Great Raft expanding to south Louisiana in November

Just got this bit of news across the wire. Great Raft Brewing is expanding to New Orleans beginning in November. I’m not gonna lie that I’m bummed that it won’t be available in Baton Rouge (unless I hijack the truck when it’s passing through town). But it’s good that they are expanding south. Either way, a drive to New Orleans is shorter than a drive to Shreveport for me. Hopefully things go well enough that it will be here in early 2015.

Great Raft Brewing
Great Raft Brewing Expands Distribution to New Orleans
– Select drafts, seasonals available in November
Crescent Crown Distributing selected as distributor

Lindsay Nations, Press Contact
318-734-8101September 22, 2014, SHREVEPORT, La. — Nearing a year in operation and with expectation-breaking sales, Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport’s first craft brewery and tasting room, will introduce its products to New Orleans starting in November. The distribution partnership with Crescent Crown Distributing means New Orleans’ craft beer enthusiasts can soon enjoy Great Raft’s flagship beers.

“We are excited to introduce our beers to new consumers in the southern part of our great state – we produced more than 2,000 barrels of beer in our first 11 months, and think New Orleans will enjoy our beer just as much as Shreveport has,” said co-founder and president Andrew Nations.  ”We are proud to make beer in Louisiana, for Louisiana, and we are eager to finally share our beers with South Louisiana.”

Reasonably Corrupt™ black lager, Southern Drawl™ pale lager and Commotion™ pale ale, Great Raft’s original, flagship beers, will be available on tap throughout the New Orleans market in early November. Seasonal and small-batch offerings will be selectively available as well.

As a sneak peek, Great Raft Brewing will be pouring its beer at New Orleans on Tap onSat., Sept. 27.

Nations said that though the distribution plan does not initially include Baton Rouge or Northshore, Great Raft Brewing hopes to expand into those markets later in 2015.

Founded by Shreveport natives Andrew and Lindsay Nations, Great Raft Brewing began operations in October 2013. For more information about Great Raft Brewing’s beers, expansion plans and more, please visit

###About Great Raft Brewing: Great Raft Brewing is a Shreveport, Louisiana 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.

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