What's in a beer?

Our beers are just like us, a wee bit different. Few of our beers fall into categories, but we believe each beer is excellent. We believe each beer has a personality – and personalities like ours don't always fit into categories.

Each of our beers is described here. See the story and taste the difference.

Year-Round Brews

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Gaelic Ale

Our flagship is a perfectly balanced, flavorful amber ale with universal appeal.

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Oatmeal Porter

Don’t be afraid of the dark - this porter is silky smooth.

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St. Terese’s Pale Ale

Pale but not light, with a crisp, hop-forward, citrus note

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Kashmir English-style IPA

English-style IPA with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish.

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Black Mocha Stout

Highland’s most robust beer, with roasted chocolate and coffee flavors. Silver medals at Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Festival.

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Seasonal Brews

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Clawhammer Oktoberfest

Light-colored Marzen style lager with a Highland twist.

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Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Soul warming, easy drinking and smooth, this spiced winter ale is our original seasonal, and our most sought after.

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Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

Developed on the Pilot System and introduced in 2011, our winter seasonal is rich with the flavor of Dynamite Roasting Company’s organic, fair trade coffee.

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Little Hump Pale Ale

The spring seasonal refreshes with full floral nose and hop flavor in a truly sessionable beer.

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Devil’s Britches IPA

This devilishly delicious ale is Highland’s twist on a great American IPA.

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Lost Cove American Pale Ale

This aromatic American Pale Ale is a session beer meticulously handcrafted with a unique Highland twist.

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One-Off Brews

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20 Beers for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers

List of Beers for 20th Anniversary

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Tony Kiss Brown Ale

Beer #16 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, we brewed this smooth brown ale in honor of Tony Kiss, The Asheville Beer Guy.

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Kyra’s Robust Porter

Beer #17 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, Brewmaster John Lyda developed a full-bodied, robust porter worthy of a snifter, yet surprisingly low in alcohol for the style.

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20th Anniversary Weizenbock

Twenty years ago, Highland opened its doors in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. Ournname anchors us here – “Highland” honors Asheville’s Scots Irish heritage. In a final salute to our 20th anniversary, we present the 20th beer in the series: our limited edition, 20thAnniversary Weizenbock.

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Slam Dunken Weizen

A dark, malty brew, pouring the color of a brown ale with notes of banana and clove from the yeast and very subtle hop aroma and bitterness.

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Mount Mitchell Malt Liquor

Golden hay in color, crisp and clear, at 7.2%

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Triple Option Belgian-style Tripel

Golden in color, with aromas of pink bubble gum, this is an approachable tripel with a clear, mid-palate sweetness and a slightly tart, dry finish.

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Third Base Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

Deep mahogany in color and nearly opaque, aromas and flavors of port wine, chocolate covered berries and mellow roast coffee

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DiBelgian Belgian-style Imperial Stout

A Belgian Style Imperial Stout

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Abstract Black IPA

Opaque and black, delicious, aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, loads of citrusy hops and a hint of smoke mingle on the nose, carrying through to a balanced, bitter and roasty middle and finish.

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