Featured Brewery: Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, LA

While living in Washington D.C., Andrew and Lindsey Nations were busy working high-tech marketing and project management jobs for large companies like Amazon, Sirius and AT&T, but they were also becoming very involved in the craft beer scene. They tried their hand at homebrewing for several years, and learned about the business end of brewing, before moving back home to Louisiana to start Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport. They’re dedicated to brewing craft beer in Louisiana and making Shreveport a better place.

Andrew is also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and has completed a concise brewing course from the Siebel Institute of Technology Brewing School. Meanwhile, Lindsay has worked in high-tech marketing and communications for several years and is putting those learned skills to work at Great Raft Brewing.

Great Raft creates craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana. Their beer is complex, inspired, bold and plentiful, providing customers a beer experience unlike any other. Southern people enjoy spicy, flavorful food and Great Raft beer not only stands up to the bold flavors of Louisiana cooking, but complements it as well. The brewery was founded on the principle of brewing they call Real Beer – brewed with creativity, passion, and authenticity.

Featured Beer: 318
ABV: 4%, IBU: 20

​318 is brewed with Louisiana honey and orange peel creating a light and refreshing ale that, until now, was exclusive to the 318 area code.  Now it’s time for the 903 area code to enjoy this balanced, approachable and immensely refreshing beer. 

Food Pairings:
Cajun, Creole and Lousisiana cooking, spicy dishes

Featured Recipe:
Spicy Beer-Honey Barbecue Sauce

1 cup light beer
1 cup tomato sauce
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer, let the mixture thicken, and reduce by half. Chill to room temperature before serving.

Published 3/02/20

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