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.
The Great Raft Mission
Great Raft Brewing's mission is to create fresh craft beer that complements the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana. Our beer is 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.
Drink Real BeerTM. You deserve it.
The Great Raft Team
Andrew Nations, Co-founder, President
While living in DC, Andrew held Operations and IT Project Management roles with Amazon.com, Sirius XM and AT&T. It was in DC that he started to understand and appreciate craft beer. He began contributing to and eventually purchased DCBeer.com, the DC-area’s premier website for craft beer information and events. His passion for craft beer grew, and after five years of homebrewing, decided he wanted to get out from behind the desk to start brewing beer for the people of Louisiana. Andrew is also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and he also completed a concise brewing course from the Siebel Institute of Technology Brewing School.
Lindsay Nations, Co-founder, Vice President
Lindsay has worked in high-tech marketing for over ten years, and is currently working for Cisco Systems in the areas of Marketing and Strategic Planning. While in DC, she obtained her MBA from George Mason University and is putting those learned skills to work to grow Great Raft Brewing. Her love affair with beer began in DC - a market with a vast variety of beer. Lindsay and Andrew became more involved in the craft beer scene, and knew they wanted to bring their passion for beer back to their hometown. Lindsay is also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.
Harvey Kenney, Chief Brewer
Harvey came to Great Raft from Thunder Road Brewing Company outside Melbourne, Australia, where he served as chief brewer. A long time brewer, Kenney brings a blend of chemistry and artistry to his brewing. Kenney has held brewing roles in California, Turkey, Mexico, and most recently in Australia as a part of Thunder Road since its inception in 2009. His background in biochemistry and brewing science as a University of California Davis graduate is a perfect fit for Great Raft.
Justin Baker, Cellarman
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Ross Tompkins, Brand Manager
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Roger Tauli , South Louisiana Brand Manager
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