Chris Brown

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What’s your current position at your brewery, and how did you get started in the craft brewing industry?

I am one of the owners and head brewer for Holy City Brewing in Charleston, S.C. I got into the craft industry in 2007 with Gordon Biersch Midtown Atlanta, working for Eric Geralds. Part of the time I worked there I was attending the American Brewers Guild.

What’s new at Holy City?

Everything is new at our brewery. We sent out our first kegs on July 20. Currently we have a Black IPA that we are calling a Lowcountry Dark Ale and are starting to age some porter in bourbon barrels for the winter.

What’s the best part of being a part of the craft brewing community?

Right now in Charleston it is a great time to be a part of the craft beer community. There aren’t many of us in South Carolina but we are starting to make an impact and opening people up to how great craft beer can be. It’s fun to be a part of a new and growing community.

What do you like to do in your time away from the brewery?

So far I haven’t had much time away from the brewery. If I had some more time I would try to get out to the beach or spend more time with my three dogs.

What’s your favorite food and beer pairing?

The last thing I’ve had that stuck out was from a Charleston restaurant called Tristan. It was New England scallop crudo with avocado, ruby grapefruit, and vanilla salt paired a German hefeweizen.

What’s your biggest accomplishment unrelated to brewing?

The brewery has been the biggest thing I’ve accomplished so far, but receiving a B.S. in Geology from the College of Charleston is a close second.

What’s your favorite beer that your brewery does not produce?

I lived in Denver for a while and the bar I worked at had all the Odell’s on tap. Cutthroat Porter will always be a favorite. I also enjoy the other locals in Charleston. Our friends at Coast make a great Belgian pale called the Belafonte.

What’s the most memorable travel destination at which you’ve had a chance to sample the local beer?

I would have to say snowboarding in Telluride, Colo. and then getting a local beer at Smugglers is probably at the top of the list.

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