Hopochondria is served at Lakewood Brewing Company's grand opening of the Taproom in Garland, TX on April 4, 2015.

Hopochondria is served at Lakewood Brewing Company's grand opening of the Taproom in Garland, TX on April 4, 2015.

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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.

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