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River Rat to keep craft beer ball rolling in Columbia

July 11, 2013

Step 2 in turning ColaTown into a decent BeerTown.

Drink. Blog. Repeat.

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With the recent opening of Conquest Brewing Co., Columbia was finally put on the map as a burgeoning beer city in the Palmetto State. But more importantly, it showed prospective brewers that there was support for local craft beer in the Capital City.

By the end of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014 at the latest, the second production craft brewery in Columbia will be online in the form of the River Rat Brewery. A partnership between a burgeoning homebrewer with an interest in going big and a longtime professional brewer from one of the country’s largest craft breweries, River Rat is aiming to quench not just the local thirst for craft beer, but also a much larger clientele.

About a year ago, Mike Tourville, 51, picked up his first homebrewing kit at Lexington’s Keg Cowboy, eventually expanding into a professional prefabricated 15-gallon system. As he began…

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