Trey Carter is proving that success can come at any age. At 28, he’s putting millennials in Shreveport-Bossier City on the map with his local bar, Strange Brew. Carter went from bar back to business owner, and he’s taking the bar scene to a new level.
Q: How did you decide to take the leap of becoming a business owner?
A: I saw an amazing live show in Dallas and thought this would be great to have in Shreveport. At that time, the owners were discussing selling the bar, so I seized the opportunity to try and make my vision happen in Shreveport.
Q; What advice would you give other millennial entrepreneurs who are pursuing businesses of their own?
A: Seize the opportunity. Don’t make excuses, just solutions. Also, take your losses as education.
Q: Why did you want to create this space in Shreveport?
A: My attraction to staying is definitely to support our art scene in any way I can, from live music to local artists trying to get their names out.
Q: I know you’ve been hosting other events outside of music, including The Collective shopping experience. How has that been perceived by patrons?
A: The locals love it. The Collective is a great way for local businesses without a physical store to share with others their goods and services. It’s always a mashup of vintage clothing, décor, body products and art.
Q: Now let’s talk about the drinks — Strange Brew is known for its beer selection. What are your three favorite beers currently available?
A: Uinta Mango Lime Pilsner, Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale and Wasatch Polygamy Bourbon Porter.
Q: What’s your favorite cocktail to make?
A: For me, I enjoy sipping on a good Mezcal or doing an occasional shot of tequila.
Q: What are five things you’ve learned since taking ownership of Strange Brew?
A: Definitely patience. Understanding the need to constantly be evolving. Learning that sometimes you may need to step back and realize how far you’ve come. Always be willing to learn more. You are your own most valuable asset.