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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Razor Wit Belgian Wheat

Summer Seasonal! A savory Belgian Wheat

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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 Spring 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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One-Off Brews

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Ashevilliner Weiss

Berliner Weiss, slightly tart.

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

Medium-bodied with a brown-red hue from Caramel malt and roasted barley.

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20 Beers for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers

List of Beers for 20th Anniversary

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Rosslyn Red Rye IPA

Beer #7 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, we brewed this spicy ale with our friends from Green Man Brewing Co.

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Only NC Belgian Pale Ale

As part of our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, this celebratory beer pours golden in color with a rich, creamy head and is delightfully effervescent

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Dewayne’s World Alt Bier

A cool-fermented ale, this beer was brewed on our pilot system by packaging team member, Dewayne Beck.

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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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Gettin’ Figgy with it

A mellow brown ale brewed with Fig Newtons, mildly roasty with a subtle sweet finish.

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Belmont Abbey Pilsner

Golden-blonde in color, this German-style Pilsner has a smooth malt flavor complemented by zesty, spicy notes from the classic Noble hops. Clean and refreshing with low overall bitterness, it’s a great session beer at an even 5% ABV.

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Hansel & Gret Ale

A malty brown ale spiced with vanilla, and both fresh and dried ginger. The addition of lactose lends a comforting sweetness that perfectly suits the spice and malt profile.

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Boombastic IPA

If you love the tropical and citrus notes of certain hops but aren’t a fan of overly bitter IPAs, this is the one for you. Brewed with Equinox, Mosaic and Ahtanum, this beer delights with notes of lemon, grapefruit and mango, while being sessionable at just over 5% ABV.

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Whiskey Barrel Aged Black Mocha Stout

Mocha Stout’s notes of roasted chocolate and coffee pair perfectly with the warm vanilla flavor imparted by three months in an oak, whiskey barrel.

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