About Us

About Us

About the River Rat Brewery

Our History

Where the Saluda and Broad Rivers merge, they form the mighty Congaree in ColaTown, SC! Named for the three rivers that run through our city and the working-class men who labored on the canal here more than a century ago, River Rat Brewery was founded in 2013. The rivers tell us old stories and history of our state and our capital Columbia, SC as they were the supplying highways of times long ago. The Congaree, Broad, and Saluda rivers contribute miles of riverfront for South Carolina’s capitol and had a role in Columbia’s landscape history. In their honor, we set out to create craft beers that would satisfy anyone’s thirst after a long day’s work.

We use only the best ingredients, which we’ve tested and refined in order to develop complex flavors. What we wound up with was the best damn beer we’ve ever tasted —perfectly balanced, refreshingly bold, and deliciously drinkable. If you really want to get to know us, you need to stop in! Come out and relax in our taproom or outside on the deck as beautiful weather brings a great green space for you, your friends and a leashed dog. Partake in a taste of our newest offerings, get a growler filled, or purchase some River Rat swag.


The Rooftop Lounge is adults-only (18+) as well as pet- and smoke-free. But, rest assured, the rest of River Rat Brewery is still the same old family and dog friendly destination! Along with the deck and patio areas, the rooftop is available for private parties complete with event staff and catering services. A perfect backdrop for any occasion, the 45-person capacity space offers TVs, speakers, space for live music, heating, fans, and a rooftop-exclusive loo.

Rooftop Patio


Dog and Kid Friendly

Private Events

8 Flat Screens and a projector




Taco Tuesday we have a blue corn tortilla with guacamole, coleslaw, buttermilk lime crema, cilantro served with your choice of BBQ Pork, Blackened Fish, Smoked Chicken or Jamaican Jerk Shrimp – $3.00 Mix & Match for a variety!


Wing Wednesday we have our smoked wings at $2.00 off the regular price all day long!


Join us for trivia starting at 7 PM. Get your team together to test your knowledge of all things random. Win some amazing prizes!!


Rat gear Friday, River Rat merchandise and accessories are 15% off! We also have $1.50 off a pitcher of beer all day!


Come join us for brunch! Enjoy homemade brunch items, as well as other favorites, we have on our menu. Bloody Mary’s, mimosa’s and amazing craft beer also available. Brunch is served from 10 am to 2 pm.

Happy Hour Special

(Served Tue – Fri from 4 – 6 PM) Choose from one of our four core brands (803 IPA, American Kolsch Story, Broad River Red Ale or Hazelnut Brown Ale) paired with our half pound house burger – $13.00 Add bacon $1.75