Red River Brewing
Ready to bring craft beer to north Louisiana, Robert McGuire, Jared Beville, and Beau Raines founded the Red River Brewing Company near downtown Shreveport. As a project several years in the making, Red River is a classic home-brewer-dream-turned-reality story. It had been over a century since Shreveport had a brewery it could claim as its own. On a mission to change that and bring quality local beer to their fellow Louisianans, the trio finally took the operation to commercial brewery status in the fall of 2013 and now their nano-brewery is supplying some of Shreveport’s favorite brews.
The three founders of the brewery all play unique roles in its operations. Robert McGuire, a science teacher by trade, is the brew master of the group. He applies his knowledge of science to the art of making great beer. Jared Beville took the idea to start the brewery and turned it into a business. Beau Raines is the resident hop head and mechanical engineer. The group also relies on the help of other local home brewers and business partners to make Red River a true community brewery. And perhaps they are on to something, because the community brews some outstanding beer.
Red River wanted to make beers with personality that could also fit with rest of the flavor profiles of Louisiana. They begin with the Hay Ryed, an American wheat ale brewed with a hint of rye and hops. The beer is perfect for enjoying outdoors throughout the long Louisiana summers. It partners perfectly with a traditional crawfish boil or grilled fish. The Blonde Bomber is a blonde ale that has a strong malt backbone and a dry finish. Another brew that is light in color and very approachable to the average beer drinker, it can be consumed in any bar with a fried seafood po' boy. The Red River Red is an Irish style red ale with characteristics from an extra special bitter or ESB. It definitely tastes like the British Isles and pairs wonderfully with local game such as duck and venison. Finally, the River Monster is Red River’s answer to the hop lovers among us. The American pale ale is packed with two-row malt but combines that with a generous portion of hops that give it a citrus and spicy bitterness as well. They aim for an aggressive but drinkable flavor profile so that nobody has to be afraid of the Monster, but it still packs a mean bite.
The Red River Brewing Company exists as a project of passion for the owners and their staff. Still in its infancy, the brewery itself is currently only open by appointment. But have no fear, you can find their brews at some of Shreveport’s best watering holes, and it won’t be long before they grow!