Highland Gaelic Ale appears in cans for the first time this month. The Asheville, North Carolina based brewery first bottled Gaelic Ale back in 1994, and decided now it needed a new home in outdoor friendly in aluminum.
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“With bottling and canning operations, we are in a new chapter. And Gaelic is the right beer to package both ways because of its flexibility – its medium body and balance. It fits with food or on its own, in cool or warm weather. Gaelic cans will be with me on my next hike.” – Leah Ashburn, President.
Highland Gaelic Ale adds to the growing number of canned offerings from Highland, following their first cans of Pilsner and Mandarina IPA over the summer.
Additionally, Highland stated that with their flagship beer now in a can they will be seeking to expand distribution in the near future.
Style: Amber Ale
Availability: 12oz cans, Draft, 12oz bottles
Distribution: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Washington, DC.
Highland King Macalpin Double IPA kicked off the brewery’s new “Warrior” series last summer. The Warrior Series is described by Highland as game-changer, going above and beyond anything the brewery has done before.
Highland King Macalpin Double IPA is what then brewery calls a “hop bomb” clocking in at a robust 10% alcohol by volume.
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% ABV
Highland King Macalpin Double IPA is back once again for a limited time in 12 ounce bottles and draft.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Latest Return: August, 2016
Highland Mandarina IPA is now cans for the first time as June winds down. Honestly, we are in love with this new India pale ale.
As spring was ending, the Asheville, North Carolina based brewery started introducing cans for the first time. Pilsner was up first. Now, Highland Mandarina IPA expands the canned lineup. The beer features a strong dry hop of Hull Melon and Mandarina Bavaria hops, plus California oranges. (To the tune of 400 pounds per fermenter.) This beer is so labor intensive, it takes the entire brewing team to puree the oranges in preparation.
The result is an incredibly smooth IPA with strong notes of orange in both the nose and the flavor. A fantastic addition to the brewery’s lineup. While at the brewery, founder Oskar Wong mentioned how excited he was to launch this beer. Mandarina is a staff favorite, and really, it was brewed for them. You are just lucky enough to drink it too, year-round.
“We combine Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon dry hops with hundreds of pounds of whole pureed oranges to create a unique orange blossom aroma and orange zest flavor in this fruit IPA. – Hollie Stephenson, Head brewer
Highland Mandarina IPA is available on draft and 12 ounce cans year-round.
Highland Gaelic will be available in cans later this year.
Highland Pilsner Blanc, a new year-round offering coming in May, 2016.
This post is in progress. It will be updated with beer details closer to launch.
Highland IPA is a new year-round, west-coast style, India pale ale, coming in 2016.
The Highland IPA recipe is created by head brewer Hollie Stephenson, and features Chinook, Citra, and Centennial hops.
A sturdy malt bill frames hints of tropical fruit, lemon rind, grapefruit and dank hop notes. Brilliant and golden in color, the beer finishes resiny, citrusy and dry.
Stephenson touts this beer to be one of the most unique in the southeast, among some pretty stiff/hoppy competition (Wicked Weed Pernicious, SweetWater IPA, NoDa Hop Drop n’ Roll, Creature Comforts Tropicalia to name a few). This new IPA is how Highland and Stephenson defined the west coast style.
Highland IPA debuts in January, 2016, on draft and 12 ounce bottles year-round.
Hops: Chinook, Centennial, Citra
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: January, 2016
Hi-Wire Oatmeal Pale Ale
For the first time since 2013, Asheville, North Carolina’s Highland Brewing is releasing a new seasonal. Highland Lost Cove American Pale Ale arrives in May.
Named for a ghost town on the Nolichucky River (on the NC/TN border), Highland Lost Cove got its start on the 3-barrel pilot system a while back. The brewery uses Cascade and Hallertau hops, along with pilsner malt to create a sessionable, warm weather offering.
“Lost Cove is a thirst quenching, fun, light, sessionable beer with grassy German hops and citrusy American hops. This beer is interesting, its backbone is pilsner malt from the American Midwest, and we fermented it with our house ale yeast, creating a unique spin on an American pale. I’m looking forward to drinking one in the Meadow!”
Highland Lost Cove releases in mid-May in 12oz bottles and draft in all of Highland’s markets.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Cascade, Hallertau
Malts: Grains: Pilsen, Carapils, and Vienna
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release
Launch: Mid-May, 2015
4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
If you go:
“For Love of Beer and Mountains” at Highland Brewery on May 15, 4-9pm, for the first pints of Lost Cove and free live music from 7-9pm