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The Little Brewery on the River is situated in a river-side historical stone building which was built in 1853 to be the Harbour Master’s office and warehouse, it is the oldest building in Port Alfred. It has had a varied and interesting history, over the past 164 years it has been the Harbour Master’s office, the town hall, and a cinema, to name a few. In 1998 it became a brewery by the name of “Coelacanth Brewery”, selling beer under the brand name “Old Four Legs”. However, the Coelacanth closed in 2002, and the business (and building) was idle until current owner Ian Cook bought it in 2008. Renovations and up-grades took a year, and in 2009 they started trading under the name “The Little Brewery On The River”, selling 4 products  -  Kowie Gold Pilsner, Alfred’s Own Lager, Coin Ale, and Squires Porter. They have a brew length of 1,000 litres, and service the local area only. The next-door Wharf Street Brew Pub has all four of their beers on tap and offers some great pub food. I had the ribs, which were excellent. The Wharf Street Brew Pub is one of the best-preserved historical buildings in town with a superb underground wine cellar of some 25-metre length. The pub was established in 2010 by Ian and after running it himself for two years he leased the business to Bram Coetzee who runs it now. The brewery offers a full tour experience, bookable in advanced, which includes a tasting of all four beers and a full draft of your favourite. The tour represents great value and I would definitely recommend it, I certainly gained lots of interesting information.

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