Lakewood Brewing Company was founded in 2011, but the inspiration behind our family-owned craft brewery began long ago.
I was born in Belgium and moved to North Texas when I was 7 years old. Growing up, we took regular trips to visit family in Belgium and over the years I developed a great appreciation for the uniqueness of Belgian-style beer.
I graduated from SMU in Dallas when craft beer and European imports were starting to become increasingly popular. My beer journey began with the search for a taste from Belgium here in Texas. That search led me to discover American craft breweries that were making new and exciting beers. During that time I moved to East Dallas and found a part of the city that is full of creative people putting their energy back into the community.
From the classic Art Deco Lakewood Theater, to over the top block parties, I fell in love with this invigorated neighborhood, and the vibe that came with it. It wasn’t long before I, along with some friends, discovered home-brewing and after the first few brews, the train had left the station and there was no turning back.
As with most brewers, I fell in love with brewing’s perfect blend of art and science. So I took the leap and applied to the American Brewer’s Guild, where I was accepted and soon graduated. I cut the cord from my old career and started getting everything in place to open a production brewery on the east side of town.
After a year and a half of planning, building and installing equipment, on August 4 of 2012, we sold our very first keg of beer and produced 11 different styles of beer our first year. With a strong following of local beer supporters, we’ve quickly grown from just 3 employees to over 20, expanded our capacity, introduced our year-round and seasonal lineup in 6 and 4-packs, and opened a thriving taproom and beer garden.
Here at Lakewood, we strive to create the highest quality beers by developing new and exciting styles while staying true to the art and precision of craft brewing. We handcraft small batch beers that are full of unique, exciting flavors and reflect the timelessness, creativity, and energetic fun that makes Lakewood less of a place and more of a feeling. It’s where we brewed our first beer, where my family calls home, and where Lakewood Brewing Company was born.
– Wim Bens, President & Founder