now a bar with a large wall of windows directly in the new brewing facility and 16 draft taps dedicated to house brews. Like others microbreweries in the area, hopheads can expect to find year-round and seasonal offerings, as well one-off batches and rare brews on occasion. The addition also changes how facility tours work. On Saturdays (at the top of the hour 1-5 p.m.) and Sundays (at the top of the hour 1-3 p.m.), tours will be free and attendees pay per beer.
Bens plans to build a beer garden out back, which he expects will be ready this summer. Until then, check out pictures of the taproom and grand opening on April 4 below. Or see it for yourself Wednesday and Thursday 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday noon-9 p.m. or Sunday noon-6p.m. Lakewood's taproom is closed Monday and Tuesday.