On Rotation in Lakewood taps 40 craft beers, including local favorites like jalapeño saison and raspberry sour. Photography by Rasy Ran

Cash and a safe were stolen early Sunday during a break-in at On Rotation Small Batch Brewery & Taproom, the owners said on Facebook.

Owner Jacob Sloan said he awoke at 4 a.m. when the business’ alarm sounded. From a remote camera at his home, he saw what appeared to be three men wearing masks. They pried a set of double doors open and went straight to the safe, Sloan said.

“We are thankful none of our team was put in danger and that none of our beers were disturbed,” the business posted on Facebook. “But, obviously, we are upset to face this in just our second weekend since reopening. We’ve never been burglarized before today, and it’s never a great feeling.”

It is not clear how much cash was stolen, but Sloan estimates thousands of dollars in damages to the doors and locks.

The owners repaired and secured the taproom overnight and reopened the business at 7328 Gaston Ave. from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s a setback in the reopening process, but we’ve gotten lots of support from the community,” Sloan said. “It’s helped us not be in a completely bummer mood.”

On Rotation reopened Sept. 24 after closing in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It plans to relocate to the Braniff Centre near Dallas Love Field after five years in Lakewood. The move will allow On Rotation to expand production, package beers and build a kitchen.


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