Known as the very first brewery in Asheville when it opened in 1994, Highland Brewing Company started out when the town was still sleepy. The original brewing equipment was built almost entirely out of retrofitted dairy equipment, which allowed the original brewery to produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year in about 12,000 square feet of space. Today, Highland has grown into several spaces that can accommodate plenty of guests: the Taproom, the Meadow, and the Event Center.
Highland offers up plenty of different beers that are constantly rotating on tap at their location. A year-round selection, seasonal beers, limited releases, small-batch beers, and barrel-aged beers are available. The year-round selection features options like Highland's Slow Crush (Sour), Starchaser (Witbier), AVL IPA (IPA-American), Gaelic Ale (Red Ale), Mandarina IPA (IPA-American), Daycation (IPA-Session), Highland Pilsner (Pilsner-German), an Oatmeal Porter, and a Black Mocha Stout.
Each of Highland's seasonal beer names is based on a feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape as a part of the brewery's partnership with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and their associated work in land and water conservancy. The Thunderstruck Coffee Porter was a seasonal favorite that has graced the seasonal beers menu.
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With a pilot room specializing in small batch beer creation, Highland brings their creations straight to you at the Taproom to sample. Small batch beers include brews like the Oh My Gourd! (Pumpkin/Yam Beer), Supernova (IPA-Imperial/Double), Parkway Traffic (Brown Ale-American), and the dark Chocolate Bonbon Stout with Lemongrass & Ginger (Stout-American). Any lover of small-batch beers will find a favorite here!
Interested in the process of brewing the beer? Highland also offers guided production tours of their brewery for free with an included beer tasting for interested guests. Private tours of the brewery are also available.
Cover image courtesy of Highland Brewing Company.