In some ways, Holy City Brewing was something of a late-comer to the Lowcountry brewing biz. Launched in 2011, Holy City followed on the heels of Palmetto Brewing (1993), COAST Brewing Company (2007), and Westbrook Brewing (2010). If we’re going to put things in grunge-rock terms, they were like Nirvana, that shining star that emerges after a few other acts (Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone) have paved the way and just before the whole entire scene explodes. Since then, Holy City has emerged as arguably the premier brewery in town, or at least that’s how City Paper readers see it. Their legendary Pluff Mud Porter won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, while their Bowens Island Oyster Stout is made with oysters and their Chucktown Follicle Brown actually caused the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society leader Paul Roof to lose his job at Charleston Southern University (we’d like to think it was because the school was jealous that an employee was featured on a can, but sadly, that wasn’t the case). All three of those brews are great. But if we had to name a favorite, it would be their Pecan Dream. You’ll find a Critics’ Pick on that one later in the issue.