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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Small Batch

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El Dorado

This approachable California Common showcases toasty, caramel grains, punched up by the pear, watermelon, and tropical fruit notes of much-loved El Dorado hops.

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Paul’s Dark Mild

Traditional English-style session ale with subtle notes of toasted bread, light coffee, nutty cereal, and warm tobacco. Light and smooth in body with a clean finish.

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Belmont Abbey Dubbel

Brewed with traditional Trappist Ale yeast, this classic Belgian Dubbel presents spicy phenols, bubble gum, slight alcohol warmth, and caramelized banana aroma and flavor. Medium-bodied, with a slightly sweet yet balanced finish.

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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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Urban Trail Hoppy Pale

Brewed with four New Zealand hops, including Nelson and Galaxy, this drinkable pale packs a juicy, pineapple punch!

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Citraic IPA

Perfect IPA gold color, with a savory hop nose. Grassy, herbaceous, and piney with a dangerously drinkable bitterness. Hopped with Mosaic and Citra hops.

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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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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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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

Crisp and refreshing, our Saw-whet Saison infused with key limes. The Kinsman Project is a post-fermentation of all natural ingredients with our flagship beers to create complimentary, playful flavors in rare, small batches.

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