North Charleston’s Holy City Brewing is going to expand again. And it’s going to be sooner than you think. But, wait. Didn’t the brewery just expand earlier this year? Absolutely. And at that time, the expansion effectively doubled capacity. Since then, a lot has changed.
The new capacity allowed the North Charleston outfit to brew its third year-round beer, Slanted Porch Pale Ale, to go with its Holy City Pilsner, and GABF gold medal-winning Pluff Mud Porter, which was bottled as part of expansion. Oh, and somewhere in there, the Pint Law happened. That gave Holy City (and other South Carolina breweries) the ability to serve pints, half pints, and flights on-site (in limited quantities, of course). In turn, revenue went up and so did demand. Holy City beers can now be found in many places in South Carolina, such as Columbia, Rock Hill, and most recently, Myrtle Beach.
So, what’s this expansion going to look like? Well, the brewery intends to add three new 60bbl fermenters, a 60bbl bright tank, and a 15bbl fermenter.
Anything else? Well, the brewery intends to bottle 12 ounce bottles of the Pluff Mud Porter and the Slanted Porch Pale Ale. Brewmaster Chris Brown says that the brewery is also looking into mobile canning several of its seasonal beers for six months out of the year, including Washout Wheat, Bowens Island Oyster Stout, with Chucktown Follicle Brown potentially receiving canning twelve months out of the year.
When will the expansion occur? Be on the lookout. It won’t be too much longer until the tanks start rolling into the Lowcountry. Most likely, it’ll be in mid-January when the new equipment arrives. So, expect it to be mid-February when everything is operational, including the bottling and canning.