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Highlands Wine Cellar

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2 Ratings
Ratings: 2
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 1.53%
$$ - reasonable
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4th & Main Street
Highlands, North Carolina, 28741
United States
phone: (828) 526-3553

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(Place added by: GoodBeerLarry on 11-25-2008)
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$

In Higlands for a wedding. Stopped in to Highlands Wine Cellar on 4th and Main. This is a very nice store across the street from the Old Edwards Inn.

Really friendly staff and very clean store. Good selection of Stone, Bells, Lagunitas, Highlands, Victory, Sweetwater and others. Lots of singles and a nice pick six option as well.

Only complaint would be the ages on some of the IPAs. Otherwise great place to stop in when up this way.

05-25-2013 20:33:33 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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GoodBeerLarry

Florida

4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I visit Highlands several times a year and this place has the best craft beer selection, in the area, by far. Each time I visit the selection increases and gets better. The place started out as a C Store but has morphed into a wine and beer store with great selection and service. They now have more strong and "extreme" beers than ever. The owner, Fred, will order something if he doesn't have it. He has good knowledge of everything he sells and can direct someone to something they will probably enjoy. In rural Western NC good beer is harder to find than other areas. Although things are getting better this is an "oasis" for good beer drinkers traveling in the area. Highlands is in the middle of an area of scenic routes that have some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. What better way to enjoy the area than to have your favorite craft beer along for a picnic or to enjoy at the end of the day. This was originally reviewed in 2009 and I am now updating it.

Here is a partial list of what they have available: Highlands Ales (Ashville, NC), Sweetwater Brewing and Red Brick Brewing (Atlanta, GA), Mother Earth Brewing (NC), Big Boss Brewing (NC), Pyramid Brewing, Magic Hat (VT), Founders Brewing and Stone Brewing ,Dogfish Head including Burton Baton and Palo Santo Marron. Avery Brewing and Boulder Brewing (Boulder, CO), Great Divide and Left Hand (both of CO), Bells Brewery (MI), Victory Brewing (PA) Duck Rabbit (NC), Thomas Creek (SC), Lagunitas (CA),Flying Dogs (MD), Bridgeport Brewing (OR), Rogue Brewing (OR), New Belgium Brewing (CO) and Growlers from Craggy Brewing (NC).

New for 2011: The selection continues to grow and they now have 3 cooler doors dedicated to singles. This works out well so people can try a beer they don't know then buy six packs later. Some folks just want to try 6 different beers. Some seasonal beers are now in the single area only; six packs can still be had for the 6 pack price. Highlands now allows beer and liquor by the drink and Fred also has a bar "O'Donovan's" a few blocks away. It is just starting up and I will add a review later.

This is only a partial list; all the usual lighter beers are there as well as some surprise specialty beers. When you walk in it looks like all wine and light lagers. Don't be fooled, the good stuff is there just look for it. The cooler has 12 doors and the stuff is mixed up so go to each and look; there is a section at the back with more micros that could be missed. The list above is probably biased to what I like (IPA's and stronger ales). High gravity beers were legalized in NC several years ago and the market has taken off. Some of the lines have everything they brew others have less. The owner likes to carry what sells; good for us beer drinkers as I never have had a bad beer from this store. I know most of the beer but I have sent people there and they have been pleased with the product lines and service. I have been hiking in the area and run into people on the trail that like good beer (the subject seems to come up!) and I direct them to Highlands Wine Cellar. It's easy to find on US 64 (Main Street) where it turns east toward Cashiers. Reports back have been positive. I recommend this store for all craft beer drinkers while in and around Highlands, NC.

05-22-2009 20:44:06 | More by GoodBeerLarry
Highlands Wine Cellar in Highlands, NC
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