Breweries in Shreveport and Bossier City are building a following for craft beer in northwestern Louisiana.
Shreveport's most prominent brewery, Great Raft Brewing
(1251 Dalzell St., Shreveport, 318-734-9881), was instrumental in exposing the city to craft beers. The brewery is in an industrial area bordering a historic neighborhood (there are two bed and breakfast inns within walking distance of Great Raft), and the spacious taproom serves its flagships, seasonal brews and the ever-evolving house saison, Born in a Barn, which is only available at the brewery.
Great Raft's Saturday tour includes a look at its new Belgian beer brewing area which includes the state’s first 30-barrel foudre
(a large wooden barrel used to age and ferment beers brewed with lactobacillus and brettanomyces). The first brew in the Belgian beer series is a collaboration with Washington, D.C.'s Bluejacket brewery called Mixed Feelings, and it is available at The Avenue Pub
(1732 St Charles Ave., 504-586-9243) starting at noon Sunday, Jan. 31. It also will be available at locations yet to be determined.
Great Raft beer can be found in Shreveport restaurants including Ki' Mexico
(3839 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, 318-861-5941), which serves tacos, soups and salads, and Frank’s Pizza Napoletana
(6950 Fern Ave, Shreveport, 318-230-7130), which has one of Louisiana’s few Stefano Ferrara-built Neapolitan pizza ovens.
Shreveport’s Red River Brewing
Company is undergoing a significant expansion, including renovation of a large warehouse space in downtown Shreveport for its new brewery and taproom. The three founders hired their first full time employee, Steve Parks, as production brewer, and released a new flagship beer, Session 18.
Bossier City’s lone brewer, Flying Heart
Brewing (700 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, 318-584-7039), opened in May 2014
and distributes beer in Baton Rouge. Its brews will be available in Hammond, Covington and Mandeville in the coming weeks.