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Gaelic Ale

5.5% 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

33 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.

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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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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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Highland IPA

7.0% ABV

64 IBU

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Highland IPA color

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

5.5% ABV

35 IBU

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Highland Pilsner color

A finely nuanced pilsner features 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

5% ABV

35 IBU

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Mandarina IPA color

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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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

For each seasonal beer, we throw a release 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, please see our Stewardship page.

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Cold Mountain Winter Ale

5.2% ABV

28 IBU

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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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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.

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

About Thunderstruck Ridge
Thunderstruck Ridge, elevation 4680′, is visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 454.4. This area is known for high elevation spruce-fir forest and pristine headwater sources. In this vicinity, you can also visit the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center at Milepost 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy an ideal spot for watching sunrises & sunsets, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob.

 

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Southern Sixer IPA

6.0% ABV

Southern Sixer IPA color

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.

Close to home, "Southern Sixers" refers to a group of Southern Appalachian Mountains over 6,000 feet in elevation.

Hike with us

Southern Sixer 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 release 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, please see our Stewardship page.

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Yay! IPA

4.9% ABV

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Yay! IPA color

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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Fire For Effect Smoked Ale

5.7% ABV

20 IBU

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Fire For Effect Smoked Ale color

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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Belmont Abbey Helles Lager

5.5% ABV

21 IBU

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Belmont Abbey Helles Lager color

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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El IPA

4.9% ABV

49 IBU

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El IPA color

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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Tart Raspberry Weisse

5.5% ABV

11 IBU

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Tart Raspberry Weisse color

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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Zentennial Ale

5.2% ABV

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Zentennial Ale color

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

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King MacAlpin Double IPA

10% ABV

90 IBU

Coming soon

King MacAlpin Double IPA color

This beer is double dry-hopped and packed with 5.5 pounds of Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial hops per barrel. 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

8% ABV

45 IBU

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Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout color

Next in our Warrior Series is a double chocolate milk stout named for Scotland's Black Watch, the historic military regiment that protected the Highlands. Brewed with five malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and one pound of cacao nibs per barrel, we created a rich, high-gravity ale reminiscent of brownie batter and marshmallows with an aromatic nose and a lingering dark chocolate finish.
Contains lactose and cacao nibs.

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