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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Belmont Abbey Dopplebock

A complex nose and rich smooth body with notes of toffee and stone fruit.

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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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20th Anniversary American Saison

Our American Saison is a brilliant hybrid of the classic Saison and the American Pale.

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Vienna-versary Lager

A classic Vienna-style lager.

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20 Beer for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers

List of Beers for 20th Anniversary

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Maddy’s May Magic Scotch Ale

This is a classic Scotch Ale with a rich, malty body and reddish-brown color.

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Schenk’s Cream Ale

We first brewed it in 2008, after home brewer Aaron Schenk won Best in Show with this recipe at the 1st annual Highland Cup Competition.

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Kiel Pilsner

Beer #11 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, we brewed this classic German-style lager with our friends and neighbors at French Broad Brewing.

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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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