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New ideas on tap at Liquid Hero Brewery

Sean Philip Cotter
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Approaching the five-year mark as brewery owners, the trio who run Liquid Hero in downtown York City has several new ideas fermenting.

The next major one is the addition of an outdoor drinking area, said Christian Quinlivan, one of the three owners.

The plan is to put in a 20-foot-long counter along the east side of the building, he said. There would be a space extending out 7 feet from that side of the building where people can stand with the beers they bought inside the brewery, which Quinlivan co-owns with fellow York natives Matt DePrato and Josh Hoke.

"It’s just kinda fun to hang outside and drink a beer," he said.

And, he said, the brewery is across the street from PeoplesBank Park where the York Revolution play, so anyone standing outside on a warm summer night when a game's on would be able to catch the sounds of America's pastime floating on the breeze.

The reason plans remain in flux is because the brewery in the city's historical district, so they need city council to first sign off on the change.

They aren't planning to sell beer outside; you'd buy it inside and then come out the front door and around to the side, Quinlivan said.

And soon there might be more beers inside with which you can do that — the brewery will soon add four more taps, bringing the total up to 12. They're also planning some minor renovations to the inside of the brewery this summer, Quinlivan said.

Last year, the brewery upgraded its brewing rig, swapping out a 200-gallon one they made themselves for a 600-gallon professionally constructed one.

"It's slow and steady but it’s growing a bit every year," Quinlivan said.

They have some big ideas on the horizon, too, he said: Liquid Hero also is looking into expanding to another location in York City. The brewery would probably still keep the current building, brewing in one and serving food and drink in the other, he said.

These days, the brewery doesn't sell much food; it peddles some of York City Pretzel Co.'s offerings, as well as some "bacon on a stick" from GnawJaw Jerky. Like Liquid Hero, both of those places are local.

If they were to expand to a second building, they likely would add more food, he said.

But Quinlivan stressed that all this thought process is in its very early stages.

"We’re just exploring options right now," he said.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.