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Beer Buzz: Shreveport's Red River Brewing expands 

click to enlarge Red River Brewing Company opened its new facility April 2.

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Red River Brewing Company opened its new facility April 2.

Red River Brewing Company increased the size of its production facility and jumped from a five-barrel brewhouse system to a 20-barrel operation and added a large taproom in a renovated building at 1200 Marshall St. in downtown Shreveport. The 23,000-square-foot facility has 17,000 square feet of brewing and production space, a 4,000-square-foot taproom, and a 2,000-square-foot private event space.

  The taproom has an outdoor patio with views of the Shreveport skyline and is decorated with repurposed wood from area barn structures, brewery co-founder Beau Raines says. "There are even pieces from a smokehouse that was built by (Gov.) Earl Long himself," Raines adds.

  There will be five to 10 taps devoted to Red River beer, including brewery flagships Hay Ryed wheat and rye ale, Session 18 IPA and its variation of helles lager, Heliopolis. Also available are specialty beers such as River Monster imperial red ale, Yellow Jack pale ale with lemon zest, and Captain's Reserve porter aged on vanilla beans and bourbon wood chips, which was the first beer to run out during opening weekend festivities.

  The brewery's bottling line will be delivered and operational later this month. Initially, flagship beers will be available in six packs, and 22-ounce bombers of specialty beers will follow later this year.

  The brewery's products are named after important elements of the area, a spokesman said in a press release.

  Beville also announced that full-time production brewer Steve Parks was brought on at the end of 2015. Parks is in charge of all brewing operations at the new facility. The brewery plans to add tours and yoga classes.

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