Winning the Great American Beer Festival

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Brown Porter

Breweries in the South seldom get love from craft beer nerds but there are a lot of great brewers located below the Bible Belt that don't deserve to be overlooked. That's why I'm happy to see the talented brewers at Holy City Brewing in Charleston, S.C. receive the gold in this category for their Pluff Mud Porter.

Porters are an excellent beverage to break out in the winter, but Holy City Brewing's take on this style is something that can be enjoyed year-round. Named for a type of mud with a strong odor found in the marshes of South Carolina, the beer is medium-bodied with notes of chocolate. About once per year, they even age the brew in bourbon barrels.

This is a decent complement for any meaty dish but it's also delicious on its own.

Holy City Brewing image courtesy of psgreen01 via Flickr/cc

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  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    Thank you for this article Clare! I enjoy a fine pint, but never know what to order so this should def help! I am so creating a Snooth's Top List of this brews :-)

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Kirsy
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    I clicked on the pics for the Church Brew, impressive, must visit!

    Nov 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  • Snooth User: bmw1175
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    I can attest that Troegs Brewing Co. in Hershey, PA has exceptional tasting beer. I tried there "Mad Elf", potent but exceptional.

    Nov 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    The Church Brew Co. looks amazing. Its like a figment of someones imagination. I have got to visit.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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