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Conversations with Matt Rodgers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Rodgers Rodgers.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The story starts with growing hops at Hazelwood farm in Camden following a global hop shortage in 2005.

Having no experience with craft beer it was hard to imagine that a small hop farm would lead to brewing school, and eventually Hazelwood Brewing Company in Lexington.

Coming from a background of organic farming and a family business in refrigeration and manufacturing the brewing career made since in many ways.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The path to being a South Carolina brewer and hop farmer has definitely had its challenges.

The learning curve on growing hops in the south has been steep, and the hours are long, but the result is very rewarding. As a result, we have a closer connection to the land and the ingredients that make our beer special.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I wear a lot of hats in our little operation. Whether it’s helping in the brewhouse, building in the beer garden, throwing string in the hop yard, or doing quality control, I am able to stay pretty busy.

The ability to incorporate our farm-grown ingredients in a way that doesn’t make us compromise on quality is one of my favorite achievements and surely separates us from our competitors.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Luck has absolutely played a role in my life and business.

I was lucky enough to find my wife, who puts up with my eccentricities, and steers me in the right direction. We now work together as family owned and operated business which is a dream come true.

We also luckily stumbled onto an abandoned boiler room of a textile mill that I was, fortunately, able to restore, giving us a truly unique taproom that is a huge factor in our success.

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