For Lakewood Brewing Co.’s founder, president and head brewer, it all started in Belgium.

That is where Wim Bens was born, and that is where he lived until he moved to Texas when he was seven0years-old. He began home brewing after graduating from Southern Methodist University and “cut the cord” from his old job after graduating from the American Brewer’s Guild.

After a year and a half of planning and building, Lakewood officially sold its first keg of beer on Aug. 4, 2012 and brewed 11 styles of beer during that first year in business. Since then, the brewery has completed a 14,000-square-foot expansion that includes 8,000-square-feet of brand new production space as well as a larger 2,000-square-foot taproom with 16 beers on tap, space for tables and a merchandise store. The new room has also allowed Lakewood to add a canning line as well as double production.

Wim Bens

This portrait was taken at Lakewood Brewing Co. in Garland, Texas using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm f/1.2 lens set at f/1.6. The shutter speed was 1/100 second at ISO 125. There were two sources of light: ambient light from the brewery itself and light from a flash controlled by radio slaves. The photograph was then converted from RAW in Adobe Lightroom before being converted to black and white as well as adjusted for color, contrast and sharpness using custom actions in Photoshop CC.