Ice Cold Draft: FW Brewery Debuts Snowmageddon Beer

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FORT WORTH — It’s the Snowmageddon! No, not the weather. It’s a beer.

“Just Snowmageddon, like, the most intense name of snow and ice they could come up with. This is what we ended up with,” Rahr & Sons Brewery Creative DirectorJeff Wood said.

Rahr & Sons Brewery of Fort Worth is serving up its annual brew, Snowmageddon.

“Big, bold, imperial oatmeal stout, very flavorful, a nice winter beer,” Wood added.

NewsFix took a look around the brewery Wednesday. And it’s not called Snowmageddon for nothing.

“I get another phone call, that said, hey, the brewery’s gone,” Operations Manager Jason Lyon said. “And I thought he was just messing with me. He was like, No, I’m serious. The brewery’s gone.”

Back in 2010, snow caused the roof of the entire brewery to cave in.

“The center beam had completely faulted, and it twisted and collapsed in on itself,” Wood explained.

Loads of their equipment—gone.

“This entire left side was just open to the sky, and there was kind of melted snow and ice just pouring in about 2-3 inches of water on the floor,” Wood added.

“Kind of surreal,” Lyon said.

But that didn’t stop this small staff from rebuilding.

“We let the public know what happened, and they all rallied around us,” Lyon said.

Five years later, it’s beers-ness as usual. New fermenting tanks and a fresh brew on life .

“You go from a feeling like we felt that morning -- not knowing what the future holds -- and where we are now. It’s just tremendous,” Lyon said. “[We can keep] doing what we love.”