Photography Note: Photos for this post were taken from the Flying Heart Brewing Facebook page and are used with permission.
UPDATE: As of 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, there’s been a change of plans and the Flying Heart Brewing folks will no longer be throwing these special beads during Saturday’s Krewe of Gemini parade or handing them out at the float-loading party. There’s still great info about the brewery in this post, so I’m going to leave the post up. Thanks for reading! -Chris
If you’re a craft beer lover and are planning to attend Saturday’s massive Krewe of Gemini parade in Shreveport-Bossier, you’re going to want to scream especially loud for one float in particular. That float, “Float H,” will have the theme “Louisiana Saturday Night,” and several of the riders aboard the float will be the owners of soon-to-open Flying Heart Brewing in Bossier City. If you catch one of their limited edition specialty beads, and are age 21 or older, you can redeem that bead for a complimentary Flying Heart Brewing beer once the brewery and tasting room opens in mid-to-late March of this year.
“What we’re doing is, if you get one of those beads, you can bring it in for a free beer when we get open,” said Jason LeBleu, one of the members of the Flying Heart Brewing team who’ll be aboard the “Louisiana Saturday Night” float. A post on the brewery’s Facebook page read: “Catch one of these babies and you can redeem it for a free brew in our tasting room when we open. Scream, make some noise…get our attention and you’ll get a bead.”
Flying Heart Brewing’s facility is located at 700 Barksdale Boulevard, in a building that once served as a fire station. LeBleu, an easy-going character with a lot of kind words for Shreveport-Bossier’s burgeoning craft beer scene, encourages local beer lovers to follow the brewery on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the brewery’s progress toward opening. If you’re 21 or older, I’d also encourage you to swing past their website to learn about the beers they’re planning to brew.
The Krewe of Gemini Parade rolls at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 and will follow this route.