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Best Brewery: River Rat Brewery

By Emily Neglia

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Hours: Wednesday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Thursday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m. 

Sunday: Noon - 8 p.m. 

River Rat Brewery is more than just a place to grab a beer — it’s a place to relax after a long day of work, a place to laugh with friends and even a place for your dog to meet other furry friends. In 2013, River Rat was created to honor the history of Columbia and the importance of the three rivers that run through our city.

The best thing about this brewery is that there are always new flavors to try. Throughout the year, they release seasonal beers such as Kerry’s Peanut Butter Porter and their award-winning Bohemian Pilsner. In addition to their seasonal beers, they sell “core beers” all year round. Just when you thought those beers were enough, there are even more! River Rat has a tap room always offering new and fun flavors to satisfy any taste.

Although some may think the beer is more than enough, River Rat offers a menu including items such as nachos, wings, burgers and even a pulled pork sandwich. A kid’s menu is also offered to keep the kids happy while the adults enjoy their evening.

To add to all of the excitement, River Rat Brewery typically offers a special to make your experience even better. On Wednesdays, wings are $2 off, Thursday is Trivia Night and Friday is Burger Night. Plus, every Saturday and Sunday there are Happy Hour specials!