Ahead of its third anniversary, Lakewood Brewing Company has revealed additional details on Lion’s Share III, the beer the brewery has crafted especially for the occasion.

“Every year we have an employee competition to choose the new batch of Lion’s Share,” said Wim Bens, Lakewood’s founder. “It’s an employee-wide open call to create a unique recipe, which is voted on by employees. The beer that wins is what we brew.”

Lakewood Lion's Share III

According to a press release, this year’s recipe is described as “a well-rounded Old Ale that has been aged for months in premium Napa Valley red wine barrels.” The beer’s foundation is made up of 100 percent Maris Otter, an English ‘winter’ variety of malted barley that adds distinctive bready and nutty flavors that are ideal for this type of beer. On top of that, a combination of U.K. hop varieties, including Target, Challenger and East Kent Goldings adds a floral, slightly fruity aroma and bitterness that compliments the malt backbone nicely.

“We want Lion’s Share to be a unique or under-represented beer style,” said Bens. “We like to age Lion’s Share in barrels and we’ve used bourbon and white wine barrels in the past. This year we picked red wine and the results are amazing.”

This is a very special year for us at Lakewood. Every success we’ve had so far come with its own set of challenges, which makes this year even more special for the entire team. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our hard work than with the folks of DFW who enjoy our beer and have made it possible to do what we do.”

Lakewood will mark its third year in the brewing business with back-to-back events this weekend. The first is an exclusive, ticket-only event that will occur at the brewery’s Taproom on Saturday, to be followed by an event open to the public at Goodfriend on Sunday.