What type of brewery is Great Raft?
Great Raft is a production craft brewery that partners with distributors across Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas to deliver our beer to restaurants and stores. We also have a tasting room where you can sign up for a tour, buy a sample, pint or growler fill.
What is a craft brewery?
Craft breweries are defined by the Brewers Association as being three things:
Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less
Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.
Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.
What type of beer do you make?
Great Raft produces a variety of beers ranging from Belgian ales to German lagers. Our beer complements the climate and the culture of the south, and we use local and seasonal ingredients when possible to create unique, high-quality beer. Currently, Great Raft produces four flagship beers year-around: Southern Drawl (a dry-hopped Pilsner), Reasonably Corrupt (a Black Lager), Commotion (a hazy American Pale Ale) and 318 (a Golden Ale). Seasonal and one-off batches are available throughout the year as well.
Where are you located?
1251 Dalzell, Shreveport, Louisiana 71103
Where can I buy your beer?
Great Raft Brewing beer is on available throughout all of Louisiana and Arkansas, as well as in East Texas and the DFW area. Please visit our beer locator for a list of specific locations near you.
Our canning operation started in February 2014. Our cans are made of a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled aluminum and are infinitely recyclable. Americans are also at least twice as likely to recycle aluminum as they are glass, so our packaging will continue to help the environment, even after the beer is consumed. The beer in our cans has never seen UV light and has less CO2 pickup up during packaging. This means fresher beer for our consumers.
What is a growler?
A growler is a reusable half-gallon (64 oz) glass jug made for takeout draft beer. You can buy a growler and a growler fill of your favorite Great Raft beer during our tasting room hours. The containers are reusable and hold a little less than a six-pack of fresh beer. Once opened, you’ve got about 2 days to drink the beer, but it’s best to finish in one sitting. Headed to a get-together and want to share a few fresh Great Raft beers with your friends? These are great to take to a picnic, dinner or party. When the growler is empty, be sure to wash and dry the jug (and the cap) to keep it clean and ready for your next fill. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK FROM GROWLERS IN THE TASTING ROOM. The growlers and our packaged beers are TO-GO ONLY. Thank you!
I have some 4-pack and 6-pack carriers at my house. Can I return them to you?
Yes! Great Raft is happy to accept your gently used plastic carriers. Whenever possible, we will clean and reuse them in our canning operations. If they are too damaged for our use, we will transport them to Bossier City for recycling at their facilities.
We want to reward you for reducing your impact on our environment by hooking you up with some Great Raft swag for doing your part. What can you get?
- 10-24 carriers returned – Great Raft koozie
- 25-49 carriers returned – Great Raft pint glass
- 50-74 carriers returned – 6-pack of Great Raft flagship beer
- 75+ carriers returned – Great Raft t-shirt