New brewery in Rock Hill started after pals tried brewing at home
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.
Rock Hill’s newest brewery, Slow Play Brewing, officially opened its doors Nov. 28.