Little Fish Brewing Company offers IPAs, porters and other styles of craft beer — but it’s the farmhouse ales and sours that make their beers distinctive.
Since it opened at 8675 Armitage Road in Athens in 2015, this fish has been getting bigger. And bigger. And BIGGER.
They’re even growing their own hops right on the premises.
When coasting down the bike spur to Little Fish, you can sometimes get a tantalizing whiff of the yeasty goodness fermenting in its massive vats.
Outside, it’s like a large playground (with picnic tables for the grownups), while inside, the little ones can doodle on chalkboard walls that are just the right height for their short statures.
The Little Fish menu comes from the Cajun Clucker food cart (jambalaya and crawfish etouffe right here in Southeastern Ohio, and it’s good!) which pretty much never leaves the brewery. So if you want cajun in Athens, this is where to go. Personally, we’re suckers for the catfish and softshell crab (when it’s in season). It’s also got kid-friendly burgers and chicken strips — as well as salads.
Here’s the Info for Little Fish Brewery
Hours: Monday-Thursday 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday noon-11 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.
Food: The Cajun Clucker food cart is open Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.- 8 p.m.
(NOTE: Little Fish doesn’t permit customers to bring outside food into the brewery, with the exception of snacks for kids)
Directions from the bikeway: The spur to Little Fish brewery is between Mile Markers 3 and 4 on the bikeway. If you’re riding west, watch for the spur just after you cross West Union. Going east, the spur is just past the ballfields at West State Street Park.
Kid stuff: To say this business is kid-friendly would be a massive understatement. Little Fish has lots of ways to keep the little ones amused while Mom and Dad sample a craft brew. The Rugrat Ale ginger ale is awesome, and they also brew their own root beer.
Fascinating fact: The spur to Little Fish takes you through wetlands that the city of Athens restored from agricultural land while building the spur. Keep an eye out for rare and interesting birds as you cycle through there.
Beer tip: While we like sours and farm ales, we love Lil’ Harvey’s Milk Stout. According to Little Fish, it’s a “rich stout brewer with lactose sugar and served on nitrogen. Named after our son and his love of Mama’s milk.”
Phone: (740) 204-6187