FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lindsay Nations, Press Contact
Dec. 4, 2013, SHREVEPORT, La. – Great Raft Brewing will feature eight craft brews in the Shreveport area’s first local brewery tasting room that opens Fri., Dec. 20.
The Great Raft tasting room will initially feature three flagship beers with an additional five taps devoted to a variety of one-off and specialty beers. The 2,500 square foot tasting rooms seats up to 75 patrons and is part of Great Raft’s brewing operations located in Shreveport’s Fairfield Historic District.
“The Great Raft tasting room will provide a unique experience for beer lovers, and it gives us the opportunity to engage directly with the community about our beers. We are also excited to use this space as a way to increase the awareness and enjoyment of a variety of beer styles,” said Lindsay Nations, vice president and co-founder of Great Raft Brewing.
To commemorate the grand opening, the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce will perform a ribbon cutting at 9:30 am, and the tasting room opens to the public from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The celebration will also feature food trucks from local Shreveport establishments. In the tasting room, customers may purchase 64-ounce containers, known as growlers, filled with fresh beer to go. Customers can also enjoy 5-ounce samples and 16-ounce pints on site.
“As the newest Louisiana brewery and only tasting room in Shreveport, we are excited to give both local and regional beer lovers an opportunity to enjoy a pint of local beer just feet from where it was made,” said president Andrew Nations.
Following the grand opening, the tasting room will be open on a regular basis on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturdays from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tours will be available in early 2014.
Great Raft’s current beer lineup is a black lager named Reasonably Corrupt™, a pale lager named Southern Drawl™ and an American pale ale named Commotion™. A house saison will soon be available, and other specialty beers will be announced as they are released.
In addition to the brewery’s tasting room, Great Raft beer will be available in wholesale kegs through Eagle Distributing of Shreveport for local restaurants and bars. BeginningDec. 9, Great Raft will be on tap at area bars and restaurants as the brewery celebrates its launch week. A full list of launch week events is available atwww.greatraftbrewing.com.
About Great Raft Brewing: Great Raft Brewing is a Shreveport, La.-based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves. Co-founders Andrew and Lindsay Nations are Shreveport natives with a passion for beer. Born from their desire to bring exciting, flavorful, fresh craft beer to their hometown, Great Raft Brewing is bringing the craft brewing tradition to Northern Louisiana.
Information about Great Raft Brewing can be found at www.greatraftbrewing.com. Learn more on Twitter https://twitter.com/GreatRaftBeer and Facebook www.facebook.com/greatraftbrewing.