Keg Cowboy: Local Business With A Hops Hobby

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Lexington, Sc (WLTX) -- With thousands of different beer combinations you can create, The Keg Cowboy is doing it's part to bring you up to speed on how to brew your own beer.

The Keg Cowboy specializes in all things hops, even helping you with your own beer dispenser or kegerator. But If you've ever been interested in creating your own beer, you may want to take a seat, and take some notes. Beer class is in session.

"First and foremost I'm a home brewer," said employee Matt Rogers. "I'm a beer lover."

Whether you're just curious. Or a full fledged 'do-it-your-selfer.' Rogers and the guys at Keg Cowboy have the ingredients to help you create your own batch of beer.

"You can go and buy beer at the store, but it's a lot more fun to make it yourself and have something to show off to your friends and enjoy at your house."

Classes at Keg Cowboy will teach you the ins-and-outs of brewing and the differences between wheat and darker style beers; combinations that are endless using the stores different types of grains.

"Local ingredients make really good beer. Fresh ingredients are going to make really good beer. Just like cooking or making coffee or anything else," said Rogers. "So these (grains) will give you your darker beers just depending on how you want to mix them together."

Store owner Jeff Woodruff says the Lexington store front doubles as a worldwide internet business, selling kits to make beer and wine and parts for Kegerators to despense your own draft beer.

"The first beers you make are typically as good as the higher priced beers you can find," said Woodruff.

If you're looking for fresh ingredients, how about fresh hops from Rogers Hops farm in Camden along the Wateree River.

"We will go through every little step it takes to make really good beer and learn little tips to not mess up your kitchen and make really good beer," said Rogers.

It's a recipe for success that these beer lovers hopes will translate in creating a passion in other beer hobbyists around the Midlands.

"Anybody can come, as long as they are willing to sit down and want to learn how to make beer."

The Keg Cowboy holds beer classes every Thursday's from 6pm-8pm & Saturdays 10:00am-Noon. Each class runs $40. You can find more information on their website at They are located at 108 E. Main Street in Lexingon, Sc.

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