Beer / Occasional

Fun diversions, experiments, and otherwise unique brews, made when the occasion presents itself.

7.9%
American IPA
After installing and setting up our brewing system, we ran a couple of test batches all the way through the process. Experimental beers, if you will. The “Fish Bowl” moniker was bestowed on them as a... Read more.
7.5%
American IPA
After installing and setting up our brewing system, we ran a couple of test batches all the way through the process. Experimental beers, if you will. The “Fish Bowl” moniker was bestowed on them as a... Read more.
8.5%
American Double / Imperial Pilsner
With our year-round pilsner fully dialed in, we decided it was time to dial things up to 11 - or at least 8.5 - with this imperial version, brewed as a one-off specifically for Brewvival 2012. The... Read more.
8.3%
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
“Don’t get ‘em mixed up with your lazy pants...”The Avett Brothers are a fun band, with fun songs. Laser Pants, although short and pointless, is one of them. So when the time came to brew a one-off... Read more.
5.5%
American Porter
We settled on Pluff Mud Porter as a year-round beer early in the planning stages of Holy City, stages that also included some wild ideas. One of these ideas was to bring bacon and beer together,... Read more.
10.5%
Doppelbock
When the weather outside gets frightful, beer gets stronger, and while every brewery seems to have a winter seasonal, every brewery and their brother seems to have a Christmas beer. Meanwhile,... Read more.
6.5%
American IPA
Cleaning can be fun...at least when your cleaning involves hops. When it came time to either use or discard our first year’s hop collection from the cold room, we decided to use every last leaf to... Read more.
6.3%
Belgian Dubbel
This fancifully-named, second member of our accidental “Pants Series” is a Belgian Dubbel with a mahogany color. The flavor leads with a sweetness and hints of chocolate, finishing dry, with a... Read more.
4.8%
Munich Helles Lager
Daniel Island, a quiet, swanky, nearby island town, plays host to the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament each year. We were honored to brew this beer specifically for them (and a handful of accounts... Read more.
9.0%
American Double / Imperial IPA
"...stings the nostrils..."We didn't want to make your mother's Double IPA. Sex Panther was made with an off-kilter, Belgian-leaning malt bill, imparting some dark fruit characteristics to this... Read more.
5.9%
Rye Beer
In anticipation of summertime, we went for a refreshing rye ale with Earthworm. But why call it earthworm, you may ask? Well, we used petite wormwood (the younger, non-psychoactive cousin of wormwood... Read more.
5.0%
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
This name should have Southern palates watering before you’re even in the same room as the beer. The carbonation was intentionally kept tame on this one, helping to smooth the finish on what’s an... Read more.
7.5%
American Brown Ale
Our first “real” collaboration other brewers was done with Aaron and Ben Lucas, a duo of brew-happy brothers that work at Closed for Business. It’s a triple threat of sorts - a hoppy, rye, brown ale... Read more.
7.7%
American IPA
Wanna hear something kinda funny? Our head brewer, Chris, has a degree in Geology. He went back to his rocky roots to brew this IPA in collaboration with the College of Charleston (his alma mater)... Read more.
4.0%
American Stout
A springtime session stout? Why not. The “weak” moniker refers ONLY to the ABV, as there are tons of body, notes of chocolate and smoke, and Northern Brewer-driven bitterness. Enjoy a few pints in... Read more.
6.4%
American Pale Ale (APA)
This Whole Leaf Amarillo-dry-hopped summer ale is the very first recipe written 100% by our own Joel Carl. While there’s a heavy hand of malt involved, it’s met with a balanced hop profile, making it... Read more.
10.0%
American Double / Imperial IPA
It’s hard for us to believe, but we reached our 100th batch of beer with HC-100, right on the heels of our first anniversary. 100 is a nice round number, so we opted to use 100lbs of hops throughout... Read more.
4.8%
Munich Helles Lager
Our head brewer Chris has a serious background in lager brewing, so we decided the summer of 2012 would be a great time for a series of one-off, small batch lagers. Old Man Helles is the first of the... Read more.
6.3%
Dortmunder / Export Lager
"...Yeah, yeah. She's seeing this guy, Art Vandelay..."If there's one thing we learned from Seinfeld, it's that there's no point in just being an importer. The real money is in importing/exporting.... Read more.
4.5%
Schwarzbier
We had all kinds of fun with our Laser Pants. But when it’s just too damned hot for Laser Pants, it’s time to bust out Laser Schwarz. This black lager has the malt, chocolate, and somewhat roasty... Read more.
5.5%
American Pale Ale (APA)
It wasn't long ago when an "all-Carolina" beer was nothing more than a pipe dream. But thanks to some savvy farmers in North Carolina, we were able to get pretty damned close with Highcountry Pale... Read more.
7.5%
Belgian Pale Ale
2012 marked the birth of the Iron Brew Competition, and Iron Chef-style homebrew-off hosted by Mellow Mushroom and ourselves. In it, teams of homebrewers were each charged with brewing a beer using... Read more.
5.8%
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ask most folks to picture German beer, and they'll likely imagine something yellow. Delicious and full-bodied, but yellow. Dunkel is just as German as those iconic lagers. In fact, it's a lager too,... Read more.
6.2%
American Pale Ale (APA)
Beth Cosi created Bendy Brewski Yoga to help "bring yoga to beer lovers," and we partnered with her early on to help bring her yoga to our beer lovers. You can still catch a class with Beth almost... Read more.
6.3%
American Brown Ale
Awwwwww yea....For Brewvival 2015, we've brewed a silky smooth Milk Brown Ale. When we say silky, we mean silky, like classy bedsheets from the finest boudoir. You may have had a milk stout in the... Read more.
7.1%
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
For Brewvival 2015, we once again brewed some collaboration beers, including this one, our first with our North Charleston brothers and sister at COAST Brewing. Much like the COAST crew, this black... Read more.
6.2%
American Porter
The Notorious P.I.G. made a porky splash at Brewvival last year as one of a few beers incorporating meat, but in a highly successful way - no fatty mouthfeel or greasy glassware, just a robust porter... Read more.
13.3%
American Barleywine
Oh, the wonders of modern technology. Holy City's Assistant Brewer Extraordinaire, Tim Bettencourt, was tasked with coming up with a beer for Brewvival. He jumped at the chance to make a giant... Read more.
7.0%
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Belgian Blackish Brown Imperial Strong Dark India Pale Ale WaffleBeer geeks love a lot of things: curvaceous glassware, barrel-aging, and of course, acronyms. Holy City is celebrating that last one... Read more.
3.9%
American Pale Ale (APA)
We've all heard some version of the IPA origin story. Folk knowledge tells us that the English had to produce beers with more hops and higher alcohol levels to survive the trip to India in colonial... Read more.
7.7%
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
"Chris, are you using the Belgian yeast we used in Acronym to ferment a strong pale ale hopped with Centennial, Amarillo, and Ahtanum, and dry-hopping it with whole-leaf Summits?""I love... Read more.
7.2%
Belgian Tripel
Our head brewer, Chris, is about to tie the knot. Married life will teach you a lot, but he's already learned that when a brewer gets married, he's expected to brew a wedding beer. He acted... Read more.
5.8%
American Stout
Our monthly Carnival Nights often feature a beer/chocolate pairing with our good friend, Johnny Battles, founder of Sweeteeth. It's high time we made a beer with this guy, and Fancy Stout is our... Read more.
5.0%
American Pale Ale (APA)
The gang at Holy City Brewing is not big on prognostication, but we think we've figured out the big toy of the 2015 holiday shopping season. Picture a cute, cuddly, well-dressed, finely-bearded... Read more.
7.0%
American IPA
We had the distinct honor and privilege to produce Stuck on Rye 26, the first commercial collaboration beer from two South Carolina breweries, with our friends at RJ Rockers Brewing in Spartanburg.... Read more.
5.0%
German Pilsner
"Timmons writes our beer descriptions.Timmons' wife is Summer. Summer's Dad is Rick. Rick likes bourbon. Our Bourbon Barrel Pilsner smells like Rick." -Chris Brown Read more.
9.0%
American Double / Imperial IPA
He approached the kettle. "I'm gonna put so much malt in you today." The kettle was very excited.Next thing it knew, a mash made with enough Pale and Munich Malts to choke an elephant was in a... Read more.
6.2%
American IPA
2012 marked the birth of the Iron Brew Competition, and Iron Chef-style homebrew-off hosted by Mellow Mushroom and ourselves. In it, teams of homebrewers were each charged with... Read more.
5.5%
Baltic Porter
If you know us, you know Pluff Mud Porter, our award-winning, all-weather flagship. There's a time for everything in this world, and we decided it was time to try a new spin on our oldest favorite.... Read more.
5.0%
American Pale Ale (APA)
"Hail to thee, our Alma Mater.Hail to thy time-honored name.Proud tradition hover 'round thee;May we never bring thee shame.Loyal sons and daughters love thee;Strive to conquer and prevail.We will... Read more.
10.6%
American Barleywine
Things are getting chilly outside (every now and then), and those...delightful songs are playing everywhere, so it must be time for The Holidays. We're helping you celebrate, rejoice, and otherwise... Read more.
9.4%
American Double / Imperial IPA
Craft brewing is as much a community as it is an industry. Translation: there are a lot of friendly brewers out there, and our buddies Luke and Walt Dickinson from Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville,... Read more.
10.0%
American Porter
The 2012 Great American Beer Festival was a milestone for us. Our flagship Pluff Mud Porter brought home the Gold in the Brown Porter category, leaving us shocked, thrilled, and humbled. Throngs of... Read more.
6.9%
American Amber / Red Ale
When making a hop-forward one-off beer, sometimes we need look no further than one of our heroes, Brian Fantana, for inspiration. Our Double IPA, Sex Panther, was our first beer inspired by the... Read more.
7.3%
Milk / Sweet Stout
We've collaborated with our upstate buddies at RJ Rockers twice before, producing Stuck on Rye 26 at their brewery and then Holy Citra, RJ! at ours. When we contemplated doing four collaboration... Read more.
8.5%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Our collaboration series for Brewvival 2014 features two breweries from North Carolina, one from South Carolina, and our buddies from the recently-opened Southbound Brewing in Savannah, GA. We opted... Read more.
6.5%
American Wheat Ale
This is America, therefore you like pie. It's just part of the deal. We brewed Pie Face, a 6.5% wheat-leaning ale with noble hops, with lemon meringue specifically in mind. Once you taste the graham... Read more.
4.8%
American Adjunct Lager
When you need a cold-brewed, fresh rock spring filtered, smoothtastic light beer that turns your mountains blue...you don't. What you do need is Dorchester Lite, our rice lager brewed with Carolina... Read more.
4.8%
American Amber / Red Ale
Doctor Capt'n Sweet Red, a.k.a. Assistant Brewer Sean Guidera, has been an invaluable addition to the HCB squad. Beyond his Internet video stardom, he's actually damned good at what he does, and he's... Read more.
5.8%
Schwarzbier
We made history with Caustic Sunset, the first collaboration beer made by two Charleston-area breweries!The crew from Frothy Beard Brewing, our friends and fellow North Charlestonians, visited our... Read more.
4.2%
American Pale Ale (APA)
It's getting warm out. Time for lower ABVs, lighter bodies, and snappier finishes, but it's never time for less flavor. Enter White Whale Rye Pale, our sessionable, Summit-hopped rye pale ale.If you... Read more.
5.8%
Oatmeal Stout
Whoa, here she comes. A 5.8% ABV, roast-heavy, medium-bodied, lightly dry oatmeal stout  that will make your dreams come true? Sounds like a kiss that should be on your list, if it isn't already... Read more.
5.0%
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
We're playing host to the Flag Day Burger & Beer Festival for the third year in a row. This event is one of our favorites, in that it benefits great causes in Pet Helpers and The Charleston... Read more.
5.5%
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
Sup Baby is a 100% Chinook-hopped American Black Ale. A mellow 5.5% ABV is surrounded by a forest of pine and citrus. Best to consume this fresh.Speaking of fresh, have you ever texted the wrong... Read more.
5.4%
Witbier
If you don't crave a wheat beer when it's hot outside, at least occasionally, you've got problems. This refreshing Belgian Wit, weighing in at a quaffable 5.4% ABV, was brewed with fresh strawberries... Read more.
5.3%
American Wheat Ale
You could take a few different directions in this beer.Does it refer to some magic, nocturnal strain of wheat that grows when the sun goes down?Does it pay homage to the 1967 Sidney Poitier vehicle?... Read more.
9.0%
American Double / Imperial IPA
This can contains a 12oz celebration of Total Wine & More Charleston's tenth birthday. Honeycomb Over DIPA is big and buzzworthy, with a Savannah Bee Company honey addition providing a little... Read more.
4.3%
American IPA
Dedicated to Eryc Riddle: a man that lived life to the fullest and who left this life for a greater one on May 14, 2014.An American IPA, brewed at Holy City by Eryc's friends - Chris Brown, Collin... Read more.
6.9%
American IPA
Sometimes you wanna go see a movie with a friend, but that friend can't go. Your other friend can go, but you're committed to the first friend, so you blow off ths second friend. But that first... Read more.
6.0%
Bock
If we've learned anything from the movies, it's that by 2015 we'll all have hoverboards, shoes that lace themselves, and self-drying jackets. Until then, we're going to have to settle for smartphones... Read more.
6.9%
American Double / Imperial IPA
We took our Overly Friendly IPA recipe, so-named because we're all so gosh-darned sugary sweet down here (y'all), and fermented it with lager yeast instead of ale yeast. The lager yeast (and the... Read more.
7.7%
American Amber / Red Ale
"We'll take 'Things That Are Red' for $400, Alex.""Here is the clue:This big, round, malty Imperial Red Ale is a perfect, slightly boozy accompaniment to Charleston autumn weather, with a tame... Read more.
7.0%
Märzen / Oktoberfest
You've all seen it. That fashion faux-pas often found at the bottom of old, round humans with shorts, fanny packs and tucked-in t-shirts is a great example of two things that just shouldn't go... Read more.
4.9%
American Pale Ale (APA)
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust "is a local land conservation organization that is focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant Lowcountry lands." Translation:... Read more.
6.6%
Dunkelweizen
The stars of our canning line are Dave and Matt, two dedicated dudes who lovingly coax our beer into the 12oz vessels you find around town. They're dedicated not only to our beer, but apparently each... Read more.
4.5%
American Pale Ale (APA)
Congratulations to Red Rocket Brewing on securing a win at our (and Mellow Mushroom's) third annual homebrew competition, Iron Brew!2014's secret ingredient was chocolate, and these guys threw the... Read more.
7.5%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
For Brewvival 2015, we brought our pals from Raleigh, NC's Big Boss Brewing down for this wild collaboration. After all, we don't brew a great deal of saisons at Holy City, so why not go all out?... Read more.
7.5%
American Porter
First, there was Notorious P.I.G.Then, there was Notorious P.I.G.: Mo' Chocolate, Mo' Problems.For Brewvival 2015, we're blowing up the spot with Notorious P.I.G.: I Love It When You Call Me Big... Read more.
4.5%
Fruit / Vegetable Beer
We like to have fun with our Holy City team members. Jack Pitts, who is coincidentally a jack of all trades for us, is a snazzy dresser. So snazzy, in act, that we've started calling him Alvin Klein... Read more.
13.9%
Belgian Tripel
When is a Tripel not a Tripel? When it's a Quintuple.This is our gargantuan, boozy, monster of a take on a traditional Belgian Tripel, fermented with French Saison yeast. At 13.9% ABV, fueled by... Read more.
5.4%
American Blonde Ale
After much patting of our own backs for winning Best Local Brewery in the 2015 Best of Charleston awards, we knew it was time to get to work. A Best Of party needs a beer, after all.#BOC2015 is all... Read more.
10.6%
American Double / Imperial Stout
As part of some new outdoor amenities, we added a basketball hoop just outside our beer garden/deck. A brewery can't have a basketball hoop and not have a team with home court advantage. In the... Read more.
6.8%
American IPA
Throughout the night, we often dream up different techniques to apply to tried-and-true beer styles. Olfactory Hues takes the IPA template and spins it on its head. We kept the moist green aroma hops... Read more.
3.8%
American Porter
Just for funsies, we collaborated with our friends and fellow North-Charlestonians at Frothy Beard Brewing Company on two beers in mid-2015, one brewed at each of our facilities. The idea was for us... Read more.
5.0%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Holy City has a new crew of folks brewing on Saturdays. Some of their faces are new, and others are familiar, but they're all new to Saturday. In appreciation of their hard work on a lot of folks'... Read more.
5.9%
American Pale Ale (APA)
Put on your most jangly set of spurs and get ready for our new pale ale, Giddy Up. The color on this one leans reddish - more Bay than Chesnut - and the nose is dominated by a bale-sized addition of... Read more.
6.9%
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Brewers are good folks. Our friends Sarah Gayle from Tradesman Brewing on James Island and Macey from Frothy Beard Brewing on North Charleston started "Brewster's Brew Day," where they invite ladies... Read more.
5.0%
American Blonde Ale
What's in a name? Sometimes, everything.This straight-up American Blonde Ale was brewed with only Bohemian Pilsner and Simcoe hops. The juicy pine goodness of the hops shine right through with just a... Read more.