Lakewood Brewing Co.'s founder and brewer, Wim Bens, is getting kind of creepy. He's released the second in a Legendary Series of beers, the first of which was Brabo's Cut, made with "blessed water" and named after a Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, who slayed the giant Druon Antigoon, a ogre-like figure who would chop hands off of passersby if didn't they didn't pay a toll.
The second in Lakewood's legendary line is La Dame du Lac and pays homage to local urban legend the Lady of the Lake. Story has it that sometime during the early 1900s, a ghostly figure emerged from White Rock Lake and hitched a ride home saying that her boat had overturned (the story varies).[jump]
Drivers would agree to give the drenched girl a ride home, then as they neared her house, she'd just disappear. One confused driver went to the house anyway and explained the situation. The man who answered the door said his daughter had recently drowned in White Rock and "You're the third couple who has come here with this story."
In honor of the lady of the lake, Lakewood Brewing has whipped up a bière de garde, which is a malt-forward beer with a slightly sweet flavor. They're allowing it to age a little while to add complexity to the flavor. La Dame du Lac will launch Thursday, May 30, at the Common Table, and be available on tap and in bottles elsewhere soon after.
The video above explains more about the story, the beer and the brewing process.