Most of us are pretty familiar with our local breweries. One of the first, and one of the best known local brewhouses is Great Raft Brewing. The brewery was named after the historic logjam, known as "The Great Raft",  which was broken up by Captain Henry Miller Shreve in the 1830's.  In addition to Great Raft, Shreveport Bossier also boasts Flying Heart Brewery, Red River Brewpub and 7th Tap.  Local craft brewers abound across the entire state.  But did you know Louisiana is also home to several distilleries?

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In fact, you can wet your whistle across a vast number of distilleries across Louisiana. The Bayou State features at least 15 distilleries from Vidalia to Baton Rouge, from Lake Charles to the Big Easy, featuring everything from absinthe, rum, gin, flavored liqueurs and of course whiskey and bourbons.  In fact, the historic Arlington Hotel at 700 Cotton Street in downtown Shreveport is currently being renovated to feature the new Every Man a King Distilling, a french restaurant call The Revenir, a music club hidden in the underground level called The Bottoms Speakeasy, and The Cotton Street Club event space on the second level.  Every Man a King will start producing gin, whiskey & vodka, eventually expanding to include bourbon.

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Here's a list of 15 Louisiana Distilleries

1827 Spirits- 1622 Carter St. Vidalia LA-  Produces rums and moonshine featuring sugar and molasses from Louisiana grown cane.

Atelier Vie- 3928 Euphrosine St. New Orleans- featuring absinthe, single malt whiskey, barrel aged rum, and whiskey using Louisiana Rice.

Baton Rouge Distilling- 11616 Industriplex Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA-  Started with strawberry brandy, then expanded to rye whiskey and bourbon

Bayou Terrebone Distillers- 8043 W. Main St. Houma, LA- Features small batch white whiskey, and barrel-aged bourbon using Louisiana corn

Happy Raptor Distilling- 1512 Robert C Blakes Sr. Drive, New Orleans- Produces rums featuring Louisiana molasses

Laissez Versez- 14141 Airline Hwy. Baton Rouge- Produces flavored liqueurs like coconut, strawberry, cinnamon, and apple pie, with numerous ingredients coming from Louisiana. Strawberries from Ponchatoula, blueberries from Bogalusa and coffee from Baton Rouge

Louisiana Spirits Distillery- 20909 Frontage Road, Lacassine, LA- Produces seven varieties of Bayou Rum, including Bayou White, Bayou Spiced and Bayou Reserve

Lula Restaurant Distillery- 1532 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans- Features an in-house distillery in the Creole/Southern restaurant that serves southern favorites like shrimp and grits, boiled seafood, and fried chicken sandwiches

NOLA Distillery- 3715 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans- Celebrating Big Easy heritage with bourbons, ryes, gin & vodka

Roulaison Distilling Co.- 2727 S. Broad St. New Orleans- Selections include their flagship white rum flavored with pineapple and banana. It's described as "Navy Strength!"

Seven Three Distilling Co.- 301 N. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans- The name is a tribute to New Orleans' 73 neighborhoods.  Seven Three features bourbon, gin, moonshine, vodka and rum with ingredients like rice from Opelousas, wheat and corn from West Baton Rouge parish, and sugar from Labadievelle Louisiana

Sugarfield Spirits Co.- 481 West Eastbank St. Gonzales, LA- Produces vodka, rum, bourbon and a variety of liqueurs from sugarcane and many citrus flavors native to Louisiana

Three Roll Estate- 760 St. Phillip Street, Baton Rouge- Most famous for it's variety of rums, including spiced rum, cinnamon rum, and Rhum Agricole, a rare form of rum made from the first pressing of cane juice.

Wildcat Brothers Distilling- 2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA- Producing small batch rums made from locally sourced molasses and sugarcane

Yellowfin Distillery- 1716 E. Burton St. Sulphur, LA- Yellowfin produces top-quality vodka sourcing local ingredients like homegrown sugar from Grammercy, Louisiana

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