Little River Brewing Company


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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

345 E Main St
Laurens, South Carolina, 29360-2926
United States

(864) 984-9149

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Reviews by MSchae1017:
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3.55/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

The Little River Brewing Company, touting themselves as "America's Smallest Brewery" is fighting to keep the craft beer movement alive in a small South Carolina community despite the odds. The establishment is situated just east the Laurens, SC Main Street Square along US Highway 76-Business or locally, East Main Street. Finding the place can still be a little tricky. First, the restaurant is actually called "River Tracks Cafe" and signs advertising Anheuser Busch and Yuengling specials which is enough to turn off any craft beer fan. You will notice it however because it sits in front of a railroad bridge and across an actual "little river" from a park. Warning: Do not run at the sign of these macro special. Brewer Randy Davis is doing all he can to make sure his beers are available to the public. The actual "Little River Brewing Company" resides in the basement of the "River Tracks Cafe". Randy has sold the restaurant portion of his business and now only brews. He feels that this is the best way he can continue to deliver these tasty draughts to the rest of us. The current restaurant owners keep four of his beers on tap where before he had six. This is certainly better than nothing because if this community and the state of South Carolina were to lose the talents and enthusiasm of Randy, the craft beer movement would be sorely damaged. Of the four taps, three of them have an Amber Ale (more akin to a pale), a Honey Wheat, and a very tasty Scotch Ale constantly flowing. The fourth tap usually has his Oatmeal Stout which is rumored to keep any of coming back again and again. This is however, switched out every mid February for his "Valentine's Irish Red". Later in the Spring this tap could be a Belgian Wit, and on into the Summer a German Hefeweizen and then a Budvar Clone. These beers, however are only available in the River Tracks cafe. The restaurant itself looks very much like a family dining place and There are a few tvs around that are sure to be showing a sporting event or two. The menu is modest with various sandwiches, chicken dishes, wing, and fettuchini alfredo. The waitresses will hand you a sheet explaining the various beers and are willing to give you a free samples but are by no means into beer themselves. If you want to get all beer geek, you better hope that Randy is there, but right now, he is only brewing once a week. In the end, you have to appreciate what a guy has been able to do for craft beer in one of the most unlikely places in the state on a twenty gallon - yes that's right twenty gallon - system. Randy's brews are sure to satisfy your palate and he deserves all of our support, and while you are at it, why don't you bring one of those growlers you have hanging around and bring some of it home with you?

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped by today looking for a good pint in the area and was greeted by some gentlemen in the parking lot. GUY: "You lookin for somethin to eat or what?" ME: "Just looking for a good beer." GUY: "This place has been closed for about three weeks now but I am speaking with these gentlemen about gettin the place opened back up (spit). If youre looking for beer, Gooney Birds is down that way."

That was the conversation on my visit here. So, I guess they are closed and will be for a while. Gave 3's because I cant really give anything else.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

As I pull up to this brewpub that is on Main Street but just off of the town square, I can't help but notice how it looks more like a restaurant than a bar. Little changes when you walk inside but it has a slight bar beer inside as the place is covered with sports paraphanalia. It has a very friendly feel.

The bar is rather small. I counted 14 seats. However there is a covered porch overlooking the park that is right next door.

The server (who I believe to be the regular bartender) was quite unknowledgable but extremely friendly. As I was on my way back up to Clemson from the lower part of the state, I was only in for one beer. I ordered the oatmeal stout as it was the most appealing to me out of what they had to offer. She said something to the extent of "Oh you gunna start with the darkest beer here, hon?"

The beer was quite cheap (all of the house beers are only $2.75) so I tipped her a few bucks and after we chatted for a few minutes, she let me sample pretty much all of the beers there. It was a great experience. I can't wait to head back to Laurens. Also, the beer was very nice. The scotch ale was a little bit too cinnamony for me... but it was a good time.

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