Flying Heart Brewing

Drinking a local Louisiana craft brew in a refurbished firehouse is — pardon the pun — too hot of an opportunity to pass up. Flying Heart Brewing is a new beer making business situated in a historic 1952 fire station, and is home to six distinctive brews and a tasting room that’s bringing crowds to the heart of Bossier City.

Like many of the breweries popping up around Louisiana (and right now, there are many new businesses), Flying Heart is the product of passionate home brewers who wanted to turn their hobby into a profit. Three couples came together to make Flying Heart happen, and today they make up part of a growing group of intrepid entrepreneurs revitalizing Bossier City’s downtown.

Business is heating up at Flying Heart, where you’ll find beers that include varieties you’ve probably heard of and at least one or two local flavors you’ve probably never tried. Co-owner Ben Hart recommends starting out with the Firehouse Blonde or Louisiana Amber, milder, light-bodied ales that are perfectly suited for daytime drinking on Flying Heart’s spacious tasting room patio. The 6 of Hearts golden ale is another light, warmer weather-appropriate beer, notable for its slight bitterness.

Bolder brews include Milk Maid, which Hart claims is among Louisiana’s only locally made milk stouts. It’s a maltier beer that pairs well with desserts. Fans of more adventurous, powerful malt-heavy varieties should look to the Black Heart ale, and beer lovers who aren’t afraid of a wee bit of whiskey will love Barrel 52, a porter that is infused with Bourbon-soaked oak.

Visitors can find some of Flying Heart’s beers at local restaurants in the Shreveport-Bossier City area; others are available only in the tasting room, where growlers are also available for purchase. Keep up to date with what’s brewing at Flying Heart’s website and by following the brewery on Facebook and Twitter.