Calling on the brave legends of the Scottish Highlanders as a guide, our new family of beers is called the Warrior Series. With bold aromas and flavors, often high gravity, styles will vary widely and will be released a few times per year in limited quantities of kegs and 12-ounce four packs.
"In the throes of a multi-faceted expansion in production capacity and entertainment, it's also the best time for an expansion of taste. We can extend the very definition of Highland beers. Yes, quality, balance, consistency. And, in this new branch of our beer family: big, bold, and balanced in variety of styles but imbalanced in the classic Highland sense. By offering a wider range of tastes, we offer more of what keeps us inspired," said Leah Wong Ashburn, President.
To lead the series, Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson created a double IPA “hop bomb” dubbed King MacAlpin, who was the first king of Scotland. It is packed with 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel. Aromas and flavors offer layered fruits finishing with piney bitterness and a citrus punch at 10% alcohol by volume. When asked about the beer she said, “Highland is known for balanced traditional styles, rather than high-gravity hop forward beers. If there is balance, this beer is balanced in its extremes. It clocks in at 90 IBUs, with slight malt sweetness, and is double dry-hopped with piney and citrusy Pacific Northwest Centennial, Amarillo®, Chinook, and Simcoe® hops. This beer will uphold Highland’s commitment to high quality and consistency, while expanding the style profile one can expect from the brewery.”
Warrior beers styles:
Black Watch - Double Chocolate Milk Stout
Tasgall II - Scotch ale
Mosaic - Rye Imperial Pale Lager
and more to be announced
Kenneth MacAlpin united the Picts and the Scoti people to form the Kingdom of Scotland, and his descendants' rule spanned most of the Middle Ages.