Brewery's latest, Bragg Peak, salutes proton therapy center

Brewery's latest, Bragg Peak, salutes proton therapy center

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport-based brewer is releasing a special brew as a tribute to Willis-Knighton Health System's proton therapy center.

It is Bragg Peak.

The Belgian golden strong ale is being released in conjunction with an international symposium Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is hosting March 17, says a statement released by Red River Brewing Co.

"When we started our journey with Red River Brewing, one of the core values we established was to celebrate not only the rich history and culture of our home, but also all of the great and wonderful things that are happening right now," brewery co-founder Beau Raines said.

"We're excited to have an opportunity to showcase our products to the world in a manner that celebrates and international achievement of our neighbors."

Bragg Peak's Belgian style is an obvious nod to the roots of the proton center's technology, said Jared Beville, managing partner at Red River Brewing. "And golden strong ale is in recognition of all those touched by this horrible disease.

"We've all been affected by cancer, whether it is a personal experience or a close family member," he continued. "Fighting cancer takes incredible courage and strength. And this is our tribute to each of you."

The name Bragg Peak comes from the scientific term for how protons deposit high doses of radiation in a tumor.

"This strong beer represents the strength of our patients and is a toast to the people of Shreveport-Bossier who should be proud to be the first site in the world to offer this technology," said Dr. Lane R. Rosen, a radiation oncologist and proton therapy medical director.