Craft Breweries

Craft Breweries

By Annie Ourso | LSU Student

Brewers Bash will feature specialty beers from the nine breweries, Irish pub food and a chance for guests to meet brewery owners and staff.

According to the national Beer Institute in 2012, Louisiana ranked 11th in beer consumption per capita, but the national Brewers Association states that Louisiana ranks second to last in breweries per capita.

"We're high in production, statistically, but the number and variety of breweries is still quite low," Rolling said.

Great Raft Brewing president Andrew Nations, who opened his company in October 2013, said brewing in Shreveport was challenging but ultimately successful.

"This last year has been hectic, crazy busy, but our hometown here in Shreveport has been unbelievably supportive. We're expanding a lot faster than we thought."

Events that Great Raft has planned for Louisiana Craft Brewers Week include Husk, Hull and Rind: a beer, wine and cheese tasting event, which will be held at the brewery Sept. 23 and again at Nonna restaurant in Monroe Sept. 24.

The brewery will also launch a new India Pale Lager – At Arm's Length – Sept. 24 at Twisted Root in Shreveport and Sept. 25 at Great Raft Brewing.

"(Craft Brewers Week) is a great opportunity for brewers around the state," Nations said. "We're growing and making a name for our state."

The state's breweries also have individual events scheduled to celebrate Louisiana Craft Brewers Week.

NOLA Brewing, for instance, has events planned at restaurants in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Covington and New Orleans. At the end of the week, NOLA wraps up with a tour and "Pour Decisions" on Sept. 26 at the NOLA Tap Room, where the taps will be swapped for 18 new specialty beers.

Meanwhile, in Acadiana, Bayou Teche Brewing will introduce two specialty beers, Teche Hombres and Mango Albino, at the Greenroom in downtown Lafayette on Sept. 23.

The brewing company also will host "Live at Bayou Teche Coup de Main" on Sept. 27 at its taproom, a mix of Cajun music, specialty brews and food trucks from noon to 4 p.m.

"We're in Louisiana, and we're brewing beer for people in Louisiana," said Stephanie Knott of Bayou Teche Brewing. "Craft Brewers Week gets people excited about our breweries here. This year is even better then last. Even our distributors are getting involved. The entire week is a Louisiana craft beer takeover."