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A Tour of Breweries…Crossing State Lines

We had been to Shreveport a few times over the years to visit the boardwalk or Sci-Port or even a trip or two to one of the many Casinos, but our day trip to Shreveport with Visit Tyler and Visit Shreveport/Bossier exposed us to opportunities in the city we knew nothing about. 


Ki'MexicoFirst of all, we can’t say enough good things about Ki’ Mexico. We tried a salmon tostada, a side salad, and street tacos, because… tacos.  All were fresh and had such unique flavors and the hibiscus margarita sealed the deal. We sampled 4 of their milder salsa versions, but there are hot versions available for those whose taste buds are tougher than ours. The chef creates signature dishes daily and tries very hard not to repeat any of their soups. That ability alone should clue you in to the quality of food!  By far the highlight of the meal was the atmosphere and did we mention the hibiscus margarita.  (Even the bathrooms were cute and clean!) Ki’Mexico is located south of I-20 in the Highland/South Highland area. It’s a beautiful neighborhood working hard to increase activities and clean up a once thriving area. 

Great Raft Brewing 

Great Raft BrewingOnce we were fueled up, we headed out to the first brewery, Great Raft. It was the first Brewery to open since prohibition. Lindsey and her husband opened it because of their love for beer and their love for the Shreveport-Bossier community. Not only are their beer options vast and delicious, they are environmentally conscious regarding many decisions and even use locally grown rice for one of their year round selections. There were both inside and outside seating options and Great Raft is child and pet friendly! We got to taste a variety of their offerings through flights that included lighter to darker brew options while seated in their airy tap room area. After settling on a beer of choice, we ventured out into the brewery area for a tour and to hear about the story of Great Raft from one of the founders. We hadn’t really considered before this day that every craft brewery has a story. 

Red River Brewing Company

Red River BrewingRed River Brewing Company was our next tour stop. We got to sample several uniquely flavored offerings including a summery kiwi and cucumber brew, while able to view much of the brewery operations though large glass windows. Red River Brewery is new to the Shreveport area. Nestled just a hop away from downtown Shreveport, this Brewery features a game room just for kids right off the main room. The owners are also Shreveport locals that love the culture and work hard to support their community. They have clever names for their beer and use local attractions in the naming process. This facility was completely air conditioned and large enough for the whole family to enjoy. A taco truck pulled up just as we were finishing the tour! 

The Flying Heart Brewery

Flying Heart BrewingWe ended the day at the firehouse-turned-brewhouse at Flying Heart Brewery. The Flying Heart Brewery was the only one located in Bossier City. This one is just down the road from the Boardwalk shopping center. They renovated an old fire station and reclaimed the freezer box from a local building. It’s historical atmosphere with hints of its previous fire station life and a memorial tree out front, made it inviting to sit in one of the airy porch areas while sampling their flagship offerings, such as the Firehouse Blonde Ale and a new seasonal blueberry shandy (a personal favorite of the day). A perfect way to end our afternoon of touring.
All three breweries are locally owned. We had the honor of visiting with the owners and it was wonderful to hear the passion they have for their community and for the product they are producing. We loved the stories of how each owner landed in Shreveport, their family history and circumstances and all the things that have helped shape their businesses. You can tell that a lot of work and a lot of love goes into each brewery.
If your travel plans are centered around tasty food offerings and unique craft beers, the Shreveport-Bossier area will not disappoint. In under two hours from most of East Texas, you will feel welcomed as if you were in your hometown, but greeted with new sights, tastes, and sounds that provide a refreshing break from the everyday. All of these offerings make it the perfect day trip or overnight getaway!

There are so many festivals on the calendar for Shreveport. Many are free events with tons of music and vendors.  We are really excited about taking our families back there to join in the fun sometime soon.

Though this trip was sponsored, the experiences and opinions are 100% our own! 

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