Breweries in Shreveport and Bossier City are building a following for locally made craft beer in northwestern Louisiana.
Shreveport's most prominent brewery, Great Raft Brewing (1251 Dalzell St., Shreveport, 318-734-9881; www.greatraftbrewing.com), has been instrumental in exposing the city to craft beer.
Great Raft's Saturday tour includes a look at its new Belgian-style brewing area. The first brew in the Belgian-style beer series is a collaboration with Washington, D.C.'s Bluejacket brewery called Mixed Feelings, and a limited supply will be available at The Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave., 504-586-9243).
In Shreveport, Great Raft beer can be found at restaurants including Ki' Mexico (3839 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, 318-861-5941; www.facebook.com/kimexico), which serves tacos, soups and salads, and Frank's Pizza Napoletana (6950 Fern Ave., Shreveport, 318-230-7130; www.frankspizzanapolentana.com), which has one of Louisiana's few Stefano Ferrara-built Neapolitan pizza ovens.
Shreveport's Red River Brewing Company (www.redriverbeer.com) is expanding, including renovation of a large warehouse space in downtown Shreveport for its new brewery and taproom. The three founders have released a new flagship beer, Session 18.
Bossier City's lone brewery, Flying Heart Brewing (700 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City, 318-584-7039; www.flyingheartbrewing.com), opened in May 2014 and distributes beer in Baton Rouge. Its brews will be available in Hammond, Covington and Mandeville in coming weeks.