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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Brewsday Tuesday: Great Raft comes to New Orleans

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click to enlarge Great Raft's Andrew and Lindsay Nations served their beer for the first time in New Orleans at New Orleans on Tap.
  • Great Raft's Andrew and Lindsay Nations served their beer for the first time in New Orleans at New Orleans on Tap.

Craft lager fans, rejoice. Beers from 10 Louisiana breweries will be available in New Orleans starting in November when Shreveport's Great Raft Brewing 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 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 recently released 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. There are no specific plans at this time for distribution in Baton Rouge and the Northshore, but Andrew and Lindsay Nations say that they hope to expand to those markets in 2015.

The brewery celebrates its first anniversary Oct. 17. 

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