York County’s first distillery since Prohibition nears opening

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County’s first distillery since Prohibition is on target to open by the end of the year.

Sleeping Giant Distillery is setting up in an early-1900s era building at 122 Southern St. in Rock Hill. The small-batch, rum-focused operation is tucked into a 1,200-square-foot space, once used to grade and classify cotton.

“We kind of fell in love with the building and the history,” says William Bradner, co-owner and distiller. “We just kept coming back to this one.”

He and brother Patrick are behind that venture. It’s about eight years in the making.

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