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Brewery Making Beer with Local Donuts


Great Raft Brewing is combining two Shreveport staples to make a one-of-a-kind brew. “Cheat Day” Donut Milk Stout will be brewed with over 30 dozen glazed donuts from Southern Maid – a Shreveport breakfast institution – and Great Raft Brewing is inviting the public to help in the brewing process.

On Saturday, November 25, Great Raft Brewing is throwing a “Donut Drop” party. The tasting room is already open on Saturdays from 12-9 pm, but on Saturday, November 25, it will not only open its doors, but also its brewhouse to the public. The community is invited to help add over 350 donuts into the mash, with donut drop times at 12 and 2 pm.

“We’re working to create a craft beer culture in Shreveport, and an important way to do that is to get people involved in what they are drinking. Therefore, we wanted to engage with the community to help make this beer. The more people can participate in the creation of the beer, the more they can understand and appreciate the beer making process,” says Lindsay Nations, co-founder and vice president of Great Raft Brewing.


Participation in the donut drop is first come, first served. Each person will have the opportunity to help brew this unique beer alongside Chief Brewer Harvey Kenney by dropping a donut into the mash. Plenty of extra donuts will be on hand for consumption as well. After dropping a donut into the beer, 21+ guests will receive a custom Great Raft Brewing bracelet that is good for $1 off any Great Raft Brewing beer at the brewery until Cheat Day Donut Milk Stout is released. Additionally, participants can receive one free pint of Cheat Day that they helped brew, simply by returning the bracelet on Saturday, December 23rd.

Cheat Day is a delicious way that Great Raft Brewing is celebrating another local business and the people who help make Shreveport awesome. To learn more about the donut drop party, more details can be found here.

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