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Gaelic Ale

5.6% ABV

30 IBU

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Gaelic Ale color

A deep amber-colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness. It has a universal appeal and is our workhorse, accounting for about half of our total production.
This was our first beer and was originally named Celtic Ale in honor of the Scots and Irish who originally settled the Appalachian region. We had to change the name – unbeknownst to us, Bert Grant Brewery had trademarked “Celtic Ale." The term "Gaelic" more commonly refers to the language of the Celtic peoples in Scotland and Ireland and particularly to the Scottish Highlanders. The dark amber color is similar to a Scottish Ale but the flavor and body is more in the style of American Amber.

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Oatmeal Porter

5.9% ABV

35 IBU

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Oatmeal Porter color

A unique Highland creation, this robust beer is black in color, very malty with hints of chocolate-roasted flavor and a well balanced hop character.

This style was born on the docks of the Thames of London where dock workers or porters delighted in the strong dark ales brewed by the local pubs with roasted malts. This gave rise to the name by which this style is still known. A porter was traditionally served with oysters, the least expensive food available to the dock workers. Highland Brewing has taken this style a step farther with the addition of a judicious amount of flaked oatmeal which helps attain the smooth silky character of our porter.

St. Terese’s Pale Ale photo

St. Terese’s Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

24 IBU

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St. Terese’s Pale Ale color

A golden pale having a slightly malty body balanced by an assertive American hop flavor. This pale ale displays a delicate hop nose due to the process of dry hopping. A crisp and refreshing beer perfect for any occasion.

Our most aromatically hopped beer, St Terese’s was designed for easy drinking. After the beer is finished fermenting, it is dry hopped which entails adding hops for several days to impart an aromatic hop nose to the beer. When quaffed, the beer finishes cleanly with almost no residual hop bitterness and is a particular delight with most subtly flavored foods. This beer was named after the patron saint of headaches in consideration of all beer lovers who may occasionally be over served.

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Kashmir English-style IPA

6% ABV

60 IBU

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Kashmir English-style IPA color

A full-bodied India Pale Ale. This beer is golden in color with a moderate malty character with full hop flavor true to the classic ale that has traveled on sailing ships from England to India.  Bold and brazen.

This is Highland’s version of the classic British beer which was designed to survive the long journeys from England to India on sailing ships. The higher alcohol content and much higher hop level provided the longevity necessary for the casks to arrive in India in a most drinkable condition. It is very often serious beer drinkers’ favorite style. Being “Just a wee bit different,” we chose Kashmir, a controversial section of the Indian subcontinent in the north and matched it with a Madras-inspired plaid from the south.

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Black Mocha Stout

5% ABV

25 IBU

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Black Mocha Stout color

Highland’s most robust beer, having a very malty body with a large, roasted chocolate flavor, all achieved solely through the use of special roasted barley grains. It is black in color with a very clean finish and moderate hop flavor. 

While the porter style was developing, some brewers produced a stout porter and over time generated a new style known simply as stout. These beers traditionally contain a distinct roasted malt flavor and can run the gamut from a dry stout, such as Guinness to a sweet stout such as Watney’s Cream Stout. Our Black Mocha falls in the sweet stout range and derives its chocolate and coffee tones from the use of appropriate roasted malt grains and is very often used as an after dinner libation or an accompaniment to dessert.

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Razor Wit Belgian Wheat

4.5% ABV

25 IBU

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Razor Wit Belgian Wheat color

Summer Seasonal!

This Belgian-style Wit, or “white” ale, is an unfiltered wheat beer brewed with traditional ingredients and a Highland twist. Wits are conventionally brewed with noble hops, pale malt, unmalted wheat, orange peel, and coriander. We have made this beer our own by adding other unique spices to create complex aromatics, a refreshing taste, and a crisp finish. Light in color with a smooth body, Razor Wit is perfect for hot summer days and sultry summer nights. Razor Wit was recently awarded the 2013 "Grand Champion" by the USBTC in the Wit category! 

 

Hike with us

Razor Wit, like our other seasonals, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Please join us on a seasonal, naturalist-guided hike, with our guide from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).

Join the party

We throw a release party for each seasonal beer in our Tasting Room, posted on our Calendar. Join us for a fresh brew and learn something about this area from our friends at SAHC - from live owls to banjos and more!

For more information about our efforts with SAHC and US Fish & Wildlife, please see our Stewardship page.     

  

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Clawhammer Oktoberfest

5% ABV

25 IBU

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Clawhammer Oktoberfest color

Clawhammer Oktoberfest is a lightly colored, but toasty, rich and full-bodied Marzen style lager, brewed with traditional German malt and the finest noble hops. A spicy hop finish and aroma balance out the abundance of malt flavor.

Hike with us

Clawhammer, like our other seasonals, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Please join us on a seasonal, naturalist-guided hike, with our guide from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).

Join the party

We throw a release party for each seasonal beer in our Tasting Room, posted on our Calendar. Join us for a fresh brew and learn something about this area from our friends at SAHC - from live owls to banjos and more!

For more information about our efforts with SAHC, please see our Stewardship page.

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Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

5.8% ABV

26 IBU

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Thunderstruck Coffee Porter color

This robust porter has a full body with some hints of chocolate from the Chocolate Malt and Midnight Wheat. The mild hop aroma showcases the roasted flavors and subtle fruit and spice notes of the artisan fair-trade, organic coffee, roasted in the neighboring town of Black Mountain at Dynamite Roasting Company.

Hike with us

Thunderstruck, like our other seasonals, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Please join us on a seasonal, naturalist-guided hike, with our guide from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).

Join the party

We throw a release party for each seasonal beer in our Tasting Room, posted on our Calendar. Join us for a fresh brew and learn something about this area from our friends at SAHC - from live owls to banjos and more!

For more information about our efforts with SAHC and US Fish & Wildlife, please see our Stewardship page.

  

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Cold Mountain Winter Ale

5.2% ABV

28 IBU

Cold Mountain Winter Ale color

Our spiced winter seasonal complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with a delicious mix of spices that vary from year to year as we search for the best vanilla, hazelnut and other flavors. If you see it in the store, don't wait!

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Little Hump Spring Ale

4.5% ABV

32 IBU

Little Hump Spring Ale color

This American Pale Ale is meticulously handcrafted for full floral hop aroma and flavor. Brewed with grains from America's heartland - Simcoe® for bittering, Amarillo® and Cascade (both dry hopped) for aromatics - this beer finishes crisp and clean. Have a few and your freshly mowed lawn will still have arrow-straight lines. Little Hump was recently awarded the "2012 Best Session Beer" by the USBTC.

Hike with us

Little Hump, like our other seasonals, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Please join us on a seasonal, naturalist-guided hike, with our guide from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC).

Join the party

We throw a release party for each seasonal beer in our Tasting Room, posted on our Calendar. Join us for a fresh brew and learn something about this area from our friends at SAHC - from live owls to banjos and more!

For more information about our efforts with SAHC and US Fish & Wildlife, please see our Stewardship page.

      

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Devil’s Britches IPA

6.0% ABV

70 IBU

Devil’s Britches IPA color

"Lordy, that's as red as the devil's britches," exclaimed a local rancher, awed by the vibrant canopy ablaze on what is known today as Devil's Britches trail. Highland Brewing Company commemorates the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and Devil's Britches trail with a rich, red IPA. Ashburne Mild malt produces a toasted and biscuity flavor, and Extra Special malt renders an alluring red hue. Apollo hops provide aggressive bitterness(70 IBU), while dry-hopping with Calypso hops yields complex fruity and floral aromas with hints of pear and apple. This devilishly delicious ale is Highland's twist on the great American IPA.

Hike with us

Devil's Britches, like our other seasonals, is named for a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Please join us on a seasonal, naturalist-guided hike, with our guide from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). Click here for details.
 

Join the party

We throw a release party for each seasonal beer in our Tasting Room, posted on our Calendar. Join us for a fresh brew and learn something about this area from our friends at SAHC - from live owls to banjos and more!

For more information about our efforts with SAHC and US Fish & Wildlife, please see our Stewardship page.

    

Only NC Belgian Pale Ale photo

Only NC Belgian Pale Ale

5.2% ABV

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Only NC Belgian Pale Ale color

Featuring LaChouffe yeast , this is a very drinkable, classic Belgian Pale with a twist. The use of Mosaic hops lends hints of melon that compliment the banana notes produced by the yeast. 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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Kiel Pilsner

5% ABV

30 IBU

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Kiel Pilsner color


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. French Broad owner Andy Dahm’s family left Kiel, Germany, for the US in 1777. In the German tradition, Kiel is brewed with 100% German hops and German malt, creating a grassy, clean hop presence and crisp malt flavor. It is light-bodied and golden in color, at a sessionable 5% ABV.
You’ll find this beer only in Western NC!

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Schenk’s Cream Ale

5.8% ABV

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Schenk’s Cream Ale color


Beer #10 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” anniversary series, Schenk’s is a nod to Highland’s past. 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. Cold-fermented with ale yeast, Schenk’s Cream Ale is similar to a domestic lager. A touch of corn and rice give it a subtly sweet nose and familiar flavor. These flavors are balanced in the finish by the
crisp bitterness of Mt. Hood hops.
 

Maddy’s May Magic Scotch Ale photo

Maddy’s May Magic Scotch Ale

7.5% ABV

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Maddy’s May Magic Scotch Ale color


This is a classic Scotch Ale with a rich, malty body and reddish-brown color. Expect very subtle hop bitterness and aroma. Fermenting at cool temperatures produced a clean ester profile. HBC friend and official photographer, John Warner, brewed this ale with his friend and neighbor (and wine connoisseur), Mark Rosenstein. Mark suggested they name the beer after John’s first granddaughter, Maddy, who was born on May 2nd of this year.
 

20th Anniversary Scotch Ale photo

20th Anniversary Scotch Ale

8% ABV

25 IBU

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20th Anniversary Scotch Ale color

Twenty years have passed since Highland first opened its creaky basement door, in a town otherwise bereft of breweries. Even with vast development of beer culture in Asheville, our name anchors us here. Highland honors the legends of the Scots Irish, so deeply woven into the Southern Appalachians. On this special occasion, Brewmaster John Lyda gives a nod to local history again, this time with a limited edition Highland Brewing Company 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale.

Rich caramel and roasted notes blend with a subtle hop nose to create an ale suited for the finest occasions. Medium-bodied, it has a brown-red hue from a Caramel malt and roasted barley. It is brewed with the finest traditional Scottish malts and English Fuggle hops. A late addition of Sterling hops imparts a slightly spicy nose, ever so subtle.

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Belmont Abbey Dopplebock

8.3% ABV

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Belmont Abbey Dopplebock color

A traditional strong dark lager brewed with the help of Brother Tobiah for his fellow Monks at Belmont Abbey. A complex nose and rich smooth body with notes of toffee and stone fruit. Light hop character and lengthy conditioning time leads you through the beer to a clean finish with a slight alcoholic warmth.

20 Beer for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers photo

20 Beer for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers

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20 Beer for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers color

In April, Highland kicked off a 20-beer, 20th anniversary series, revealed brew by brew until now. “The List” is here. Search for your favorite styles or discover a new one.

Click Here to download the list

Vienna-versary Lager photo

Vienna-versary Lager

4.7% ABV

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Vienna-versary Lager color

A classic Vienna-style lager, this brew is amber in color with a malty body, very low hop character and a low level of bitterness. At 4.7% ABV this is a wonderful session beer – crisp, light bodied and refreshing.
This is one of ten new recipes and beer #5 in our 2014 anniversary series, “20 Beers for 20 Years.”

20th Anniversary American Saison photo

20th Anniversary American Saison

5.8% ABV

Coming soon

20th Anniversary American Saison color

American Saison - Our American Saison is a brilliant hybrid of the classic Saison and theAmerican Pale. Taste pepper and spice. Add a bold, citrusy hop profile, created from Summit and Ahtanum in the boil and four varieties in the dry hop. A toast to new traditions in 2014!
 

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