Great Raft Announces “Independents Day” fest!


Great Raft Brewing

Great Raft Brewing celebrates “Independents Day” during July 4 fest 
– Annual event showcases Shreveport-area locally owned businesses
– Day-long schedule of activities capped by evening concert

Lindsay Nations, Press Contact

June 29, 2014, SHREVEPORT, La. — Great Raft Brewing will mark all things independent in Shreveport, La., through its free “Independents Day” celebration on Sat., July 4. In its second year, the celebration commemorates the creativity and hard work of Americans past and present, especially those who call Shreveport home and have made locally owned businesses a priority.

“We wanted to not only celebrate the independence of our country, but also highlight the creativity and hardworking entrepreneurs and artists in Shreveport,” said Lindsay Nations, Great Raft co-founder and vice president. “There is so much home-grown talent in Shreveport, and this event is a fun way to support our fellow business owners and introduce them to new customers.”

The brewery, located at 1251 Dalzell Street in Shreveport, will open to the public ages 21+ at 11 am for Independents Day. The event includes a unique opportunity to try select Great Raft beers, including its summer seasonal India Pale Lager called At Arm’s Length. Guests will also enjoy delicious local food from Bohemian Pork, a side project of the team at Wine Country Bistro, for the first ever Brew-B-Q, which is an all-you-can-eat BBQ for $20 per person. Local food truck Missing Link will also be on site selling gourmet hot dogs and fries. Day Old Blues Record Store will set up a pop-up shop of independent artists, including many who call Shreveport home.

Local artists The Good News, Daniel Goodwill and Chris DeRosia of Hwy Lions, The Seratones and Hydrogen Child will play a free show from 5-9 pm.

Additionally, runners who participate in the Firecracker 5K can bring their race bib to the brewery to redeem a free beer between 11am and 5 pm.

Free tours of the 27,000 sq. ft. production facility will take place at 1, 2 and 3 pm. To learn more about the day’s activities, visit


About Great Raft Brewing: Great Raft Brewing is a Shreveport, Louisiana based craft brewery dedicated to making creative, authentic beer and helping to build a great beer culture within communities it serves. Co-founders Andrew and Lindsay Nations are Shreveport natives with a passion for beer. Born from their desire to bring exciting, flavorful, fresh craft beer to their hometown, Great Raft Brewing is bringing the craft brewing tradition to Northern Louisiana.

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