What is Holy City Slam?

A proprietary beer brewed each season for the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament on Daniel Island, which runs March 29-April 6 this year. Family Circle Cup hosted a naming contest via Facebook and the fan favorite was "SLAM" for this annual craft beer.

What's the story?

In 2012, the Family Circle Cup and Holy City Brewing in Charleston set about crafting a signature beer for this annual tennis tournament. Pale ales were created in 2012 and 2013. This year the brewery switched it up with the creation of a German Helles lager with lime. The "helles" is German for bright, and identifies this as a golden lager with a clean finish.

Who's buying it?

This low alcohol-by-volume (4.8 percent) lager is made with Hallertu (a region of Bavaria) hops and Bohemian Pilsner malts. It is a seasonal release with easy drinkability and balanced malt-and-hops ratio. This is a beer for the Lowcountry where the citrus brightens the flavors of the hops and malts. Light beer drinkers as well as those who enjoy Czech-style pilsners will find this a refreshing warm-weather quaff.

Who's selling it?

Holy City Brewing, www.holycitybrewing.com, is the proprietary brewer. It is available at the brewery at Family Circle Cup on Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island and Daniel Island Grill, 259 Seven Farms Drive also on Daniel Island.

Call the brewery at 276-5796 for other outlets.


"It's light and refreshing with a hint of lime. Very drinkable! So different from the (brews) of the last two years, both of which I liked. This one's my favorite, though." - Kathy Lipsky, Mount Pleasant

"I found it to be perfect for the spring/summer. It had a great light, refreshing feel with a little citrus on the front end." - Bob Moran, Charleston