Beers from 10 Louisiana breweries will be available in New Orleans starting in November, when Shreveport's Great Raft Brewing (www.greatraftbrewing.com) enters the market. The brewery served its beer in the city for the first time as a production brewery at New Orleans On Tap, the beer-focused LA/SPCA fundraiser held in New Orleans City Park Sept. 27.
"We've always aimed to get down [to New Orleans] as soon as possible and made some strategic decisions to introduce the brand before the chaos of Mardi Gras," says Great Raft co-founder Lindsay Nations. "We do hope to see packages (of our beer) in the market by parade season but wanted to have some additional time to introduce our products on draft first."
New Orleans On Tap attendees were able to sample one of Great Raft's flagship beers, Reasonably Corrupt, a black lager, as well as its most recent small batch, At Arm's Length, which is described as an "imperial pale lager."
"We are proud to make beer in Louisiana for Louisiana," says Great Raft co-founder and President Andrew Nations. "We are eager to finally share our beers with south Louisiana."
According to Great Raft's announcement, Reasonably Corrupt black lager, Southern Drawl pale lager and Commotion pale ale, which are Great Raft's original flagship beers, will be available on tap throughout the New Orleans market in early November. Seasonal and small-batch offerings such as India pale lager At Arm's Length, double India pale ale Grace and Grit and hoppy, Belgian-style All My Tomorrows will be selectively available as well.
Crescent Crown will distribute Great Raft in New Orleans, and the Nations say that they hope to expand to Baton Rouge and the Northshore in 2015.
The brewery celebrates its first anniversary Oct. 17.