For those fans of Lakewood Brewing Co.’s French Quarter Temptress, the long wait to be able to purchase the beer in bottles is almost over.
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 Cajamarca coffee beans and chicory into the blend.
According to Craig Bradley, marketing and events manager at Lakewood:
(the coffee beans are aged) in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for about 4 months, imparting the barrel characteristics and aroma into the bean. After roasting, Noble Coyote does a course grind on the beans so we have more surface area for extraction of flavor. After a quick hot bloom we then add the beer and let it rest for roughly 48 hours. That’s normally plenty of time to get the flavors we want from the beans without extracting any unwanted, acidic flavors.
While the beer was originally released as a draft-only release in 2012, this will be the first time it has been bottled.
French Quarter Temptress is part of the Seduction Series, which are variations of Lakewood’s Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer. While in past years all of the beers in the series have previously been draft-only releases, Lakewood is releasing four different Seduction Series beers in bottles this year: Raspberry Temptress (9.1 percent ABV), which was released in February; Mole Temptress (9.1 percent ABV), which was released in May and Sin Mint Temptress, which is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter. In addition, Bourbon Barrel Temptress (9.8 percent ABV), which is not a part of the Seduction Series, is scheduled to return in December as well.
According to Bradley, the newest release of French Quarter Temptress will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles ($13.99) and a press release indicates that the beer is scheduled to be shipped to retailers starting Sept. 14.
Update (Sept. 4, 2015) — This post was updated from the original published on Aug. 13, 2015 to include release date details.