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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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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Devil’s Britches IPA

This devilishly delicious ale is Highland’s twist on a great American IPA.

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Lost Cove Kolsch

Warm days and summer adventures beckon for this crisp, dry and refreshing German-style Kolsch.

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Saw-whet Saison

This farmhouse ale shows off a complex malt bill and a unique, spicy yeast, with subtle citrus notes. Astutely hopped for balance and dimension, while finishing exceptionally dry. A perfect beer to transition from winter to spring.

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Early’s Hoppy Wheat

A light bodied wheat beer with a golden haze. Hopped up with Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest, this beer bursts with bright tropical andpiney notes over wheat malts. An east, lower gravity beer that appeals to wheat beer fans and hop heads alike.

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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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Dr. Bock

Dr. Bock a Dopplebock Lager.

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Balfour’s Bokbier

Dark copper colored beer with a khaki-tan head. Notes of banana bread and clove highlight the light, crisp mouthfeel. A bit of a toasty, roasty finish accented with hints of caramel and dark fruit.

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Kelly’s Kolsch

An impressive, nuanced flavor profile that shows off complexity and subtleness in this classic, light-bodied beer.  Bright and clean, with notes of peaches, apricots and cantalope. Balanced and crisp hoppy bitter finish. Pale straw yellow color with slight haze.

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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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Tasgall II Scotch Ale

Highland’s vintage Scotch-style ale. Named for the “Cauldron of the Gods” from Norse mythology, this deliciously dark, complex beer combines Scotland-grown Golden Promise malts with double roasted crystal malt, crystal rye, and a touch of cherry wood-smoked malt for a deeply rich, bold flavor. This winter sipper is worthy of its mythological name.

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Mosaic Rye IPL

Three pounds of Mosaic hops per barrel deliver huge citrusy notes to complement hints of tangerine and pepper from Australian Ella hops. North Carolina-grown rye rounds out the spicy malt character. Think hop candy with a clean, piney-nuanced and sticky finish.

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The Kinsman Series

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Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle 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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Saw-whet Saison w/ Key Lime

We infused our Saison with key limes to transform this spicy, complex farmhouse ale into a bright, citrus-lime quencher with an exceptionally dry finish.

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