For the second year in a row, two North Texas breweries have joined to create a special limited-edition beer that combines their unique styles and reflects their joint dedication to local craft brewing.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company of Fort Worth and Lakewood Brewing Company of Garland have created DFW: A Collaboration of Two Breweries. This year's all-new version is a rum oak-aged cherry Baltic Porter with an ABV of 9.5 percent.
The beer is timed to celebrate North Texas Beer Week (November 6-15). It'll be available on draft at area bars, and will be sold at local retailers in 22-ounce bottles beginning the week of November 2.
"We're excited to collaborate again with our friends at Lakewood on such a unique beer,” says Rahr CEO Fritz Rahr. "Our special partnership represents the impressive growth of the North Texas craft brewing community in recent years."
Last year's joint effort, which sold out, marked the first time two Texas production breweries collaborated on a beer. Although new to Texas, collaboration beers are popular elsewhere in the United States and around the world.
Although last year's version was brewed at Rahr & Sons in Fort Worth, the 2015 edition will be brewed at Lakewood's facility in Garland.
Lakewood Brewing's founder Wim Bens began his brewing career at Rahr & Sons, and the two breweries share a bond, stretching back to Old World brewing techniques. Rahr brings a strong German background and almost 170 years of brewing tradition in his blood, which meshes with the passion of Belgian-native Bens.
"Rahr and Lakewood have a shared history and a shared love of creating brews that are unique in North Texas," Bens says. "This collaboration allows us to showcase the best of both breweries in one amazing brew."