June 9, 2021

The Great Raft crew is always on the lookout for innovative ways to partner with our friends in the brewing industry. Early in 2021, as our state began to re-open for business, we decided it was time to collaborate with some of our friends down in South Louisiana to brew a beer that celebrates our favorite things – crispy lager and our beautiful home state. We reached out to our buddy Eric Jensen with Parleaux Beer Lab in New Orleans, and in early May he visited us in Shreveport to brew something special.

“Twilight of My Youth” was born when our head brewer, Zak Strezo, co-founder Andrew Nations, and Eric from Parleaux spent some time discussing their favorite type of beer – lager. What started as a straightforward pale lager, evolved into an amazing blend of classic techniques with a few modern tricks.

Brewed with Pilsen malt, “Twilight of My Youth” also received a generous addition of oats to complement the crisp finish with a soft mouthfeel. We used Nelson Sauvin hops throughout the brewing process — in both the whirlpool and a dry-hop addition — to bring out the stunning fruit and wine-like flavors of a floral and earthy bouquet. The Nelson Sauvin dry hop in throws notes of white grape and mango, with a subtle hint of bitter grapefruit rind. 


We kept the brewing process super traditional, with a long lagering time to achieve the characteristic color and clarity of this beer style. This crispy lager was fermented in stainless and lagered on Cypress wood, giving the final product inviting notes of sponge cake and vanilla wafer. 

Want to experience this amazing beer for yourself? It will be available in the Great Raft Tasting Room beginning Friday, June 11. In the New Orleans area and want to try it for yourself? Join our brand rep Roger for one of the events listed below, and follow our South Louisiana Instagram Page for more details about where else to find this beer near you.

Friday, 6/11 – The Mayhaw at St. Roch Market, 4:30-6:30pm
Friday, 6/11 –  Bud Rip’s, 7-9pm


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