SHREVEPORT: Great Raft Brewery

So, I’ve spent the last 6 months working a great job in Shreveport, LA. But life has its twists and turns and I will be returning to my native California next week.

Since I arrived here in June, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the opening of two craft breweries. Now that Red River Brewing and Great Raft Brewing have launched, Shreveport can boast being the only city in Louisiana to have two craft breweries.

I had the pleasure of sampling some of Great Raft’s beers tonight. During a “Keep the Pint Glass” event at PieWorks in Shreveport, I tried Reasonably Corrupt, a tasty black lager, and Commotion, an enjoyable, well-crafted pale ale.

I also enjoyed chatting with Lindsay Nations who, with her husband Andrew, is a co-founder of the brewery. Read more about their story here. I have great confidence that their worthy beers and enthusiasm can help transform this community into a craft beer haven.

Great Raft’s tasting room opens on Friday, December 20. It’s located at 1251 Dalzell Street, Shreveport.

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The enthusiastic crowd at PieWorks enjoys beers from Great Raft Brewery

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Great Raft’s pale ale, Commotion

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Hello, again!

It’s been months since I blogged. In case you didn’t know, a job change took me from my native California and moved me to Shreveport, Louisiana. I’m enjoying the job, but the beer scene is practically non-existent (although two new craft breweries, Red River Brewing and Great Raft Brewing are just about up and running).

When I moved here I was able to bring with me 180 great California IPAs, thanks to the generosity of family and friends. After four months that supply has dwindled and I’m restocking. That’s not an easy task.

The only place that really has a good supply of craft beer is Brewniverse, a bottle shop and brewers supply store. Still, the selection of CA beers exists of North Coast, a Green Flash and some Anchor.

Dallas has some good shops, but that’s three hours away! I think distribution is the issue in Louisiana as it seems to be controlled by the majors. I wonder how one could start an independent craft beer distribution company…hmm.

I found a few good brews…Deep Ellum Brewery in Dallas and Wiseacre Brewing in Memphis. Both have good IPAs.