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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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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Highland IPA

A statement from Appalachia. American Chinook, Citra, and Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest shine in our first West Coast style IPA. A sturdy malt bill frames hints of tropical fruit, lemon rind, grapefruit and dank hops notes. Brilliant and golden in color. expect a dry, resiny, citrusy finish.

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Highland Pilsner

A finely nuanced pilsner featuring German Hallertau Blanc hops and three other Hallertau region varietals. Saphir, Perle, and Hersbrucker hops add notes of stone fruit, pepper, and lush grass to the German pilsner malt body. Cold fermented with lager yeast for a crisp, dry finish.

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Mandarina IPA

An adventure-loving and aromatic citrus IPA. Brewed with nuanced German Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon hops and bold, juicy American oranges, expect intense orange and tropical notes and a crisp, bright finish. This one is a palate-pleaser.

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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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Southern Sixer IPA

Six American hop varieties bring assertive citrus and tropical fruit notes to this West Coast-inspired IPA, along with hints of pine and green pepper. Golden in color and medium bodied, this brew finishes bitter and crisp with a lingering, dank hop presence.

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Small Batch

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Zentennial Ale

A light-bodied, dank, and bitter session ale. Look for notes of melon, black tea, and grass.

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Tart Raspberry Weisse

A Berliner Weisse style ale, fermented with raspberry puree.
Lovely rosé color with aromas of fresh raspberries. Light-bodied
and approachably tart throughout.

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El IPA

Hopped with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Citra hops, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Notes of bergamot and lemon citrus with a building, lingering bitterness.

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Belmont Abbey Helles Lager

Pleasantly grainy and malt-forward without being overly sweet. Subtle fruity esters compliment biscuity malts and spicy noble hop characteristics throughout. A bright and clean lager with low bitterness.

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Fire For Effect Smoked Ale

Brewed by veterans in the Highland Brewing pilot room and in collaboration with Frog Level Brewing of Waynesville, the grain bill of this smoked ale consists of multiple sweet and roasty specialty malts and features pale malt smoked over peach wood in small batches at Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Virginia. Expect a smooth smokiness and malty, toasted richness. This ale is lightly hopped with classic Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops from Germany.

The beer will be released in the Highland tasting room on November 4th, the Friday before Veterans Day, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Veterans Healing Farm in Hendersonville, NC.

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Yay! IPA

Light bodied and crisp, this easy drinking IPA is aromatically floral with hints of watermelon rind and citrus. Fresh grassy flavors give way to tropical fruit before rounding out with a clean hop bitterness.

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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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