Featured Photo: The menu board and bar in the tasting room of Flying Heart Brewing. Photo by Chris Jay.
Flying Heart Brewing, a new craft brewery and tasting room located at 700 Barksdale Boulevard, will open to the public at 3 p.m. on May 1, 2015. The Flying Heart team have posted a Facebook event for the Grand Opening (here’s the link), local restaurants are readying to debut the brewery’s three flagship beers on tap, and the brewery’s owners are putting finishing touches on the tasting room. The building itself has a lot going for it: a rich history tied to local firefighters (the building formerly housed Bossier City Fire Station #6), a cool patio shaded by a beautiful magnolia tree, and a unique, hand-built look that could only come as a result of being actually built by hand. During a recent tour of the facility, I lost track of who built what, but suffice it to say that every door, table, bench or fence was re-purposed from old materials and built by one of the brewery’s owners.
As for the beer, Flying Heart Brewing will offer three flagship beers in local restaurants, which will be distributed on tap locally by Glazer’s. Those flagships are Firehouse Blonde, 6 of Hearts and Black Heart Smooth Black Ale. They’ll also be producing three other beers that can only be sampled at the tasting room. Those exclusive brews are Louisiana Amber, Milk Maid Stout and Barrel 52. I’m no beer expert, so for detailed descriptions of the beers, you may want to check out the recent post from New Orleans’s Gambit Weekly describing the brews.
The location of Flying Heart Brewing is another exciting piece of the equation. Located next door to the Bossier Arts Council, across the street from L’Italiano Restaurant and smack dab in the middle of three or four antiques shops located within a stone’s throw of the brewery, Flying Heart could very well end up benefiting all of the businesses in the neighborhood.
If you’d like to learn more about Shreveport-Bossier’s growing craft beer scene, including local breweries Great Raft Brewing and Red River Brewing Company, check out page 17 of Eat Here: A Food Lover’s Guide to Shreveport-Bossier (direct link to page 17).