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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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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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Little Hump Pale Ale

4.5% ABV

32 IBU

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Little Hump Pale 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 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!

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

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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).
 

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!

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

    

Lost Cove American Pale Ale photo

Lost Cove American Pale Ale

4.5% ABV

Coming soon

Lost Cove American Pale Ale color

This aromatic American Pale Ale is a session beer meticulously handcrafted with a unique Highland twist. We dry-hop with Amarillo and Cascade for floral notes and boil with Simcoe for slight bittering. Gently backed wth grains from America's heartland, this beer finishes crisp and clean.

Hike with us

Lost Cove, 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

For each seasonal beer, we throw a realease party 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!

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

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

For each seasonal beer, we throw a realease party 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!

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!

DiBelgian Belgian-style Imperial Stout photo

DiBelgian Belgian-style Imperial Stout

8.5% ABV

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DiBelgian Belgian-style Imperial Stout color

Warming, boozy aromas of bananas foster dominate the nose of this beer. Mahogany in color, with ruby highlights, flavors range from chocolate chip banana bread and black cherries, to root beer and Bazooka bubble gum. Definitely a beer to warm your soul, not quench your thirst.

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Third Base Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

9.5% ABV

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Third Base Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout color

Deep mahogany in color and nearly opaque, aromas and flavors of port wine, chocolate covered berries and mellow roast coffee carry into a smooth, milk chocolatey, mid-palate sweetness. The finish is pleasantly dry with a subtle bitterness courtesy of Chinook hops and a 1-day cold steeping of Peruvian cacao nibs and local Dynamite coffee during conditioning.

Triple Option Belgian-style Tripel photo

Triple Option Belgian-style Tripel

8.4% ABV

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Triple Option Belgian-style Tripel color

Golden in color, with aromas of pink bubble gum, this is an approachable tripel with a clear, mid-palate sweetness and a slightly tart, dry finish.

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Mount Mitchell Malt Liquor

7.2% ABV

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Mount Mitchell Malt Liquor color

This is an "amaizing" take on the style. Golden hay in color, crisp and clear, at 7.2% this easy drinking ale displays inviting esters on the nose, intense malty sweetness and flavors reminiscent of hominy or down-home corn meal. The finish is sweet and smooth, with faint notes of moonshine warmth as it fades.

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Slam Dunken Weizen

5.0% ABV

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Slam Dunken Weizen color

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.

20th Anniversary Weizenbock photo

20th Anniversary Weizenbock

7.1% ABV

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20th Anniversary Weizenbock color

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.
Pause to take in the aromas of clove and banana. Wheat, barley, and chocolate rye create complex malt flavors, accented by a hint of spiciness. "Just a wee bit different," our rendition of this lesser-known style is approachable and beautifully suited to the season.
 

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Kyra’s Robust Porter

5.6% ABV

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Kyra’s Robust Porter color

Beer #17 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, Brewmaster John Lyda developed a full-bodied, robust porter worthy of a snifter, yet surprisingly low in alcohol for the style. Chocolate malt lends notes of roast more in line with chocolate than coffee and is balanced by the sweetnessand smooth mouthfeel of several caramel malts and wheat. Aromatic Hallertauer Mittelfruh and Fuggle hops add to the earthy profile of this beer.

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Tony Kiss Brown Ale

6% ABV

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Tony Kiss Brown Ale color

Beer #16 in our “20 Beers for 20 Years” series, we brewed this smooth brown ale in honor of Tony Kiss, The Asheville Beer Guy. English Maris Otter, along with pale, amber, chocolate and brown malts, bring the nutty, toasted bread profile you expect in a well-rounded brown ale. The rye lends a touch of spiciness, and Cascade and Willamette hops bring a floral nose and a touch more spice to the flavor profile.

20 Beers for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers photo

20 Beers for 20 Years - Anniversary Beers

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20 Beers 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

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Abstract Black IPA

5% ABV

Coming soon

Abstract Black IPA color

Opaque and black, delicious aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, loads of citrusy hops and a hint of smoke mingle on the nose, carrying through to a balanced, bitter, roasty middle and finish. Brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Cascade hops and dry hopped with Equinox, Horizon and Mosaic, there’s no shortage of bright citrus flavor in this beer. It’s like a simple breakfast of black coffee and grapefruit (although, we wouldn’t recommend it for breakfast).


Artwork by Chris Hayes


This beer was specially brewed by Highland brewer, Chris Hayes, for the Black Mountain College Museum and their annual "Re-Happening Event" at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, N.C. The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is an exhibition space and resource center in downtown Asheville, NC dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world's most acclaimed experimental educational community. They offer changing exhibitions, a video archive, research materials, and a selection of books and other materials for sale. For more information about the museum click here.

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