When Wim Bens started making beer in his garage a few years ago, he didn't envision that he'd eventually be sitting in a former carpet warehouse discussing the finer points of barley and hops as a businessman-brewer.
Yet here he is, doing exactly that. A native of Belgium whose family brought him to Texas when he was seven years old, Bens left a career in advertising to become a full-time craft-beer maker, and this year his still-young brewery is hoping to complete 4,000 barrels of 31 gallons each.
"It wasn't like I woke up and said, 'Hey. Let's build a brewery.' You just don't do that," Bens says. "There's a lot of steps along the way. It's like eating an elephant. You eat it one bite at a time."
His company, Garland-based Lakewood Brewing Co., is one of more than 2,000 craft brewers now doing business in the United States. Though it's been selling its beer for less than a year, Lakewood is already distributed to around 200 bars and restaurants and some 100 retail carriers, primarilyRead More »from In Texas, a Craft Beer Comes by Way of Belgium