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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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Saint Terese’s Pale Ale

5.1% ABV

24 IBU

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Saint 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

70 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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Daycation IPA

4.9% ABV

40 IBU

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Daycation IPA color

Sit back and relax or grab your pack and go - this IPA is up for anything. Lively and light-bodied, Daycation celebrates Mosaic®'s stone fruit and herbal notes, while El Dorado®, and Azacca®™ dry hop adds layers of bright citrus. Balanced by a varied malt profile, with enough bitterness to satisfy hop enthusiasts, this beer is crafted to bring you back for more.

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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

60 IBU

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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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Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale

5.4% ABV

15 IBU

Coming soon

Big Briar Tart Raspberry Ale color

Fresh Pureed raspberries headline this approachably tart beer. Paring berries with lemon candy notes of El Dorado® hops creates an unapologetically nuanced brew, coral in color, with compelling fruit aromatics. Meet the perfect companion for your spring and summer evenings.

Pairs well with:
Balance the pleasant tartness of this brew with grilled sweet Italian sausage and caramelized onions on a hoagie roll. For a sweeter pairing, try cheesecake topped with a berry reduction.

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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

Cold Mountain is not currently available.
We will be releasing it in November 2017

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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Turbid Affair

6.5% ABV

84 IBU

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Turbid Affair color

Turbid. So turbid you can’t see through it. Pineapple in aroma and flavor, with mild spice. Two primary fermentation dry hops deliver big hop flavor and pleasant bitterness. 

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American Wheat Ale

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American Wheat Ale color

A crisp, dry wheat ale. Kazbek hops give this beer light notes of lemon and earthy spice.

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Court of Sessions

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Court of Sessions color

A collaboration between Mystery Brewing and Highland Brewing. Classic saison with all NC grains! Made with Mystery's house yeast, North Carolina grown and malted barley, North Carolina raw wheat, and Czech Kazbek hops. It's crisp, bright, floral, and lightly lemony with a bit of a bready body. This collaboration was silver medal winner at the 2017 Carolina's Championship of Beer.

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Universal Heartthrob

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Universal Heartthrob color

Red IPA, with copper and amber highlights. Toasted caramel, with bready malts are balanced with a lingering dank hop finish. Sure to capture your taste buds and your heart.

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Simcoe Lupulin Triple IPA

10.6% ABV

85 IBU

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Simcoe Lupulin Triple IPA color

Rose gold in color with a ripe tropical fruit nose. Sweet resiny body with a boozy, warming finish.

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Pink Boots Spring Ale

5.75 ABV

45 IBU

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Pink Boots Spring Ale color

Collaboration pale ale with Highland and Asheville Brewing Co. benefitting Pink Boots Society which provides scholarships for women in beer. Light, fruity, and hoppy, this hazy pale has a creamy mouthfeel and balanced bitterness. $1 of every pint sold will go to Pink Boots.

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Wolfgang 1756 Symphony Lager

4.7% ABV

14 IBU

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Wolfgang 1756 Symphony Lager color

Highland Brewing releases this commemorative beer in celebration of the Asheville Amadeus festival. Crafted in honor of Wolfgang Amadeus  Mozart, our Wolfgang 1756 is a classic Vienna-style lager, amber in color with a malty body, very low hop character and a low level of bitterness. A wonderful session beer - crisp, light-bodied and refreshing. The perfect pairing of beer and music.

Pairs well with:
Wolfgang 1756 is the perfect pairing of beer and music. Try it also with glazed chicken, roasted turkey, braised cabbage and potatoes, pretzels and mustard, or almond biscotti.
 

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Erin Go Bragh

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Erin Go Bragh color


Erin Go Bragh: A special brew for St. Patrick’s Day. An Irish style red ale with a smooth body and slightspice of noble hops. Notes of caramel and biscuit complimented by a clean and even finish stay with you
until your next sip. Even if you’re not Irish thismalt forward ale is a true thirst quencher that sacrifices nothing.
 

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