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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Small Batch

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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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Deep mahogany with ruby highlights, a hint of peach aroma meets mouthwatering bubble gum.

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Mind the Gap English Bitter

Brilliant gold in color with malty, biscuity & grassy aromas.

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Red, White and Bruges

Belgian Pale Wheat Beer

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Hoppy Poppin Pilsner

Straw yellow and brilliantly clear, floral and fruity Zeus and Mittelfruh hops meet pilsner malt aromas.

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Dry Red Rye

This beer is Deep copper in color, roasty, toasted bread aromas blend into subtle rye spiciness balanced with earthy, bitter Fuggle hops and roasted barley.

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Russian Imperial Chili Stout

Nearly opaque, this dark, ruby brown Imperial stout boasts aromas of fresh chili peppers, roasted chocolate and coffee

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The Warrior Series

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King MacAlpin Double IPA

This beer is double dry-hopped and packed with 5.5 pounds of Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. Bright and layered, it hints of pineapple, orange, grapefruit and lemon peel. Then it finishes with a resiny, piney, dry bitterness, balanced by a citrus hop punch.

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The Kinsman Series

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Kinsman Project - Black Mocha Stout

Mocha Stout with French Broad cacao nibs, cinnamon, vanilla beans and chipotle peppers

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