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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Old Mollusk Barleywine

Hazy, golden brown with aromas of baked apples and stone fruits. Sweet up front and reminiscent of boozy fruit cake. Reserved hop character comes through in the finish, along with smooth, warming alcohol.

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Poor Bear - Smoked Porter

This strong porter is darkest mahogany in color with tan lacing. Malt-forward, roasty, smoky, caramely notes and hops dominate the flavor, with subtle sweetness on the finish. Lingering bitterness with hints of smoke.

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Brewer’s Blend

A 75% Gaelic and 25% Black Mocha Stout blend aged for six months in Four Roses Bourbon barrels. Boozy and malty, notes of rye, bourbon and oak waft on the nose. Burnt orange in color with layered notes of vanilla, caramel, sweet fruit and orange marmalade that lead to a bourbon-like.

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Beer Goddess Breakfast

Beer Goddess

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Haus of Black and Weiss

House of Black and Weiss

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Dr. Bock

Dr. Bock a Dopplebock Lager.

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Golden sunset in color and pleasantly light-bodied, this IPA bursts with citrus on the nose with notes of dried, bitter grapefruit rind, orange and nectarines. Mouthwatering, unapologetic bitter hops lead to a clean, semi-sweet finish.

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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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Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout

Next in our Warrior Series is a double chocolate milk stout named for Scotland’s Black Watch, the historic military regiment that protected the Highland’s.

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The Kinsman Series

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Black Mocha Stout w/ cacoa nibs & chipolte peppers

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

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Gaelic w/Citra and Orange Peel

Hazy, reddish copper with a bright and lively citrus punch from the addition of orange peel and Citra hops. Exceptionally balanced, Gaelic’s malty middle is complemented by tropical mango hop presence and a clean, citric bitter linger.

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Black Mocha Stout w/ Cherries & Oak

Smooth and robust, our award-winning Black Mocha Stout is infused with cherries and oak to create a deeply rich, dark beer with notes of toasted chocolate layered over dark cherries. This spin on our classic stout is balanced by expertly roasted malts.

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