If you like coffee in your milk stouts, Lakewood Brewing Co. has a beer for you that will be on shelves next month.
The Garland, Texas based-brewery’s French Quarter Temptress is a 9.1 percent ABV imperial milk stout that incorporates Noble Coyote’s Fair Trade-certified Peruvian Chontali, Café Chonta coffee beans and chicory into the blend. In an email, Craig Bradley, marketing and events manager at Lakewood, told Tenemu that the coffee beans were aged in freshly emptied Witherspoon bourbon barrels for about three months.
French Quarter Temptress is part of the Seduction Series, variations of Lakewood’s Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer. Since 2014, there have been four different incarnations released every year: Raspberry Temptress, Mole Temptress, French Quarter Temptress and Sin Mint Temptress. A new fifth variant, Coconut Temptress, is scheduled to ship to retailers sometime this summer as well. Historically, Sin Mint Temptress (9.1 percent ABV) has been released in the fourth quarter while Bourbon Barrel Temptress (9.8 percent ABV), which is not a part of the Seduction Series, is scheduled to return in mid-December as well.
As with the rest of the Temptress variants being released this year, French Quarter Temptress will be packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles that will begin shipping across the brewery’s distribution footprint “starting early June.” In addition, Bradley told Tenemu that there would be a draft-only bourbon barrel-aged version of French Quarter Temptress that is scheduled to be available later this summer.