Holy City Brewing

Holy City BrewingHoly City Brewing
Holy City BrewingHoly City Brewing
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

4155 Dorchester Rd
Ste C
North Charleston, South Carolina, 29405-7486
United States

(843) 637-1161 | map

Notes: Hours:
Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
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Wrigfen from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

What a great place to hang out. Extremely casual with indoor and outdoor seating.
Always great music playing, ample enough TVs, bar seating, table and bench seating.
Typically 25 beers on tap all brewed on site.
Give it a try when in the area. I have more than several times. Food pretty good today. Friendly and laid back.

Jun 12, 2019
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aalmeida from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

If you are looking for a brewery that is tucked out of the way and inside of an old mechanic shop, this is the place! Lot's of options. Most of them were pretty good.

Feb 23, 2018
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jimbailey from South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I have been here so many times over the past several years, but the past two times the old grain outside smelled so bad that I had to leave. They always have plenty of decent beer to choose from and the service is good, but that smell was terrible.

Feb 22, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by on a hot, hot and more hot Charleston summer day. The spot is in a odd spot, tucked behind a salvage yard, but the odd location adds to the overall charm. They were slammed as people tried to get as close to a fan as possible. The beers were solid with a couple of funky styles. Nice blend of sours thrown in. I went back two more times before I left town.

Aug 04, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

It was raining and very packed when we were here, not really the norm i've heard. I'd avoid at peak times if you can though. Mid-size brewery with a bar that seated 2 dozen or so, plus lots of seating indoors and outdoors.

Selection was very good, and I was impressed with some of the one-offs, namely the BA blackberry saison and Lowcountry Outlaw. They did a single hop pale with Ariana hops (Exp Pale 1), which was very good. The same beer with a different hop wasn't as good, oddly enough (Exp Pale 2 - Callista).

Service was a little slow, but again it was basically 3 deep at the bar the whole time. Not really a beer geek crowd, lots of college kids and family birthday parties that day, even a guy with a pet tortoise.

Interesting place that i'd like to return to and try more of their beers. They had a pretty extensive selection.

Sep 19, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I'm 45 years old and like a nice quiet space where I can geek out to the nuances of my beer. Holy City is not that quiet corner but a 20 somethings paradise. I hate to drop the overall score of this place, so I won't, but it's a loud party spot for corn hole, basketball and music. Huge tap list with some really cool stuff but I couldn't talk to my friends about it cause it was too loud. If it's too loud I'm too old.

Jul 13, 2016
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The earliest opening tasting room in the Charleston area and the one with the longest hours. I know, I went to all 12 that are open (as of 5/8/2016).
My only complaint, no A/C on inside, which, in early May wasn't the best choice.
Big place hidden behind an auto body shop. Seems like you're driving through their parking lot? You are in the correct place.
Huge selection of their beers available. Friendly, helpful staff, lots of table space both inside and out.

May 15, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Large tap list; quality was only ok, but space and atmosphere-wise an awesome place you could hang out at all day. They had cornhole, a basketball hoop, good BBQ food trucks, and a ton of tables to hang out at outside. Would love to go back and just hang out for a few hours.

Dec 29, 2015
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nickfl from Florida

3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Located in the back of an industrial park, there is nothing fancy or even easy to find about this place, but that seems to be standard for Charleston. The day we were there the bartender said they were about to install air conditioning in the taproom, which is sorely needed. They have a fair amount of seating, inside and out, and I imagine the outside seating is nice at more pleasant times of year. The beer selection is quite good with nearly 20 on tap, and the quality ranges from decent to very good. The hoppy beers tended to be the best, though overall I thought they suffered a bit from lack of differentiation and a couple of the more creative things on tap were kind of flops (though I have had some beers from them in the past that used odd ingredients quite well). Worth a visit, especially since Westbrook seems to rarely have anything of note on tap anymore, and even more some once they get the AC running.

Jul 28, 2015
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listenatjoes from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Of the 3 breweries with taprooms (Holy City, Freehouse and Westbrook) I visited on a recent trip to the greater Charlestown area, Holy City was the most fun and is the one where you could spend lots of time, meet lots of people (and staff) and enjoy a wide variety of beers. Flight/taster pricing was great - $6 for 4 x 4oz pours. See if you can spot their pilot keezer homebrew system and see how many regional growlers you can recognize displayed above the bar. Didn’t try the food as I had already snacked at the nearby Freehouse (most worthy of a visit as it’s only a mile away) but what was coming out of the kitchen looked very good. Oh, and self-service cold water to the left of the bar was a very nice and welcoming touch.

Jun 16, 2015
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Clint_Yoho from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

We thought we weren't going to have to make it to Holy City before it closed but we made it and I am glad. This place was awesome, tons of beer selection six packs to-go as well as mix-a-six.

I had two amazing beers that I had to get in growlers. A maple bacon porter and a milk brown ale.

Forget going to Westbrook, go here instead.

Mar 26, 2015
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Djm04f from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Last brewery stop in Charleston, and I'm glad I braved the crappy weather to track this place down. It is hard to find, as it's not on a road, but it's behind two shady looking shops in a warehouse area (what brewery isn't, though?)

Cool place, lots of space at the bar, and plenty of places to sit and hang out, plus a pool table. Great pretzel, really soaked up the booze.Lots of stuff on tap. They have a core lineup of 5 or so beers, their porter, wheat ale, an IPA, and some others. But the show stealer was the honey srirach porter. Holy God in Heaven, this was perfect. A Sriracha beer can only go two ways: really good or really bad, and this was really well done. The barrel aged oyster stout was great, too, despite what the uber hipster sitting next to me said. One downside is that one of the bartenders was kind of a disinterested douche, maybe because we weren't locals, IDK. Other guy was great and friendly. Overall, a great brewery tucked away in Charleston, and definitely worth a visit.

Jan 06, 2015
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Footballtennishockeygolf from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.8%

I absolutely love this humble yet exciting brewery. Located in what seemingly is an old auto repair garage, it is outfitted with plenty of seating around the bar along with tables both inside and outside the garage. There is also a pool table along with a basketball hoop for those that are christened with a sudden jolt of athleticism after a few pints; not to mention a valuable beer tasting partner in Struggle!

I was a big fan of the Socks with Sandals which is a hoppier Oktoberfest beer. The Chucktown Follicle Brown is also well deserving of the hype. I highly recommend stopping by here with a few buddies.

Nov 15, 2014
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DarkerTheBetter from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This place is tough to find if you don't notice the sign as their road is inconspicuously tucked away between a Honda dealership and another random building. After you pass the collision repair center, you're home. I strongly suggest a few minutes on google street view before heading out for your first time.

"Laid back" is the vibe of this place. As we rolled in, there were people playing tail-gating games in the parking lot, which bleeds into rows of picnick tables. The "walls" roll up into cargo doors, so the inside and the outside merge together, which is really inviting and relaxing (especially if you've just spent the last 5 days camping!). Even the doors to the fermentation takes were open, which was just really neat. I should also note, the shipping containers/conexs outside added to the vibe. The rust colored murals are also really powerful! Inside is just alright. Honestly, I didn't give it much attention as it was such a lovely day out. A few tables, short bar, and a comfortable homeyness about it all. I should also note, strangers seemed to be talking to each other outside, which was simply beautiful to see. Any place that can facilitate that kind of openness has succeeded at a very deep level.

We grabbed a pretzel, which was just ok, along with a sampler, and three other brews. The IPA was solid and balanced, but the cask pumpkin ale conditioned with graham crackers and jalapenos was deliciously novel. Ingenuity like that goes a long way for me.

I can't say too much about the staff or the rest of the menu, but our experience was great for an afternoon round of brews. I'd say it was well worth the visit.

Oct 12, 2014
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Fred_M_29412 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Best brewery atmosphere in Charleston. If you're visiting you may be more inclined to favor the critically acclaimed Westbrook, or Coast. But if you go to breweries in the area a few times per year, or more, Holy City will be the one you get excited about. It's not pretentious, they really care about their tasting room/bar business and like for people to be there. Don't get me wrong, Westbrook probably enjoys having tasting room visitors, but they are more in it for the beeradvocate ratings and probably the money. If you're a regular guy, Holy City is the brewery you would build, warehouse, biggest bar around, giant selection of beer, and people having fun with each other, not just those they came with. It's a party with high quality beer, and that makes it the best return brewery in charleston.

Oct 10, 2014
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

I hadn't heard of this place until a couple people in Charlotte mentioned it and a handful of Charleston locals said it's their favorite brewery in the area. Had to stop, right? Holy City is located back off the road in a small industrial/warehouse strip in North Charleston. It's actually tough to pick out if you're not sure where you're going so keep your eyes open and trust directions. The warehouse has an awesome looking custom paintjob along the whole stretch of their privately owned exterior. The garage doors were open the day I stopped by and big industrial fans were blowing to make a sticky day manageable.

The bar is long and accommadating. Seating probably 25 people. A few bar tables sit here and there around the warehouse. The brewing equipment is in the open and immediately to your left as you enter. Going with the long bar is an extensively long taplist of all house brew. 18 handles to be exact. All of which, that I tasted, were good. We could choose from everything from IIPAs to smoked jalapeno porters to Scratch Mtn Dew to everything in between. Muy Amigo; a jalapeno, cilantro, pineapple IPA was a highlight along with All Up in Yo Porter; a smoked jalapeno porter. Both were very well made. Low Country Dark Ale and Overly Friendly were delicious as well. Like I said, everything sampled was good.

The atmosphere was laid back and fun. It's a big space but still remains cozy. Everyone was having fun and laughing, very welcoming. The crowd seemed to be mostly locals and they were enjoying themselves on this warm Tuesday afternoon. Growlers are cheap. Beer is flowing like mad. Merchandise is a plenty. Good times are to be had. I highly recommend a stop at Holy City and after hitting 18 breweries on a week long roadtrip this place was up near the top.

Sep 04, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Holy city is great!! it has an excellent "dive bar" feel that makes it so cool it is probably trendy now. it is located behind a motorcycle repair shop in what looks like an old automotive repair center. The bar opens up a couple of garage bays and has seating inside and out. excellent range of brews and they were all $5 a pint. great crowd very enjoyable.

Jul 11, 2014
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This place is great. Plug it into your GPS, and it will bring you to a parking lot on a pretty main road; head in between the two front buildings, and the brewery is in the back on the right side in a large warehouse structure. Great vibe, with huge bay doors open, plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, outdoor games, and different events each night of the week (including half off growlers on Tuesdays). There are 20 taps, 2 of which are for their home made sodas, and two nitro taps. The others all rotate. Beer to go in the form of 32 and 64 oz growlers, and they will fill any glass you bring in. Also, they have begun canning, and currently have their brown available in 6packs. They have bowls of pretzels on the bar, and there was a food truck parked out front the night I was there. The staff was friendly and helpful, but seemed to get slightly overwhelmed a couple of times while I was there, although the place was packed so some forgiveness is warranted. This place is a must stop for any beer fans finding themselves anywhere near Charleston.

May 24, 2014
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AmishLightning from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

I stopped on by during my spring break down to Charleston. I saw the sign for the brewery up front but didn't see anything when I pulled in. I was about to turn around disappointed until my buddy who was with me told me to go through the alley. I doubted him but went ahead anyway. It was kind of tucked away behind the repair shops and bike store. My advice would be to put up a sign in the driveway so people at least know that there is a brewery back there. Then again if your going for the locals only touch it works perfectly. Anyway, they were open every time I went ( and I went a lot). There were corn hole games going on with picnic tables out front and an awesome bar. Really, this was the best atmosphere I have ever seen a brewery put on. I was thoroughly impressed. The barkeeps were really friendly and willing to talk. I was a definite hole in the wall but one worth finding. My only complaint would be the selection of beers. I saw a bunch of beers that had been rated and reviewed but when I went they had a limited supply. However, that is to be expected when you're an up-and-coming brewery. Overall, good brew with great service and amazing atmosphere made my spring break trip one to remember. (Also, go on Tuesdays when they have half-priced growler refills).

Apr 27, 2014
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Stopped here on an evening and did a sampler. Beers were good but not great. Service was superb. Place had a good vibe to it, although I was told it wasn't the best neighborhood as a policeman cruised through the parking lot at least once. Selection was ok. The potential is there for this place, but it is hard to be not overshadowed by the juggernauts that are Westbrook and Coast nearby. Worth a stop, maybe more in the future.

Apr 24, 2014
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biermark from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Stopped on a Sat, hitting several places on a weekend trip. Have only had their porter and was nice surprised at the additional choices. There were 4 HG choices that came in a flight of their own. Beer is good, only bummer is the SC laws limiting what they can serve. Had lunch from the food truck. Not a fancy place but good beer that needs more distribution. Will be back to this one.

Mar 30, 2014
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welldigger888 from South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The food varies with food trucks, always good.
Service can be a bit tough, only because of the HUGE popularity.
Best prices for growlers around.
Always have new things coming up on tap along with the regular line up.
Great place, Great brew by some Great folk.

Feb 25, 2014
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xseanprimex from South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Great place to hang out and drink some excellent beer. The selection was great even before installing their now huge tap bar. With the year round beers always on tap and an ever changing list of seasonal and one-off brews you won't have trouble finding something to enjoy. Not to mention a caravan of food trucks that pull in nightly. Their events are pretty regular and include things like yoga and brunch. Located right behind a small Honda motorcycle dealership makes them a little hard to spot at first. Well worth the trip.

Aug 20, 2013
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Cool place that was crowded but very relaxed crowd with a little party vibe. Despite being constantly asked for service, the bartenders are quick and friendly and provide great service and answer questions. Definitely worth stopping by if you're an out-of-towner. They are not only cheap but they have multiple serving options including cheap flights and halfpints. They don't serve food but there's a food truck next to them that does that people really seemed to like. As for the selection, they have I think 15 taps and it's all their beer so you should find stuff you haven't had and/or like but don't come here expecting anything else other than their beer (no guest taps).

Jul 28, 2013
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JISurfer from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I really like visiting Holy City. The bar that you get your samples from, is actually in the brewery. They also have a pool table and darts. There's usually a band and a food truck on Fridays and Saturdays. Since they've upgraded their facilities, they almost always have at least 10-15 different beers on tap. They do a lot of barrel aging, beers with multiple hop varieties, and a few with smoked peppers. There's always a great selection of music in the background as well. Not to be missed if you're visiting Charleston.

Mar 02, 2013
Holy City Brewing in North Charleston, SC
Brewery rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1668 ratings