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Food friendly beer, serious socializing at Shreveport, La's Great Raft Brewing

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You can't do mixology cocktails every day. It's expensive -- even at home -- and also, a little bit fussy. I mean, unless you're Patricia Altschul on Southern Charm with live-in help bringing your "medicine" every afternoon, who can be bothered? What you want on a steamy, hot end to the day is a cold one . . . a beer. It doesn't get steamier or hotter than in Shreveport, Louisiana! Great Big Raft Brewing to the rescue! I was happy to be hosted to experience it.

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They have an interesting concept -- forward thinking -- to what beers they create. Here's what they say about it:

Great Raft Brewing's mission is to create fresh craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana. Our beer is be complex, inspired, bold and plentiful, providing our 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 in our cooking, but complements it as well. Great Raft beers are produced with the finest hops and grains, providing our customers with consistently great beer in every batch.

Great Raft Brewing was founded on the principle of brewing what we call “Real Beer.” Real Beer is brewed with creativity, passion, and authenticity. Our beer is brewed with creativity that pushes the boundaries of style, a passion for greatness, and authentic, quality ingredients.

I also find it interesting and cool that their very post-industrial space is the happening place in the area for young professionals to socialize come Happy Hour! If you visit Shreveport and want to do some upscale mingling in a fun, low-key atmosphere, this is the place. Plus, you've got the artisan, hand-crafted beer!

For more info, check out Explore Louisiana North.