On Thursday, July 13 from 5-9 pm, the Shreveport DDA & DSDC, Glazer’s Distributing & SMG/Municipal Auditorium are sponsoring an event unlike any you have ever experienced. You’ve heard of pairing wine with food? We pair BEER (courtesy of our friends at Glazer’s) with historic buildings and spaces. How fun is that?!  


Municipal Auditorium, along with Minicine? at 846 Texas Avenue, Logan Mansion at 725 Austin (Austen) Place and the Ogilvie Wiener Mansion just across the street will present a unique, educational & yes, amazingly entertaining event- History on Tap.

Please, DDA, tell us more! 

Well, certainly, if you insist. The first 500 people who come to Municipal Auditorium from 5-9 pm who are 21 or older with legal ID will get a special event passport and wristband. With these items, you will be able to sample -For FREE-the 17 beers that Glazer’s impressive group of Hops Masters have chosen specifically for you! (***People under 21 ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND, but will not be able to sample beers. There will be other beverages and food trucks***).

Beers will be poured at two locations; Muni and Minicine?, 846 Texas Avenue, but there will be other locations with food, music and tours, all along the way.

At Muni, you will be given a map to begin your historic walk- and- beer- sampling- adventure.

Along the way, you will learn about 17 historic places and spaces and 17 interesting brews. We will also have some extra added attractions for the first year ever- TOURS of historic locations!

The Ogilvie Wiener House

This house sits in the very first subdivision in the city of Shreveport, first platted in 1870. The Queen Ann Victorian, most recently seen in the credits of the TV show True Blood, has had an interesting history. Many people remember it only as the Florentine Club, a popular disco in the 1980s. Before that, this beautiful Queen Ann Victorian lived a more sedate and regal life.

The home was designed by Shreveport architect Luther T. McNabb in 1897 for William Burwell Ogilvie (1847-1899). When Mr. Ogilvie, of grocery and hardware fame, died, it was sold to Samson Wiener. It has been forever known by the name of those two men.  The mansion is now privately owned by Debbie and John Bryant, and is being renovated for use as a bed-and-breakfast. It will be open for tours during History on Tap.

The Logan Mansion

Sometimes history repeats, as in the case of the Queen Ane Victorian Logan Mansion. Lafayette Robert Logan, who built the Logan Mansion in 1897 was in the ice and BEER business, so we believe History on Tap would have made him very happen. The mansion is the grandest surviving work of Nathaniel Sykes Allen (1829-1922), one of Shreveport’s premier late-nineteenth century architects. Over the years, the mansion has served as a boarding house, a church and a radio station, but is now home to Billy and Vicki LeBrun, who have been working on extensive renovations since 2005. The Logan Mansion will be open for tours during History on Tap and if you are very lucky, perhaps you will meet the resident ghost. (After all, it IS a night for spirits.)

The Oakland Cemetery

Oakland Cemetery’s first marked burial was in 1842 (we have no idea who might have been planted there- silently and in the middle of the night- in unmarked spaces). Since since then, it has been used as the resting place of mayors and misfits, Shreveport madams and Civil War military men. It is also home to the largest communal grave in all of Shreveport- the pit dug for the many who perished during the city’s Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1873. One-fourth of Shreveport’s population rests in that mound of earth. Tours will be scheduled at the cemetery during History on Tap.

Municipal Auditorium

This Art Deco masterpiece was built in the 1920s to commemorate World War I, the ‘war to end all wars.’ Over the years, the Muni has played a significant role in local history, but is best known as the home of a popular radio show called The Louisiana Hayride. The Hayride welcomed an impressive cast of performers but one in particular overshadowed all the rest. On October 16, 1954, Elvis Presley first took the stage, and the rest, as they say, is history (on tap, of course). Tours will be scheduled at the Muni during History on Tap.

Now to the Pairings!

At various locations, there will be informational boards about 17 historic locations downtown. You’ll be able to quaff samples of interesting brews while learning more about our historic places and spaces.

  • A-Truss Bridge – Ommegang Independence Day Ale
  • Calanthean Temple- Ommegang Rare Vos
  • Church of the Holy Cross- NOLA Irish Channel Stout
  • Hemenway-Johnson Building- Acme Pale Ale
  • Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion- Grimbergen
  • Logan Mansion- Carlsberg Elephant
  • Municipal Auditorum- Red River Hay Ryed
  • Central Fire Station- Truly Spiked & Sparkling
  • Texas Avenue-Rogue Hazel Nut Brown
  • PlaMoor -Rogue Honey Kolsch
  • Oakland Cemetery -Rogue Dead Guy Ale
  • Christian Hamel House- Woodchuck Gumption
  • Austen Place houses -Shiner Ruby Redbird
  • Andress Ford-Pilsner Urquell
  • Antioch Baptist Church- Brother Thelonious Abbey
  • B’Nai Zion Temple- Ommegang Three Philosophers (Quad.)
  • First Methodist Church- Diamond Bear Presidential

Shall We Recap?

  • Thursday, July 13, 5-9 pm
  • ID checks at Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • 17 Beers
  • Two Beer Sampling Locations
  • Four History Tour Locations
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Street Music
  • All Ages OK, only 21 and over get beer samples
  • The event is free, only first 500 get beer

For the latest news on History on Tap, check out our History on Tap Event Page on FB and Shreveport DDA page.

See you July 13 at History on Tap!