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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.

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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

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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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Saw-whet Saison

6% ABV

50 IBU

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Saw-whet Saison color

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.

The saison is named after the Saw-whet Owl, which can be found on Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy protected land in North Carolina and Tennessee. It is the smallest owl in the eastern U.S. and can be spotted perched among the conifers during the winter months.

Hike with us

Saw-whet Saison, 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.

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 the tiny Saw-Whet owl from our friends at SAHC! For more information about our efforts with SAHC, please see our Stewardship page.

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Early’s Hoppy Wheat

5% ABV

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Early’s Hoppy Wheat color

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.

Hike with us

Early's Hoppy Wheat, 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, 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 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

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

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, 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.
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.

Conservation around Thunderstruck Ridge:

In 2013, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 258 acres at Blackrock Mountain in the Plott Balsams, near Thunderstruck Ridge, to permanently protect it for future generations. The purchase added to a network of contiguous, protected lands in the area, which form a corridor to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blackrock Mountain property adjoins the Sylva Watershed (protected with a conservation easement held by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee), and The Nature Conservancy’s Plott-Balsam Preserve.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy leads guided hikes to this protected Blackrock Mountain tract as part of the “For Love of Beer & Mountains” partnership, with ample opportunity to view Thunderstruck Ridge along the way.

 

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Devil’s Britches IPA

6.0% ABV

70 IBU

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, please see our Stewardship page.

   

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Lost Cove Kolsch

4.5% ABV

20 IBU

Lost Cove Kolsch color

Warm days and summer adventures beckon for this crisp, dry and refreshing German-style Kolsch. Bready, elegant malts and floral hops shine in this easy-sipping brew. Rafters on the Nolichucky River can float by the legendary ghost town of Lost Cove, which provided secluded living during the Civil War for self-reliant families.

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, please see our Stewardship page.

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Kelly’s Kolsch

4.89% ABV

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Kelly’s Kolsch color

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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Balfour’s Bokbier

6.57% ABV

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Balfour’s Bokbier color

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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Dr. Bock

7.6% ABV

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Dr. Bock color

A Dopplebock lager, Dr. Bock bursts with the aroma of ripe, dark fruit and brown sugar. Dark ruby in color, expect toasty, bready and malty notes in this rich, but light-bodied beer. Finishes clean.

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Old Mollusk Barleywine

10.5% ABV

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Old Mollusk Barleywine color

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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King MacAlpin Double IPA

10% ABV

90 IBU

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

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 Highland's. Brewed with five malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and one pound of cocao 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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Tasgall II Scotch Ale

8% ABV

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Tasgall II Scotch Ale color

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

8% ABV

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Mosaic Rye IPL color

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 from Riverbend Malt rounds out the spicy malt character. Think hop candy with a clean, piney-nuanced and sticky finish. 

Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers photo

Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers

5.0% ABV

Black Mocha Stout w/ cacao nibs & chipotle peppers color

A cold-side addition of cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans and chipotle peppers to Black Mocha Stout leads to a complex mingling of roast, hot chocolate and toasted, cinnamon-raisin bread-like aromas. Nutty and chocolatey throughout, subtle heat from the chipotle peppers comes through in the finish.

Gaelic w/Citra and  Orange Peel photo

Gaelic w/Citra and Orange Peel

Gaelic w/Citra and  Orange Peel color

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.

Black Mocha Stout w/ Cherries & Oak photo

Black Mocha Stout w/ Cherries & Oak

5.0% ABV

Black Mocha Stout w/ Cherries & Oak color

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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