“can i get an amen?”
The quartet decided it was time to open a brewery. Charleston was on the cusp of developing a serious craft beer culture at the time. South Carolina's cap had been popped, allowing for higher alcohol beers to enter the market from both at home and abroad. Palmetto and COAST had made their marks, and Westbrook was just getting started. But there was still a hole left in the marketplace by these stalwart brewers. This crew saw it, and never looked back. A deep overhaul of the Mac’s warehouse space took months for the four to complete. A new floor was poured, a grain mill and auger system built, and a full bar brought in from the original Cumberland's, Joel’s old stomping ground. By contrast, the brewing equipment was brand new and professionally installed. By July 20, 2011, these boys were hard at work. Holy City Brewing has become a local favorite in a very short time. Their year rounds are true classics, a hoppy German pilsner and a porter that, somehow, is still refreshing in warm weather. Seasonals run the gamut from IPA, to stout, to Belgian Strong Pale Ale, to bacon porter. Yes, bacon porter. Don't tell your cardiologist.
Keep your eyes peeled for the sign-- the location is hidden behind some businesses. I don't like it when breweries write down the names of their beers but not what kind of beer each are; I had to ask a slightly irritated bartender. That being said, there's a nice patio and a cool warehouse-y feeling taproom that serves food (I really liked the pretzels). The beer is really solid, too. The Pluff Mud Porter is their classic, and it's an almost salty take on a porter that's really good. I liked the Angel Oak Pale Ale as well... plus, they have a beer named "Sex Panther". Amazing.
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Holy City Brewery
- Mon - Fri: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sat: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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