Great Raft Brewing to launch Baton Rouge and Northshore markets in August


Hey Baton Rouge and the Northshore, are you ready for some Great Raft? Come August, you’ll finally be able to get some in the Capital City. The Shreveport brewery today announced plans to begin distribution of their lagers and ales beginning in August. That means you’ll be able to find both draft and six-pack cans of their flagships as well as seasonal releases in draft and 22-ounce bottles.

Great Raft features three flagships, Southern Drawl (pale lager), Commotion (American pale ale) and Reasonably Corrupt (schwarzbier, which is a black lager).

Great Raft Commotion Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt Great Raft Southern Drawl

Their seasonal offerings include Grace and Grit (Double IPA), All My Tomorrows (Hoppy Saison), and At Arm’s Length (India Pale Lager), Creature of Habit (coffee brown ale), Awkward Uncle (Belgian strong dark ale), as well as a line of collaboration beers with chef John Besh’s restaurant group.

More details about the exact dates of launch, and what seasonals/specialties that will be available will be forthcoming as things get ironed out.

Great Raft tap handles

Read the full release from Great Raft below:

Great Raft Brewing Expands Distribution to Baton Rouge and Northshore Markets – Flagships, select seasonals available in August – Crescent Crown Distributing selected as distributor

Lindsay Nations, Press Contact

June 30, 2015, SHREVEPORT, La. – Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport’s first craft brewery, will introduce its products to Baton Rouge and Northshore markets starting in August. The distribution partnership with Crescent Crown Distributing means more of southern Louisiana’s craft beer enthusiasts can soon enjoy Great Raft’s flagship beers.

“We are excited to share our beers with our patient fans and new consumers alike in these markets. We brewed 3,000 barrels of beer in our first year of operation and are growing every month,” said co-founder and President Andrew Nations. “We hoped to expand to Baton Rouge and Northshore last year but expectation-surpassing sales in other markets prevented this growth.”

Reasonably Corrupt™ black lager, Southern Drawl™ pale lager and Commotion™ pale ale, Great Raft’s original, flagship beers, will be available on tap and in cans throughout the Baton Rouge and Northshore markets in early August. Seasonal and small-batch offerings will be selectively available as well.

Great Raft’s expansion plans will continue with additional Louisiana parishes in early 2016.

“We are proud to make beer in Louisiana, for Louisiana, and are eager to begin sharing our beer with more and more of the state,” Nations added.

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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