In its first year of business in 2012, Lakewood Brewing Co. produced just less than 3,000 barrels of craft beer. Now, only five years later and with rapid building and production expansion behind them, Lakewood is brewing more than 10,000 barrels per year. Management at this Texas brewery attributes the fast growth to their “do it right the first time” philosophy — combined with beers that offer a unique flavor.
Born in Belgium, Wim Bens graduated from the Southern Methodist University and the American Brewer’s Guild. Soon after, Lakewood Brewing’s president and founder decided to open a family-owned craft brewery where he could create his own distinctive blends. After a year and a half of planning, building and installing equipment, he opened Lakewood Brewing in a growing community in east Dallas.