It seems like new craft breweries are still opening every day around Dallas-Fort Worth. Meanwhile, established local breweries are moving to the next level with new capabilities that include canning and special releases.
In April, three beers from Lakewood Brewing — Lakewood Lager, Rock Ryder and a new session IPA — will be sold in cans for the first time. "Canning our beers is definitely something we've talked about doing for a while, and we are very happy to be able to provide that packaging option to our fans," says founder Wim Bens in a release.
Canning is a milestone for Lakewood, following a 14,000-square-foot expansion with a new taproom that opens in March.
The new session IPA is called Hopochondria. "Session" is code for "low alcohol"; at 3.5 percent ABV, it's far lower in alcohol than the rest of Lakewood's boozy lineup. It'll be available in six-packs and on draft.
In April, they'll debut Rock Ryder, the American rye wheat, in six-pack cans, replacing bottles. And in May, Lakewood Lager will be available in can 12-packs, in addition to bottled six- and 12-packs.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
The Fort Worth brewery will release the first in its Hell's Half Acre limited-edition series this March. Named after an area known for saloons and gambling, the Hell's Half Acre series will feature seasonal brews and small-batch offerings, sold in 4-packs.
The first release is Iron Joe, combining Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle Strong Scotch Ale with cold brew coffee from Fort Worth's Avoca Coffee. Aged in American oak barrels for three months, Iron Joe is a dark, robust beer with a creamy tan head and coffee nose. Rahr & Sons has partnered with Avoca for the past four years on Iron Joe, testing different coffee roasts each time.
Rahr & Sons will host a special tasting at the brewery on March 4 from 5-7:30 pm. Tickets are $10. For more info, visit the Facebook page.
Grapevine Craft Brewery
Grapevine has released its Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout in cans; it was previously on tap only. This roasty, chocolaty brew is described as lighter but still well-rounded, with a plummy fruitiness.
Although currently located in Farmers Branch, Grapevine is building an 11,000-square-foot brewery, taproom and beer garden in their namesake town of Grapevine.
Already known for unique releases such as Pretzel Stout, Fort Worth's Martin House has released an ambitious beer called Kafkaesque. It's a imperial raspberry IPA that is also smoked, black, rye and oaked. Is it also stoked? It has an unusually high ABV for Martin House: 10.5 percent.
The brewery released it in mid-January but you can still find it on tap (and ready for growler takeout) at a few places around town, including Whole Foods Park Lane and Craft and Growler in Exposition Park.