Top Business of the Year: Flying Heart Brewing
Benjamen Hart, owner of Flying Heart Brewing & Pub, has just won one of the Top Business awards for having fun, which is what his business represents to him.
“We are honored – there are a lot of great businesses in the area, so for us to be recognized as one of the better ones is a great honor,” Hart said. “We are excited about all the changes that have been made in the three years we have been open.”
Flying Heart Brewing & Pub is a craft brewery and restaurant that manufactures craft beer recipes on site, as well as root beer and ginger beer. There is seating capacity for 275 people, including inside as well as a covered beer garden in the newly renovated downtown Bossier City.
“For us, this (award) is another opportunity to reach people who haven’t heard about us or the changes we’ve made since we’ve opened, to get a little more recognition and to get in front of people who haven’t heard of us yet,” he said.
Flying Heart moved into the old firehouse just before the downtown construction took place. Hart said Mayor Lo Walker was impressed and cited in an interview that Hart and manager Benjamin Jay Pattillo were able to take the firehouse and turn it into a thriving business.
Following the year of construction, Flying Heart changed its business model from a brewery to a pub. It was a good move. Doors are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
One new beer flavor is offered each month. Flying Heart features handcrafted pizza, as well as salads, wings, pretzels and dessert options. They make their dough in-house and use only the finest ingredients. They also boast a full bar, with craft cocktails, wine, their beer and rotating guest taps.
As often as possible, Flying Heart shows its heart by supporting charity – most recently it was pediatric cancer.
“I brewed a beer for that – it’s Apple Pie Candy Shandy," Hart said. "Every bit of that we sell will go to support pediatric cancer. It's the community that got us where we are, so we do what we can to support our community.”