New brew­ery in Rock Hill started af­ter pals tried brew­ing at home

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Front Page - BY HAN­NAH SMOOT [email protected]­al­don­

The first time the own­ers of Rock Hill’s new­est brew­ery made a beer, it was ter­ri­ble, co-owner Ben Lee said.

But they’ve come a long way. They brewed more than 300 recipes of beers in the five years af­ter that first batch, and learned from other brew­eries.

Slow Play Brew­ing, at 274 Columbia Ave in Rock Hill, of­fi­cially opened its doors Nov. 28. Lee and friends Matt Pos­ton and Ron Fa­sick, all Winthrop Univer­si­tyMu­sic and Arts grad­u­ates, co-own the busi­ness.

“We were three av­er­age Joes work­ing jobs, play­ing a lot of poker in the garage — drink­ing a lot of beer, of course,” Lee said.

The name Slow Play comes from their poker games, he said. It’s amethod of play­ing pas­sively with a strong hand to en­cour­age more bets.

The three started mak­ing home brew beer in the garage.

“It was ter­ri­ble,” Lee said. “So we had this idea for the busi­ness and we were like, ‘Well, we need to learn to make beer if we’re go­ing to ac­tu­ally pur­sue this.’”

Lee said af­ter their first batch with a ex­tract beer kit, the three men switched to all-grain brew­ing, which is more ad­vanced and re­quires more equip­ment than ex­tract brew­ing. They learned from­friends at other brew­eries and lots of prac­tice, he said.

“We have no for­mal train­ing in brew­eries,” Lee said. We were beer-drinkers and brew­ery-go­ers but not pro­fes­sion­als – we still aren’t. So we leaned on our friends in the brew­ing in­dus­try.”

York County an­nounced the YoCo Brew Trail, a pro­gram de­signed to pro­mote lo­cal brew­eries, ciders and bot­tle shops, Sept. 26. Beer drinkers who visit five of the trail’s seven lo­ca­tions — in­clud­ing Slow Play — can pick up a free T-shirt at the Visit York County Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

The brew­ery has seven of their own beers on tap and three beers from other brew­eries and col­lab­o­ra­tions. Lee said Slow Play will re­lease their new­est beer, Hol­i­days Full, a cran­berry and gin­ger ket­tle sour, over the week­end.

Slow Play Brew­ing is openWed­nes­day and Thurs­day from 4 to 10 p.m., Fri­day from 4 to 11 p.m., Satur­day from 12 to 11 p.m. and Sun­day from 12 to 7 p.m.

HAN­NAH SMOOT [email protected]­al­don­

Rock Hill’s new­est brew­ery, Slow Play Brew­ing, of­fi­cially opened its doors Nov. 28.

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